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Interim exams procedure (including the remote format)

The interim exams schedule is published in ISU in the Учебный процесс (Educational process) tab: Расписание (Class schedules) – Расписание промежуточной аттестации (Interim exams schedule), as well as on your personal page (персональное расписание промежуточной аттестации – Individual interim exams schedule). 
The date shown on the schedule is the date of the first time you take the exam. 

Students who are visiting partner universities as part of their academic exchange take interim exams according to their individual schedules. 

Those students who receive an “unsatisfactory” grade or equivalent will accumulate academic backlog. You can only eliminate it during repeat interim exams.

Opening/closing grade sheets

All your grades can be seen in the digital gradebook on your ISU page. 

Lecturers can access digital grade sheets and fill in the scores and grades starting from the exam date set in the schedule and up until the grade sheet has been approved. 

If a lecturer doesn’t approve the grade sheet on their own, it will be locked at the end of the interim exams period.

Bachelor’s and Specialist’s students receive their interim exams points in the Academic NT or БаРС 2.0 digital grade sheets. Lecturers can continue to grade a student’s performance until the latter’s personal grade sheet has been approved.

Master’s students and Secondary professional education program's students receive their grades in digital grade sheets on ISU.

If a grade sheet wasn’t approved by a lecturer but was closed automatically, it will not be possible to grade your work, and even if you have enough points to get a “satisfactory”, you will not get the grade. In this case, it would mean that you didn’t complete the course. 

Important: If you don’t see your grade in your digital gradebook the next day after the lecturer provided it and approved the grade sheet, you need to contact your lecturer on the same day and ask them to update and re-approve the grade sheet within the allowed timeframe. 

Earning additional points

Starting from this semester, the Согласие на отметку (I agree with the grade) check box will be replaced with Планирую повысить баллы (Planning to get more points).

As soon as a student earns 60 or more points in a course, a checkbox titled Планирую повысить баллы will appear in their digital gradebook near the corresponding course. 

Check the box if you want to get more points and plan to come to the test/exam (or join it online). You can click it no later than 11:59 pm on the day before the exam/test is scheduled to take place. 

  • If you check the box and come to the exam/test, you will receive a task to help you get more points. Even if you fail the task, all of your previously earned points will remain. In that case, you will get the amount of points that you had before you took the exam/test. 
  • If you check the box and don’t come to the exam/test, the lecturer will put “failed to appear” in the grade sheet. 
  • If you don’t check the box and come to the exam/test, you will receive a task to help you get more points. Even if you fail the task, all of your previously earned points will remain. In that case, you will get the amount of points that you had before you took the exam/test. 
  • If you don’t check the box and don’t come to the exam/test, your lecturer will give you the amount of points you had before you took the exam/test. 
  • If you couldn’t make it to the exam/test for a valid reason, your interim exams period will be extended for the time specified in your documents. If you didn’t come to the exam/test without a valid reason, you will receive the “unsatisfactory” grade regardless of the points you earned. This will be considered your first attempt to take the exam/test, which means you will have to take a repeat interim exam. 

Extended interim exams

If you couldn’t make it to the exam/test for a valid reason, you need to contact the Student Services Office within three days after your exam by writing to so@itmo.ru. To this email, you need to attach copies (scans or high-definition photos) of documents confirming that you were absent for a valid reason. Your interim exam period will be extended by the time specified in the confirmation documents. 

Taking exams early

You can take one exam or all interim exams ahead of schedule after receiving approval from the Student Services Office. 

In order to do this, you need to send a digital application via ISU: your personal page – Административные сервисы (Administrative services) – Студенческий офис (Student Services Office) – Электронные заявления (Digital applications) – Заявление о досрочной сдаче (Apply to take exams ahead of schedule). You will then be notified about the status of your application. When your application has been reviewed, the Student Services Office will notify all lecturers included in it. 

For the application to be approved, each lecturer has to confirm their ability to take the exam ahead of time on the date specified in the application. After that, the Student Services Office will send a final email with the application to the student and each lecturer.  

If at least one of the lecturers cannot approve the application, it is considered unapproved and thus the student is required to file a new application to the Student Services Office. 

Being allowed to take one or several exams ahead of time doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take your classes. When you take an exam early, it is considered to be your first attempt to pass it and thus might result in academic backlog. Elimination of such backlog is only possible during repeat interim exams.

Transfer of credits / regrading

You can transfer credits from a previously completed course (module) or practical training based on its congruent results and workload. You don’t have to retake courses or practical training (or interim exams) if credits for them have been successfully transferred. 

You can file a request to transfer credits if you have studied a course included in the current curriculum. Before that, you need to compare your education certificate to your digital gradebook. The following has to be identical: 

  • name of the course;
  • assessment format;
  • number of credits (an equal or bigger, but not a smaller number can be stated in the certificate).

There are two ways to file your request via ISU:

  1. ISU: your personal page – Административные сервисы (Administrative services) – Студенческий офис (Student Services Office) Заявление на перезачет (Request to transfer credits);
  2. ISU: your personal page – Административные сервисы (Administrative services) – Электронные заявления (Digital applications) Заявление на перезачет (Request to transfer credits);

In your request, you should include all information about the courses (name, semester, credits, workload in hours, assessment format) – you can find it in your digital gradebook. You should also attach a scanned copy of your education certificate. After that, click Подать заявку (File request).  

If the request is filled in correctly, the Student Services Office will forward it to the faculty to transfer the credits. 

It may take up to three working days to process your request. Please, take this into account and file it in advance.

Important: Credits can only be transferred before the day of the exam/test specified in the interim exam schedule. 


You can be credited and regraded for a previously entirely or partially completed course (module) or practical training based on its congruent results and acquired competencies. If you are successfully credited for a course, a part of it, or a certain type of practical training, you don’t have to retake it, but you will still have to take the interim exam for this course or practical training.

You can file a request to be credited and regraded for a course if you have already studied the same or a similar course, but: 

  • acquired less credits than stated in the current curriculum (gradebook);
  • the course you studied has a name different from that in the curriculum; 
  • the course you studied has a different assessment format from that in the curriculum. 

In order to be regraded and credited for a discipline, you will have to contact your lecturer. Take note that it might not be possible to do because, for instance, the contents of the course have changed. 

There are two ways to file your request via ISU:

  1. ISU: your personal page – Административные сервисы (Administrative services) – Студенческий офис (Student Services Office)Заявление на переаттестацию (Request to be regraded and credited);
  2. ISU: your personal page – Административные сервисы (Administrative services) – Электронные заявления (Digital applications)Заявление на переаттестацию (Request to be regraded and credited);

In your request, you should include all information about the courses (name, semester, credits, workload in hours, assessment format) – you can find it in your digital gradebook. You should also attach a scanned copy of your education certificate. After that, click Подать заявку (File request).  

It may take up to three working days to process your request. Please take this into account and file it in advance.

Important: Credits can only be transferred before the day of the exam/test specified in the interim exam schedule. 

Interim exams can be taken remotely.