Assessment forms and grading

Students must be assessed individually. In connection with individual exams, group exams, and group assignments, an assessment must be made of each student's performance, and individual grades must be awarded. For group projects/exams, each student must be given their own grade or assessment; it is thus impossible to give a grade for the group as a whole.

Grades and other assessments are confidential information that must not be communicated to anyone other than the student him-/herself unless the student has previously agreed to it. That also applies to group projects/exams unless otherwise agreed between the examiner and the students in the group.

In connection with their assessment, the external examiner and the primary examiner must take notes about the candidate’s performance and the grading for use in the event of a future appeal. The notes must be kept for at least a year and until the conclusion of any subsequent appeal.

The assessment consists of a grade based on the 7-point grading scale or the assessment ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’. Find a description of the scale in ministerial order no. 1125 of 04/07/2022 on the Grading Scale of Study Programmes Offered under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (the grading scale order - only in Danish).

The assessment ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ can only be used for tests/exams accounting for up to one-third of the study programme’s ECTS credits. That does not apply to exams for which credits have been transferred from other universities. It is DTU's responsibility to comply with this requirement.

At least 1/3 of the total ECTS credits on the study programme must have been completed with external co-examination. That does not apply to exams for which credits have been transferred from other universities. It is DTU's responsibility to comply with this requirement.

In cases where an assessment cannot be made in accordance with the Danish 7-point grading scale or ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’, the following registration may occur in DTU's student system:

  • SYG - ‘Ill’
    The registration is used if the student has been registered for the exam without participating - or has had to leave the exam due to illness without submitting an exam paper - and the student can present documentation for this. See DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/Exam'/Illness in connection with exams. The exam attempt will get the registration 'Ill' (SYG), and the student will automatically receive a new exam attempt. Find more information on binding courses at DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/'Teaching'/Binding courses'.
     
  • EM - ‘Not met'
    The registration is used if the student has been registered for the exam without taking the exam. It is registered that the student has used an exam attempt.
     
  • IG - ‘Not approved’
    The registration is used when the student fails to meet exam prerequisites. It is registered that the student has used an exam attempt unless the student withdraws from the exam in the course. See DTU Inside under ‘Study rules'/'Teaching'/'Class participation and exam prerequisites’. 
     
  • AB - 'Awaiting decision Passed'
    The registration is used when the student has been reported for suspected exam cheating, and a decision has not yet been made. The registration is equated with a passed grade/assessment in the study administration system but without the actual assessment appearing. The student will see the registration 'AFV B' in their transcript. It is registered that the student has used an exam attempt. Once a decision has been made in the cheating case, the registration will be changed to either 'SN' or the grade/assessment the student has received. Read more at DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/'Examination'/'Cheating at exams and other forms of assessment'.
     
  • AI - 'Awaiting decision Not passed'
    The registration is used when the student has been reported for suspected exam cheating, and a decision has not yet been made. The registration is equated with a failed grade/assessment in the study administration system but without the actual assessment appearing. The student will see the registration 'AFV IB' in their transcript. It is registered that the student has used an exam attempt. Once a decision has been made in the cheating case, the registration will be changed to either 'SN' or the grade/assessment the student has received. Read more at DTU Inside under 'Study rules'/'Examination'/'Cheating at exams and other forms of assessment'.
     
  • SN - 'Cheating' (Snyd)
    The registration is used if the student has had an exam performance/result for an entire course cancelled because of a violation of the exam rules (exam cheating). It is registered that the student has used an exam attempt.