Assessments in 2021/22

January 2022 assessments

All examinations that were due to take place in-person in January 2022 will be listed on the January Exam Timetable. Any assessments listed that are normally taken in the summer are for students who have deferred or are resitting only.

Exams will not take place in-person

January exams will not take place in person. Details of alternative formats are available on the Exams timetable webpage

Online assessments will continue as planned

If you have other assessments during this time - for example take-home or open book assessments, project work, coursework or essays - these will continue as planned. Check with course conveners and departments for more information about these assessments.

Changes to evidence requirements for extensions and deferrals

If you require an extension (up to a maximum of 7 days) or need to defer an assessment due to your own ill health, you will need to submit an explanatory narrative but will not be expected to provide evidence from a medical practitioner. For extensions or deferrals based on any other reason other than your own ill health, you will still need to provide evidence for your request. Read more about extensions and deferrals

Further updates to this page

These pages are under review and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

January assessment support

Study support to help you prepare for assessments

Preparing for January assessments

There's a range of support to help you prepare for January assessments, including: 

  • Academic support is available across LSE - resources will be available from your class teachers, academic faculty and departments
  • Our exam pages have lots of useful information to help you understand the logistics of taking exams at LSE
  • LSE LIFE has a range of support available to you: 

    - Online resources on Moodle

    - Dedicated assessment-related resources and  workshops

    - Meet with LSE LIFE study advisers to get help on how best to prepare for these exams 
  • Find information about upcoming events and subscribe to LSE LIFE’s weekly update for more information
  • Find and navigate further support using the Student Support Map, available in the Student Hub.

Central exam adjustments (CEAs)

The purpose of CEAs is to provide an environment that gives all students an equal opportunity in exams.

If you have a documented medical, physical or mental health condition and/or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, CEAs are available within the School’s regulations. You can also be considered for short term CEAs if you experience a short term or unexpected medical condition just before or during the exam period.

CEAs and online assessments

If you already have My Adjustments and/or Central Exam Adjustments (CEAs) in place, these will be applied to online assessments as follows: 

  • Letters of Notification will be provided for all assessments, as specified in the relevant My Adjustments/CEA.  

  • For assessments that take place over a 24-hour period or longer: these assessments have been designed to allow each student the flexibility to plan and balance the tasks required across the whole assessment period. As such, CEAs granting extra time will not be applied to this format of assessment.

If you have a disability or long-term health condition and you do not have My Adjustments or CEAs in place, please visit the DWS webpages to make the necessary arrangements.  

The option to apply for short-term Central Exam Adjustments remains in place if your needs change.

More information about this and how we can support you is available on the central exam adjustments webpages

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The following FAQs answer questions about sitting online assessments in the 2021/22 academic year.

Changes to in-person exams

On-campus timed in-person exams, due to run from 10-14 January will no longer take place in person. This is due to possible further travel changes and restrictions, allowing additional time for students to return and meet any testing or isolation requirements if needed for the start of term. 

What type of assessment will replace my in-person exam?

 There are several types of assessments that you may sit as an alternative to your in-person January exam, as listed in the January assessments schedule. They are:

Time limited assessment with common start/finish time for all students

For example, you might have a start time of 10am (UK time), and two hours and 30 minutes to complete your assessment. See guidance for submitting on Moodle time limited assessments with common start/finish time.

A time limited assessment to be taken at any time within a 24 hour period

For example, if you have a three-hour time limited assessment, you can choose when you start your assessment within the 24-hour window. Make sure that you start your attempt with at least the assessment’s allocated time remaining in your 24-hour period. For example, if 3 hours have been allocated to the assessment, starting an attempt with less than 3 hours remaining in the 24-hour window will reduce the time you have available (i.e. accessing the assessment questions 2 hours before the deadline, gives you only 2 hours to complete the assessment). See student guidance for submitting on Moodle for time limited assessments to be taken at any time within a 24-hour window. 

24 hour, 48 hour, and 72 hour assessments 

You may have an assessment with a duration given of 24, 48, or 72 hours. This is the window of time you have to submit your assessment: you are not expected to spend the entire period between release and the submission deadline completing the assessment.  

Instead, these assessments have been designed to be fully completed within a specific number of hours (effort time), as outlined in the assessment schedule, or as indicated by the academic department running the assessment. This gives you the flexibility to plan and balance the tasks required across the whole assessment period. 

1 week assessment

For assessments where you have one week to complete it, your department will be able to provide you with more information and the submission details.

