Rules for written examinations

Södertörn University’s Rules for Written Examinations apply to written exams. These rules exist so that all students will be equally and fairly treated. It is important that you understand these rules.

During a written exam, you must always follow the rules for written exams and the invigilators’ instructions and directions. If you have any questions, contact the invigilator. If you break the rules for written exams, you may be reported to the Disciplinary Board. A disciplinary report may result in no action, a warning or suspension from your studies for up to six months, according to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 10.

The rules are available as a pdf file, Rules for Written ExaminationsPDF, or as text below.

1. Compulsory registration for written examinations

The registration period starts three weeks before and ends one week before the written examination. Staff check that you are registered for the exam when you enter the room. If you have not registered, you may not sit the exam.

2. ID check

You must identify yourself with a valid ID when you enter the exam room. Your SH-Card is not a valid ID. If you do not have a valid ID you will not be allowed into the exam room and will not be allowed to sit the exam. Your ID must be kept on your desk during the exam.

3. The examination room is closed when the examination starts

The invigilators close the room when the exam starts, after which no students are allowed in.

4. Silence and good order

You must sit in the place allocated to you. There must be silence and good order in the exam room. During an exam, you may not talk or otherwise communicate with anyone other than the invigilators or teachers who are in the exam room.

5. Your desk

You may have the following items on your desk during an examination:

  • ID
  • pens, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler and similar, but no pencil case
  • aids permitted for the examination
  • material distributed by the invigilators
  • note with anonymous code and locker number
  • medicines, ear plugs and glasses without case
  • food – drink, sandwich, fruit, etc. – without bulky packaging
  • snus box

If you are unsure about what you can have on your desk, please contact an invigilator.

There should be nothing on the floor by your desk or by nearby desks.

Bags, coats and personal belongings must be left where the invigilator tells you. Personal belongings include study materials, notebook, pencil case, glasses case, wallet, headphones, mobile phone, smartwatch and other electronic equipment.

Mobile phone, smartwatch and other electronic equipment must be stored in the allocated place. Alarms must be turned off during the examination.

6. Instructions

You must follow the instructions and directions of teachers and invigilators.

7. Toilet breaks

You may not take unauthorised aids with you to the toilet, such as a pen, notepad, headphones, mobile phone, smartwatch or other electronic equipment. If you are unsure about what counts as an unauthorised aid, contact an invigilator before visiting the toilet. You must note your toilet visit on a list with the course name on it.

8. Swapping desks

You may not move to another desk without first contacting an invigilator. The invigilator decides whether there is an acceptable reason for swapping desks, e.g. draughts and disruptive light conditions.

9. Date and code on the answer paper

Before the end of the exam, you must write the date and code on the exam cover and on all the answer papers for correction.

10. Handing in the examination

You may not hand in your exam until 15 minutes of the exam have passed. You must stop writing at the end of the exam. If you do not stop writing, this is reported to the examiner. You must hand in your exam to the invigilator. If you hand in a blank answer sheet, this is done in the same way. You must show your ID when you hand in your exam. If there is a queue to hand in exam papers, the same rules apply as during the examination.