Examinations and assessments

Students are allowed to take an exam if the subject is part of their curriculum and they have met all the preconditions for sitting the examination. The preconditions for sitting the examination or assessment as well as the principles for calculating the results are set out in the course description. Students who have not met the preconditions for sitting the examination are not allowed to take the exam and the lecturer records a negative result on the evaluation form.


Examination dates

Examination dates will be set out in an examination schedule published on the academy website at least one month before the start of the examination session. The schedule of the examination period stipulates the time of examinations in the main field of study, major lecture courses and music-theory subjects. Examinations for small study groups are conducted at a time agreed between the academic instructor and the students.In exceptional cases, subject to an agreement between the student and the academic instructor, or in the case of project-based subjects, graded and pass/fail examinations may also be taken early, before the examination period.


Examination results

Positive result from 01.12.2020

Examination: A, B, C, D, E

Assessment: “passed” (P)

Negative result

Examination: F, “not attended” (MI)

Assessment: “not passed” (MA), “not attended” (MI)

Evaluation results will be inserted in the Study Information System (ÕIS) by the lecturer of the subject or the head of the department/centre. Students can view the results of their examinations/assessments under Student View in the Study Information System.

Students who use prohibited materials or the help of fellow students will be removed from the examination. In that case, a negative result will be recorded on the evaluation form.

Students have the right to view their written exam papers within five working days from the announcement of the exam results. Students who are not satisfied with their exam results may dispute their results.


If I cannot attend an exam…

If a student fails to attend an examination/assessment, “not attended” will be recorded on the evaluation form. “Not attended” will be considered equal to grade “F” when calculating the grade point average and one examination attempt will be considered spent. The “not attended” mark will be deleted if a student presents the Registry and Student Affairs Department with proof of a reasonable excuse within five working days of the date of examination/assessment.


How many times can I take an exam?

In the case of a negative result in an examination or assessment, students have two more attempts in addition to the first one within one year of the first attempt. If a student fails to obtain a positive examination or assessment result on those two additional attempts, the academy may request him or her to take the respective course again and repeat the academic activity (except for subjects in which academic work is organized in the form of individual lessons).

Failing to pass an examination or assessment in one subject does not exclude passing examinations and assessments of other subjects. In the case of academic arrears in the same subject, subsequent examinations or assessments are only allowed with the consent of the lecturer of the course (in the case of a major subject, the head of the respective department).

Taking a repeat exam during the semester of the course is not allowed when a student has received a negative result due to academic fraud. In the case of a positive grade, except for on the third attempt at the examination, a student is allowed, as an exception, to take an examination once more with the consent of the academic unit teaching the subject. The last grade obtained is then considered final.


Weighted grade point average

In the calculation of the weighted grade point average, both the grades obtained at examinations as well as ECTS credit points received for the subjects are taken into account: grade point equivalents are multiplied by the number of credit points for each course and divided by the total number of credit points attempted. Therefore, grades received for subjects that have given more credit points have more weight (for instance, a “5” received for a subject of 6 ECTS has two times more weight than a “5” received for a subject of 3 ECTS). When awarding study grants, a student’s weighted grade point average for the previous semester is calculated taking into account all results, even negative ones. When awarding diplomas cum laude, only the weighted grade point average of positive results is taken into account.