Organisation of electronic examinations during spring 2021

Here are the updated guidelines and recommendations related to electronic examinations to support teaching staff. If necessary, the following instructions will be revised in response to changes in the scale of the coronavirus outbreak and updated to reflect new guidelines issued by Tampere University and the Finnish government.

TUNI EXAM facilities are open with restrictions

Due to the safety instructions (1.12.2020), the number of EXAM computers in the facilities is limited to no more than 10. The number of computers in use varies from five to ten depending on the size of the facility.

Students are able to complete electronic exams in the TUNI EXAM facilities every day. You can find the current opening hours here: EXAM facilities.

From 3 August 2020, exam takers will be required to wear a face mask in the EXAM facilities. Face masks are provided in the EXAM facilities.

The maximum duration of electronic exams is two hours:

The duration of electronic exams is restricted to no more than two hours. This restriction will remain in force until 31 July 2021.

  • As electronic exams may now only last up to two hours, changes must be made to longer exams (for example, by editing the exam questions, splitting the exam into a series of shorter exams or changing the type of exam questions). Teachers must assess whether it is reasonable to only change the duration of an electronic exam.
  • The average time that student spend completing a specific exam is displayed on the summary page in the EXAM system. Depending on the average time, it may be possible to adjust the duration of an exam without making any other changes. For example, if students usually complete an exam in two hours, it may be justified to shorten a four-hour exam without making other changes.
  • If a student has been granted extra time for completing an electronic exam and the duration of the exam exceeds two hours, he or she must reserve a time slot in the accessible exam room.

Accessible exam rooms:

Students who are (or whose family members are) at a high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, or students who cannot wear a face mask due to medical reasons may also use the accessible exam rooms when attending electronic examinations. These students will not be required to present a request for special arrangements or other certificate as we will trust their own judgement. (https://intra.tuni.fi/en/content/news/14481)

Students at higher risk cannot be required to attend an electronic exam on campus. These students must be offered an alternative to completing an electronic exam on campus (such as an online exam). However, students are not allowed to request an alternative mode of completion based on their self-reported high-risk status on a case-by-case basis (for example, attending lectures on campus but still requesting an alternative mode for completing an electronic exam is not permitted).

The temporary policy concerning maturity tests:

The temporary policy that applies to the completion of maturity tests will remain in force until 31 July 2021.

Alternative modes of completion are recommended:

Teachers are advised to extent their exam periods or offer alternatives to electronic exams as students are not allowed to attend on-campus exams if they are ill or may have been exposed to the coronavirus. We recommend teachers to plan ahead and devise an alternative mode of completion, because the necessary safety measures may be heightened if the scale of the outbreak changes.

News in the university intranet:

Latest updates about examinations (intranet)

 

Should you have any questions or feedback regarding electronic exams and arrangements in the exceptional circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact exam@tuni.fi.