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Student Academic Assessment

Grading System and Grade Calculation

Academic Performance Assessment

Appeals

Academic Failure and Academic Progression

Regulations on the Rating System for Comprehensive Evaluation of Student Performance

Regulations on Student Performance Rating at ICEF

Grading System and Grade Calculation

HSE uses a 10-point grading scale. It corresponds to a qualitative grading framework generally adopted in Russian universities and to ECTS grading scheme in the following way:

 

10-point scale

Russian grading framework

ECTS grading scheme

10

Excellent

A+

Excellent

9

Excellent

A

Very good

8

Excellent

A–

Very good

7

Good

B+

Good

6

Good

B–

Good

5

Satisfactory

C+

Satisfactory

4

Satisfactory

C–

Satisfactory

3

Fail

F

Fail

2

Fail

F

Fail

1

Fail

F

Fail


Academic progress in each course is evaluated by means of a cumulative system, where the final grade is made up of the ongoing assessment results and the examination grade. Detailed information on grade calculation methods and formulas can be found in Section II of the Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of HSE Students and, more specifically, in syllabuses for each course.

Academic Performance Assessment

Academic progress at HSE is evaluated through ongoing assessment, interim assessment and final state certification.
  • Final state certification is a set of comprehensive examinations designed to evaluate student mastery of the programme upon its completion. It is held by a special certification board.
  • Ongoing assessment is conducted continuously within each study period. It is aimed at consistent monitoring of student progress in the course. Ongoing assessment methods include homework, in-class assignments, independent projects, reports, essays, colloquiums, laboratory assignments, term papers, etc. Methods, procedures, inventory, technologies and assessment criteria employed for ongoing assessment are described in the course syllabus that must be released to the students no later than the start date of the course.

Ongoing assessment results are announced no later than 10 days after the assessment took place. Students who have any queries regarding their ongoing assessment results may schedule group or individual appointments with the teacher to discuss their concerns.

  • Interim assessment is held at the end of a study period (semester or module) to evaluate interim and final results in different courses and academic tasks. Interim assessment may be based on the ongoing assessment results or may take the form of a graded examination.

Examinations

The schedule of the examination period is released by the Programme Office at least one week prior to its start date. It is placed on the programme dashboards, published on the programme website and communicated through other electronic channels. The schedule must be designed in such a way that each student has no more than one examination per day.

Most examinations are held in writing and arranged in accordance with the Guidelines for Conducting Ongoing and Interim Assessment in Writing. Examination papers are released and grades are assigned no later than 5 working days from a written examination.

Students who breach the agreement for paid educational services concluded upon admission to studies may be suspended from the examination by the dean’s directive.

Students must arrive for the examination at the time indicated in the examination schedule. Those who arrived for the examination but then decided not to participate due to health reasons must declare it before the receipt of an examination assignment.

During the examination, students may use syllabuses, reference books and other sources, as determined by the teacher and stated in the course syllabus. Use of materials not permitted by the teacher, attempts to communicate with other students or other individuals (including through electronic communication means), unauthorised moving around the examination room etc., present grounds for the student’s removal from the examination room.

HSE International College of Economics and Finance and HSE/NES Bachelor of Arts Programme have different arrangements for interim and ongoing assessment. They are described in Ongoing and Interim Assessment Arrangements at HSE ICEF and Ongoing and Interim Assessment Arrangements on the Joint HSE/NES Bachelor of Arts Programme at the Faculty of Economics, respectively.

For more information on the academic performance assessment see the Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of HSE Students.

Appeals

Students are entitled to appeal for a review of their examination results.

An appeal request must state specific grounds for appeal. Such grounds may involve the following:

  • Invalid question formulation, questions exceeding the scope of the syllabus, mistakes (including ambiguity) in answers and solutions to the examination questions and assignments made by their authors
  • Infringement of the established examination procedure by the examiner
  • Breach of the grading framework
  • Other circumstances that could potentially impede an objective assessment by the examiner

Dissatisfaction with the received grade is not sufficient grounds for appeal.

An appeal request is submitted to the Academic Director of the programme within three working days from the moment when the examination grades have been announced. Appeal cases are reviewed within 3 working days by a special Appeals Committee comprising the examiner and at least two other faculty members.

The appeals procedure is described in Section VI of the Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of HSE Students.

Academic Failure and Academic Progression

Academic failure refers to a final grade of 3 points or less for an interim/final assessment on the course (except for open optional courses), or absence from the examination without a valid reason.

Academic failure does not pertain to students who have a valid excuse for not taking the examination. Such students must take the missed examination during the nearest retake period. Valid excuses include an illness confirmed by a medical certificate, as well as other exceptional circumstances supported by documentary evidence within three days from the date of absence. Whether to accept exceptional circumstances as a valid excuse for absence is up to the Programme Coordinator. Work-related reasons (e.g., business trip, office hours, etc.) are not valid excuses for the student’s absence from the examination.

Students who have failed assessments in up to two different courses may progress to the next year of study, but they must retake the failed examinations at the beginning of the next academic year in accordance with the established schedule.

Students of the final year of study who have failed assessments in up to two different courses, may start studying under an individual curriculum with repeated courses (hereafter, ICRC). Otherwise, they shall be dismissed from HSE.

Students with failed assessments in three or more courses are not allowed to retake interim examination and shall be dismissed from HSE on the grounds of academic failure immediately after failing the third course.

Retaking Examinations

No more than two retakes of an examination in each particular course is permitted. The first retake is conducted by the same examiner and follows the same procedure as the initial examination. The second retake is conducted by a special Examination Board consisting of at least three examiners. Students who failed a term paper are allowed only one retake.

Retaking interim examinations to improve a passing grade (4 points or higher) is not allowed.

The retake period must be finished by the following dates:

Academic failure in

Retake deadline

Module 3-4

October 15

Module 1-2

February 15

Students will be notified of the retake schedule at least 3 days prior to the first retake through any means, including electronic ones. Students must choose the date for a retake from those available as per the schedule and register at the Programme Office to attend a retake.

Students who have failed assessments in up to two courses by the end of the retake period will be offered to transition to an ICRC. Further information on studying under an ICRC is available in the corresponding section.


 

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