Your assessment questions answered

Questions relating to assessment are frequently received, below are the answers to some of these.

As new questions arise this page may be updated. If you have a question that is not answered here please email the Assessment & Progress Team including your name, student identification number, programme of study and (if applicable to your query) module codes and modules titles.  

The FAQs below cover the following sub-sections and include answers to as many queries as possible including:

 
General

– extensions/mitigating circumstances

During the assessment

– IT equipment, assessment access arrangements, if you are ill

Viewing Results

– queries include when results will be available, how to view results, what if you can’t see results

Queries on Results and Graduation

– this section includes what to do if you believe your results are wrong, appealing a result, how to graduate, GPA queries

Queries on Transcripts

- queries about marks on final transcripts, academic standing on transcripts, how to obtain a replacement or current student transcript, how to obtain academic verification

Applying to Resit

– includes how and when to apply, do you have to apply, how many attempts you have, what to do if you can’t apply online, cancelling a resit application

Resit Fees

– how much you will be charged, when you will be charged, what to do if you think you have been incorrectly charged

Taking resits

– where you will take resits, what the assessment will be

Assessment timetables

– when the timetable will be published, requesting date changes, what are online assessments

Coursework/In-class assessment

– problems with submitting via Turnitin, in class test dates

Queries on Programmes and Modules

– how many credits students can take, what “level” means, what is the difference between a first and second attempt

 

General:

  • How do I apply for an extension/mitigating circumstances?

Information on applying for extensions or mitigating circumstances can be found here.

During the Assessment:

  • I am taking my assessments at home, what do I do if my IT equipment breaks? Or I don't have access to IT equipment.

You are responsible for making sure you’ve got the right IT equipment and facilities for your assessments if you are taking assessments at home. However, if your equipment breaks, or you don’t have the right facilities at home, contact your Student Support Team AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  If unsure who to contact, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • How can I get Assessment Access Arrangements during assessments?

If you need any adjustments during assessments you should contact Disability Services as soon as possible to arrange an assessment of needs.  The deadline for an assessment of needs can be found on the Assessment access arrangements web page

  • I am ill and cannot attend my assessment what should I do?

If you are unwell and cannot attend an assessment, you should contact your Parent School as soon as possible to inform them and to ask about submitting a mitigating circumstances form. The Mitigating Circumstances web page contains useful information, links and the mitigating circumstances form.   If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • My internet failed during an online time limited assessment, what should I do?

You will have been provided with details of how to contact your school for support during your online time limited assessment. If you experience technical difficulties during an online time limited assessment, you should contact your school as soon as possible to make them aware of this.  Please note that IT issues are not normally accepted as Mitigating Circumstances.

Viewing Results:

  • When will my provisional results be available? 

The Results web page has all the relevant information about the publication of provisional and final results.

  • When will my final results be available?  

You can find more details on dates for results and resits in the Student Education Service Calendar.

  • How do I access my results?

The Results web page has information on how to access the results and resit application page, where you will view your results.

  • Having seen my results, there is no mark against one of my modules, who should I contact to find out my mark?

Where no result has been given for a module, you should firstly contact your teaching school. For provisional marks, the teaching school is responsible for releasing them online so they can be viewed on the Provisional Marks page.  For final marks, once the teaching school have processed the marks and released them to the Assessment & Progress Team, the marks are recorded in the Student Information System and made available on the Results and Resit Application page.   If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • Having seen my results, I cannot see my overall classification, what should I do?

If you are expecting to see your overall final classification but this is not showing on the Results and Resit Application page, you should liaise with your parent school.  Once the Progression and Awards Boards have met, the schools process the classifications and inform the Assessment & Progress Team who record the information in the Student Information System, and this releases the information to the Results and Resit Application page.  If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • I don’t understand the marks showing on my Results and Resit Application page

Information relating to non-numeric marks can be found in the Rules for Awards page which is accessed through the Marking scale web page.  

  • I have passed my module but failed an assessment component, but I have mitigating circumstances for the assessment component. What can I do?

You can apply for mitigating circumstances for the assessment.   The Mitigating Circumstances web page contains useful information, links and the mitigating circumstances form.

Queries on Results and Graduation:

  • I don’t think my overall classification is correct.

If you want to estimate your final classification or check your actual classification you can use the Classification Calculator.  If you still have questions relating to your overall classification, you should liaise with your Parent School.  If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • I don’t think one of my marks is correct.

If you believe one of your marks is incorrect you should liaise with your Parent School.   If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • I wish to appeal against my classification and/or finalised module mark(s).

If you have any questions about your degree classification or any other mark which has been finalised, you should firstly liaise with your Parent School.  If you wish to submit an official appeal or would like some guidance on appealing please see the Appeal (Taught Students) web page.   If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • How do I calculate my GPA?

