General examinations

Every faculty has at least one general examination day (yleinen tenttipäivä) per month. The required pre-registration to an examination must be done in the Korppi web-based registration environment at least one week prior to the examination. Please visit the website of the department or ask your departmental coordinator for more information.

General examination days by faculty

Electronic examinations

Examinations can also be arranged as electronic examinations. You can read more about electronic exams in the General Guidelines for Electronic Exams.

Examination guidelines

  • At the examination site, a proctor will call you by your name and give you the examination questions.
  • You may look at the questions only when the proctors have given a permission to do so.
  • Leave your bag and other belongings (including your mobile phone) beside the wall of the examination room. You are allowed to have a pen, pencil and an eraser in the examination. If you are allowed to use adictionary or a calculator, the examiners have informed the proctors of this. Use of them is not possible if the examiner has not separately given permission to do so. Use of mobile phones is not permitted.
  • After all the students have been seated, the proctors give you permission to look at the questions. One of the proctors writes the earliest and the latest possible leaving times on the board.
  • You are expected to be silent from the moment you enter the examination room to the moment you leave it. If you have questions, raise your hand and one of the proctors will help you. Students with disturbing behaviour will be expelled from the examination room.
  • In case of cheating, you will fail the examination and your home  university will be notified. Note that speaking to other students is considered cheating during the examination.
  • When you you are done, give the answers to the questions and the question paper to the proctors sitting in front of lecture hall. Be prepared to prove your identity. Keep your identity card or your passport with you for that.

Practical advice for writing your maturity exam

1. You have 3.5–4 hours to complete the exam.
2. Write on one topic only.
3. The length of your answer should be about 450–600 words. Written by hand on each line, this equals about one exam paper (i.e. four pages). If the text is considerably shorter than this, the exam is graded as a fail, even if the text were otherwise almost faultless.
4. The essay must have a main heading. You can create an appropriate heading if it is not specified in the assignment (e.g. if you are asked to describe, tell or evaluate something). No subheadings (e.g. Introduction, Theoretical Background, Discussion) are usually needed in a short text like this.
5. The maturity exam consists of an essay-type composition, that is, a reflective expert text. This means that it is not an exam answer, opinion text or humour piece. It is also not a description or report of a research process / written thesis / research plan, for example.
6. Assume that your audience is familiar with the mindset and general terminology of your field but not with the topic in question. The general terminology of your discipline need not be explained.
7. The maturity essay is expected to be a coherent, logical, independent entity. The reader must be able to understand it as such, without having read your thesis.
8. Because the maturity exam is an essay-type paper, it cannot consist principally of lists, figures, formulas, etc.
9. It is usually helpful to draft an outline for the essay first.
10. Please write in clear handwriting – it makes evaluation quicker and easier. To separate the paragraphs clearly, either leave a blank line between each paragraph or begin the paragraphs by indenting the first line. Make a clear distinction between upper- and lowercase letters, and separate words clearly from each other. You need not rewrite a final version of the essay, but it is recommended because it allows you to check and edit your text. It is not necessary to use a ballpoint pen.
11. Students’ special needs are considered in maturity exam arrangements. An examinee with, for example, dyslexia can be provided with extra time or the opportunity to supplement the maturity exam orally. If you need special arrangements for completing the maturity exam, please contact your department or subject staff in advance.
12. The fact that Finnish is not your native language is taken into account in assessing the language of your maturity exam. Your linguistic performance is expected to be at the same level as that of native Finnish speakers, but it will be considered that your linguistic weaknesses can differ from those of native Finnish writers.