During exams

Proof of identity (ID)

Everyone taking an exam at NLA University College must unasked produce valid ID with a picture when signing the attendance list. This applies to both written and oral exams. The NLA University College student card or a driving licence, passport or other document with a photo on it that is accepted as public ID is acceptable as valid ID.

Candidates without a valid ID may not be allowed to take the exam.

Written exams

Registration and attendance:

  1. Exams normally start at 9am. Candidates are to be present from 8.30am and at the latest 15 minutes before the exam starts. A candidate who arrives after this cannot count on being registered before the exam starts.
  2. Candidates are not allowed access to the exam premises until the exam invigilators are in place.
  3. Candidates who arrive at the premises more than one hour after the exam has started will not be allowed to take the exam.
  4. Candidates must show their student ID or other valid ID with a photo and sign the list of candidates. After registration, candidates may only leave the exam premises if accompanied by an invigilator.
  5. During the exam, candidates may only have writing materials, permitted aids and food at their desk. Outer clothing is to be hung in the cloakroom or placed at a stipulated location. Mobile phones, smart watches and other devices that can be connected to the Internet must be turned off and placed in a handbag/bag. This is to be placed at a stipulated location in the premises.
  6. Read more about the practical execution of the exam at the bottom of this page.

Oral/practical exam

  1. The time and place of oral/practical exams are normally stated on Studentweb or itslearning. All candidates must be at the exam location well before the exam is due to start.
  2. Candidates must bring with them a student card or other approved ID with a picture for registration.
  3. If a candidate is not at the exam location at the stipulated time and NLA University College has not approved his/her absence, this will be registered as an exam attempt. In such case, the candidate must wait until the next time an ordinary exam in the subject is held.
  4. For group exams, candidates are required to be at the exam location at the latest 30 minutes before the exam is due to start. A candidate who comes to a group exam too late cannot count on being allowed to take the exam/obtain an approved assessment along with his/her group.
  5. Candidates and examiners are presumed to treat each other with mutual respect before, during and after the exam.
  6. The duration and form/system of oral and practical exams may vary – for more information, refer to the curriculum for the subject.



  1. An assignment (final assessment) is a written thesis that is allocated at a pre-determined time and has a fixed duration or submission deadline. Work on the assignment is unsupervised and may be individual or in a group – depending on that stated in the curriculum.
  2. The deadline for submitting assignments is normally 2pm. Assignments submitted after the deadline will not normally be accepted unless the student has been granted an exemption, something that is only done in exceptional cases.  Students may not replace all or parts of a submitted assignment, or submit parts of an assignment after the deadline. Remember to save your work continuously and also to take backup copies. Technical problems with your PC, etc, are not an acceptable reason for submitting your work late. Submit well before the deadline.
  3. Most exam assignments are submitted electronically via Inspera. Some can still be submitted both electronically and on paper. Information on the way in which assignments are to be submitted will be given before the exam.

Plagiarism checks will always be in force for electronic submissions.

NLA University College is in a transitional phase with regard to digital exams.

From the autumn of 2017, most exam assignments will be submitted via the digital exam system Inspera.

Exam aids

  1. The description of the subject or curriculum must state the aids that are permitted during the exam. The aids that are permitted must be stated on the front page of the exam paper or on a separate list in the exam premises.
  2. Any use or possession of unlawful aids at the exam will be regarded as attempts at cheating. The individual candidate is responsible for finding out what aids are permitted and the rules governing the use of sources before the exam.

Cheating/attempts at cheating

Cheating/attempts at cheating are a breach of trust in relation to both co-students and the university college and will be subject to strict sanctions.

With regard to home assignments, the student must be careful to clearly distinguish between what are his/her own words and what are not.

If there is any suspicion of plagiarism or other cheating, the student will be summoned to a meeting before any recommendation is sent to the complaints board. The board takes a particularly serious view of plagiarism when the plagiarised text is long and continuous and when the plagiarised text is not stated in the bibliography.

In particularly serious cases, the student may be excluded from all higher education in Norway for two semesters.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of what is counted as cheating:

  • The use of unlawful aids
  • Unlawful cooperation between individuals or groups
  • Plagiarism or a lack of or wrong use of sources, so that a third party's text appears to be the candidate's own
  • Contributing to another candidate's cheating
  • Knowledge of exam questions before the exam starts
  • Manipulating the exam answers after they have been handed in
  • Access to the exam based on cheating in a test or suchlike, the passing of which qualifies the candidate to take the exam

Approval to take part in obligatory teaching or other obligatory activities on a basis that the student knows is incorrect