Examinations

Examination requirements and forms of examination are stated in the course description. Teachers who are responsible for preparing and administrating the examinations are called examiners.

At Arcada, examinations may take the following forms:

  • Examinations
  • Demonstrations and presentations
  • Reports and productions
  • Independent essays

The student shall be informed of the results of an attainment within 4 weeks of the examination or submission date.

An approved study attainment is assessed with the grades:

  • excellent (5)
  • good (4-3)
  • satisfactory (2-1)

In specific cases, study attainments may be assessed with the grade descriptions accomplished or pass. However, a study attainment already assessed with a numerical grade cannot be changed to the grade descriptions accomplished or pass. 

A course that has been assessed by a written exam can be re-examined within a year of the completion of the course. Two re-examinations are arranged during this period.

For other forms of examination, failed courses are retested and supplemented in the way laid down by the examiner.

Partly fulfilled study attainments become unvalid when the course finishes, unless otherwise notified.

Examination and participation in courses 

The examination requirements for a course shall be clearly expressed in the course description. If a student has enrolled to a course which has prerequisites and co-requisites the student has to meet the requirements in order to participate in the course. The course stated as prerequisites or co-requisites needs to be completed and passed. 

Deletion of study attainments

Study attainments completed at Arcada are never erased from the student registry. Courses completed at Arcada will not be erased retroactively even if the courses are not included in the compulsory studies and therefore is not needed in order to graduate.  

Re-examination

The re-examination system at Arcada has changed as of the acedemic year 2015 - 2016. The departments now have their own systems. More information is given on your department's own pages on start.

General guidelines for examinations

All cell phones should be turned off and placed in bags or coats which are left at the walls in the examination room.

The student may write one or more exams during the examination time (3 hrs.), but should enrol separately for each exam.

Students are obliged to arrive at least 20 minutes before the exam starts, and may leave the examination room, at the earliest, 30 minutes after the examination has begun. If a student arrives after this time, he/she is not eligible to write the examination.

If a student should write several exams will he/she receive his/her following exam tasks then the answers to the previous exam are submitted.

A student participating in an examination should be prepared to prove his/her identity when submitting the answers.

Only those examination aids that the examiner has informed examinees of in advance may be used in the examination.

Only writing paper that is distributed in the examination room, and which bears the stamp of the university may be used. An examinee that does not complete the examination should, nevertheless, fill in the required details on the examination writing paper.

The examination begins when the supervisor announces that the examination envelopes may be opened.

The supervisor has the right to terminate the examinee's exam if he/she disturbs the other examinees' work, and if the supervisor discovers that the examinee is guilty of cheating. Disciplinary action will be taken against these misdemeanours and unethical conduct.

The examinee should hand in all distributed writing paper in his/her possession before leaving the examination room and sign his/her name on the attendance list.

An examination shall be corrected within three weeks and examination results shall be registered within four weeks of the date of the examination.

Examinations and Accreditation

The programme director may decide to give the student the right to take a course or study module at Arcada which has been replaced by an accredited course. The accredited study attainment is then deleted from the study records. Otherwise no approved study attainments will be deleted from the study records.

Board of Review

A student wishing to have his/her study performance re-assessed should first of all approach the lecturer in charge of the evaluation. After this, the student has the possibility of having his/her work referred back to the Board of Review.

Arcada’s board of review handles matters regarding the review of admission decisions, decisions regarding the loss of the right to study and evaluations of completed courses and accreditation of previous studies or competencies.

Members of the Board of Review 2016–2017:

  • Chairperson: Principal Lecturer Peter Mildén
    (deputy: Principal Lecturer Niklas Eriksson)
  • Senior Lecturer Ingmar Sigfrids
    (deputy: Senior Lecturer Anna Holmström)
  • Senior Lecturer Maria Bäck
    (deputy: Senior Lecturer Robert Nordström)
  • Senior Lecturer Rene Herrmann
    (deputy: Senior Lecturer Kim Rancken)
  • Student Roni Huttunen
    (deputy: Student Emilia Riikonen)

    The university’s General Counsel Anna Härmä presents matters for consideration to board meetings.

Contact information:
Arcada/Examination Board
Anna Härmä
anna.harma[a]arcada.fi

Familiarise yourself with the rules regarding how, when and to whom the request regarding re-assessment of evaluation should be made. Please refer to the Regulations of the Board of Review.

Regulations for the Board of Review

§ 1 The Board of Review

The university has set up a board of review which reviews matters that, according to the Finnish Polytechnics Act (932/2014), are to be examined by a board of examiners or similar body.

§ 2 The composition of the Board of Review and appointing the Board

The board of review consists of a chairperson, three members chosen from among the staff and one member from the student body. Each member has a personal deputy.

The chairperson and the chairperson’s deputy are to be principal lecturers or lecturers. The other members from the staff are to be teachers.

The chairperson, the members of the board and their personal deputies are appointed by the University’s Board of Directors for a mandate period of two years.

§ 3 The Tasks of the Board of Review

The board of review deals with issues that have to do with the review of

1) admission decisions in accordance with section 57 paragraph 1 of the Finnish Polytechnics Act (932/2014);
2) decisions regarding the loss of study rights in accordance with section 57 paragraph 2 of the Finnish Polytechnics Act (932/2014); and
3) the evaluation of studies and the accreditation of previously completed studies or competencies in accordance with section 57 paragraph 3 of the Finnish Polytechnics Act (932/2014).

§ 4 Calling a meeting

A notice calling a meeting, together with the meeting documents, are sent to the members of the board of review at least three days before the meeting.

§ 5 Discussing matters and decision-making

The board of review constitutes a quorum when the chairperson or deputy chairperson and at least three other members are present.

The board of review discusses matters based on the agenda. The University’s lawyer is the appointed rapporteur. The board of review can, when necessary, consult experts.

The board of review’s decisions are entered into the minutes of the proceedings and the minutes are signed by the members who participated in the decision-making process. The members and the rapporteur have the right to append a dissentient opinion to the decision.

The rapporteur informs the applicant or the student petitioning a review of the board of review’s decision or assessment. In cases that pertain to the evaluation of studies and the accreditation of previously completed studies or competencies the teacher is informed. 

Last updated

26.3.2018