Final Exams

Final Exams

Final exams

Important instructions for the examinee

  • Academic regulations for final exams are listed below; reviewing them before each exam period is recommended.
  • Exam rooms are published on the morning of the exam (by 08:00).
  • Students must arrive at the exam room at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam.
  • Students must bring their student ID card and an additional form of picture ID to the exam room.

Academic Regulations

Participation in Examinations

Students are eligible for final exams if they have fulfilled all of the course obligations and have paid tuition by the time of the exam.

On the exam date students must adhere to the following regulations:

  1. Students must take the exam in the room they are assigned to.
  2. Upon entering the exam room students must leave all personal items at the front of the class (including any electronic device that may be used for communication), taking only permissible notes and materials to the desks, and must present an official ID card with a picture.  All electronic devices must be turned off and left at the front of the room.
  3. Students who do not have an ID card are not allowed to take the exam.
  4. Students must sit in seats as assigned by the proctor and must refrain from all conversation with other students.
  5. Students must arrive at the exam room at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam, and are only permitted to leave the exam room as per sections 8, 10, 11 and 12 below.
  6. For the entire duration of the exam students are not permitted to have any material that is related to the exam itself or to the course for which the exam is being given, neither in the exam room nor any nearby room, except for specific material that has been allowed by the course lecturer and is written on the exam and the exam envelope.
  7. Students must adhere to the instructions of the exam proctors, and must open the exam only after the proctor’s instruction to do so.
  8. A student who enters the examination room will be considered as having taken the exam. A student who enters the exam room and then decides not to take the exam must remain in the room for at least 30 minutes after the start of the exam and must turn in the exam booklet. In this case the student’s grade for the exam will be reported as “0”.
  9. Students must write their personal information only in the designated space to do so on the examination and the exam booklet. Students must not write their name on any of the exam forms. Answers must be written legibly and in ink. Pages may not be removed from the exam booklet.
  10. During the exam it is strictly forbidden to leave the examination room, except for use of the restroom. Use of the restroom will not be permitted during the first and last half hour of the exam. Use of the restroom will not be permitted after the first student has completed the examination and left the room.
  11. Students who leave the room during the exam to use the restroom must leave their examination and exam booklet with the proctor, and are not permitted to remove any material from the classroom.
  12. Students are not permitted to leave their seat, nor speak with other students during the entire duration of the exam.
  13. Students are not permitted to ask questions or communicate verbally with the lecturer for the duration of the exam. If a student requests to ask a question he/she may do so by using the Examination Questions Form, which is submitted during the exam to the lecturer by the exam proctor. Questions that the lecturer chooses to answer will be answered aloud in front of all of the examinees.
  14. Students who do not follow the above regulations, or the proctor’s instructions, may be stopped from completing their exam and will be subject to academic discipline.

Examination Schedule

The examination schedule is published at the start of the semester on the Porter School website. Students are responsible for checking the exam schedule.

Alternate exam date
A student who cannot take the exam at the given time may submit a request for an alternate exam date.The decision to allow a student to take an exam at an alternate date is determined solely by the Academic Committee.

The Academic Committee will consider requests for alternate exam dates for students whose request includes one of the following circumstances:

  • A student who has had a long period of illness, and has documentation of the illness from official sources.
  • A student who is serving active reserve duty in the Israel Defense Forces. In this instance, alternate exam dates will be determined according to university bylaws for students serving active reserve duty.
  • A student who misses a test during the first 21 days after giving birth.
  • A student who misses a test during the first 14 days after an immediate family member has passed away. Immediate family members include parent, brother, sister, husband, wife, son or daughter.
  • A student who has received permission for an alternate exam date, but does not take the exam on that date, is not eligible for an additional alternate exam date.

Special exam arrangements
Students who need special arrangements for examinations due to learning disabilities, or medical conditions that prevent normal testing, will apply directly to the Academic Committee with a written request within the first three weeks of the academic year.

In the event of a medical condition, students must present current, official and signed medical documentation of the condition.In the case of a learning disability, students must undergo diagnostic exams at a center for learning disabilities in their home country, and must submit official and signed documentation of their disability to the Academic Committee. The Academic Committee will evaluate the documentation and will determine the special exam arrangements for the duration of the year.

Students whose mother tongue is not English are entitled to 30 minutes of extra time on each exam, and are permitted to bring a dictionary (print version only) to the exam room. Students requesting this extra time must apply to the Academic Committee directly at the beginning of the year. Students who have not submitted TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of their application are not entitled to the above exam conditions.

