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

Design and templates

The exam papers are designed and copied at the faculties. NB: Make sure that a thorough proofreading of both the exam question text and information regarding the exam is done!

  • The examination office has prepared templates for examination questions in both Norwegian languages and English. Feel free to use these.
  • The examination  questions must include the course code, course name, exam date, exam duration (number of hours) and the course responsible's and external examiner's name
  • If the exam paper consists of subtasks, it must be stated how much each of these parts count.
  • The registration list, Worklist 1 - exam report, from FS (Felles Studentsystem) contains information about how many students are taking the course. The study advisor at the departments will give you these lists.
  • The use of aids must be in accordance with the course's course description online and must be stated at page 1 of the exam paper, see more in a separate section below

Exam questions on paper

  • The exam questions must be copied at the faculty, make sure to take enogh copies
  • NB: Make sure that a thorough proofreading of both the exam question text and information regarding the exam is done before the questions are copied!
  • Remember to take 5 extra copies of the exam  questions in addition to the number of students taking the exam.
  •  Course code, examination date, number of copies and indicate permitted aid, name of responsible teacher and contact number(s) are applied to the envelope in which the  questions are placed.

Submitting the exam questions to the Exam office

The exam questions 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 stated use of examination aids shall comply with information provided by the online version of the course catalogue, and must be listed on page 1 of the exam question sheet

Supplementary provisions to Chapter 33. Aids and the use of dictionaries
33-1-1 Permitted aids
Permitted aids for examinations or other form of assessment in a course must comply with 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 aids.

33-1-2 Inspection of aids
For campus-based examinations where invigilators are used, all aids that the students bring with them will be individually inspected by the invigilators.

33-1-3 The student’s responsibility – permitted and non-permitted aids
(1) Students must bring permitted aids to the campus-based examination premises themselves. This does not apply to examinations where NMBU provides the aids. The examination question paper and the course description shall specify the permitted aids. 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 responsible for ensuring that the aids they bring with them to campus-based examinations do not contain unauthorised notes. Students are not permitted to borrow or lend aids during the examination.
(3) Any use of mobile phones or other digital aids containing communication equipment inside or outside the examination venue during a campus-based examination will be regarded as cheating. Exceptions are only made if the examination question paper or course description specify that aids containing communication equipment is permitted.
(4) Students are not permitted to communicate with each other or other persons during an examination, unless communication has been specified as a permitted aid in the examination question paper or the course description. This applies both to examinations held on campus and home examinations.
(5) For campus-based examinations, the aid 'all types of calculators', unless otherwise specified in the examination question paper or course description, means calculators that do not contain files, are not connected to the internet, a power supply or a printer, that do not communicate with other units, that do not make a noise and that only consist of a single object.

33-1-4 Dictionaries at campus-based examinations Students whose first language is not Norwegian are permitted to bring a dictionary between their first language and Norwegian. The rule applies correspondingly if the examination is held in English (also applies to students with Norwegian as their first language for courses taught in English). The dictionary may not contain any own notes.

Calculators and specified aids

A simple calculator for distribution is available by the Department of Academic Affairs. If special aids are to be distributed (tables, stone samples, etc.), this must be stated at the first page of the exam paper, and this must be notified to the Department of Studies together with the submission of the exam papers.

Course responsible must be available

It is necessary that the course responsible is available by phone, ev. mobile phone, on the exam day (incl. lunch time) - out of consideration for any ambiguities and questions from the students. This applies both to campus based exams and exams at home. Some course responsible take a tour of the examination halls during the examination, but this is a voluntary arrangement. Please note that all students who take the exam have the right to the same information that may be given to individual students with questions during the exam. If for some reason you cannot attend the exam day, make sure to make arrangemnets for a substitute and notify the department of Academic Affairs.



Published 13. October 2015 - 9:59 - Updated 6. October 2021 - 12:03