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    Take a deep breath

    A course doesn't end without a fight. Here's what you can do to prepare for that one exam the other students keep talking about.

    How can I prepare for the exams?

    Depending on the course and the professor, exam structures are quite varied. Knowing what to prepare and what to expect is half the battle.

    Our workshops have plenty of advice on what to expect from the exams at the VUB. You can also meet other students here, share your experiences and help each other. Attendance is free, so don't hesitate to find the workshop you need!

    Are you anxious about your exams, or do you feel underprepared? Don't hesitate to seek out individual guidance. We can arrange for personal guidance or tutoring.

    After the exams, it would be a good idea to contact your professor and arrange a feedback meeting. Ultimately, there's no better way to learn than by understanding your mistakes.

    Which exam strategy is best for you?

    Have questions on the structure of an exam? Is it unclear how you should prepare? If you have any problems preparing for your exams, or just want a quiet place to study, Study Guidance is here to help.

    Our advisors will listen to you and offer whatever you need to help you study. If it's about a certain course, we can arrange for a student tutor. Find out more on how to get individual guidance on our page, or contact us.

    Do you feel like panic is freezing you in place? Exam anxiety should not overwhelm your day-to-day life. Don't hesitate to ask our student psychologists for advice!

    Contact us

    Study Guidance

    Which workshop should I attend?

    Study Guidance organises workshops which contain tons of advice on exams and studying.

    Participants are encouraged to share their experiences, making it a learning opportunity for other students and for the university staff. If you feel like you could use some help to prepare for your exams, don't hesitate to participate!

    Workshops are free for students at the VUB.

    To see the schedule of the workshops, check the calendar regularly.

    Workshop: Become an exam expert

    How to become an exam expert:

    • Make a personal exam plan.
    • Be prepared to deal with different exam types.
    • Learn to master your stress.

    Give your exams a flying start and join us. Don’t forget to bring your course list and exam schedule.

    Workshop: oral exams

    Oral exams: what to expect? Learn how to be prepared! 

    Discover our workshops!


    Exam regulations

    How are (re-)examinations organised at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and what are your rights as a student?

    Faculty's additions to the teaching and examination regulations

    The teaching and examination regulations contains all information on how (re-)examinations are organised at the VUB and your rights and obligations as a student. The faculties can make additions to these regulations. Make sure to check your faculty's additions to the teaching and examination regulations.

    Check your student administration

    Please check whether you:

    • have been enrolled for your study programme
    • have registered your courses correctly (via student SelfService)
    • have paid your tuition fee

    Exam schedules

    • first exam sessions (January and June): at the latest 4 weeks before the start of the exams
    • second exam session (August and September): at the latest 2 weeks before the start of the exams

    The dates of the exam sessions can be found in the academic calendar.

    (Re-)exam registration

    It might be necessary to register for some written exams, meaning a specific time slot or room, as to avoid overcrowding in the exam rooms.

    At most faculties it is also obligatory to register for oral exams. In this case, it will be indicated on your exam schedule or the website of your faculty.

    Multiple exams at the same time

    If (re-)exams take place on the same day AND at the same time, you have to prioritise:

    • the examinations for the mandatory courses, rather than the elective courses
    • the examinations which come first in the standard study path

    Rescheduling of (re-)exams due to force majeure

    You can only request a rescheduling of your (re-)exams in case of force majeure (e.g. illness or the passing away of a first or second degree relative).

    How to request a rescheduling?

    1. Fill out the form of your faculty. You can find it on the faculty's website.
    2. Send it by e-mail to your faculty's secretariat at the latest on the day of your exam
    3. Submit your official statement of force majeure (medical statement, obituary, ...) at the faculty's secretariat, within 3 calendar days after the examination.

    Make sure to check your faculty's additions to the teaching and examination regulations or the specific information on the website of your faculty.


    Crack the codes on your transcript of records

    What do the codes on your transcript of records mean? More information on the proclamation codes >>>

    Deliberations at the VUB

    Questions about failed courses? Rounding of exam results? Graduated with merit, distinction, great or greatest distinction? More information on deliberation regulations at the VUB >>>

    Results of your re-examinations

    If you have a re-examination, your result of the first exam period will no longer be valid. The result you get during the second exam period (re-examination) will be final, even if you obtained a better result during the first exam period.

    Study progress at the VUB

    Which level of study efficiency should I obtain? What do binding conditions mean? More information on the study progress regulations at the VUB >>>

    After the examination period

    Right to inspect, feedback and appeal

    More information

    Exams are over. What now?

    What are your rights as a student?


    >>> Even in times of corona, you still have the right to inspect and feedback. Due to the current measures, this will only happen on campus in limited cases and an online alternative will be offered instead. <<<


    Right to inspect and feedback

    Students have the right to inspect their exams and ask for feedback.

    • You should request inspecting your exams within 3 calendar days after the electronic communication of your exam results.
    • You should request feedback on your exams within 5 calendar days after the electronic communication of your exam results.

    Each faculty can determine how the inspection of exams and feedback are organised in the faculty's additions to the teaching and examination regulations.

    Exceptional circumstances

    Study progress decisions can be revised in case of exceptional circumstances or mistakes. More information >>>

    Lodge an appeal

    In case you feel that your rights have been infringed you can lodge an appeal against a study progress decision. More information >>>

    Feedback: some useful tips

    The end of term is the perfect moment to assess yourself as a student. What went well and where can you make improvements?

    A closer look at your exam

    Can you make a correct assessment of yourself as a student? After exams, internships and practical assignments, it might be useful to ask for feedback. 

    You can contact your professors and assistants for any questions concerning the content of a course or to look into your exams. Keep in mind that you can’t just expect to be provided with the right answers to the exam questions, and you can't negotiate your grade. 

    The tips listed below can help you get as much out of the feedback as possible.

    Prepare yourself for the feedback meeting

    • Reflect on what went well and what went wrong.
    • Make a list of specific questions.

    Listen carefully

    • Is it clear what the other person is saying?
    • Be open to feedback and try to listen without prejudice. The person talking to you made time for this meeting, and is providing you with information you can benefit from. 
    • Wait a while before you react and think about the content of the message.
    • Focus on active points of improvement.

    Ask for more information

    • When something is not clear, ask away!
    • When in doubt, try to summarise the feedback in your own words, to make sure you understand the message.

    Show appreciation

    • Be appreciative towards the person providing feedback. This may sound strange, but when you think of feedback as an opportunity instead of a threat, it doesn’t sound too bad. 

    Reflect on the feedback

    • Look at what you can do with this feedback.
    • What has to change in your approach?
    • Be proactive. You'd be surprised how much you can improve, even with minor changes!