Right to 3 exam attempts – University of Copenhagen

Right to 3 exam attempts

If you follow your studies within the rules, you are generally entitled to 3 exam attempts in each course. Use them with care. Further can be granted, but not with certainty.

Extra exam attempts

If you do not pass your exam at the third attempt, you can apply for permission to try again. Permission may be granted if the study board finds that exceptional circumstances apply.

See your study page for details of how to apply for extra exam attempts.

The rules for maximum duration of study and the first-year exam take precedence over the rules on 3 exam attempts

As a student, you are generally required to pass at least 45 ECTS credits per academic year and complete your studies within the maximum completion time. If you have not applied for and been granted an exemption for exceeding the maximum period of study, you will lose the right to the examination attempt, you have not yet used.

This also applies to the examinations included in the first-year exam. The University is entitled to withdraw your registration if you do not meet the requirements for the first-year exam, irrespective of the fact that you have not had the opportunity to sit the tests 3 times.

See your study page for further information about the requirements for first-year exams.

Example of an inquiry to the student ambassador

A student had used all three attempts and thought applying for further attempts was a mere formality. He thought that he had not really used up all of his attempts because he had submitted blank papers.

He was told that he should present documentation that, at the time of the previous attempts, special circumstances made it impossible for him to sit the exams, and that his situation was a different one now. This would be difficult for him to prove. Students who are not granted further attempts have their registration withdrawn.