Knowledge Assessment

Student knowledge assessment at the HSE University comprises the routine assessment, intermediate assessment, and the final assessment.

Routine assessment is carried out during the course, and is designed to organize students' independent work and a systematic monitoring of their academic knowledge.

Intermediate assessment is aimed at evaluating students’ knowledge acquired while studying a part of an academic subject. Assessment is held upon module completion during an examination session. Some academic subjects may not require intermediate knowledge assessment.

Final assessment is held upon completion of a course, primarily in written form as a pass-fail test or exam.

Students receive a cumulative grade based on the results of routine assessment.The cumulative grade is calculated prior to final assessment and comprises grades for all types of routine assessment during the course, for example class participation (0.1 points) + homework assignments (0.1 points) = 0.2.

Students receive grades for exams after passing final assessments. A cumulative grade and an exam grade form a final grade. The final grade is a weighted sum of the cumulative grade, midterm grade and a grade received on the exam. The grade composition for each discipline is defined in the course syllabus, for example:

The Final grade is determined on the following basis:

  • homework assignments (10%)
  • class participation (10%)
  • midterm (20%)
  • final exam (60%)

The final grade is a grade for the course that is included in the transcript of records/diploma. In extraordinary occasions, a student can be exempted from an exam and granted a resulting grade equal to the cumulative grade.

Please keep in mind that the HSE University's academic rules are the same for all students (Russian, foreign, exchange and non-exchange). To succeed on a course, we advise international students to attend all lectures and seminars, prepare their home assignments and meet the deadlines for all essays, reports, etc.


A student who fails an exam may have two extra attempts to re-take it, meaning an extra examination on a particular course can be scheduled no more than twice. If a student fails both re-examinations, he or she cannot be given a grade for the course. Such course cannot be included in the student’s transcript of records.

Exam Schedule

Official exam schedules are formed one week before the exams start. Schedules are then published on the faculty web pages and posted on faculty bulletin boards.  

Absence from an Exam

A student must come to the exam at the time indicated in the exam schedule. If a student is late, the examination time is not extended. Failure to attend the exam is marked with the word 'absent' on the examination record sheet.

If confirmed by a standard medical certificate, illness is considered a reasonable excuse for absence from an examination.  Medical certificates should be submitted to the Faculty Study Office or the International Students Office on the first day of recovery as indicated on the certificate.

A student who fails to attend an exam without a reasonable excuse is considered as having failed the final assessment (exam).


 Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of Students 

 Appendix 1 to Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of Students 

 Appendix 2 Interim assessment record sheet 

 Appendix 3 Interim assessment record sheet research seminar 

 Appendix 4 Interim assessment record sheet term paper 

 Appendix 5 to Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of Students 

 Appendix 6 Individual curriculum 

 Appendix 7 to Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of Students ICEF 

 Appendix 8 to Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of Students NES