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Norway sees lowest-ever exam fail rate

Coronavirus boosts students’ efforts, but cheating and permission of aids may have skewed results

Norway’s universities have recorded a record high exam pass rate this spring, with just 5.4 per cent failing university tests this spring—compared to 7 per cent in spring 2019.

Figures from the Norwegian Database for Statistics on Higher Education (DBH), which date back to 1989, show that this is the lowest fail rate ever recorded. It is also the steepest decline in the number of failed exams from one year to another.

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