Use of aids and materials at written exams

Exam assignments must generally be formulated in such a way that prevents them from becoming an aids and materials exam. Emphasis must be placed on testing the students’ academic knowledge at the time of the exam.

Students must not gain unauthorized access to information during the exam, including using the Internet. Therefore, students are not allowed to bring mobile phones etc. The exam paper submitted must be prepared during the exam. 

Aids and materials permitted at exams are specified in the course description. There are three options:

  1. No aids and materials permitted (except from standard dictionaries and calculators)
  2. Written materials permitted (i.e. books, notes, old take-home assignments, etc. but not technical aids, for instance a laptop)
  3. All aids and materials permitted (i.e. a standard laptop, tablet, or similar in addition to written materials). Internet access can only be granted, if the lecturer in writing has informed the students of this.

Students are always allowed to bring standard dictionaries, i.e. spelling dictionaries, contemporary language dictionaries, and other language dictionaries, but not, for example, technical or medical dictionaries. This does, however, not include language exams where dictionaries are not permitted.

Students are always allowed to bring a calculator, unless the department forbids the use of calculators or makes one available at the exam. The department can make computers available at the exam, in which case students are not allowed to bring their own computer.

Calculators, computers, and other electronic aids must not be set up in a way that enables communication with others inside or outside the exam room.

Students are not allowed to use their own printer at the exam.

Violation of the rules of using of aids and materials at written exams can lead to disciplanary measures towards students according to the rules regarding cheating at exams. Find more information on this at DTU Inside under ‘Exam’ / 'Cheating at exams and other forms of assessment'.

Students are responsible for any aids and materials they bring to the exam, and DTU generally does not make any type of facilities available for the use of any aids. Students are not granted extra time for the exam if the aids they have brought to the exam have a malfunction, are out of power etc.

It is possible to apply for special conditions at a written exam and  obtain permission to use compensating aids (e.g. assistive aids for dyslexics) for written exams, where aids are otherwise not permitted. (See ‘Special arrangements at written exams’ under ‘Exam’)