Programming

Taking an exam with Canvas

Your digital exam may take place in Canvas.

Prepare yourself for an exam in Canvas

It is important that you complete the following steps well in advance of the exam date so that you have time to solve any problems you may encounter and you can start the exam well-prepared.

Digital exam on campus

1. Register in time for the exam

For exams you will need a valid registration in OSIRIS to be allowed to participate. Without a valid registration, participation is not possible! Online registration for an exam, resit or midterm is possible up to 5 working days before the date of the exam.

Registered students will receive an exam notification 4 days before the exam. If you did not receive an exam notification (check your SPAM), you are not registered. There is no point in contacting your lecturer, the Student Administration, or IT Support. You can register for the next resit.

More information about registering for exams can be found on the web page written exams.

2. Read the instructions

Canvas instructions

Read the general instructions how to open the exam in the exam room.

The instructions for the exam will be published in Canvas no later than 14 days prior to the examination.

The cover page will be published in Canvas no later than 5 days prior to the examination. On the cover page, you will find information about the structure of the exam, any permitted materials and sources and, if necessary, instructions about uploading answers/documents.

3. Take a practice test

Take a practice exam. Please note: you still need to 'enroll' for the Canvas course to be able to take the practice exam. You can do so by clicking ‘join this course’ on the right side of the webpage.

For exams that use software such as Anaconda or R studio, it is important to practice with these programs on the university's PCs. Especially if you, for example, use a Macbook yourself.

If you experience technical problems in this preparation, please contact Digital Exams Support via digitalexams@tilburguniversity.edu.

4. Prepare for your on-campus exam

Make the following preparations if you take the exam on campus in a Tilburg University computer room.

  • Please bring your Tilburg University card or other valid identification (driver's license, ID card or passport) with you.
  • The exam notification will tell you which seat in the exam room you need to take the exam at. Take a seat at the table reserved for you.
  • Please be on time. Take the time to put your things away in the lockers if you are taking a digital examination in Cube 241 or Cube 242. You may enter the room 15 minutes before the start of the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a working Tilburg University username/password combination. This will allow you to log in on the computer.
  • Is the use of an USB or external hard drive allowed during the exam? Please follow the instruction below to make sure your USB or external hard drive is accessible on the campus computers:
    Instruction formatting external storage device

Digital exams off-campus

1. Register in time for the exam

Please check if you have registered for the exam. For exams you will need a valid registration in OSIRIS to be allowed to participate. If a student does not have a valid registration, participation in an exam is not possible!

All registered students will receive an exam notification 4 days before the exam. If you did not receive an exam notification, you are not registered and cannot participate. There is no point in contacting your lecturer, the Student Administration, or IT Support. You can register for the next resit.

More information about registering for exams can be found on the web page written exams

2. Check if your hardware (laptop/computer) and internet connection meet the requirements

Hardware

For digital exams off-campus the following requirements apply:

  • Operating system: Windows 7 or higher, macOS 10.11 or higher, Linux Ubuntu 18.04 or higher, Chrome OS 58 or higher.
  • Web browser: preferably the current releases of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. 
  • Internet connection: any Internet connection with an upload speed of 0.244 Mbps is sufficient.

Internet connection

If you want to test your internet connection, use one of the many websites with which you can test your upload and download speed and ping time (e.g., www.speedtest.net/). Test it a number of times. If the lowest upload speed achieved is higher than 0.244 Mbps, then your internet connection is sufficiently suitable for online exams. Higher is obviously better.

In general, the average internet speed is far above 0.244 Mbps (for comparison, a Ziggo Internet Start subscription is up to 5 Mbps/s, an Internet Complete is up to 25 Mbps/s and Internet Max is already up to 40 Mbps/s).

Shared internet connection

Do you have a shared internet connection, for example, with housemates? Then make sure that your housemates do not send too much data over the line during the test. Ask them to take this into account for the duration of your exam.

Technical problems during the exam

If you experience any problems during the exam, please contact Digital Exams Support via +31 (0)13 - 466 4663 or digitalexams@tilburguniversity.edu. Support is available during all scheduled exams.  Always state the course code and course name of the exam you are taking, and whether the exam takes place in Canvas or TestVision.

3. Take a practice test

Would you like to prepare yourself by taking a practice exam in Canvas? Go to the practice exam. Please note: you still need to 'enroll' for the Canvas course to be able to take the practice exam.

If you experience technical problems in this preparation, please contact Digital Exams Support via digitalexams@tilburguniversity.edu

4. Read the instructions and regulations for exams in Canvas

Regulations during exams

Despite the fact that there is no invigilator at your home, the same rules apply when taking online exams as with regular written exams on campus.

Check out exam regulations 

Canvas Instructions

The instructions for the examination will be published in Canvas no later than 14 days prior to the examination.

The cover page is published in Canvas no later than 5 days before the exam. The cover page contains information about the structure of the exam, permitted materials and sources, and instructions for uploading explanations, if any. 

5. Prepare your workplace and yourself

Start preparing 30 minutes before the exam time, so that you can start on time.

  • Check which aids (e.g. scrap paper or books) are permitted and remove all other objects from your desk or table. 
  • Make sure you are alone in the room and can work in peace.
6. During the exam

The teacher has determined the exam time and this is stated on the cover page. Keep a close eye on the time and hand in your test on time.    

