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EXAM FOR NON-NORWEGIAN CITIZENS

For students that are not Norwegian citizens we offer two formal exams in Western Palearctic bird sounds and bird apperance. A pre-course in bird sound and picture on national level is required before you can take the exams. Read more below. These are the following exam subjects:

BID2001 – Western Palearctic Bird Apperance       30 ECT
BID2002 – Western Palearctic Bird Sounds            30 ECT

The exam programme consists of
            - Passed 10 rounds of exam-mode
            - Formal exam
            - Possibility to participate in field course after the exams are passed



PRE-COURSE IN NATIONAL BIRD IDENTIFICATION

From 2019 we demand that all students must pass a pre-course in national bird sounds and appearance before they can take the formal exam in Western Palearctic. This pre-course replaces the previous national exams. You will be granted a diploma after finishing the course, but the course gives no ECTs. There is no English language demand for the pre-course. It is possible to take the pre-course without taking the WP-exam, but it is not possible to take the WP-exam without the pre-course.

 

SYLLABUS

To find the syllabus for your exam, please click the appropriate country on the map on the front page. You may use BirdID's birdguide as literature, but please note that it does not yet cover the whole of Western-Palearctic. We recommend an additional bird guide for that, for example Collins Bird Guide (Svensson, Mullarney, Zetterstrom) or the equivalent in your language.



IMPORTANT NOTICES

- The exam works the same way as the exam mode
- For picture exam there is no multiple choice, write the names yourself
- For sound exam there is multiple choice
- National exams must be passed before you can take the exam for the Western Palearctic.
- It is not recommended to do the exam on mobile devices without a physical keyboard
- Always test the quiz in exam mode on your device, to see if it works like it should
- When you pass your 10th "Exam mode" exercise, your approved exam will be activated. It must then be completed within 10 days.

 


REGISTRATION

You can sign up for the exam at your user page by pressing "Apply for exam". You must register personal information, and which exams you wish to take. Your personal information will be held securely and be kept confidential from all other participants and users.

 


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must meet at least one of the following two requirements in order to be approved as a student:

  • You must have completed upper secondary school. Send proof of your exams from upper secondary school, or proof that you have taken at least one exam from university/college.

  • You must be at least 25 years old and have 5 years of relevant work experience.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION

Students that are citizens in other countries than native english speaking countries, Sweden or Denmark, must submit a valid english-test/proof of sufficient english skills in order to be accepted as a student in the Western Palearctic courses. The general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification. For applicants with foreign education, the requirements are specified in the GSU-list. You will find sufficient information about what documents you must submit by clicking this link:

https://www.nokut.no/en/surveys-and-databases/nokuts-country-database/GSU-list/

To go directly to the PDF: https://www.nokut.no/globalassets/nokut/artikkelbibliotek/utenlandsk_utdanning/gsulista/2018/language_requirements_gsu_12032018.pdf

Please send the written documentation (photocopies are accepted) along with a copy of your passport (national ID-card from EU/ EØS- or EFTA also accepted) to:

birdid@nord.no

or by regular post to:

BirdID
Nord universitet avdeling Levanger
Opptakskontoret
PB 93
N-7601 Levanger
NORWAY

It is not necessary to send documentation of higher education etc. for applicants that already have been accepted as students in the past. There is no exam-fee for non-norwegian citizens.

 


ADMISSION PROCEDURES

After registration, you will receive an email that confirms your application. Please allow 10-14 workdays for application processing. When your applications is approved, you will be granted admission by email, to start with the training and exam.



REGISTRATION DEADLINE

1 may for spring term
1 november for autumn term



EXAM COMPLETION DEADLINE

1 june for spring term
1 december for autumn term

 


GRADING AND EVALUATION OF RESULTS


Your result will be sent to you in English. The results from the exam will remain strictly confidential and only be passed on to you at the provided address. In Norway, study credits for the exam in BirdID are used as part of both Bachelor and Master studies at universities and university colleges.

If you pass at least one of the Western Palearctic exams, you will receive a t-shirt with the BirdID logo, free of charge. Please fill in the information concerning your sex and size when you register for the exam.

Grades are given on a scale from A to F, where E is the minimum pass. To pass it is required to achieve at least 24 points for the national exam, and 19-24 points for the WP-exam. Note that the grading table is indicative, and your answers will additionally be manually assessed by an examiner.


  Western Palearctic
Grade: Pictures Sound
A 56 55
B 48 46
C 40 37
D 32 28
E 24 19
F <24 <24


 

  National
Grade: Pictures Sound
Passed >24 >24
Failed <24  

 NB: Wrong answer gives -1 point. It may be smarter to answer "don`t know" than to guess!




 

SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR FORMER NON-NORWEGIAN STUDENTS ONLY

 

Nord University is phasing out national exams with ETCs for foreign students. There is now a transision period before we can fully deny all previous students admission to retake their earlier exam attempts, and the following rules apply:

 

If you are already a student at BirdID Nord University, and have taken one or more exams in your country by the old system, there are specific rules to follow if you want to retake an exam we previously offered with ECTs for your country. Please read carefully below if this applies for you:

 

If you apply for national exams in your country, it is accounted as a part-time study programme, that consists of two subjects that gives you the right to study over two semesters:

 

- Bird apperance (pictures) for your country 15 STP

 

- Bird sounds for your country 15 STP

 

One year is devided into two semesters; SPRING and FALL. When you apply for the half-year study programme, it is regarded as a part-time study, and therefore spread over two semesters (a full year).

 


 

This means that you can sign up to these two subjects any time you wish within the two semesters you are a student. As an example, if you started spring 2018, you have the right to study until the end of fall 2018. Only if you fail an exam you are allowed to retake this exam on a following third semester (=spring 2019 in this example).

 

We do not grant admission to retake an exam you already passed, if more than two semesters have passed since you started the study programme.

 

In addition to this there are 3 lifetime attempts for any exam, and there must be at least 3 months between each exam attempt within the same subject.

 


After june 2020 we do not offer retakes in national exams with ECTs for previous foreign students anymore. If you do not fulfill the requirements above, you can apply for the new national courses without ETCs, information about this is given at the top of the page.

 

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