2.17. Assessment of learning outcomes, appeal, retaking of exams

2.17.1.    Assessment of students' academic achievements is carried out using various forms and methods of assessment aimed at determining the actual level of achievement of the expected learning outcomes.
2.17.2.    Methods used to assess students' academic performance must meet the criteria of reliability and validity, and have a student-oriented character.
2.17.3.    Grades of the ongoing assessment, interim and midterm examinations of academic performance constitutes 60% of the final assessment of academic achievements on the discipline, grade of the final exam constitutes 40% of the final grade on the discipline.
2.17.4.    Final grade on the discipline is calculated only when the student has positive grades both on interim and final assessments.
2.17.5.    Final assessment on the discipline is carried out, as a rule, by an examination committee, formed by order of the rector, which includes examiners with necessary qualifications, chosen from faculty members that have not conducted classes on this discipline for the students being examined.
2.17.6.    Academic achievements of students (knowledge, abilities, skills and competencies) are assessed using the 100-point scale in grade points, corresponding to the internationally accepted alphabetic system with digital equivalents (positive grades, in decreasing order, from "A" to "D" (100-50), and “unsatisfactory” - “FX” (25-49), “F” (0-24), and to the grades of the traditional system. “FX” grade is used only for final examination.

 Point-rating alphabetic system for assessing academic achievements of students with translation into the traditional grading scale and ECTS

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2.17.7.    Lecturer of the discipline is obliged to submit to members of the examination committee, who will make final assessment on this discipline, the assessment scale, containing description of levels of demonstrated learning outcomes and their corresponding grades.
2.17.8.    For students, the discipline assessment scale is available in the educational-methodical complex of the discipline, placed in the UNIVER system.
2.17.9.    A framework for grading, which reflects the most general description of grades given, taking into account the completeness of the student’s response, is presented in the table:



1. Correct and complete answers to all theoretical questions are given;

2. The practical task was completed in full;

3. The material is presented correctly in accordance with the logical sequence;

4. Creative abilities have been demonstrated.


1. Correct, but incomplete answers to all theoretical questions are given, there are some insignificant errors or inaccuracies;

2. The practical task was completed, but a minor error was made;

3. The material is presented correctly in accordance with the logical sequence.


1. The answers to theoretical questions are in principle correct, but incomplete, there are inaccuracies in the formulations and logical errors;

2. The practical task was not fully completed;

3. The material is presented correctly, but the logical sequence is broken.


1. Answers to theoretical questions contain serious mistakes;

2. The practical task was not completed;

3. There are grammatical, terminological errors made in the presentation of the answer, the logical sequence is broken.

2.17.10.    Grade “Audit” (AU) - “listened” is given to the student, who wants to attend the discipline without receiving the final grade. Studying such disciplines should be paid for in full at the cost established in KazNU.
2.17.11.    A student, who has registered for the discipline as a listener must declare this to the Registrar's Office. Such student is automatically graded “AU” in the attestation form.
2.17.12.    Listeners of disciplines can be both students of al-Farabi Kazakh National University, and those who were not enrolled to the university, but have paid for studying this discipline.
2.17.13.    Grade “Audit” (AU) - “listened” can be entered in the student’s transcript for a discipline that was not presented for credit transfer based on the results of studies in another university. In this case, the graduating chair must submit a proposal for inclusion of the discipline in the transcript. This document should indicate the title of the discipline, completed in another university, in three languages (state, Russian and English) and the number of credits. The proposal should be accompanied by the student’s individual application.
2.17.14.    Grade “I” (Incomplete) - “not completed” is given to the student, when he/she scored at least 50 grade points on interim and midterm examinations during the semester, but did not take the exam for an acceptable documented reason (due to illness with submission of a 095 / y medical certificate, etc.).
2.17.15.    In order to get the “I” grade, a student, who has not taken the final exam on the discipline submits to the dean of the faculty an application, indicating the reasons for missing the exam, with attachment of the original supporting documents (certificates). This should be done no later than 3 working days from the day of the exam or the date of issue of the certificate of impossibility to attend the exam for health reasons (form 095/y). If the reason for missing the exam is recognized as acceptable, by the dean’s order the “I” grade will be given and an individual schedule for taking the exam in the period after the examination session will be set.
2.17.16.    The dean’s office sends the above-mentioned documents for admission of the student to take final examination on the discipline that has been graded with "I" to the Registrar's Office in electronic form through Directum system.
2.17.17.    If there are other exams taken by the student in the period that is covered by the medical certificate, submitted by him/her for admission to taking missed exams as “Incomplete”, their results would be cancelled.
2.17.18.    If a student with an “Incomplete” grade did not complete all the requirements within prescribed period of time (no later than 45 days after the end of the session), the Registrar's office would transfer the “I” grade to “F” ("Unsatisfactory").
2.17.19.    The examination work for transferring the "I" grade into a standard one should be assessed by the same examination committee, which was appointed by the order for assessment of works on this discipline.
2.17.20.    Chairperson of the examination committee for the discipline should enter grades of the final assessment into the UNIVER system within 48 hours after the exam.
2.17.21.    The student, who does not agree with the result of the final assessment on the discipline (grade for the exam), has the right to submit a reasoned written application within three working days after the exam results are published in the electronic records sheet in the Univer system.
2.17.22.    Application for appeal is accepted, if the grade for the exam does not correspond to the objective level of learning outcomes demonstrated by this student:

  • due to the incorrect wording of the examination question;
  • due to the fact that the examination question’s content does not correspond to the study program of the discipline;
  • due to the fact that the student’s response was assessed incorrectly because of the lack of qualification of the members of examination committee.

