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:

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

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

During the assessment

– assessment access arrangements, if you are ill

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

 

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.

  • I cannot see the results page online.

The results pages are switched off at certain times of year while new results are uploaded.  These dates are usually confirmed in the Student Calendar.  In the interim, you may be able to obtain a current student transcript from the Student Services Counter – details and contact information are available here: Transcripts and Statements

  • Why can’t I see my marks online?

The Results and Resit Application page is not available to view at set times of the year.  It is necessary to turn off the Results and Resit Application page to enable the marks and awards to be processed.  Following each period of processing the marks and classifications, on each of the Official Results days, the Results and Resit Application page is switched back on and all finalised results that have been processed will be available to view.  If you are still not able to view your results, it may be that you are looking in the wrong area. Please ensure you have selected the correct term; if you have accessed the correct page but there are marks missing, this means the schools have not yet released them for processing.

If you are looking for a year abroad mark for the current session, these are usually not available at the same time as all other module marks and you are advised to contact your teaching school for advice on when the mark will be available.

If you are a postgraduate student and your results have not yet been finalised, any released results will be displayed in the Provisional area under the Examinations tab.  Once the results have been finalised and processed, they will be available to view on the Results and Resit Application page. 

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

 

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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’.

 

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-examination/re-assessment period you will take your resits will depend on your cohort.

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

  • 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 Examination and Assessment Timetables 2021 for further information on the different cohorts, examination/assessment periods and re-examination 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-examination/Assessment period following their original attempt, 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 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-examination/Assessment period following their original attempt.
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.
2nd attempt - in the Re-examination/Assessment period or the following session depending on the timing of the original attempt.  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?

The University requirement is that a 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.

  • I am progressing into my next year of study, but still need to resit a module, how can I apply?

Resits will take place at the next available opportunity – during either the January or May/June assessment period depending on whether the module(s) is a Semester 1 or 2 module(s).  Please see the External/Carried module resits web page for details on when and how you can apply to resit. You should also liaise with your teaching school for further guidance.

  • 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.  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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • What will the format of my resit assessment be?

You should liaise with the Teaching School regarding the format of the assessment.

 

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.

  • What is an online assessments?

Information about online assessments can be found here.

  • Queries about the online assessment timetables.

Assessment Timetable FAQs can be found here.

 

During the Assessment:

  • 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 exam/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.

 

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.

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

You are advised to liaise directly with your Teaching School.

  • When will my class test take place?

You should liaise with the Teaching School regarding in-class assessments.

 

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 signed by their Parent School. Once signed, 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. 

  • 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.