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Exams FAQ

1.What is my exam password?

This is the same username and password that you use for logging into Moodle and computers in the Institute.


2.Where will my exam timetable be available?

Exam timetables for each semester and Autumn examinations are posted here.  Timetables for Semester 1 examinations are usually available in early December, Semester 2 timetables in early April and Autumn timetables in early August.  It is the responsiblity of the student to ensure that they are aware of their examination timetable.


3.What is my examination seat number or where do I get it?

Each registered candidate can find their examination seat number when they login to their exam timetable (see 2 above).


4. If I am unable to access my examination timetable what should I do?

If you are unable to access your timetable on line, you should contact the examinations office immediately, at [email protected]


5. When will my exam results be available?

Exam results are posted here, after each examination session, usually, February, June and September.  To get exact dates of when your results will be released please check the Academic Calendar here.


6. What do the following abbreviations mean on my exam results?

 

PS

Pass

P Pass for Placement
EX

Exemption(s) granted - Where a candidate has gained an overall results of Exemptions Granted, the stage has not been passed.  The subject semester results will show the failed subject(s).

AB

Absent from examination.

FL

Fail - no Exemptions gained at current sitting.

F Fail for Placement
FC

Failed Component - It indicates that you have failed a significant element of the assessments within an individual module.

DE

Deferral of Result(s).

I

Deferral of subject(s) - a deferral is gainted if you have mitgating circumstances or extenuating circumstances - it means you will need to sit the exam in the next available exam session.  You do not need to enter for this exam or pay for it, it is automatically downloaded for you.  Please check the website for your examination timetable when available.

IP

Deferral of results, Placement incomplete.

UP Unsuccessful Progression 
SP Successful Progression
Stage Incomplete

You have not yet completed the full year of study.  This is a default result for all Semester 1 results for full-time programmes.


 

7. If I have a query about my exam result, who should I contact?

If your exam results are not available on-line it may be due to the fact that you are not fully registered and need to pay your outstanding fees.  If you need to pay fees please contact our Fees Office on 051-845692 or [email protected] 

If you have a query on a particular exam result please contact your relevant school:

School of Business - 051-302036

School of Education - 051-302040

School of Engineering - 051-306160

School of Health Sciences - 051-302774

School of Humanities - 051-845553

School of Science - 051-302482
 

8.What are overall percentages for awards?

The standard format for assembling marks is as follows:

Award Overall Result to Being Recorded Grade of Award Average Mark

Higher Certificate

Bachelor Degree

DT

M1

M2

PS

Distrinction

Merit Grade 1

Merit Grade 2

Pass

70%+

60%-69%

50%-59%

40%-49%

Higher Diploma

Honours Bachelor Degree

H1

21

22

PS

First Class Honours

Second Class Honours - Grade 1

Second Class Honours - Grade 2

Pass

70%+

60%-69%

50%-59%

40%-49%

 

Post-graduate Diploma

DT

M

PS

Distinction

Merit

Pass

70%+

60%-69%

40%-59%

Taught Masters Degree

H1

H2

PS

First Class Honours

Second Class Honours

Pass

70%+

60%-69%

40%-59%

General (these apply to all)

PS

EX

AB

FL

 

DE

Pass

Exemption(s) Granted

Absent from Examination

Fail - no Exemptions gained at current sitting

Deferral of Result(s)

 

 

9. Who should I contact for a copy of my results or a transcript of results?

If you require a transcript of results from previous years please do so by clicking here.

10. What should I do if I have a Mitigating Circumstance?

'Please note that Appeals and Mitigating Circumstances are different procedures. For more information please visit the Appeals and Mitigated Circumstances page here

  1. Occasionally, circumstances arise that limit a student’s performance at an examination.  Such circumstances are referred to as Mitigating Circumstances.  An Examination Board may take into account mitigating circumstances brought to its attention by a student when agreeing a final mark.  It may do so only under the procedures specified below.

