Examination Procedure

The Faculty Examination Procedure applies to all students at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. 

Faculty Examination Procedure (Students' Version)


Registering for exams

The registration rules in brief

  • For all exams at the Faculty students must register using uSis.

  • It is not permitted to retake an exam for a course you have already passed.

  • Registration is only possible during the registration period, which runs from 100 calendar days to 10 calendar days before the exam in question. For example, If the exam is on 22nd September, you must have registered in uSis by 23:59 hrs on 11th September. This means you can register for the exam as soon as you start a course, and that is what we would advise.

  • Always double check that your registration has been successful: Go to ‘My Class Schedule’ in uSis and check that the exam is listed there. If it is not, something has gone wrong with your registration.

  • If for some reason you are unable to register successfully through uSis, send an email to the SSC before the end of the exam registration period. If you contact us after the registration period has ended, we will not be able to help you.

  • If you do not register for the exam before the deadline, you will not be allowed to take the exam. It is not possible to register late; we strongly advise you to register for all your exams well in advance.

Special provisions for examinations on the grounds of disability

If the study adviser has given you permission for a special provision on the grounds of disability, you do not need to apply separately to the SSC for this provision. As long as you register for the exam in good time, the provision will be arranged for you automatically. You will be expected to take the exam in the special provisions exam hall, and your exam paper will be sent there.

Some students are entitled to extra time for exams because of a disability. Any student who has been registered for this provision by the study adviser will be allowed an extra half-hour to take the exam.

You may decide, as a one-off, that you do not wish to make use of your special provision for a given exam and would prefer to take the exam in the regular exam hall. In this case you must inform the SSC by email within the registration period, i.e. at least 10 calendar days before the exam. You will then be expected to take the exam in the regular exam hall.

If you no longer wish to use your provision at all, we request you to inform the study adviser, who will remove your name from the special provisions list. If your name has been removed from the list, you will from then on automatically be assigned a place in the regular exam hall.

What to do if sudden general circumstances prevent you from making it to your exam

It sometimes happens that students cannot make it to the exam on time because of unexpected general circumstances beyond their control, for example if all the trains to Leiden suddenly stop running. In such cases, please follow the guidelines below*:

  • You can enter the exam hall until 30 minutes after the start of the exam. If you will be later, there is no point in going to the exam location anymore.

  • If you cannot make it to the exam on time due to unexpected general circumstances, please send an email to the SSC on the same day stating the reason, your name and your student ID.

  • The SSC makes a list of all the students who report having missed the exam due to general circumstances beyond their control and sends this list to the Examinations Board.

  • The Examinations Board decide on whether a special provision will be made for these students.

  • The SSC or the Examinations Board informs the students of the decision.

* Please note that the guidelines above do not apply to individual circumstances, but only to general circumstances affecting other students as well.

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Last Modified: 13-10-2016