Unfortunately the University of Leeds does not operate a GPA ranking and does not have an agreed GPA scale. Students applying to a university which does not operate a classification system may wish to contact a provider such as NARIC or the Fulbright Commission to see if they can offer a conversion service, but we are unable to provide this.

  • How do I find out information about the Graduation Ceremonies?  Can I have my certificate posted to me?

Please visit the Graduation web page for more information on ceremonies and graduating ‘in absentia’.

Queries on Transcripts:

  • I have recently been awarded but have not yet received my transcript – where is it?

If you have any queries relating to receiving your transcript, please visit the Graduation web page for information on registering to receive your certificate and transcript, and how to contact the Graduation Team.

  • I changed programme after my (for example) first year, so why do the marks for my old programme appear on my final transcript?

If you change programme during your candidature at the University, the marks achieved on the previous programme will also appear on your transcript.  The transcript is a record of what you achieved while at the University. 

However, if you had completed a programme (for example an undergraduate BA), left the University, and then started a new programme (such as a taught postgraduate MA), you would receive separate transcripts for each programme, because you had left the University after the first programme, and started a new candidature on the second programme.

  • I started my programme with advanced standing (marks/credits achieved from a previous programme of study) – why do the marks of my previous programme not appear on my transcript?

Marks obtained through a previous programme (that ended before you started your current programme) will not appear on your transcript.  Even if the marks were achieved at the University of Leeds on a prior candidature, they will not appear on your current transcript – only marks achieved on your current candidature appear on your final transcript. Your Parent School may have agreed to include marks achieved on a previous programme into your classification calculation, but the marks will not appear on the transcript.

Where you have advanced standing, a sentence should appear at the top of your final transcript noting the amount of credits achieved, the institute where they were achieved, and to refer to that transcript for further details. If this sentence does not appear on your transcript, please contact your Parent School.  If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • I had a first attempt resit and was told my mark for the original attempt would be expunged – why does it appear on my final transcript?

Marks are not removed from your record.  Even if you do have first attempt resits, marks remain on your record as a reflection of what you achieved at the University. 

However, where you resit within the same academic session, then the first attempt resit mark would ‘replace’ your previous mark on your final transcript.  But if you resit (with a first attempt) in the following academic session, then the mark you achieved in the previous session would show on your final transcript.

  • I have an AB mark next to a resit attempt that I did not apply to take.

If you fail a module and choose not to resit it, then a mark of AB for absent is usually recorded against the resit attempt.  This is to show that the attempt was available but was not taken.

  • How can I obtain a replacement transcript?

Details about applying for transcripts are available here: Transcripts and Statements

  • I am a current student, can I have a transcript of the marks I have achieved so far?

Details about applying for transcripts are available here: Transcripts and Statements

  • I am applying to another University and need a statement/academic verification to show I studied at the University – how do I obtain this?

Details about applying for statements and academic verification are available here: Transcripts and Statements

Applying to Resit:

  • When can I apply to resit?

For the academic year 2020/21, there is an expectation that most assessment will be online (i.e. digital and electronic submissions). However, some assessments will necessarily need to take place on campus (e,g, performances, laboratory work, etc.).  In which re-assessment period you will take your resits will depend on your cohort.

Please refer to the Assessment Timetables 2021 for further information on the different cohorts, assessment periods and re-assessment periods.

For further information on when and how you can apply to resit, please refer to Resits web page. Please liaise with your teaching school for further guidance.   If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • How do I apply to resit?

Information on how to access the Results and Resit Application page to apply to take your resits in Leeds can be found on the Resits web page.

  • When can I take my resits?

Resits and first attempts are usually offered in the Re-Assessment period, please note for the academic year 2020/21, there is an expectation that most assessment will be online (i.e. digital and electronic submissions). However, some assessments will necessarily need to take place on campus (e,g, performances, laboratory work, etc.).    Please refer to the Assessment Timetables 2021 for further information on the different cohorts, assessment periods and re-assessment periods or see the Resits web page for further information.

  • Am I eligible to take my resits?

Information is available on the Resits web page. If you are still unclear you should liaise with your teaching school. 

  • How many attempts does a student have to pass a module?

Undergraduate students who have a start date prior to academic term 2016/2017 are permitted three attempts to pass a module; the first attempt plus up to two resits.
Original attempt – at the end of Semester One or Semester Two depending on the teaching of the module.
2nd attempt - in the Re-assessment periods, unless the school has specifically precluded them from their 2nd opportunity due to failure to make a serious attempt at the original opportunity.
3rd and final attempt – may be taken the following session when the module is offered as an external or carried module unless exceptional circumstances permit an internal re-sit.

