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How to Register for Examinations in alma
First and Foremost:
- Exam registration (Prüfungsanmeldung) is mandatory in order to receive credits. Students do not receive course credits by enrolling in courses. They must register for an exam linked to the course. See also the FAQ-entry. To be clear: students are welcome to attend courses out of interest without any intention of taking an exam. In such cases exam registration is not required.
- Sudents are only be able to register during the official registration period.
- If students fail to register for an exam the lecturer will not be able to post an assessment in alma and the student will need to apply for subsequent registration to the examination office and provide a valid reason for not having previously registered. See FAQ-entry.
- In alma the term "examination" covers graded exams (Prüfungen) as well as ungraded exams, also referred to as academic achievements (Studienleistungen) for which a pass/fail assessment will be posted. This means that students need to register for both: for graded and ungraded exams.
Please note: in the English version of alma enrollment in courses and registration for exams are referred to as both "enrollment" or "application". In German there is the distinction between "Belegen" for courses and "Anmelden" for exams. This is helpful in order to show that these two processes are distinct. Therefore in these instructions application for exams will be referred to as "registration".
Exam Registration Period for The Summer Term 2021
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Please see the exam regulations for your study program.
Die Abmeldung von einer schriftlichen oder praktischen Prüfungsleistung oder der Bachelor-Arbeit/Master-Arbeit ohne Angabe von Gründen ist bis einschließlich einen Werktag (ohne Samstage) vor dem ersten Tag der Prüfung möglich. Bei mündlichen Prüfungsleistungen muss die Abmeldung spätestens drei Werktage (ohne Samstage) vor dem Tag des betreffenden Prüfungstermins erklärt werden.
In Review: you have enrolled in courses before the beginning of the term and you need to apply for the exam (graded or ungraded) associated with this course. The link between the course and the exam is indicated by their number. The distinction between courses and exams is clearly visible in the study planner in alma. The two types of exams are represented by two different icons. One or more examination elements constitute a module.
Please note that the examples described on the following pages are taken from the winter semester 2020. The course titles may vary, but the basic principles are consistent regardless of the specific courses.
The following scenarios will be discussed:
- The course is linked to one exam in one module only (Example: IAS - Basic Module)
- The course is linked to more than one exam within one module (Example: IAS - Advanced Module: Themes)
- The course is linked to more than one module (Example: IAS - Focus Module Themes and Focus Module Research)
- The course is linked to the same exam but with different examination forms (Example: BEd - Advanced Module Literary Studies and Advanced Module Cultural Studies)
You will see that it is essential that you consult the module handbook of your study program in order to find out which scenario applies to the exam you wish to register for. The scenarios listed above do not cover all possible cases, but the same basic principles will be applicable.
During the official registration period students can change their registration selection or sign out of an exam as often as they like. Sign out (Abmelden) means that you wish to cancel your registration for an exam, Change the Registration (Ummelden) means that you that you sign out of the exam for one course by selecting the exam for another course.
How to Sign out
Example: you have registered for ungraded exam 104 linked to Lecture Introduction to Literary Studies but you later realize that this was a mistake and you wish to withdraw from the exam. Click on the sign off button and click on the sign off button again in the registration window. You will see underneath the sign off button an important piece of information: the expiry date of the withdrawal period. Within the official registration period you can sign in and out of exams. After the end of the official registration period, however you can still sign out within the so-called withdrawal period. You can no longer sign in for exams or change exam registrations, however. Once you click the sign off button, you will see that the status has changed to Not enrolled and you can return to the overview screen. It will appear as if you had never registered for the exam.
How to Change Exam Registration
Example: you attended two Advanced Module seminars Witches in American Literature and Culture and Sonic fictions: Literature and Pop Music and you wish to take the exam in the Sonic Fictions seminar but had previously registered for the exam in the seminar Witches in American Literature. The procedure is almost the same as above. You click on the Sign off button and you will then see the Sign off button again in the registration window next to the course which you had previously selected and a Change Selection button next to all other courses that are linked to this exam. Just click on the Change Selection button for the course you now wish to choose, i. e. Sonic Fictions. The status next to Witches will have changed to Not enrolled and the status for Sonic Fictions will have changed to admission. When you return to the overview page you will at first see no difference, but when you open exam element 612 you will see that the status admission has moved from Witches to Sonic Fictions.