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Zentrales Prüfungssekretariat

FAQs (last edit 07-29-2020 8.00 a.m.)

I'm registered for an exam that's been postponed. Do I have to cancel my registration?

Since the exams are only "postponed", you should pass the exam registration.


Current information on examination cancellations

Students can withdraw from examinations in the summer semester before they begin without the obligation to submit a medical certificate. Cancellations are also possible in PAUL until the day of the examination.

What about oral (final) examinations?

Current oral examinations and oral doctoral examinations should - as far as possible - be held in digital form. If this is not possible, they can be held in exceptional cases and under strict conditions such as keeping a minimum distance of 2 metres and with the consent of all those present in a small group of up to 5 people.


What do I have to know about my Bachelor or Master Thesis?

Your thesis can still be sent by post to the Central Examination Office.
 However, final theses can also be submitted by e-mail to the examiner and a copy must be sent to the responsible office of the central examinations secretariat. Please also attach a declaration that you wrote your thesis by your own (signed if possible) to the PDF. The examiners may later request a printed copy to be submitted. From the point of view of the ZPS, a submission is completed when the electronic form is submitted.
At present, it is also possible to hand in printed theses at the main entrance, but it is better to send them by post or email.

What is to be observed regarding the deadline for submission of final and term papers?

 Schools, laboratories, libraries, industrial companies and printing works are closed in many places, so that student work with a fixed deadline is not possible. Until further notice, all deadlines for student work (Bachelor's, Master's and term papers) are suspended. This means that you can also submit your work later.


I will start my thesis after 01 June 2020. Which deadline applies to me?

If you have submitted a completely filled out application for admission after 1st of June with the start of the term as of 1st June, the submission deadline from your examination regulations applies to you. This can also be earlier than 15.09.2020. However, the processing time can be extended in case of pandemic-related impairments upon application and with the approval of your first examiner.

In der Presse war zu lesen, dass Seminar- und Hausarbeiten an das Zentrale Prüfungssekretariat als PDF geschickt werden sollen. Stimmt das?

Nein. Seminar- und Hausarbeiten übersenden Sie bitte weiterhin lediglich an die zuständigen Prüfer. Lediglich PDFs Ihrer Master- oder Bachelorarbeit müssen Sie (auch) an den für Ihren Studiengang zuständigen Sachbearbeiter im ZPS schicken. Deren Emailadressen finden Sie hier.

Can Bachelor and Master theses still be registered?

BA, or MA-Thesis can still be registered in the conventional way (application for admission in PAUL). Please arrange office hours of your supervisors/assessors directly with them. The application does not have to be submitted to the ZPS with original signatures; a scan/photo is currently sufficient. The term will be the original one from the examination regulations.

Do I get still confirmations of my grades?

  Confirmations of grades/performance overviews will continue to be issued. Please request these preferably by email from the ZPS clerk responsible for your degree programme. The requests will be processed as soon as they are received, please refrain from further requests within the first 5 working days after receipt! The documents will be posted to you in PAUL under Examination Administration/Documents as signed PDF.


Do the dates of the exams (and deadlines for homework) also mean that the deadlines for the registration for these exams are postponed?

Yes, the last possibility to deregister will remain until 7 days before the (later) examination date. If it is not possible to deregister in PAUL during this time, please contact the ZPS staff-member responsible for your degree programme by e-mail.


Akzeptiert das Studierendenwerk (BaFöG-Amt) die Online Notenspiegel aus PAUL?

Die Online Notenspiegel aus PAUL als PDF sind elektronisch signiert und werden vom BaFöG-Amt akzeptiert. Beachten Sie jedoch, dass dafür die PDF-Notenspiegel nicht verändert werden dürfen und können, weil dann die Signatur verloren geht. Ausserdem muss dem BaFöG-Amt der Notenspiegel natürlich auch elektronisch (bafoeg(at)stwpb(dot)de) übermittelt werden!

The Adobe signature has "disappeared" from my online transcript of records. What happened?

You probably opened the original document with a non-Adobe product and saved it again. In this case, the signature will be removed, of course. You should forward the saved documents unopened (or only opened with Adobe Reader). Without signature the documents are not valid!

Are there already regulations for the exams of the winter term 19/20 that failed in the course of the corona closure?

Follow-up dates for these exams are not yet fixed

Is it true that failed attempts in the summer semester are not counted?

Examinations that are taken in the summer semester 2020 (this includes the summer semester examinations in October) and are not passed are considered not taken. This applies to every attempt, including second and third attempts etc.

This does not apply to Bachelor's and Master's theses and for oral defences; here there are still failed attempts.

The attempt counter will only be corrected after the evaluation of the examinations but before the examinations of the following summer semester (SoSe 2021).


Do I have to request the deletion of my failed exams (5.0 or NT) in the summer semester?

Failed attempts for examinations taken in the summer semester 2020 will not be evaluated. Please note that first the examiners' evaluations are entered in PAUL and later the failed attempts are deleted. You do not have to request the deletion of the failed attempt. The cancellation will be carried out by the ZPS without application, but will take place at a later date.

In der Paul-APP wird mir für Fehlversuche im SoSe 2020 lediglich ein "entschuldigt" angezeigt. Der Grund "Corona-VO" ist nicht ersichtlich. Ist das korrekt?

Es handelt sich lediglich um ein Darstellungsproblem der APPs. In der Android oder iOS App wir der Grund "Corona VO" bei nicht teilgenommen oder ursprünglich mit 5,0 bewerteten Prüfungen nicht angezeigt. Lediglich im Desktop-Browser unter dem Menüpunkt "Studium/Prüfungsergebnisse" und ggfs. auf den Dokumenten erscheint der Grund "Corona-VO" bei Ergebnissen, die aufgrund der Corona-Verordnung nicht als Fehlversuch zählen. 

I'm an examiner. Do I also have to enter grades and absences, which normally lead to failing, in SoSe 20 in PAUL?

Please enter all notes as usual in PAUL, failed attempts will be eliminated by ZPS afterwards. The grade is shown as "Corona VO".

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