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Exam inspection

You have the right to review your written exams, as set forth in the Exam and Education Regulation (EER)  and the Dutch law on Higher Education (WHW). FPN organises exam inspections where you can exercise this right. We advise you to attend these inspections if you have questions about the exam.

Bachelor in Psychology: register for your inspection

For compulsory bachelor courses, you follow the instructions from the course coordinator to register and/or attend the exam inspection. 

Compulsory courses are all courses of the Bachelor programme, with the exception of elective courses, skills training, practical trainings or other educational units. For these exceptions you follow the instructions from the course coordinator for the exam inspection. 

(Research) Master in Psychology 

For courses in the (Research) master you follow the instructions from the course coordinator to register and/or attend the exam inspection.

Exam inspection: you receive feedback

The aim of the exam inspection is to receive feedback on your answers, to see how your response ranks within the range of acceptable answers. It thus gives you feedback on the content and the grading of your examination. 

Many students expect the inspection to be meant for discussion, giving room to question the mark they received for their exam. However, the meeting is strictly an inspection, held to explain why a certain answer has led to a certain result. There are other ways to provide feedback or request a reevaluation of your work.

Complaints options: you give feedback

To give feedback on the exam, be it about the content, wording or grading,  you may use one or more of the following complaint options:

• Each written exam paper has a space for your feedback (on the back of the front page). Use this space to voice any initial concerns.
• If you feel that an issue might not just affect you, contact the FPN student council. They will bundle any reactions and inform the course coordinator if they feel this is needed. Please do not e-mail the course coordinator directly. Where appropriate, reactions will be addressed during the inspection.
• At the end of the exam inspection, you can request a reassessment of the open questions of your exam.  Details >>
• The formal appeal procedure also applies to exam results. You have six weeks to submit an appeal, counting from the publication of your final grade in the student portal. Contact the Complaint Service Point, the central UM body for complaints and appeals, should you want to file an appeal. In most cases, it is possible to find a solution without starting a formal procedure and we urge you to first ask for a reassessment.
• Use the course evaluation survey (IWIO) to suggest improvements for next year's course.


Practical information about exam inspection

The exam inspection of a written exam takes place within 25 working days after the exam took place. The course coordinator announces date, time, location and format of the exam inspection, before or just after publication of the results. For most courses, the course manual also gives information about the exam inspection. Follow the instructions from the course coordinator for participation in the exam inspection.

Here you can find practical guidelines for on campus exam inspections, applicable before Covid-19. During Covid-19, course coordinators will inform you about the 'online' exam inspection procedure. 

• Sign up is required to attend an inspection unless announced otherwise.
• The course coordinator provides a time frame for registration, a link and a location for the exam inspection.
• Signing up after the registration deadline is not possible. Students who don't sign up before this deadline are not allowed to attend the exam inspection, no excemptions are made
• For multiple choice exams: please bring your answer strip to the inspection.
• Exam inspections are either held in small groups, or for everyone at once.
• The rules and regulations regarding exam fraud also apply to the exam inspection. For instance, electronic devices are not allowed, you may not take notes and a form of identification might be required!
• You are expected to behave appropriately during the exam inspection by showing respect to the coordinator/teacher organising the inspection as well as the other students present in the room.


Formal reassessment request

If you, during the exam inspection, do not agree with the assessment of (an) question(s), you can request a reassessment. Ask for the form 'Request for Reassessment Questions' and hand it in at the end of the inspection. 

In case of an essay question exam, the examiner will reassess your entire exam, including the disputed answers. This means that a reassessment could also result in a lower grade, except for multiple choice exams. The result of the reassessment, and any subsequent changes in grading, will be announced via e-mail and the Student Portal within 10 working days after the inspection.

As with the result of the initial grade, you can appeal the outcome of the reassessment. You have six weeks to submit an appeal, counting from the publication of the outcome of the reassessment request. Contact the Complaint Service Point for advice and support.
Last modified: Fri, 23/07/2021 - 14:55

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