What do cutoff grades mean in exams?

Psychological Institute

Automatic registration for the exams

When booking their modules, students are automatically registered for the exams. You do not have to register for the exams again. You will also not receive an individual invitation or confirmation of registration for the exam.


Tools (calculators, dictionaries, etc.)

As a rule, no aids are allowed in the exams. Exceptions are described in the following document:

Foreign language students are allowed to take a translation dictionary in book form with them to the examination. Electronic dictionaries are not allowed. The dictionary cannot contain any notes or markups.

Otherwise, no examinations are made easier, in particular no extended examination time.


Task

The exams for the preparatory modules in the first year of the Bachelor's degree are carried out in the form of multiple-choice exams. Written lecture exams for the third to sixth semester of the bachelor's degree as well as lecture exams in the master’s degree can also be designed as multiple-choice exams or in another form. The lecturer of the respective course provides information on this.

Multiple-choice exams consist of questions, each of which has several pre-formulated answers to choose from. It can be the case that only one answer alternative is correct for a question (= single answer), but it is also possible that several answer alternatives have to be ticked in order to answer a question correctly (= multiple answers).


rating

The “Partial Credit” assessment method is used for the preparatory course examinations in the first year of the Bachelor’s course.

For the “Partial Credit” method, an answer that contains all correct and only the correct answer alternatives is given three points. If more than one alternative answer is correct in a question, an answer with one error is given two points, and an answer with two errors is given one point. All other cases are rated with zero points. Any incorrectly ticked or incorrectly not ticked alternative answer counts as an error. If only one answer alternative is correct in a question, no partial points are awarded. Answers in which all or no alternative answers have been ticked are rated with zero points.

For the lecture exams in the third to sixth semester of the bachelor's degree as well as lecture exams in the master’s degree - if multiple-choice questions are used - other assessment methods are also used. If you have any questions about the respective assessment method, the lecturer will provide information.


Grading

Propaedeutic exams are only assessed as “passed” or “failed”. The exams for the two preparatory modules “200-001 Introduction to Statistics, Emotion, Motivation, Social Psychology” and “200-002 Introduction to Methods, Cognition, Developmental, Biol. Psychology” each consist of three written sub-exams, which are taken together in the Can be completed within a single examination date.

In the module "200-001 Introduction to Statistics, Emotional, Motivational, Social Psychology", the three sub-exams consist of:

  • Statistics 1 (part 1 + 2)
  • Emotional Psychology and Motivational Psychology
  • Social Psychology (Part 1 + 2)

In module “200-002 Introduction to Methods, Cognition, Developmental, Biol. Psychology”, the three sub-exams consist of:

  • Research methods in psychology and cognitive psychology 1
  • Developmental Psychology (Part 1 + 2)
  • Biological Psychology (Part 1 + 2)

The proof of performance is passed in its entirety when each of the three partial examinations has been assessed as having been passed.

In the third to sixth semester of the Bachelor's degree and in the Master's degree, each module is graded.

Before an exam, there is neither a fixed quota for the number of students who should pass this exam, nor can a definitive cut-off point be set. The examination tasks must first be checked for quality with an item analysis. The result of this review is used to determine the cut-off point. The cut-off point for “passed / failed” in the preparatory course examinations in the first year of the Bachelor's degree is determined by the grading conference after viewing the examination results. The lecturer decides on the cut-off point for the examinations in the third to sixth semester of the bachelor’s program and the examinations in the master’s program.

For further information on the module-specific performance records, please consult the study regulations (see regulations), the Bachelor's or Master's degree pages or the respective module description in the course catalog.


Exams for modules for non-psychologists, for additional requirements and minor subject modules

The exams to the

  • Psychology modules for non-psychologists,
  • Additional modules for master’s students and
  • Modules of the minor programs in psychology

are identical to the examinations for Bachelor Major students in psychology in terms of aids, tasks and assessment method. The only difference is that the sub-modules of the preparatory course are completed individually and are graded.


Information as of August 18, 2019