Technical problems during the exam

If you experience any problems during the exam, please contact Digital Exams Support via +31 (0)13 - 466 4663 or digitalexams@tilburguniversity.edu. Support is available during all scheduled exams. Always state the course code and course name of the exam you are taking, and whether the exam takes place in Canvas or TestVision.

7. After the exam (follow-up calls)

Follow-up calls

In some cases, lecturers may give you a call after the exam to check whether you have taken the exam yourself. You will be informed in a timely fashion about this (via Canvas, and on the cover page of the exam).

You will hear as quickly as possible after the exam whether you will receive a follow-up call. You will receive an e-mail with instructions, so keep an eye on your mailbox. If you fail to answer the call or if the assessor establishes in the short interview that you most likely did not take the exam on your own, an official report will be made.

Contact with fellow-students directly after the exam

The rules about contacting other students depend on whether there is a follow-up call after the exam. You will be informed via Canvas and on the cover sheet of the exam if this is the case.

  • Exam without follow-up calls: you are not allowed to communicate with other students about the exam until one hour after the end of the exam. Doing so will be considered fraude.
  • Exam with follow-up calls: it is not allowed to communicate with other students about the exam until two hours after the end of the exam. Doing so will be considered fraude.

Frequently Asked Questions

I can not login in the exam in Canvas, what should I do?

Registration

Please check if you have registered for the exam. If you did not register in time for the exam, participation is not possible. You can check in Osiris or at the Student Administration if you have registered. All registered students will receive an exam notification 4 days before the exam.

Did you not receive an exam notification? Then you are not enrolled and cannot participate. There is no point in contacting your lecturer, student administration or IT Support. You can register for the next resit.

Digital Exams Support (during exams taking place off-campus)

If you experience any problems during the exam, please contact Digital Exams Support via +31 (0)13 - 466 4663 or digitalexams@tilburguniversity.edu. Support is available during all scheduled exams, on Saterdays as well.  Always mention the course code and course name of the exam in question. Always state explicitly whether the exam is taken in Canvas or TestVision.

What happens if my internet connection is (intermittently) lost while I'm taking a digital exam off-campus?

If your internet connection is lost during the test, you may be able to continue using the test without logging in again. After reconnecting to the internet, in most cases you can continue from the point where you lost the connection. Canvas saves your answers every 60 seconds. It is therefore possible that your latest entries have not been saved when you loose the internet connection.

If you cannot restore the internet connection, please contact Digital Exams Support via +31 (0)13 - 466 4663 or digitalexams@tilburguniversity.edu. Support is available during all scheduled exams. Always state the course code and course name of the exam you are taking, and whether the exam takes place in Canvas or TestVision.

You are responsible for a stable internet connection and will not be given extra time for the exam if you have temporarily no internet at your disposal.

If, for example due to technical problems, I start the digital exam off-campus later than the official start time, do I get extra time at the end?

The following rule applies to exams in general: you can still participate up to 30 minutes after the official start time.

If you start later than the official start time due to technical problems with your own hardware or internet connection, you will not be given extra time. 

Are you allowed to start until 30 minutes after the official start time of the exam?

Yes, you can participate up to 30 minutes after the official start time. You will not be given extra time if you start later than the official start time. 

When I submitted my exam answers in Canvas, I got a white screen. Have my answers all been saved?

Yes, your answers have been saved. Canvas saves every answer as soon as you click or enter them, not only after pressing "submit".

When do I get the final results?

Between 10 and 15 working days after the exam took place, the teacher will publish the final grades in Osiris. Based on these grades, you can decide to participate in the resit. In case an official report has been filed against you, you will not receive a final grade in Osiris. You can make your own decision whether or not to register for the resit.

If the teacher has published preliminary grades in Canvas, students can not derive any rights from these.

Do special arrangements also apply?

Students who need extra facilities (e.g. extra time) due to a disability can request this online. You can also make use of these facilities for online exams. Please note that, in some cases, you may need to make some arrangements yourself.

  • For all exams listed on the Written exams and midterms page: You do not need to do anything. If you are entitled to extra time, arrangements will be made automatically.
     
  • For all exams not listed on the Written exams and midterms page, but that do have a fixed starting and end time: Please contact your lecturer to indicate that you have a right to special arrangements. The lecturer will make arrangements for you with respect to the exam. He/She will of course check whether you have indeed been granted special arrangements.

For other facilities, such as a standing table or a low-stimulus room: you will need to take care of this yourself. You can change your screen settings to increase font size, if necessary.

What is a Code of Honor in relation to online exams?

During exams it is important that we can assess you on your own performance. The cover page of every exam will therefore contain a Code of Honor. By taking the exam, you agree to what is stated in this Code. The Code of Honor reads as follows:

“I will take this exam to the best of my abilities, without seeking or accepting the help of any source not explicitly allowed by the conditions of the exam.
I have neither given nor received, nor have I tolerated others’ use of unauthorized aid.
Not complying with the statement invalidates the exam for summative use, that is, a grade will not be assigned to your completed exam."

Firm action will be taken in the event academic fraud is discovered.

Some Schools have their own Code of Honor.