The Examinations Department is responsible for the administration of the University examinations. Students do Continuous Assessment Tests (CATS) throughout the semester and a final examination at the end of the semester. The university has put the necessary quality control measures in place to ensure that all examinations meet international standards and are administered with strict confidentiality.
The Examinations Department promotes the following core values:
- A spirit of continuous improvement
General Examination Guidelines
- External examiners moderate draft examination question papers and the marked scripts.
- All units are examined during the semester in which they are taken. Such examinations are called Ordinary University Examinations.
- A candidate who has not completed two thirds of the continuous assessment for any unit shall have his/her ordinary examination results nullified and shall be deemed to have failed in the unit with a total mark of zero. Such a candidate should repeat the unit.
- Each unit shall be graded out of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 40 marks for undergraduate courses and 50 marks for diploma and postgraduate diploma courses, unless stated otherwise. The marks are translated into letter grades as follows:
|70% and above ||A |
|60% and below 70% || B |
|50% and below 60% ||C |
|40% and below 50% ||D |
|Below 40% ||E |
Diploma Courses (including Postgraduate Diploma)
|75% and above ||A |
|60% to below 75% || B |
|50% to below 60% ||C |
|Below 50% ||F |
Retake and Repeat Examinations
- A candidate who fails in any unit in an Ordinary University Examination, in any given year shall be required to retake the examination(s) when next offered in the failed unit(s) provided that the total number of such units shall be less than 50% of units sat.
- The maximum marks in a retake examination shall be 40% (undergraduate) and 50% (diploma and postgraduate diploma) and shall not include continuous assessment marks.
- A candidate who fails in any retake examination(s) shall repeat the failed unit(s).
- A candidate who fails the repeated unit(s) shall retake the unit(s) when next offered.
Special Ordinary Examinations
Special Ordinary Examinations are offered to students who miss Ordinary University Examinations on medical and compassionate grounds only.
Appeal for Re-assessment
A candidate who is not satisfied with the grade, which s/he has been awarded in any unit, may appeal to his/her Dean of Institute/Faculty for a re-marking of the written examination paper in that unit on payment of the re-mark fee. The grade and mark recommended by the examiner(s) after remarking shall be the final grade and mark awarded to the candidate for the unit. No appeal for re-marking of any unit shall be entertained in cases where the appeal has been submitted later than fourteen days after the candidate has been notified of the result.
(Detailed examination guidelines are available in the University Statutes(Exams) and the Guide to Quality Assurance of Teaching and Learning).
All students should be aware of the examination guidelines and the penalties for examination irregularities.
The final examination timetable is released two months to the start of examinations.