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Rules for oral exams

How it works

  1. Before the exam:
    • There are (at least) two examiners.
    • The student may bring a quiet (in every sense of communication (except for stating his/her name), for the whole duration of the process) observer.
  2. During the exam:
    • One of the examiners asks questions, the other writes the transcript, but they may swap.
    • If the writer of the transcript does not understand a question perfectly, the examiners must discuss to make the question perfectly clear to everybody.
    • The student can read the transcript whenever he/she wants.
  3. At the end of the exam:
    • The student is asked to read transcript.
    • The student is asked to make discuss with the examiners all the instances where he/she disagrees with how the examiners evaluated the quality of his answers!
  4. After the exam:
    • The student and the examiners all sign the transcript.
    • If the student refuses to sign the transcript, the result of the exam will be arbitrated by the responsible bodies of the Institute of Computer Science.
    • After the student signs the transcript, he/she leaves the room, while the examiners discuss the grade; the student is called back in, and the grade is announced to him/her.
    • If the student disagrees with the examiners' conclusion about the grade, the result of the exam will be arbitrated by the responsible bodies of the Institute of Computer Science.

The Transcript

  • The transcript must contain
    • the subject being tested, the type of test, the course code
    • the names of  everybody present (student, examiners, observer)
    • date and time. 
  • The transcript has to contain all the questions asked by the examiner(s).
    • If the student answers 100% correctly, the transcript must indicate that.
    • If the student's answer was not 100% correct, the transcript must indicate the amount to which it was correct: "Almost", "Got the idea, not the details", "Part of it", "Mostly wrong", "Plain wrong", "Excessively wrong".
    • If the student's answer was not 100% correct, sketch the student's answer!
    • If the student didn't make a serious attempt at an answer, the transcript must indicate that.
    • If the examiner rephrases/explains/changes the question to help the student understand it, the transcript must give all versions of the question, together with the reason why the question was changed (e.g., student didn't understand; examiner changed his/her mind; examiners' discussion).
    • If after rephrasing/explaining/changing the student cannot be made to understand the question, the transcript must indicate that.
  • When phrasing the questions and sketched answers, it can be assumed that the reader of the transcript is perfectly familiar with the material which is tested. (This allows to shorten the questions and answers.)