You do not have to take the module again. You only need to take the exam and register for it again. However, for some modules there are exceptions to retaking the module. In case of any doubt, please ask the lecturer.
Very important: In many modules you have to take exams during your studies. If you do not register (again) for a module, you will not automatically be informed about these achievements. Therefore, please inquire with the lecturers about the examination achievements immediately after the start of the course and have yourself entered in the Moodle course.
Examinations failed in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/2021, summer semester 2021, winter semester 2021/2022, summer semester 2022 as well as in the winter semester 2022/23 are considered as not taken.
Examinations that were not passed (5.0) in the above-mentioned semesters (and only in these semesters) are not counted towards the failed attempts and may be written again. However, there is no retake option for passed exams.
Failed examinations from the summer semester 2023 onwards will again be counted towards the failed attempts.
HTW Berlin implements the regulations in the "new" Berlin Higher Education Act of September 2021 as follows:
- The so-called three-semester rule will be suspended until further notice.
- The limitation to a total of three examination attempts will be extended to include the possibility of a fourth examination attempt if a subject-specific counseling session has been held with the course advisor.
- Students will be informed after failing the second repeat examination (i.e. the third examination). This information always takes place after the 2nd examination period. This also applies if the examination was not successful in the 1st examination period. Students are free to proactively and independently make an appointment with the course advisor after failing the third exam. Then, if necessary, the additional 4th attempt can be taken immediately in the 2nd exam period.
- A thesis (i.e. Bachelor's or Master's thesis) can be repeated twice. This results in a maximum of three attempts to write the thesis.
- In case of failure, a final oral examination for the thesis can be repeated twice. This results in a maximum of three examination attempts.
We would like to draw your attention in particular to the rules for exams written online and Open Book (distance E-Exams):
- Your exam must be a stand-alone exam paper. For electronic examinations at a distance, certain additional tools are allowed. These can be for example: own notes, textbooks, lecture notes or internet sources. Your lecturers will inform you exactly which tools are allowed. Please pay attention to these specifications. The requirement of good scientific work also applies in an exam.
- If texts or essential ideas are taken over from documents accompanying the exam, these must be clearly marked as a quotation in order not to be considered plagiarism. To be clear, any communication with others (with the exception of the supervisor) as well as the copy of text (including from other or jointly pre-written texts) without the use of quotation marks and indication of the source ("copy & paste") are inadmissible.
- If violations are considered an attempt at deception, the work will be graded as "insufficient" (5.0). The examination attempt is then considered to have been made! In particularly serious cases of attempted cheating (e.g. repeated attempted cheating, full plagiarism, organized collaboration of several persons), this may result in your de-registration.
In general, teachers are free in their decisions when it comes to teaching and examinations. However, there is of course a framework determined by laws within which they act. If you have the impression that decisions are not correct or rules are not applied correctly, please refer in particular to §18 "Objections to the grading of module examinations" of the RStPO.
Please contact your teacher immediately after the announcement of the examination results and ask for an appointment to get the details. Then the assessment will be explained to you. If you do not receive a (satisfactory) explanation, please contact the examination board of your degree program within six weeks after the announcement of the examination results by presenting your concerns in a reasoned (!) complaint. The examination board will forward your objections to the teacher for comments. After about 3 weeks you will receive a reply from the examination board via the examination administration with instructions on how to appeal.
If you have still not been able to resolve the problem, proceed as follows: In case of organizational/content-related challenges, please contact the dean's office of the department. Only if your appeal is rejected/decided by the examination board, contact the examination office.
A frank word: It does not make sense to skip any of these steps. HTW Berlin strives to make quick, correct, appropriate as well as fair decisions. For this purpose, the respective responsible offices must also be involved. If you act differently, the process will unfortunately take longer, but will not lead to a different decision.