Requirements for passing exams and part-exams

A course has been passed if the student has been awarded the grade 02 or higher or the assessment ‘Pass’.

All part exams on a course must be offered in the same course module, unless otherwise stated in the course description. Find more information on part exams in connection with re-exams at DTU Inside under 'Structure and rules'/'Exam'/'Re-exams'/'Courses with part exams'.

Part exams cannot be retaken if the course has been passed.

In a course with part exams, any re-exam is only a repetition of the final part exam on the course. Part exams scheduled in the teaching period will thus not be offered as a re-exam or be assessed in the period between the ordinary exam and re-exam on the course. For more information visit DTU Inside under ‘Holding of re-exams’ under ‘Exams’.

A course with several part exams can be assessed

  • either by using part grades in the assessment of the part exams
  • or based on an overall assessment of the different part exams (overall assessment)

It must be stated in the course description under 'Type of assessment' whether part exams are assessed by using part grades or by using an overall assessment.

Part-exams assessed with part grades
If part grades are used for the individual part-exams on a course, the students are informed about these on a continuous basis, and the total final grade is the weighted average of the part grades, rounded to the nearest grade in accordance with the Danish 7-point grading scale. The final grade is rounded up if the average is half way between two grades.

However, a special pass requirement applies at DTU for courses with part exams for which part grades are used. The pass requirement is:

1) that the average grade of the part-exams must be at least 02 without rounding up and
2) that no part grade must be below 00.

For some courses, it may be relevant to deviate from the above rule or to establish additional requirements for part grades. Such deviations must be approved by the Department Board of Studies and the dean. The deviations must be stated in the course description.

If the student does not participate in a part-exam or receives the part-grade -3, the student must always be assessed with ‘Fail’ for the entire course. This also applies if other part-exams are passed. If a student has not participated in any of the part exams, the student will be registered with EM (Ej Mødt). See also DTU Inside under ‘Teaching'/‘Mandatory class participation and mandatory assignments’/'Illness or other lawful absence from mandatory activities’. 

Part-exams based on an overall assessment
When using an overall assessment, no part grades are given, and any indication of weighting of the individual part exams is only indicative. Students may only be informed of and receive one final grade for the course.

The course coordinator can decide that one or more part exams must be completed/approved as a condition for a grade or other assessment being given based on an overall assessment. This means that the part-exam is mandatory and must be completed/approved in order to pass the course. In such case, this must be stated in the course description. If it is not stated in the course description, that one or more part-exams must be completed/approved, the student must have the possibility to pass the course by completing the final part exam alone, and the part exams that has not been completed/approved will then be a part of the overall assessment of the course.
20 JANUARY 2021