  1. Claims for mitigation might include such matters as certified unexpected illness of the candidate, the death or serious illness of a close relative or a close friend, or such other matters which may to a significant extent have adversely affected the examination performance.

  1. If the mitigating circumstances are considered to be germane by the Examination Board, they may be taken into account when determining the candidate’s overall result.  However, marks may not be adjusted on the basis of mitigating circumstances; rather, if the circumstances are considered relevant by the Board, the candidate will be given the opportunity to re-sit the examination or examinations as if for the first time, at the next available session, and the result for the session under consideration will be recorded as deferred.

  1. A claim for consideration of mitigating circumstances must be accompanied by the following documentation:

  •  Form MITC1, this is available from your School office or download here

  •  In the case of certified illness or other events effecting performance in an examination module, certified evidence (e.g. Medical certificate) must be provided within 5 working days of the relevant examination;

  •  In the case of the death or serious illness of a close relative or close friend, appropriate confirmation should be provided;

  •  For other circumstances evidence from a reliable, objective and verifiable source.

The documentation must be lodged in the relevant School office within 5 days of the examination in question.  The documents will be provided by the School Office to the relevant Programme Board and the relevant Examination Board will consider the mitigating circumstances.

  1. The circumstances covered by mitigation may not form the basis of a formal appeal.


11. How do I appeal my examinations results?

'Please note that Appeals and Mitigating Circumstances are different procedures.

For more information on Appeals click here

For more information on Mitigating Circumstances click here


12. Compensation and Progression Rules

  • A candidate who fails to attain the required pass standard in some modules in an examination, may, nevertheless, pass the overall examination by compensation, within the limits set out below.
  • Major Awards: Candidates may only compensate where the total credit value for which compensation is sought does not exceed 10 credits in any one semester. In practice, therefore, a candidate may seek to compensate in one 10 credit module or two 5 credit modules. The maximum number of modules passed by compensation between semester 1 and 2 examinations is four—that is, no more than two 5 credits modules in semester 1 and no more than two 5 credit modules in semester 2.
  • Special Purpose, Minor and Supplemental Awards: Compensation is only permissible in special purpose, minor and supplemental awards of 30 credits or more per stage. Candidates may not compensate in more than one third of the total credits of the stage. Compensation is at the discretion of the Programme Board and the compensation rules must be specified on the relevant Approved Programme Schedule. If the compensation details are not specified on the Approved Programme Schedule then no compensation is permissible.
  • Only performance at the first attempt in modules in a given stage (of at least 30 credits) may be used to compensate in the same stage, provided no module in the stage has been failed outright.
  • The marks obtained in the examination module(s) listed on the Programme Schedule being considered for compensation must not be lower than 35%, where the pass standard is 40%.
  • Aggregate excess gross marks above the pass standard obtained in examination modules which have been passed must be at least double the weighted deficiency in the examination module(s) being considered for compensation. Where 10 credit modules are involved the marks must be weighted to reflect the number of credits.
  • Compensation can only apply where all the examination modules appropriate to a stage are presented at the same sitting; e.g., a candidate who has been granted exemptions at a previous examination, and is presenting in the remaining examination modules, may not pass the repeat examinations by compensation. Compensation may apply in circumstances where the candidate is repeating an entire stage and repeating all modules on that stage.
  • Compensation may be applied only to enable a candidate to pass in the examination as a whole. It may not be applied to grant exemptions or additional exemptions.
  • There will be no compensation between semesters. However, this regulation should be waived in the case of first year students, provided all other conditions pertaining to compensation are satisfied, namely that:
  1. the student requires compensation for modules totalling no more than 20 credits;

  2. the marks obtained in the module(s) being considered for compensation must not be lower than 35%;

  3. aggregate excess gross marks above the pass standard obtained in passing modules must be at least double the weighted deficiency in the module(s) being considered for compensation.