Appealed grade and reason for the appeal should be stated in the student’s application.
2.17.23.    Only results of written examinations are subject to appeal, since the basis of the appeal is the content of the answer sheet.
2.17.24.    During appeals proceeding, members of the appeal committee issue reasoned written conclusion on the merits of appeal statements on assessment of examination results and prepare reports in the prescribed form.
2.17.25.    The appeal committee does not have the right to ask the student additional questions, and cannot insert corrections to the written work.
2.17.26.    The appeal committee has the right to satisfy the appeal and decide to add grade points to the examination assessment or not to satisfy the appeal and leave the grade unchanged. It is now allowed to lower the previously issued examination grade.
2.17.27.    The appeal committee must explain to the student, who submitted the appeal, the decision made by the committee in a well-argued manner, based on the appeal proceeding.
2.17.28.    Results of proceeding of appeals on the results of the final exam should be recorded in reports. The Registrar's Office enters results of the appeals proceedings into the electronic record sheets in the UNIVER system after approval of the decision of the appeal committee by the vice-rector for academic affairs.
2.17.29.     “AU”, “F” grades can be changed by repeated study of the discipline; they all are recorded in the transcript along with the new grades, but the GPA is calculated based to the last grades received.
2.17.30.    In the case of receiving the “unsatisfactory” grade corresponding to the “FX” mark (25-49), the student has the opportunity to retake the final assessment on a paid basis without repeated study of the whole program of the discipline / module. This should be done within the special period of time right after the examination session during which this grade was obtained.
2.17.31.    If the student gets the "F" grade as a result of re-taking the final exam, he/she should re-register for study of this discipline / module on a paid basis. He/she attends all study sessions, performs all types of academic activities according to the program of the discipline and retakes the final exam.
2.17.32.    If the student does not appear for re-taking exam on the discipline for which he/she has been graded “FX”, this grade will be transferred to the "F" (“unsatisfactory”) and considered an academic debt. Then the student should attend in the next semester on a paid basis all types of study sessions, perform all types of academic work on this discipline according to the program, and take the final exam.
2.17.33.    If a student takes the exam, that has been assessed with the “FX” grade, and gets “FX” once again, he/she has the opportunity to take the exam on the discipline for a third time on a paid basis.
2.17.34.    If a student takes the exam in the third time and gets the "FX" or "F" grade corresponding to the equivalent of the "unsatisfactory" grade, he/she is subject to expulsion from the university, regardless of the number of received unsatisfactory grades. In this case, the student loses the opportunity to study this discipline again.
2.17.35.    A student who takes the final exam to transfer the “I” grade into a standard one, can appeal the exam results or retake the exam in the case of the “FX” grade got (if necessary) right in the above mentioned way. If the student leaves the university before the deadline set for changing the grade, the “I” grade remains unchanged in his/her transcript.
2.17.36.    A student, who violates requirements of the Rules for conducting final assessment (that is using permitted supporting aids, mobile phones, being late for the exam without an acceptable reason, etc.), will get the "F" grade automatically, based on the record of violation, which is not subject to complain and appeal. In this case, the student should re-study this discipline on a paid basis.
2.17.37.    Information about the violation of the Rules for conducting final assessment will be recorded in the student’s transcript.
2.17.38.    The student, who repeats violation of the Rules, is subject to expulsion from the University on the basis of a proposal from the Faculty committee on ethics.
2.17.39.    In the case of getting the "F" grade, the student has the right to repeat studying the discipline (Retake), but no more than two times. Repeated study of disciplines is carried out only on a paid basis.
2.17.40.    After four weeks from the start of classes, the student, retaking a discipline, has no right to reject the discipline, otherwise he/she will be given the “F” grade for this discipline. Payment made for the discipline will not be refunded.
2.17.41.    A student, who has the “unsatisfactory” grade for an elective discipline, has the right to re-study the same discipline in the prescribed manner or register for study of another elective discipline from the same block of the educational program curriculum. Substitution of discipline must be agreed with the adviser and the Registrar's Office.
2.17.42.    Retake of the final exam with the purpose of increasing positive grade in the same period of intermediate attestation is not allowed.
2.17.43.    Students, who are not admitted to the final exams due to debts in tuition fees payment, must liquidate financial debts and pass exams within 45 calendar days after the end of the examination session. Otherwise, the student is subject to expulsion from the University for violating rules of the academic policy.
2.17.44.    A student, who has completed the full program of the academic year, but has not achieved the minimum threshold GPA, in order to increase his/her GPA, would be given the opportunity to re-study several disciplines on a paid basis in the summer semester and retake final exams on them.
2.17.45.    Students, who reach the established GPA level, will be transferred to the next year of study by order of the university rector. The GPA level, which is required for transferring from one year of study to the next one, is established by the Academic Senate of the University. A student, who does not get the required GPA level, remains for the repeated year of study on a paid basis.
2.17.46.    Students, whose study is funded by the state educational grants, will lose their educational grants and continue their further education only on the tuition fee basis, if they are left for the repeated year of study.
2.17.47.    According to the results of intermediate attestation (examination session), students, whose study is funded by the state educational grants, will be awarded the state scholarship, if they pass all exams with grades "A", "A-", "B +", "B", "B-", C + "good ". The scholarship would be awarded, even if the students initially have had FX grade(s), which were then re-placed by positive grades “excellent” or “good”.