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Examination Allowances

If you have been ill or have experienced extenuating circumstances that have led you to under-perform in your examinations or been unable to take all or part of your examinations you may be eligible for an examination allowance.

If you are considering making a request for any sort of allowance, please contact the Student Advice Service who will be able to help you collect and organise evidence and write an application. In making an application it is important to seek the support of your college, but you may still make a personal application if your college support chooses not to support your application. Any student Advisor from the Student Advice Service will be able to represent you to your college if you are seeking college support.

If you have been absent from the whole examination due to extenuating circumstances, the Committee may:

  • give leave to degrade, including leave, where required, to take the same examination.
  • "allow the candidate the examination"; this means that you will declared to have deserved to pass the examination
  • Declare you to have deemed to have deserve honours.

If you have been absent from the some of examination due to extenuating circumstances, the Committee may:

  • Declare you to have deemed to have deserve honours.
  • Declare you to have deserved to pass the examination

If you have failed the whole examination due to extenuating circumstances, the Committee may:

  • give leave to degrade, including leave, where required, to take the same examination.
  • "allow the candidate the examination"; this means that you will declared to have deserved to pass the examination
  • Declare you to have deemed to have deserve honours.

If you pass your exam but have been awarded a class that is demonstrably lower than justified by your academic record, and you have been ill or had extenuating circumstances the Applications Committee has the power to:

  • Withdraw your name from the class list and 'Declare you to have deserved Honours'.
  • If you have missed or under-performed in a relatively small part of an examination on account of illness or other grave cause, the Committee may authorise the Examiners to consider re-classifying you on the basis of your performance in only those parts of the examination which you took without disadvantage. In this way, your overall tripos result may be moved up a class.