Final Exam

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The final examination of anatomy represents a unique opportunity for students to present the knowledge of anatomy that they acquired throughout the course of the year. The examiner and many students look forward to this exceptional moment. Before attempting the final examination of anatomy, it is necessary for the student to fulfil one condition – obtaining credit from both semesters. The final exam is in oral form and lasts approximately 30 minutes (± 15 minutes). The length of the exam depends upon the student's knowledge and ability to communicate. The student must discuss topics chosen from four groups (the locomotor system and topography; organ systems; vessels and nerves; the central nervous system and sense organs). The final examination of anatomy is an important life event for the student, thus the student must dress suitably in formal attire. White coats, tweezers and gloves are not required.

Questions for the final exam in anatomy

Registering for the final exam

Registration for the final exam is usually available from the end of April on the study information system (SIS). Students can choose from a selection of dates held in the summer examination period. Dates for retaking the exam in September are usually posted on SIS during the summer examination period. The date until which the student is allowed to unenroll is also stated on SIS. The student can enroll for the exam, even if he/she does not yet have the credit. However, in this case, they must obtain the credit before the date of the exam, otherwise they will be automatically unenrolled. See Instructions for using the study information system (SIS).


On the day of the exam, the students enter the examination room before the start of the exam. They are allowed time to prepare before the starting the exam. They examiner is present while the students prepare for their exam. First, the student hands in his/her exam index (credit book), and then picks four topics at random (one from each group). The examiner takes the topics, writes them on a student card, then returns the topics to the student, so that they can start preparing for the exam. Students have approximately 30 minutes to prepare for the exam. During preparation the student should create an outline for their chosen topics and draw any necessary picture and schemes. The students are not allowed to leave the examination room during the exam or use mobile phones or other electronic devices.

The exam

The student will discuss all four topics with examiner. The examiner can end the exam at any point, even before the all topics have been discussed, if the student's knowledge on any given topic is not sufficient. The examiner may also ask questions which are not directly related to the selected topics.


The final grade is awarded on the basis of the accuracy of the student's answers and overall speech during the examination.  In case the of a tie between the grades from the individual topics of the final exam, the results of the students' tests and the students' activity throughout the semesters can help the examiner choose the final grade.
Results of the final exam are: excellent ‘výborně’ (1), very good ‘velmi dobře’ (2), good ‘dobře’ (3) and fail ‘neprospěl/a’ (4). All four topics are evaluated individually, if a student receives fails any question, he/she will fail the entire exam and have to repeat it. If a student refuses to talk about a given topic, he will fail the exam.

Attempts and dates

Each student may attempt the final exam up to three times. The number of available dates is always more than sufficient (in the academic year 2015/2016 there were 26 dates available, containing a total of 740 places for the 255 students of general medicine of both the English and Czech study programmes).  Examinations run throughout the summer examination period and during September. Examinations are not held during the summer holidays.

If a student fails to appear for an examination on the date for which he has enrolled without duly excusing himself in advance, he is not graded and the examination date lapses (see article 8, paragraph 14 of the Code of study and examination concerning the study and examination, Charles University).

Recognition of exams

Recognition of exams complies with dean's provision no. 14/2018

  1. Regularly enrolled students may have examinations completed at the Second Faculty of Medicine recognized if:
    1. No more than the standard period of study has passed since the exam or credit test to be recognized, +2 years (e.g. 8 years for the master’s degree program in General Medicine, 5 years for a bachelor's degree program, and 4 years for a continuing Master's degree)
    2. the subject was not, in the same study program, recognized in the past at the Second Faculty of Medicine.
  2. Exams completed within the same study program and field at other faculties may be recognized if:
    1. No more than the standard period of study has passed since the exam or credit test to be recognized, +2 years (e.g. 8 years for the master's degree program in General Medicine, 5 years for a bachelor's degree program, and 4 years for a continuing master’s degree)
    2. the subject was not, in the same study program, recognized in the past at the Second Faculty of Medicine.
    3. the study hours for the subject and the number of credits earned for the completion of the subject equal at least 90% of the curriculum of the Second of the Faculty of Medicine;
    4. on the exams concerned, the student earned the marks ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’.
  3. The application for recognition of the examinations carried out at the Second Faculty of Medicine is assessed by the vice-Dean for study and academic qualifications. Requests for the recognition of the examinations carried out at another university is assessed by the vice-Dean for study and academic qualifications after receiving approval from the head of the related subject at the Second Faculty of Medicine.
  4. Recognition of internships and course credits is entirely up to the discretion of the supervisor of the relevant subject, i.e. Head of the Department.
  5. An application for recognition of a completed exam must be sent by email to the head of the Department of Anatomy, David Kachlík, at the latest by the end of October of the given academic year.

What happens if a student does not pass the final examination of anatomy?

If a student has not passed the final exam of anatomy by the last examination date (usually around the 20th September) even though he/she has the credit and may or may not have used all three attempts, he/she will have failed the subject. The student will have to repeat the subject in its entire course. This means that the student will have to attend all the lessons, pass all the tests and acquire the credit from both the winter and summer semesters.

Can a student continue his/her studies if he/she does not pass anatomy after repeating the subject in the second year?

No. If a student does not pass anatomy by the end of the second year he/she cannot continue his/her studies.  


If a student is found cheating during a test, he/she will be immediately removed from the classroom and will receive a grade D for that test. Furthermore, the student will be accused of a disciplinary offense and the disciplinary commission of the Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University will be notified.

Created: 4. 10. 2016 / Modified: / Responsible person: MUDr. Radovan Hudák