Undergraduate students who have a start date in or after academic term 2016/2017 are permitted two attempts to pass a module; the first attempt plus one resit.
Original attempt – at the end of Semester One or Semester Two depending on the teaching of the module.
2nd and final attempt - in the Re-assessment periods.
An exception to this rule is International Foundation year students who studied their foundation year in academic year 2015/2016. These students will continue under the old regulations and will be permitted three attempts to pass a module; the first attempt plus up to two resits.

All taught postgraduate students are permitted two attempts to pass a module.
Original attempt – at the end of Semester One or Semester Two depending on the teaching of the module (and when this will be will depend on the cohort, please refer to the Assessment Timetables 2021 for further information on the assessment periods for different cohorts).
2nd attempt - in the Re-assessment periods or the following session depending on the timing of the original attempt (for example, dissertation or project modules are often re-sat over the following session while the student is registered as an external candidate).  Guidance must be sought from the parent school.  If the student does not attend the re-sit at the next opportunity, as stated by the school, the student will lose that final attempt and be marked Absent. 
 
  • I have achieved 100 credits, does this mean I do not have to resit the 20 credits I have not passed? (undergraduate students)

The University requirement is that an undergraduate student must pass a minimum of 100 credits each year to be eligible to progress on an Honours programme of study.  However, you must check, with your Parent School, as there may be programme specific rules that may prevent you from progressing or any failed module maybe a must-pass to progress module (PFP), as failing a PFP module will prevent you from progressing.

  • Do I have to resit my failed module?  (taught postgraduate students)

If the module is pass for progression (PFP), then yes you are required to resit in order to be awarded the degree.  For more information see the Programme Catalogue .  You are also required to achieve a minimum amount of credits for the programme according to the Rules for Award, so if you have not met the minimum then you may also need to resit for this reason.  Usually for taught postgraduate programmes, the minimum is 150 credits, but for some programmes this may be 180.  For advice please contact your Parent School.

  • I can’t apply online to resit.

If you are unable to apply online, please email the Assessment & Progress Team with the subject line clearly stating ‘Application to resit’ and include your full name, Student Identification Number, the Module code(s) and title of all modules you wish to resit and your Parent School. Please note that if you have been granted a first attempt in your resit(s) you should contact your parent school to accept the first attempt instead of applying to this office. 

  • Can I cancel my resit application?

To cancel a resit, please send an email the Assessment & Progress Team including your full name, student identification number, the module code(s) and title(s) for the module(s) you no longer wish to resit.  Please note you may only cancel your application up until the start of the reassessment period.  After this, your application and any associated fee(s) will stand.  If the Team is able to cancel your application, they will remove any resit fee you have been charged.

Resit Fees:

  • How much do I have to pay to take resits?

The costs of taking resits can be found on the Resits web page

  • When will I be charged my resit fee?

Resit fees are charged after the deadline to apply has passed.  If for any reason you are applying outside the usual application times, you should be charged a fee within a few days of your application.  When you are charged a fee you will be sent an invoice to you University email account confirming the amount.  You should wait to receive the invoice before attempting to pay the fee.

  • How do I pay my resit fee?

The How to Pay web page has information on how to pay (the link to this page is also included in the invoice you will be sent confirming the charge).  Please note that payment for resit fees is due immediately on receipt of invoice, and failure to pay may incur late fees.

  • I cannot afford to pay my fee.

If you are struggling to pay any of your fees, you should contact the Fees department as soon as possible to discuss this with them the possibility of a payment plan.  If you are an undergraduate student you can email Undergraduate Fees if a postgraduate student email Postgraduate Fees.  You should always include your full name, student identification number and your programme of study in any correspondence.

  • I am not resitting an on-campus assessment – why have I been charged a resit fee?

The standard resit charge is applied for any assessment you are required/wish to take.  This includes coursework, lab work, online assessment etc.

  • I have been granted a first attempt resit – why have I been charged a resit fee?

If you have been granted a first attempt resit, but have been charged a resit fee, you should contact your Parent School to confirm you wish to accept the first attempt.  The School can then inform the Assessment & Progress Team to update your record and remove the fee.  If you are unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • I have already paid my resit fee but am being charged late fees.

If you have already paid the fee but are still receiving invoices regarding the fee you should contact the Fees department.  If you are an undergraduate student you can email Undergraduate Fees if a postgraduate student email Postgraduate Fees

Taking Resits:

  • Will my examinations/assessments take place in an exam hall? 

For the academic year 2020/21, there is an expectation that most assessment will be online (i.e. digital and electronic submissions). However, some assessments will necessarily need to take place on campus (e,g, performances, laboratory work, etc.).  Please liaise with your Teaching School for guidance on how you will be assessed.  If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • Can I take my resits in my home country?

