Fair examination

In order to support Swedish HEIs work to ensure fair examinations, we have recently updated the guidelines that originally were published in 2008. A summary in English of the updated guidelines is also avaliable.

We hope that the new guidelines will support the HEIs in their work with examinations, says Mikael Herjevik, Senior Legal Advisor, UKÄ

From areas of responsibility to grading rules

In the uppdated guidelines, UKÄ emphasises the need for HEIs to formulate clear rules for examinations in course syllabi. This in order to create the predictability which is fundamental for students' legal rights. In addition to the rules of the course syllabus, the examiner must be familiar with the rules in the Higher Education Ordinance and the Administrative Procedure Act.  

Below you will find some of the rules for examinations stated in the report:

  • The course syllabus must state the forms of examination
  • An examiner determines a grade based on the form or forms of assessment of student performance stated in the course syllabus
  • For written examinations, a HEI should try to arrange anonymous tests
  • With regard to the examination language, the primary rule is that students should be able to use Swedish
  • An examiner is responsible for behaving objectively and impartially when grading
  • A student is entitled to be informed of what has contributed to the grading decision
  • Well-founded suspicions of cheating should be reported to the vice-chancellor
  • A grading decision may always be changed before the student has been informed of it. The examiner is obligated to change an incorrect grade if it can be done quickly, easily and without lowering the grade.
  • HEIs are permitted to allow students who have passed a course to retake an exam for a higher grade
  • For continual examination, the examination rules need to clarify what will be assessed by the examiner and how the examiner will make a decision based on student performance