Instruction regarding examination questions

Considerable caution must be taken in regards to security when preparing, printing, copying and storing examination question sheets.

  • Physically secure computers when absent – local computers are not secure
  • Do not leave exam question sheets lying on or around the printer, and do not leave printer while making copies
  • Be aware that some printers and photocopiers have memory

The examination question sheets must be printed and copied, in the correct number, at the faculty.

  • Make five extra copies!
  • Please use the frontpage for envelopes with examination questions and fill in: Course code, examination date, number of copies and indicate permitted aid, name of responsible teacher and contact number(s) .
  • The exam questions sheets must be delivered to the Dept. of Academic Affairs at least three (3) working days prior to the examination.

Registration lists (List No. 1 – Exam notification) contain information about how many students wish to receive their examination questions in Bokmål and Nynorsk, respectively (the two official versions of Norwegian). If at least one student wishes to have the questions written in Nynorsk, the questions shall be provided in both Bokmål and Nynorsk. If sufficient space is available, both language alternatives should be written on the same page. If the questions cover several pages, the pages are to be copied and stapled together (or make two-sided copies). If the examination questions cover more than one page, all pages are to be numbered and the total number of pages shall be stated.

The heading of the exam question sheet shall include the following information;
Course code, course name, examination date, duration of examination (hours), responsible teacher’s name.

If the examination consists of several parts, information must be provided on how much each part will count toward the grade.

The stated use of examination aids shall comply with information provided by the online version of the course catalogue, and must be listed in the heading on page 1 of the exam question sheet. From Academic regulation for NMBU: 

Permitted aids
(1) The course coordinator / faculty decides which aids will be permitted during an examination. Aids that have not been commonly used by the students in the course in question and that cannot be made available to everyone during the examination will not be permitted.
(2) All aids that students bring with them to the examination will be individually checked by the invigilators.

Aids listed in the course description
(1) The aids permitted for each course shall be listed in the course description. The on-line version of the course description will always be the applicable version.
(2) The permitted aids shall correspond to the following codes:
- A1: no calculator, no other aids
- A2: no calculator, other aids as specified
- B1: calculator handed out, no other aids
- B2: calculator handed out, other aids as specified
- C1: all types of calculators, other aids as specified
- C2: all types of calculators, all other written aids.
- C3: all types of calculators, all other aids - including digital

Student's responsibilities – permitted and prohibited aids during examinations
(1) Students must bring permitted aids to the examination room themselves. This does not apply to examinations where NMBU provides the aids. Permitted aids shall be specified in the examination questions. Students are not allowed to bring or have access to other aids than those specifically permitted for the examination in question.
(2) The students are themselves responsible for ensuring that the aids they bring with them do not contain unauthorised notes. Borrowing of permitted aids between students during the examination is not permitted.
(3) All access to or use of mobile phones or digital aids containing communication equipment, whether inside or outside the examination room during the examination, will be regarded as cheating. Exemption are only made where the examination paper specifies that aids with communication equipment are permitted.
(4) All types of calculators means, unless the examination paper states otherwise, a calculator that does not contain files, is not connected to the internet, a power supply or a printer, that does not communicate with other devices, that does not make any noise and that only consists of a single object.

Dictionaries during examinations
(1) Students whose first language is not Norwegian are permitted to bring a dictionary between their first language and Norwegian and vice versa. This rule applies equivalently if the examination is held in English (it also applies to students with Norwegian as their first language for courses taught in English). The dictionary may not contain any personal notes.
(2) Students at Ås campus whose first language is not Norwegian are not given extra time for tests and examinations held in Norwegian. This also applies to students whose first language is not English when examinations are held in English.

Aids - cheating
(1) Cheating, attempts at cheating or violation of the provisions on plagiarism may result in an examination, test or other assessment of the student in question being annulled. Cheating or attempts at cheating can also result in expulsion; cf. Sections 4-7 and 4-8 of the Act relating to universities and university colleges.
(2) Violation of the provisions on permitted aids in chapter 35 will be regarded as attempted cheating.
(3) The University Board issues guidelines concerning procedures for dealing with cases of suspected cheating.
NMBU's Appeals Committee processes cases involving suspicions of cheating in line with applicable laws and NMBU’s guidelines.

The Dept. of Academic Affairs has simple calculators at its disposal for use in examinations. Any specified examination aids to be handed out (tables, rock samples etc.) must be mentioned in the heading on page 1 of the examination sheet. Also, the Dept. of Academic Affairs must be notified of such aids upon submission of the questions.

Exam question sheets shall be signed by the teacher(s), and if possible, the examiner. Typewritten names alone will not be approved as signatures.

The responsible teacher must be present in her/his office/accessible via phone or mobile phone on the day of examination (incl. lunch) in order to be able to respond to any uncertainties or questions from the students. If the teacher is unable to do so, he or she must make sure to find a substitute!

Everyone at the departments dealing with examination questions is bound by the duty of non-disclosure.

The Dept. of Academic Affairs has published a template for examination questions on the website Downloadable forms and templates for departments and employees

Published 13. October 2015 - 9:59 - Updated 9. December 2020 - 11:19