For the academic year 2020/21, there is an expectation that most assessment will be online (i.e. digital and electronic submissions).  Please liaise with your teaching school for guidance on how you will be assessed to see if it is possible.  If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • What will the format of my resit assessment be?

You should liaise with the Teaching School regarding the format of the assessment.   If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

Assessment Timetables:

  • What are the dates of the upcoming assessment period/when is the timetable published?

For the academic year 2020/21, there is an expectation that most assessment will be online (i.e. digital and electronic submissions). However, some assessments will necessarily need to take place on campus (e,g, performances, laboratory work, etc.). Please see the Key dates and location page on the Student website for further information.  If you are uncertain of the arrangements for your assessments, we can only advise contacting the Teaching School for guidance. For all important dates and deadlines please refer to the Student Education Service Calendar.

  • Can I request an assessment be held on a certain date? Can I request an assessment is not on a certain date? Can you move my assessment to a different date?

If you wish to request that an assessment be held on a certain date/not be held on a certain date/moved to another date, you would need to contact the Teaching School in the first instance. If the school is able to support the application, they will contact the Assessment & Progress Team to make the request, and, if possible, the assessment will be timetabled/rescheduled accordingly.   If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • What is an online assessment?

Information about online assessments can be found here.

  • Queries about the online assessment timetables.

Assessment Timetable FAQs can be found here.

Coursework/In-class Assessment:

  • I can’t submit work to Turnitin.

You are advised to liaise directly with your Teaching School.  The Systems for Online Assessment web page may also be a useful resource.  If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • What is the hand-in date for my dissertation/coursework?

You are advised to liaise directly with your Teaching School.   If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • When will my class test take place?

You should liaise with the Teaching School regarding in-class assessments.  If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.
 

Queries on Programmes and Modules:

  • How does a student enrol for their original attempt?

When registering with the University, the student will automatically be registered for all of their compulsory examinations/assessments for the programme of study they have chosen.  Refer to When to enrol on your modules for further information on modules and how and when to enrol on to modules.

  • When can a student change a module?

If, after the start of any semester's teaching, a student is considering a change in the modules that make up their programme of study, they should discuss the matter with an appropriate member of academic staff in their Parent School. A Change of Module form will need to be approved by their Parent School. Once approved, their Parent School will arrange for the change to be considered by any other teaching school affected. The change will only be authorised when all the schools agree.  Whether or not the student is permitted to change a module is likely to depend on a number of factors, including whether or not:

Their attendance record is satisfactory
Spare capacity is available in the receiving module
There is sufficient time for the student to catch up on any teaching or coursework assignments which have been missed.

Modules may not be changed after the fourth week of teaching unless there are exceptional circumstances; if agreed, any changes after week 4 are subject to a £50 administration charge. Refer to the Change of module web page for more information. Note some schools apply an earlier deadline for making changes to modules, depending on the requirements of the module and the learning outcomes.  Please liaise with the teaching schools for further guidance.  If unsure who to contact in the school, details of school contacts can be found here.

  • What is the difference between an original attempt, a first attempt and a resit attempt?

Original attempt 
When a student first registers on a programme of study, the student will automatically be registered for all of their compulsory examinations/assessments for the programme of study they have chosen. 
 
First attempt
If a student suffers circumstances beyond their control during the teaching and assessment of modules – students are advised to submit a mitigating circumstances case. The School Special Circumstances Committee (SSCC) may consider the case and agree that the circumstances were outside the student’s control and therefore grant a further opportunity to achieve a true mark (not capped at a pass mark as a resit is) this is known as a first attempt.
 
Resit attempt
If a student fails a module, the student is normally permitted to retake the assessment in the Re-Assessment period following their original attempt, unless the school has specifically precluded them due to failure to make a serious attempt at the original opportunity.  If the student passes the resit attempt, they will only receive a pass mark for that module (a mark of 40 for undergraduate students and a mark of 50 for postgraduate students), all resit assessment marks are capped at the pass mark.
 
  • What does the term “level” mean?

Level refers to the level of a module.
For example:
CHEM1002 - a level 1 module
BIOC2667 - a level 2 module 
CIVE3772 - a level 3 module 
LUBS5778M - a level M module 
FLTU1559 - a level 1 module which can be taken in any year of study that the programme specification allows.

This is also explained in the Rules for Award.

  • How many credits can a student study?

Undergraduate full-time students must study 120 credits per year on a full-time programme.

Taught Postgraduate full-time students must study a minimum of 180 credits, of which at least 135 must be ‘M' level credits.

Refer to Modules and programmes explained web page for more information.
 

Last updated 11/03/21