Students who are pregnant may receive 15 minutes extra for every hour of the examination (25% total). The extra time will not be added on to existing extra time allowances for other medical reasons. Students who wish to apply for this extra time allowance must submit a note from their doctor in order to receive extra time.

Grading System

The following is the grading system for the International Program in Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University:
  • A+ = 97-100%
  • A = 93-96%
  • A- = 90-92%
  • B+ = 87-89%
  • B = 83-86%
  • B- = 80-82%
  • C+ = 77-79%
  • C = 73-76
  • C- = 70-72%
  • D+ = 67-69%
  • D = 63-66%
  • D- = 60-62%
  • F = 59% and under
  • P = Pass, grade of 70% or higher
  • W = Withdrawal
  • W/F = Withdrawal with Failure
  • INC = Incomplete

Final Grade - Courses

Any student who receives permission to be tested more than once in a single course will be awarded the last grade as their final grade in the course.Students who do not take a test at the offered time and who do not apply for an alternate exam date will have their score reported as “did not complete the course obligations” (230).

Final grades listed as "not entitled to take exam" (240) and "has not fulfilled course obligations" (230) will be recorded in the student’s permanent academic record and will appear on their transcript.

A grade of passing, 60% or more, must be obtained in each component of the course, including final exam, oral presentation, paper, or any other graded component, in order to receive a passing grade in the course.

Students who fail a course will not receive academic credit for the course. If the course is required for the degree, it must be retaken.

Internship Course
The final grade for the internship course will be listed as “Passed” (200) or “Failed” (220).

Reviewing Examination Booklets
Students may review their examination booklet on the day and hour that is publicized by the program administration.

Appealing Final Grades
At no point shall an appeal for a final grade be accepted more than 10 days after the date of publication of the final exam booklets. Students must submit their appeal in writing to the Academic Committee after reviewing their examination booklet or final assignment. Students submitting an appeal will receive an updated final grade, which is binding regardless of the student’s original grade. Students submitting an appeal must be aware that the updated final grade might be lower than the original grade. In this case, the updated grade is still binding.

  • An exam grade that is being appealed may not be replaced with a grade from a paper.
  • The final project grade may not be appealed.
  • Seminar papers may not be appealed.
  • No grade may be appealed after the student has already been approved as eligible for graduation.

Final Grade Codes

  • 200 Passed
  • 210 Completed all course requirements
  • 220 Failed
  • 230 Did not complete course requirements (administrative)
  • 260 Did not take final exam
  • 240 Not eligible for examination
  • 310 Completed exam; Final grade not yet reported
  • 320 Submitted final paper; Final grade not yet reported
  • 330 Has outstanding course requirements


Final Exam schedule 2017-18


Fall Semester


Start time

Date of exam


Course name


January 25, 2018

Dr. Nimrod Inbar

Physical and hydrological aspects of transboundary water resources management in Israel and the Middle East


January 28, 2018

Dr. Debby Mir

Environmental Health


February 1, 2018

Or. Givan

Quantitative Research Methods for Environmental Studies


February 5, 2018

Dr. Boaz Shacham

Essentials in Introductory Ecology: The Israeli Perspective


February 8, 2018

Prof. Colin Price

Global Warming: Connecting the dots


Final paper


February 14, 2018

Dr. Jeremy Benstein

Environmentalism: Ethical and Cultural Perspectives



February 6, 12:00


February 13, 12:00

Valerie Brachya

Environmental policy and sustainable development


Spring Semester


Start time

Date of exam


Course name


June 17, 2018

Dr. Daniel Naveh

Changes in ways of perceiving the environment with the shift to agriculture


June 20, 2018

Dr. Daphna Disney

Environmental economics


June 24, 2018

Dr. Alex Golberg

Environmental Aspects of Bioengineering


June 28, 2018

Prof. Yehuda (Hudi) Benayahu and
Dr. Omer Polak

Marine systems of the Mediterranean Region: Environmental challenges


July 2, 2018

Dr. Clive Lipchin

Policy and political aspects of transboundary water resources management in Israel and the Middle East


Summer Semester


Start time

Date of exam


Course name


August 12, 2018

Prof. Jenny Kien

Problems of globalization in the third world: Effects on women and the environment


August 15, 2018

Assoc. Prof. Elissa Rosenberg

Sustainability and the City


August 20, 2018

Dr. Yael Parag 

Sustainable energy for the 21st century: challenges and opportunities


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