There is a series of lectures (including guest lectures) which contain the content for the exam. There is a mini-test each week to test your understanding. There are three practical assignments.


Each week there is a very short multiple-choice test available via the course website to verify if you understood the material. This helps you learn the material during the course so you will be better prepared for the exam. The mini-tests are graded and they count for a very small fraction towards your final grade. There are 8 mini-tests in total, of which 6 are graded (the first is a practice test). The best 6 mini-tests are 10% of your final grade. The mini-tests are not mandatory.

The mini-tests are available each week from Monday to Tuesday.

The mini-tests are similar to take-home exams. They have to be done alone and without consulting the slides or other material. Following these rules is based on trust. Violating the rules is fraud and will result in exclusion of the course, also see the paragraph on academic dishonesty at the bottom of the page. Keep in mind that the mini-tests help you prepare for the exam.


For the date, time and location of the exam, refer to the education page.

The exam is a closed book exam, no material may be used during the exam. The exam consists of two parts, a multiple choice part and an analysis part, each counting for 50% of the grade.

  • The multiple choice part gives questions equal to the mini-tests. The material which should be learned for this is also equal to the material for which mini-tests have appeared (nearly all lectures and guest lectures). The emphasis is on the regular lectures instead of the guest lectures, just as in the mini-tests.
  • The analysis part mostly requires knowledge and skills of the MDA framework and game analysis lectures. The analytical skills required for this part of the exam are also trained in Assignment 3.


The final grade consists of five parts: three practical assignments (P1, P2 and P3), the final exam (E), and the mini-tests (M).
The final grade is calculated as 0.1*P1 + 0.3*P2 + 0.3*P3 + 0.2*E + 0.1*M. The final grade is rounded to whole numbers when it is below 6.0 and to halves when it above 6.0.

To pass the course, several criteria must be met:

  • The final rounded grade must be 6 or higher.
  • The exam E must be at least 5.0.
  • The weighted average of the practical assignments must be at least 5.0. The formula for the weighted average is: (0.1*P1 + 0.3*P2 + 0.3*P3) / 0.7
  • All practical assignments, including all subtasks, must have been submitted. Effortless submissions do not count as a submission. If a student did not participate in the group (or the participation was effortless), the submission does not count for this individual.

Retake arrangement

A retake can be requested for the exam, and/or for one of the three practical assignments. The retake exam replaces the exam grade (E). The retake assignment replaces the grade of one of the assignments (P1, P2 or P3).

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for a retake:

  • (University-wide rule:) Either you have not completed all mandatory parts of the course, or your final grade is a 4 or a 5. A retake is not allowed if the course has been passed (exceptions can be made by the Exam Committee).
  • If a retake for P2 is requested, P2 must have been completed and the P2 grade must be at least 4.0. In some exceptional situations (such as “overmacht”) an exception can be made, contact the lecturer.
  • The student must e-mail the lecturer with the retake request within two weeks after publication of the final grade.

Check the CS education page when he retake exam is scheduled. The retake assignment is equal to assignment 3, but will be graded more toughly. A retake for assignment 1 will require you to write one analysis, while a retake for assignment 2 or 3 requires you to write two analyses which both count equally for the grade. The deadline is to be determined and will be e-mailed to you after you have requested to do a retake assignment.

Academic dishonesty

Fraud or plagiarism has to be reported to the Board of Examiners, as required by the Education and Examination Regulations. This includes for example copying from the internet or other students.