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Digital exam at the MN-faculty

Tips and advice to plan for a digital home exam

1. Choose learning goals

Concentrate on the most relevant and central learning goals in the course. Image may contain: Product, Text, Diagram, Circle, Aqua.

You will not be able to test everything, so think carefully about which skills and competecnies are the most central to pass the course.

The exam should align with the learning activities and the learning goals.

Read more about course planning.

2. Prepare the exam questions

Choose questions for the exam that let students demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

Good questions for an exam are often similar to the assignments that students discuss in seminars. The assignments allow the students to show that they can use what they have learned.

For a home exam you should choose assignments that test whether the students are able to put the knowledge into context and apply their competency in the topic. Since the students have text books and online resources available, they will easily be able to retrieve answers to simple memorization tasks. Therefore, it makes sense to ask questions that test whether students can use their skills to analyze, discuss and evaluate.

Read more about preparing questions for a digital exam.

3. Prepare students for the exam

Let students practice on relevant assignments in the period leading up to the exam.

It is important that you ensure that students understand what the exam questions ask for, and that practice answering similar questions in the period before the exam.

Students should receive clear and consistent information about the practicalities surrounding the exam, for example how you will structure the questions and instruct the assessment.

Students will spend up to two days answering the exam questions. They have seven days to complete the exam. Remember that students can have multiple exams at the same time.

It can be helpful for both the examiner and the student if you give a limit for the answers, for example by setting the maximum number of pages in total, or setting word restrictions for each assignment. 

Read more about methods for active learning.

4. Assessment

All exams must have sensor guides.

When changing to a home exam in the middle of the semester, it is important to clarify how the exam will be assessed and the concept of "independent work". When all resources are allowed for the students, "a correct answer" will have little significance, whereas the student's reflection around the answer is important.

Let students and examiners know what you consider to be a good answer.


During the home exam the students can retrieve information from various sources, including other students. You can ensure that they submit independent work by digital plagiarism controls.

You can also ask the students to submit a reflection note.

Special arrangements

Many factors can affect the exam situation: poor internet access, fear of one's own or others' health, financial worries, worries due to young children at home - it's time to think carefully and compassionately about this year's exam performance.

Students can apply for special examination arrangements as usual.

The pedagogical advice for UiO has been developed by KURT and LINK:

Pedagogical advice for digital teaching and exam

Published Apr. 22, 2020 9:55 AM - Last modified Sep. 7, 2020 10:50 AM