Testing and assessment

At TU/e, we test your knowledge in various ways: a written exam, presentation, design, or report that will be assessed. The chosen testing method depends on what we want to test and why we want to test: 

  • Tests to learn from: this guides your learning process 
  • Tests to study for: you’ll finish a study component with a grade 

Exams

At TU/e, we use the word exams. An exam is research-based, and meant to test your knowledge, insights and skills that you have, and the assessment of the results of that research. For bachelor’s courses this consists of two interim exams and one final exam in your freshmen year. The way in which the midterm exam grades count for your final course grade, can be found in Osiris. 

The official regulations regarding TU/e’s central testing can be found in this document. Other important arrangements for your study program can be found in the PER and the regulations of your Examination Committee. 

No compulsory attendance at final test

Attendance of the 1st take of a final test of bachelor courses is temporarily not compulsory for participation in the re-sit during the academic year 2022/2023. If you haven’t passed the final test, your departmental CSA will register you automatically for the 1st subsequent re-sit of the final test.

What to do in case you are ill?

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms but your test (PCR or self-test) result is negative, you may come to campus.
  • In case you are ill, have tested positive on COVID-19 or if you have COVID-19 symptoms and you don’t have a negative test result yet, you can make use of the regular sick-reporting-procedure. In that case you have to inform your academic advisor immediately. You will first be referred to the regular re-sit. Should you fail to pass the exam and no re-sit attempt is left, you have the possibility to apply at your Examination Committee for a second attempt but only if you would face study delay due to this situation. The Examination Committee will decide if an extra attempt is possible and feasible.

Do you need special facilities during your exam? 

You may need extra support during your studies. For example, due to a functional impairment, chronic illness or mental health issues. If you have to deal with this, we can help you to successfully complete your studies. For example, by giving you extra time to take an exam or by allowing you to use a laptop with voice software. On this page you will find all the information you need to arrange special facilities. 

Assessment policy and assessment framework

Tests must meet certain quality requirements. The conditions to which tests are subject are laid down in the TU/e exam framework.

The general exam framework is determined at university level. The exam policy for study programs is described at departmental level. The exam policy is reviewed every year.

Examination Committee

Each study program has its own Examination Committee that supervises the quality of testing and assessments. Your teacher can bring in the Examination Committee if he/she suspects fraud. You could also reach out to the Examination Committee if you have complaints regarding testing and assessment. 

Fraud and plagiarism

A TU/e diploma is very valuable. Anyone should be convinced that you have earned your diploma with integrity. Fraud doesn’t go along with that, thus the TU/e has its own Educational Fraud Policy. All your exams are screened on potential plagiarism.