Study Results & Highest Result Rule

Study Results & Highest Result Rule

Students are advised to review their study progress regularly to ensure grades are registered correctly and in a timely manner. Please refer to the Study Results page for instructions on how to generate and review a Study Progress Report.

While most study results are presented based on the Dutch numerical assessment system, some alphabetical designations are used in Osiris Student too. Below are the three most commonly used abbreviations in Osiris Student. The Study Results page also provides a detailed guide to the Dutch numerical assessment system and the full list of abbreviations used in Osiris.

Assessment Abbreviation

Description

VD

Pass

NVD

Fail

FR

Fraud

O *

Unsatisfactory

NO **

No show

*O (Unsatisfactory) is given to students who did not meet the minimum grade requirement and therefore could not get a final grade, as per article 4.3, pargraph 3 of the MSc Examination Regulations.

** NO (No show) is regarded as a non-grade, hence it does not affect the calculation of GPA or (summa) cum laude classifications.

Highest Result Rule

The 2018-2019 version of the MSc Examination Regulations, article 4.1, paragraph 5, specifies that the highest test result counts:

The student has a free choice in the number of repeats for taking a written test when part of an examination. The result for the test is established on the highest test result obtained. However, once a course has been passed at the end of the academic year, it can only be retaken if the assessment consists of a written test only. Furthermore, if the material to be studied for a course has changed, the subsequent tests will reflect the new material.”

Students should be aware that, though a student’s highest result will count as the final result for a given course, RSM always encourages students to think critically about taking resit examinations, to prepare for them sufficiently, and to take these examinations selectively. Especially with regard to cum laude and summa cum laude classification – both of which place limits on the number of resits a student take in order to be eligible – students are advised to exercise discretion when electing to take resits.

Note that courses that were completed in the 2017-2018 academic year or earlier follow the “last result rule” which means that the result for the test was established on the last test result obtained. Please refer to the relevant Examination Regulations of previous academic years for details.