Study regulations for exams

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© Verlautbarung im Mitteilungsblatt Nr. 21/2022 vom 19.05.2022 (lfd. Nr. 243) GZ: 30002.07/004/2022

In general: The University Act (UG), opens an external URL in a new window and the study law provisions of the statutes of the TU Vienna, opens an external URL in a new window are important.

Study Law Provisions § 15 (1) Examination dates are periods of time (one or more examination days) during which students have the opportunity to take examinations. They shall be set by the governing body responsible for study law in such a way as to enable students to comply with the duration of studies laid down in the curriculum. In any case, for examinations in compulsory courses ending in a single examination act, three examination dates shall be set for the beginning, middle and end of each semester. These shall be announced with the date before the beginning of the semester. Examinations may also be held at the beginning and at the end of periods when there are no courses. The examination dates shall be announced in a suitable manner.

New regulations for courses and examinations come into force

From 1 October 2021, new regulations for courses and examinations at universities will apply. According to § 76, the dates of courses and examinations as well as their objectives, forms, contents, methods and assessment criteria must be announced before the start of the semester.

Examination dates are scheduled three times per semester, whereby for course examinations (VO) there is no fixed commitment to the beginning of the semester, the middle of the semester or the end of the semester, as provided for in the statutes. However, the central holidays of the legally recognised churches and religious communities are to be taken into account as far as possible.

A new regulation enables the rectorate to make changes to courses and examinations during the semester if there are compelling reasons, such as a lockdown.

This new regulation is intended to improve planning security for students and teachers and at the same time maintain the flexibility to be able to react appropriately to unforeseen events.

The exam registration

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Studienrechtliche Bestimmungen § 15. (2) The governing body responsible for study law shall set deadlines of at least two weeks for registration for examinations. Depending on the actual possibilities, the governing body responsible for study law shall be entitled to delegate the setting of registration and deregistration deadlines for course examinations to the heads of the courses. The registration deadlines for course examinations may end at the earliest one week before the examination date.

Room booking information for presence exams

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There are certain guidelines to be observed when booking rooms for presence examinations:

  • The hour grid: The start of an examination should be on the hour, the length of the examination dates should be rounded up to full hours.  I.e. if an examination would theoretically last from 14:15 - 16:00, the period 14:00 - 16:00 should be booked. This approach facilitates the interchangeability of dates and lecture halls as well as the organisation of the necessary changeover times.
  • Examination dates: Examination dates for an LVA should preferably be booked in the afternoon.

Further information on room booking processes can be found on the page Room booking processes of the central teaching and learning room management.