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Exams at FGS

Exam Schedule

Each lecturer coordinates the date for each course’s exams with the Feinberg Graduate School. Exam dates are preset, within the first month of the course. Exams are usually held during the exam period at the end of each semester. For details, see the current exam schedule.

Registration for Exams

While there is no need to register for exams it is of outmost importance, and in fact obligatory that you register for the courses you take (whether for credit or not).

Final Papers Deadlines

Final papers must be submitted no later than the end of the exam period. 

Extension of Exam Time

You may request an extension of the time allotted for an exam (usually an additional 15 minutes for every exam hour).  Your request for extending the exam time must be accompanied by medical documents. Pregnant women are entitled to a 15-minute extension for every exam hour.

The FGS does not announce when grades are available for the courses offered. It is your responsibility to use the online service to check your current transcript.

Examination Notebooks/Answer Sheets

When writing an exam, you must use either examination books or exam sheets supplied by FGS. Make sure to write your ID number (for Israeli students) or your passport number (for international students) and full name on each examination notebook or answer sheet used during the exam.

Writing in examination notebooks and answer sheets is allowed in pen only (not in pencil). Deletions are allowed by drawing a line through the text that needs to be erased. Failing to adhere to these regulations will deny you the right to appeal for re-evaluation.

After submitting your examination notebook, you may not request that it not be graded.


Students caught copying on an exam or plagiarizing in an assignment will be punished to the fullest extent. This may include permanent expulsion from the Feinberg Graduate School.

Getting Your Grades

Lecturers are required to submit grades for written exams and final assignments within one month following the end of the examination period of the semester.

Retaking Exams or Special Scheduling

As a rule, FGS does not permit a retake of an exam or special scheduling of exams except in the following cases:

  • Military reserve duty
  • Pregnancy and maternity leave
  • Illness
  • Participation in a scientific conference
  • Celebration of an officially recognized religious holiday
  • Absence due to special circumstances

Even within these circumstances, all special scheduling of exams (retake or other cases) require FGS approval in advance. You may approach the Head of the Courses and Exams Section to make such a request.

Please note that the FGS does not permit a retake of final assignments. Retaking an exam in order to improve a low (passing) grade is also not permitted.

Leaving an Exam

You may leave an exam without submitting the examination notebook or answer sheet. This will not be graded as a failure, but you will not be allowed to take the exam at a later date (MOED BET).

Failing an Exam

An exception to the above rule is failing an exam, i.e., receiving a verbal grade of “Fail” or a numerical grade of 54 or less (out of 100). In such a case, you must be examined again. Failing an exam twice or receiving a failing grade in a final assignment in a course might lead to the termination of your studies at FGS.

Returning Examination Notebooks

Examination notebooks are usually returned to the students. If a lecturer in a particular course instructs the FGS not to return the examination notebooks, you will be informed by the FGS as to when you would be able to review the graded examination notebook. This may be done either in the presence of the lecturer, or without his/her presence.

Shredding of Examination Books

Please note that the FGS keeps all examination notebooks for two months from the day the grades in the relevant course were publicized. Thereafter, they are shredded and recycled.

Contesting a Grade

You may contest a grade and ask that it be re-evaluated within two months following the publication of the grades in a course. The procedure is as follows:

  • Appeal in writing to the  FGS Courses and Exams Coordinator.
  • The appeal is forwarded to the lecturer.
  • You may request to meet with the lecturer to discuss the appeal.
  • If the lecturer's response to the appeal does not satisfy you, you may then appeal to the relevant Board of Studies.

FGS Coordinator