International Comparison of University Examination Systems
With particular reference to the
number of examinations and associated bureaucratic procedures.
The intention of this web page is to draw attention to large differences in the
number of examinations in different countries of the world. I also want to draw attention to a
bureaucratic procedure called
verbalizzazione, which I do not think exists anywhere else in the world other than in Italy.
I am collecting data and will augment this site as I learn more.
If you know the situation in a country that is not listed here I would be delighted if
you would send me a message.
Here is a broad summary of the number of examinations in different countries of the world.
Detail on the number can be found here.
ONE exam per course each year with no right to resit: Canada, United States
ONE exam per course per year with at most one resit: Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom
ONE exam per course per year with at most two resits: Austria, The Netherlands
(Up to) TEN exams per course per year with the right to resit as often as you wish: Italy
"...the Italian system looks like Dante's nine circles of hell!"
(Olivier L'Haridon, Assistant Professor in Economics, GRID, Estp-Ensam )
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