Examinations during the corona crisis

Please find information regarding special requirements for examinations during the corona crisis below.
Please note that you are not allowed to participate in any on-site exams if you

  • show any symptoms indicating infection with COVID-19 (possible symptoms are: cold, sore throat, aching limbs, fatigue, cough, headache, fever > 38°C, chills, shortness of breath). Please have the symptoms clarified by a doctor before you take the exam in any such cases, or
  • in case you had contact with a category I person (i.e. “close contact” with a confirmed COVID-19 case) and are currently quarantined at home, or
  • in case you have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three weeks.

You must submit a corresponding declaration before each exam.
Please read the FAQs regarding exams below attentively and follow the regulations named therein.

General regulations

Is exam inspection possible??

Lecturers have been informed how to offer exam inspections. If you wish to inspect your written exam, please contact your examiner. Moreover, you have the right to inspect your exam up to one year after taking it independent of your success.

Can exams during the Corona crisis also be taken online?

  1. The examiners can offer "Oral Online Exams". The decision whether to offer an "Online Oral Exam" is made by the examiners.
  2. Exams are registered in exactly the same way as oral on-site exams. The registration for an oral online examination takes place via Hochschulportal.  After registration, you make an appointment with the examiner.
  3. Please note that if you have already registered for an examination as oral on-site, you must contact Studiensekretariat  to cancel the on-site examination registration; only then is it possible to register for an oral online examination.
  4. By registering for the online oral examination, you declare your consent to take the exam in online format.
  5. It is not planned to offer written examinations in online format.

Can the examiner change the exam format e.g., an assignment, oral online examination etc. instead of a written exam?

Yes, according to § 4 paragraph 5 of the Statutes of Ulm University as a consequence of the effects of the corona pandemic in the area of study and teaching of 17 May 2020, examiners can change the exam format. The decision on this is made by the examiners. The decisive factor in changing the examination format is not the concrete form of the exam, but the preservation of the principle of equality of opportunity. The alternative exam format must be comparable in its requirements for the competences to be examined with regard to the exam contents and the degree of difficulty with the format provided for in the exam regulations or in the module handbook for the relevant exam.

When can I withdraw from an exam?

In the summer semester of 2020, the exams dates determined by the examiners must be observed by the students. This means that the general regulations on the cancellation of examinations for good cause apply. This includes the fact that you belong to a risk group and that an infection can have serious consequences for you. The application for withdrawal from the examination must be made immediately in writing or electronically before the examination and must be substantiated (e.g. by a medical certificate).
An important reason to withdraw from the exam also exists if you have already made arrangements before 17.04.2020 and the decision on the change of the lecture period of the summer semester 2020, which lead to absences in the period from 17.08. to 18.09.2020 and the scheduled exam date falls within this period.

I belong to a risk group for severe COVID-19 disease. Can I still take an exam?

Of course, it is possible to take part in an oral online examination under the conditions specified there.
In the case of a written or oral exam in presence, you have the possibility to either apply to the Prüfungsausschuss for compensation of disadvantages and, if possible, to apply for a possible assignment of your own processing room or for larger distances to the other candidates and the examiners/observer; make this application in time before the beginning of your examination; we recommend at least 14 days before the examination; rooms may have to be found and rooms, tables, seating etc. must be professionally cleaned and sufficiently ventilated before each exam.

Taking oral exams

When can I register for oral exams?

You can expect that oral exams in attendance can take place from 15.05. The on-site exams must comply with the applicable regulations ensuring infection protection. After registration, you arrange an examination date and place with the examiner as usual.

What hygiene regulations must I observe?

  1. MNS masks must be worn on the roads in the university buildings and there is a ban on staying and gathering in the buildings. The examination room is to be visited quickly after entering the building. During the examination, the MNS mask may be removed, provided that it is ensured that the minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons is maintained.
  2. The rooms are equipped with disinfectants. The persons involved in the examination procedure disinfect their hands when entering the exam room.
  3. The house rules of Ulm University apply to all examination participants when they make their way to the exam rooms. There must be a distance of at least 1.5 metres between all persons involved (examiners, examinee, other members of the examination board) (e.g., 3 tables with 60 cm each). If this minimum distance cannot be maintained, mouth-nose covers must be worn.  
  4. After the end of the examination, the student must leave the university premises without delay. 

What do I have to bring to the exam?

  • The statement about your health status and contacts with Covid 19 infected.
  • Please bring your own pens to the test.

Taking written exams

From when on can I register for written exams?

Written exams cancelled in the second examination period of the winter semester take place from 15 June 2020. Registration for these examinations is now possible. Regular written exams (“Klausuren”) can be registered from 16 June 2020.

What hygiene measures must I observe?

  1. On the premises of Ulm University, a mouth and nose protection  must be worn; moreover, it is forbidden to gather and linger in corridors and open spaces. After entering the building, quickly walk to the examination room. Moreover, the hygiene protection measures of Ulm University must be followed.
  2. Find out in advance which examination room has been assigned to you. Please arrive on time for the start of the examination. Please take the shortest route to the examination room. Wait in front of the examination room until an invigilator invites you to enter.
  3. When entering the examination room, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons.
  4. The mask must be worn in the examination room until the exam starts.
  5. Seats must be occupied row by row starting with the seat furthest from the entrance.
  6. After you have occupied your seat, the invigilator will ask you to fill in and sign the self-declaration regarding your state of health.
  7. Your student ID card and the signed self-declaration regarding your state of health must be placed clearly visibly on the desk before you.  Invigilators will check your identity and your signed self-declaration.
  8. You may take off your mask once the identity check has been completed.
  9. Please leave the University premises quickly after completing the exam.

What must I bring for the exam?

It is important that you bring your student ID card. You must submit your declaration regarding your state of health on a prepared sheet before the exam.