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English translation: extra-curriculum exams

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Italian term or phrase:esami in soprannumero
English translation:extra-curriculum exams
Entered by: Valentina Pecchiar
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10:31 May 15, 2005
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Education / Pedagogy
Italian term or phrase: soprannumero
Used on an degree certificate, under the listing of exams taken and passed.

La media calcolata sugli esami superati eslusi i soprannumero e .... xx/30 XX/100.

I have never seen this used on exam certificates before - is this a new concept?
Jean Martin
Local time: 14:24
extra-curriculum exams
Explanation:
I am not sure about the translation but this is what they are (and were in the old Italian university system - I took "esami in soprannumero" ages ago).

They were (not sure about their status now) courses a student could add to his/her "piano di studi" in excess of the number of exams needed to have access to the dissertation. They had to be passed but the grade would usually not be considered in the final avarage; also, such courses could not be chosen as dissertation major but they could be collateral to the dissertation.

It was typical to add "esami in soprannumero" after choosing one's dissertation topic (generally between hte 3rd and 4th year): all subsidiary/specialistic exams may have already been chosen/taken but one wanted/neede to add a subject that had become relevant in view of the dissertation.

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Note added at 38 mins (2005-05-15 11:10:00 GMT)
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If you google \"esami in soprannumero\" (in inverted commas) there are several hits that may help you get a better grasp of the concept. HTH
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Valentina Pecchiar
Italy
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Thanks Muja, overwhelming support for your answer.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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extra-curriculum exams


Explanation:
I am not sure about the translation but this is what they are (and were in the old Italian university system - I took "esami in soprannumero" ages ago).

They were (not sure about their status now) courses a student could add to his/her "piano di studi" in excess of the number of exams needed to have access to the dissertation. They had to be passed but the grade would usually not be considered in the final avarage; also, such courses could not be chosen as dissertation major but they could be collateral to the dissertation.

It was typical to add "esami in soprannumero" after choosing one's dissertation topic (generally between hte 3rd and 4th year): all subsidiary/specialistic exams may have already been chosen/taken but one wanted/neede to add a subject that had become relevant in view of the dissertation.

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Note added at 38 mins (2005-05-15 11:10:00 GMT)
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If you google \"esami in soprannumero\" (in inverted commas) there are several hits that may help you get a better grasp of the concept. HTH

Valentina Pecchiar
Italy
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thanks Muja, overwhelming support for your answer.

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