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Student Charter chapter 4: (Preliminary) examinations

Chapter 4 of the Tilburg University Student Charter: (Preliminary) examinations. In the Student Charter, students’ rights and duties are set out in the areas of education, tests and examinations, student facilities, participation, legal protection, etc.

4.1 Preliminary examinations


Each module is concluded by a preliminary examination (article 7.3 paragraph 3 WHW). Each preliminary examination encompasses a test of the student’s knowledge, insight and skills with respect to a certain module as well as an assessment of the result of that test (article 7.10.1 WHW).


The examinations committee may decide that it is not necessary to pass every preliminary examination.

4.2 Registering for preliminary examinations


Students must register in time for preliminary examinations.


After registering, they will receive an invitation for the preliminary examination or reexamination at their student e-mail address. This invitation specifies the time, hall and chair number of the preliminary examination or resit.  Students must  be able to show the Tilburg University card or another valid proof of identity (passport, identity card or driving license ) at preliminary examinations or resits.


More rules on registering for exams can be found on the internet.

4.3 Examinations


The Education and Examination Regulations stipulate the examinations for a program.


Each program has its own exam. An examination is attached to each unit of study. (article 7.3.3 WHW).


The final examination is passed when all preliminary examinations belonging to that examination have been passed, unless the examination committee decrees that a further test, to be administered by it, is required (article 7.10.2 WHW).

4.4 Individual program

Students may, with approval from the most eligible examination committee, compose their own program from units of study that will conclude with an examination. If the examination committee grants their approval, they will also indicate the study program to which the student's individual program belongs (article 7.3 h WHW).

4.5 Announcement of grades


The Education and Examination Regulations stipulate how students who have taken a written examination can apprise themselves of the answers and grading standards.


The Education and Examination Regulations specify the time limits for announcing examination results as well as whether, and if so how, this period may be departed from. They also stipulate the procedure and time

4.6 Certificates


Students or external students who pass a final examination will receive a degree certificate. This certificate states the contents of the examination and has an accompanying list of marks. An English-language diploma certificate is also enclosed drawn up in a standard European format (article 7.11 WHW).


After termination of registration students or external students who have passed at least two preliminary examinations, but not the final examination will, upon request, receive a statement issued by the relevant examination committee stating which preliminary examinations have been passed (article 7.11.5 WHW).

4.7 Appeal possibilities

Students may lodge an appeal against decisions made by the examination committee and examiners with the Examinations Appeals Board within the six weeks of the announcement of the decision (see chapter 10 on Legal Protection).