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Before the Exams

Rules, regulations and advice about exams and exam-term: FAQS

What should I do if I am ill this term or something else happens which affects my preparation?

The most important thing is to seek help and let someone know early. If your preparation or performance might be affected by illness (including mental health) or other severe mitigating circumstances (for example a bereavement) your college may submit a 'warning letter'. This 'warning letter' will only be acted on when you receive your results and if you think that your exam results may have been affected by mitigating circumstances. The letter will then provide useful evidence if you are applying for an examination allowance.

If you are ill, and you think it might affect your ability to prepare, it is important to obtain 'medical evidence' early, and if at all possible before the examination. This might be a note or report from your GP or other medical service stating that you have been to see the service.

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What should I do if I'm ill just before or during my exams?

If you are feeling unwell on the morning of an exam, the most important thing is to let someone know as soon as possible. Colleges have different procedures, but if you keep the phone number of the College Porters or Tutorial Office to hand or in your bedroom you should be able to contact someone quickly if you feel you are not going to be able to make it to the exam.

If you feel ill just before going into or during an examination, then you should let an invigilator know immediately. The invigilator will arrange for you to be escorted back to College with your examination paper. The College will give you time and space to recover, and provide you with an opportunity to complete your examination paper in College later that day. During this period, you are not permitted to contact family or friends, use electronic devices, or consult hard copy study materials.

After the examination has finished book an appointment with your GP. If that is not possible, see your college nurse. Inform your college Tutor. Also make note of which examination it was and around what time you were feeling unwell, especially if you had to take time out to use the bathroom or were unable to finish the exam.

Please also see the University Guidance and advice:

For undergraduate - Before the exam

For graduates

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Examination Arrangements

Information on Examination Arrangements can be found here

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University Examination Rules and Guidance

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