Fair examination

In order to support Swedish HEIs work to ensure fair examinations, we have recently updated the guidelines that originally were published in 2017. A summary in English of the updated guidelines is also avaliable.

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 syllabuses. 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 formats of examination.
  • An examiner determines a grade based on the format or formats 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 handling grading cases
  • Well-founded suspicions of cheating should be reported to the vice-chancellor promptly
  • If the HEI judges that a grading decision will be substantially delayed, the HEI is to inform the student about the delay and explain why.
  • A grading decision may always be changed before the student has been informed of it. The examiner is obligated to change an obviously incorrect grade if it can be done quickly, easily and without lowering the grade.