Examiniation Modalities

Here we give you important information about examinations.


You can only take part in an examination when you are successfully registered. A registration is possible up to 3 days before the examination. Please note the respective registration deadlines. Important to know is that the registration for the exam is only possible if students are registered for the lecture.

Registration is generally carried out through LFU:online. To do so, you need your user details of your university account.

Admission to examination

Before sitting in the examination, please check whether you have been admitted to the respective examination. Immediately after registration, the status of registration can be checked via LFU:online under “my courses”.

Withdrawal from examinations

Withdrawal from examinations is possible up to 3 days before the respective exam date. You can withdraw online on LFU:online. If a student does not withdraw on time, the withdrawal must be made in a written form (e.g. with a medical certificate) directly to the dean of studies. If a student does not withdraw in time and still does not attend the examination, the student can be excluded for the next examination date.

Important information for doing virtual exams on openOLAT

A quarter of an hour before the exam starts there will be an access to an affidavit on OLAT which you have to hand in in order to be able to open the test. On the part of the Dean of Studies we are required to make the following announcement: "By submitting a false affidavit the following offenses may be fulfilled: § 223 StGB (forgery of documents), § 225a StGB (falsification of data) or § 293 StGB (falsification of evidence)".

The processing time of the exam is displayed (usually 45 minutes). As with face-to-face exams, all students will work on the exam in the same time slot. Therefore, start quickly after the time window opens so that you can take full advantage of the processing time. You must complete the questions in a randomized, individualized order in a linear fashion. You will NOT be able to jump or change answers afterwards.

There will be various question formats: multiple-choice, cloze, open-ended, picture labels, drag'n drop, etc. - all self-explanatory if you read the instructions carefully. You may also be asked to create drawings by hand and upload them. To do this, ideally use a cell phone with a camera: take a photo of your drawing under good lighting conditions and using an optimally adjusted image section, transfer this image (in medium resolution) to your computer (e.g. via email, BT) and then upload this photo within the test. Only PNG or JPG formats are accepted, but NOT the HEIC format, which is especially common for new iPhones! It is a good idea to test this process before the exam so that you do not have to deal with technical limitations during the exam.

As lecturers, we are well aware that this exam format is a challenge especially because of the time pressure and the dependence on the net. However, experience shows that we can come very close to a fair and equitable assessment this way. Accordingly, the assessment standards are different than in a face-to-face exam.

I wish you a good preparations for the exam,
for the exam itself a successful and smooth process,
Frank Edenhofer

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