Explanation and appeals regarding exam results


You have the right to request an explanation for a given grade. It is recommended to ask for an explanation of the grade before making a decision on whether to appeal the grade. The general principles on which the evaluation and the evaluation of the candidate's performance were based must be explained.

How do you request an explanation?
Request for an explanation must be addressed to the responsible teacher. If the teacher is not available, please direct the request to the departement responsible for the course. The department responsible for the course can be found in the Student Handbook.

When can you ask for an explanation?
The explanation must be requested within one week after you the grade is announced. You receive an email when the examination results are available on the StudentWeb. At oral examinations or assessments of practical skills, a request for such explanation must be submitted immediately after notification of the grade.

When can you expect an answer?
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for this. The examiner chooses whether the explanation shall be given orally or in writing.

Appeal about a given grade

  • It is recommended that you ask for an explanation before you appeal.
  • For courses with continuous assessment, students have the right to appeal after the final mark in the course has been announced. The student may only appeal the final mark for the course.
  • Students may not appeal marks for oral presentations, the evaluation of practical training, etc., or the mark for a preliminary examination the student passed.
  • If you appeal, please use this form: Appeal about a given grade

When is the deadline for the appeal?
Appeals must be submitted within three weeks after the grade has been announced. If you have requested an explanation within the deadline, the time limit for the appeal deadline extends from the date you receive the explanation.

Who will process the appeal and how long is the case processing time?

  • The Departement of Academic Affairs receives the appeal and forwards it to the responsible faculty. The Faculty then appoints two new sensors.
  • An appeal submitted can be withdrawn until new censorship is available.
  • The grade as a result of an appeal shall be decided without undue delay. If the appeal is not to be processed within a month after the appeal has been received, the faculty must send you a provisional reply where they explain why the appeal cannot be processed earlier and, if possible, indicate when you can expect to have the decision from the appeal.
  • When the result is ready you will receive an email to your address at NMBU.

Outcome of the appeal

  • The new grading may be in your favour, to your disadvantage or unchanged by the appeal. The mark awarded as a result of the new grading may not be appealed, but you can request an explanation.
  • For group work where only some of the group members appeal the mark, a positive outcome of the new assessment shall benefit the whole group. A negative outcome will only apply to the appellant.
  • If the final grade is determined on the basis of both written and oral test and an appeal against a mark of the written part of the exam results in a change in the mark, a new oral examination will be held to determine the final grade. This also applies to appeals on thesis.

Appeal of formal errors

A student who has taken an examination or a test may appeal on grounds of formal errors that he/she believes have been committed in connection with the setting of questions, the way in which the examination was held or the assessment arrangements. Such appeals must be submitted in writing within three weeks of the date when he/she became aware or should have become aware of the circumstances on which the appeal is based. The appeal must be sent to arkivet@nmbu.no. The appeal will be processed by NMBU's Appeals Committee and they will decide the outcome of the appeal. 

  • The right to appeal a mark remains in force until any appeal of formal errors has been decided.
  • NB: Formal errors cannot be appealed after an appeal of the mark has been submitted.
Published 19. October 2009 - 11:00 - Updated 8. June 2018 - 15:26

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