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Exam and grading

The examination system

Besides the study environment being different from many other countries, this also applies to the examination system at Danish universities. Your final grade will only depend on the official exams you complete during the semester. This means that you will not be graded for papers you submit, oral presentations during class or other small projects during the semester. Most courses will have a single final examination, which can be either an oral or a written exam.

Moreover, there are five frequently used examination forms at Aarhus University:

  • Oral examination on the examination syllabus
  • Oral examination on a set subject plus the examination syllabus
  • Written examination on a topic from the examination syllabus
  • Assignment on a fixed subject (take-home exams)
  • Assignment on an optional subject (take-home exams)

How frequently each examination form is used varies depending on the faculty. 

The Grading Scale

Danish GradeDefinitionECTS Grade
12For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.A
10For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses.B
7For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses.C
4For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses.D
02For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance.E
00For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance.Fx
-3For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects.F