​Academic Regulations for Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes 2016-17 

Progression

  • As WIT recruits full-time learners on the basis of a full academic year, no hindrance will be placed on a full-time learner moving from the first to the second semester in a stage.
  • Full-time students may progress to the next stage of a programme without having passed all modules in previous stages provided (a) they meet any pre-requisite requirements and (b) the modules carried amount to no more than 10 credits. The student is a repeat learner for the carried module(s).  Students who progress in this manner may not be afforded the opportunity to repeat failed modules at the next examination sitting, due to timetabling constraints.  Students are expected to sit repeat exams at the next available opportunity. Please see Repeat Learner.
  • A student is not permitted to progress in this way from one programme to a follow-on programme.

Repeat Assessment

  •  The Institute normally permits candidates who have failed a module to re-take the examination or assessment in that module. Candidates normally may take three repeat opportunities (candidates are permitted four consecutive opportunities to take examinations) before being required to seek, in writing, permission from the Registrar to take further attempts.  Exceptions to this rule must be specified in the approved programme schedule.

  • In exceptional circumstances, an Examination Board may recommend an alternative form of assessment to that indicated on the Programme Schedule for repeat candidates subject to agreement from the Registrar. Such arrangements are normally described in the programme handbook.

  • Completion, Granting and Presentation of Awards, a programme of study is completed for a student when the learner has met all the requirements of the programme and his/her set of module marks are approved by the programme board.

  • An award is granted to the learner when:

  1. The learner has completed his/her programme of study;

  2. The Academic Council or approved sub-committee have ratified the results of the Programme Board and have passed a motion permitting the granting of the award;

  3. An order of granting the award is signed by the President on behalf of Governing Body.

  • The learner becomes a graduate of the Institute once the order of granting is signed and the student is entitled to describe themselves as such. The date of the signing of the order is the date that will be recorded on the parchment as the date of graduation.

  • No less frequently than once per academic year, the Institute shall convene a meeting to present awards to graduates. The presentation of awards is a celebration of the success of the learners and the Institute’s recognition of their achievement. Parchments are presented (in person or in absentia) at the presentation of awards or they may be presented at another time by special agreement of the Registrar.

  Academic Regulations for Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes 2016-17 

13. What do I need to do if my overall result is not a Pass and I am not allowed to progress?  

To enter for Autumn Examinations click here.  On-line payment is made using a valid Debit Card or Credit Card. The charge for modules failed within the current academic year is €150 regardless of the number of subjects. Students wishing to enter and repeat modules for which they were not registered in the current academic year may do so. The charge is €200 per 5 credit module.  

Please see the general Repeat Learner FAQs  below for further information on the Repeat Learner category.

14. What am I required to do if my overall exam result indicates “allowed to progress”?

This means that you have been permitted to the next year of your course without having passed all modules, however you will need to complete the outstanding modules before completion of your course.

a).  If you wish to attempt the outstanding module(s)  in Autumn session please see below:

To enter for Autumn Examinations click here.  On-line payment is made using a valid Debit Card or Credit Card.The charge for modules failed in the current academic year is €150 regardless of the number of subjects. Students wishing to enter and repeat modules for which they were not registered in the current academic year may do so.  The charge is €200 per 5 credit module. Please see the Repeat Learner FAQs  below for further information on the Repeat Learner category.

b).  If you do not wish to attempt the outstanding module(s) (10 credits max*) in the Autumn session please see below:

You will need to register for the next stage of your course. You may register on-line (in August of each year) for both the next year of your course and your failed modules, See Registration for Continuing Students here.  The Repeat Learner fee for outstanding modules will be €200 per 5 credit module.

*There are exceptions to this, please see your examination result letter and/or contact your school office.

Students from the School of Lifelong Learning should contact Ms. Judy Hilliard at 051-302764 or e-mail [email protected] for information regarding carried modules for which they were not registered for in the current year and wish to repeat.

15. What should I do if my on-line repeat exam payment does not go through?

If your on-line payment does not go-through, please contact Repeat Learner at [email protected]

16. Where can I view the WIT Academic Regulations?

You can view the WIT Academic Regulations here