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At the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the term “exam” refers to a written, practical and/or oral test or other type of assessment of the student’s knowledge and skills that underlies his or her final grade on their diploma or that serves as part of the basis for calculating a grade on the diploma.

An exam may be carried out as a production, exhibition, showing, task, written test, practical test, oral test or completion of a work/portfolio, or a combination of these forms.

Click on the links below for more information:

On the relevant pages above you will find application forms for Adapting Exams for Special Needs, Extended Deadlines and Absence from an Exam.

Who may take an exam?

As a student at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts you are allowed to take exams and tests at those programmes to which you have been admitted. You must have paid the semester fee and registered for the semester in question at Studentweb.

Students who follow the normal progression of a programme are automatically registered for their exams.

You are personally responsible for knowing where and when the exam will be held.

The curriculum includes rules concerning work requirements, mandatory assignments, mandatory participation or work placement that may be needed for students to be able to take an exam.

Note that any work requirements also apply in those cases where a student is absent with leave because of illness or has otherwise been granted leave.

How many times may I take an exam?

You are only allowed to take an exam (including a new exam) in the same course three times.

The consequence of failing an exam on the third and final try is that this result will remain as your final grade in the subject. If you do not pass all of your courses in the programme, you will lose your opportunity to complete your degree.

Adapting an exam for special needs

If you have a disability or a health issue that would entail a substantial disadvantage during an exam, you may apply to have the exam adapted to your needs.

Such adaptation seeks to compensate for the disadvantages the student’s disability/ medical condition causes during an exam. Even so, all students shall be tested at an equal level. The special needs provision shall not be so extensive that it gives you an advantage compared with other students.

Adaptation may be implemented as physical measures and/or extended examination time.

Required documentation
The need for special needs provision must be attested to by a doctor or other relevant expert. Their assessment must explain exactly why the exam must be adapted to accommodate your needs.

Use the form: Application for Adapting an Exam for Special Needs.

The applcation should be send to with the subject line “Studieseksjonen/Søknad om tilrettelegging av eksamen” (“Section of Academic Affairs/Application for adapting an exam for special needs”).

3 weeks before the exam.

If you become acutely ill or injured after the application deadline, you must contact the Section of Academic Affairs at the department as soon as possible.

Illness and absence from examinations

What do you do if you are sick or have another reason for being absent from the examination? What is a valid absence and how do you register your absence?

If you are ill with flu or respiratory tract symptoms on the day of the exam, please stay at home. Do not meet up for your exam.

As a consequence of the corona pandemic, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts has temporarily introduced self-certification without need for documentation if you are unable to attend an exam, ref. new temporary regulation (NO) .

What is a valid reason for absence?

Candidates are not permitted to sit the same examination more than three (3) times. This is governed by Section 6-2 (4) of the Regulations of Studies at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

In some cases, absence on the day of the examination shall not count as an examination attempt. This is called a valid absence. 

Examples of valid absences are:

  • that you or your children are sick
  • a death in your close family or others with whom you have a close relationship
  • funeral or cremation service in your close family or others with whom you have a close relationship
  • other exceptional reasons that make it unreasonable to require you to complete an assessment/examination

What is a postponed exam?

Postponed exams are arranged for students who are ill or have another valid reason for not attending an ordinary exam.

The postponed exam is usually held in the same semester as the regular exam or before the teaching starts the next semester. 

If the student’s further participation at KHiO does not depend on having passed the exam, the student may choose to wait to take the postponed exam until the next ordinary exam is held.

A deferred exam may have a different form than an ordinary exam.

Deadline for reporting absence

Absence from an examination must be reported prior to the start of an exam, and no later than three working days after the examination date/deadline for submitting the examination. Please use nettskjema (Feide login).

Absence that is not reported in advance or that is not approved as valid will be counted as one of the three permitted examination attempts. The same applies to students who submit a blank answer sheet, who withdraw during an examination without a valid reason or who, without a valid reason, fail to submit reports, works, home assignments or the like within the prescribed deadlines.

Documentation requirements

Normally, we require a medical certificate or other relevant documentation.

Use this form to apply for reporting absence.

Deferred exam/ new exam

Deferred exam following a valid leave of absence
A student who does not take an exam at the ordinary time because of a valid leave of absence is entitled to take a deferred exam.

A deferred exam shall normally be held at the beginning of the following semester, and no later than six months after the original exam.

If the student’s further participation at the Academy does not depend on having passed the exam, the student may choose to wait to take the deferred exam until the next ordinary exam is held.

A deferred exam may have a different form than an ordinary exam.

New exam after a failed grade
The Academy may decide to hold a new exam that is open to students who have not passed the exam.

A new exam shall be held within a year after the original exam and no later than along with the next ordinary exam.

A new exam may have a different form than an ordinary exam.


About cheating
Cheating or attempts at cheating during an exam include copying (whether verbatim or slightly modified) scholarly literature, internet documents and the like without the proper citation. Papers that greatly resemble one another are considered to be a form of cheating, and it is also considered to be cheating if the paper is a plagiary or if the author is clearly someone other than the student.

During exams where only certain aids are permitted, it is considered cheating to use another aid than those that have been announced in advance or stated in the examination text.

Consequences of cheating
Students who are caught cheating or attempting to cheat shall have their exam annulled and shall be barred from all institutions of higher education for up to a year, cf. sections 4.7 and 4.8 of the University and University College Act.

A grade of “failed” shall be set when cheating or attempted cheating has been documented. All cases where cheating or attempted cheating has been discovered shall be forwarded to the board for a final decision.

Exam results/ grading

Where do I find information about the exam results?

You find your exam results by logging in to Studentweb.

Click on Results on the black menu bar at the top. If you would like a grade transcript, click on Orders

When are exam results published?

You shall have received the result no later than 21 days after the date of the exam.

If you want an explanation for the result or want to appeal it, you can read more here.

Explanation, appeal and re assessment

Explanation of a grade
Students are entitled to receive an explanation for why their exam was graded as it was, cf. section 5.3 of the University and University College Act.

Requests for an explanation should be sent to og merkes «Studieseksjonen/krav om begrunnelse for karakter».with the subject line “Studieseksjonen/ Krav om begrunnelse for karakter” (“Section of Academic Affairs/ Request for an explanation of a grade”).

For oral exams or assessments of practical skills, requests for such an explanation must be submitted immediately after the student has been informed of the grade. For other types of assessments, requests for an explanation must be submitted no later than three weeks after the grade was announced.

Grading appeals
Appeals of a grade are processed pursuant to section 5.3 of the University and University College Act.

The appeal should be sent to with the subject line “Studieseksjonen/ Klage på karakter” (“Section of Academic Affairs/ Appeal of a grade”).

If the appeal concerns a group work where a common grade is assigned to all the members, each one of the students must give their consent to and sign the appeal.

When appealing a grade, the exam shall be re assessed.

When appealing a grade after the student has received his or her diploma, the diploma must be returned for the appeal to be processed.

A student may send a written appeal of the grade within three weeks after the exam results have been published.

For courses with ongoing assessments, the student may first submit the appeal when the final grade for the course has been published.

Appeal on the grounds of a formal error
Appeal on the grounds of a formal error during the exam (i.e. errors concerning the exam questions/assignment or how either the exam itself or the grading was conducted) are processed pursuant to section 5.2 of the University and University College Act.

The appeal must be submitted in written form and must state the reasons for the appeal. It should be sent to with the subject line “Studieseksjonen/ Klage over formelle feil” (“Section of Academic Affairs/ Appeal on the grounds of a formal error”).

When making such an appeal on formal grounds after the student has received his or her diploma, the diploma must be returned for the appeal to be processed.

If the appeal is successful, it shall be determined whether the error can be rectified by re-assessing the exam or whether a new exam shall be held.

The deadline for lodging an appeal is three weeks after the student was first aware of, or should have been aware of, the circumstances that motivated the appeal.

New grading
If the appeal is successful, the exam shall be re-assessed. An appeal on the grounds of a formal error may also lead to a re-assessment.

During a re-assessment, the same text or work shall be evaluated anew by at least two new examiners, of whom one must be an external examiner, cf. section 3.9 of the University and University College Act. The new examiners shall not know of the grade, explanation or the student’s stated reason for the appeal. Note that the grade can be changed in either the appellant’s favour or disfavour.

Read more about exams.


I henhold til universitets- og høgskoleloven (uhl.) § 3-9 (2) er det krav om skriftlige sensorveiledninger ved alle eksamener. I henhold til uhl. § 5-3 (3) skal sensorveiledninger være tilgjengelige for kandidatene etter at karakter er fastsatt.

Kunsthøgskolen har vedtatt to maler for sensorveiledning:

Generell sensorveiledning
Sensorveiledning for eksamen

Høsten 2019 vil avdelingene ta utgangspunkt i malene og utarbeide egne sensorveiledninger. Dette er derfor først og fremst en orientering om at malene nå er vedtatt (av rektor 25.06.19).