These assessment types are what you may be asked to sit instead of in-person exams. You may be completing other assessments that are a different format to those listed above. Please check with your department if you have questions.

When will I know what type of assessment will be replacing my in-person January exam(s)?

The assessment schedule assessment schedule is available to view from 1pm on Friday 17 December. 

Will overseas exams still take place?

If you are due to sit an overseas exam, this will no longer take place in person. If you were due to sit an overseas exam, more information will be provided about bookings made to take exams at overseas centres, no later than 21 December.

 
Sitting online assessments

What should I do if I'm unwell for an assessment?

If you become unwell before or during an assessment, we will do all that we can to support you and advise you of your options.    

LSE operates a fit to sit policy and if you are unable to complete an assessment in the time allotted due to illness, you can request an extension or deferral. 

How long should I spend on a 24-hour assessment?

You may have an assessment with a duration given of 24, 48, or 72 hours. This is the window of time you have to submit your assessment: you are not expected to spend the entire period between release and the submission deadline completing the assessment.

Instead, these assessments have been designed to be fully completed within a specific number of hours (effort time), as outlined in the assessment schedule, or as indicated by the academic department running the assessment. This gives you the flexibility to plan and balance the tasks required across the whole assessment period.

There will be no advantage to spending longer on an assessment than the amount of specified time it is expected to take to complete. Students who clearly demonstrate their understanding of a topic and an ability to respond logically to the question or task, will gain the marks they need.

When an assignment is marked, it is clear how long has been spent on it, especially when something has been drafted and re-written, and this is not the basis on which your work will be assessed.

Will I be given additional time to prepare and upload my assessment?

For all assessments with a duration of less than 24 hours, departments will allocate you additional time to prepare and upload your assessment and any additional documentation. Please check with your department for specific upload times. You should use this time as instructed to avoid a late submission.

What happens if I have technical issues submitting my assessment?

LSE's Tech Support team (Tech.Support@lse.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7107 5000) will be providing additional support throughout the January assessment period, from 4 to 17 January. You can contact Tech Support from 8am to 5.30pm (UK time) Monday to Fridays, and 10am to 2pm (UK time) on Saturday 8 and 15 January. 

If you encounter difficulties uploading your assessment to Moodle, you should submit it via this Assessment Submission Form as soon as possible and notify your department by email once you have submitted using this link. 

What happens if I submit my assessment late?

If you think you won't be able to meet a deadline, you may wish to consider applying for an extension or a deferral

However, in order to ensure the academic integrity of the School’s assessments and its awards, it is necessary to apply late mark penalties where an assessment is received after the published deadline or agreed extension.

A full list of late penalties can be found under the ‘Late Submission Penalties’ section of the assessment discipline and academic misconduct webpage.  

Students who encounter exceptional difficulties outside of their control that might prevent them submitting on time should submit Exceptional Circumstances within the normal deadline. You may also wish to contact the relevant academic department responsible for the assessment as soon as possible after submission to explain why you were unable to submit on time.

Note: If there are any professional accreditation requirements, then it is possible the late penalties may differ slightly. This will be confirmed by the department responsible for the course.

I don’t have a quiet space to work. Can I come to campus to complete my assessments?

Yes, you will be able to use LSE LIFE Workspace 4 (on the ground floor of the Library). This space will be available between 10-14 January. Seating will be available on a first come served basis, with 72 spaces available.  

I will be sitting time-limited assessments at unsociable hours, due to time zone differences. What can I do if I don’t think I will perform my best?

By sitting an assessment, you are acknowledging that you are able and well enough to do so (i.e. that you are ‘fit to sit/submit’). As such, if you know in advance that sitting an assessment in your time zone will significantly affect your performance, you should consider deferring your assessment(s).  

If you do sit a time-limited assessment with a common start/finish time for all students, but feel that your academic performance was affected in ways that you could not have anticipated, you should submit Exceptional Circumstances (ECs).    

As with all ECs, you’ll need to clearly demonstrate how your specific circumstances at the time had a significant detrimental impact on you, and therefore your academic performance. You will also need to outline how the impact was unforeseen and outside of your control.    

How will LSE ensure that academic integrity is maintained during online/coursework assessments?

There are lots of ways LSE is working to ensure that academic integrity is maintained throughout online assessment/coursework periods, and that any instances of academic misconduct are either prevented or detected.   

These include our academic regulations, including the LSE Code of Good PracticeLSE plagiarism regulations and LSE’s regulations on assessment offences other than plagiarism.

When you upload an assessment, you will be asked to indicate your commitment to abide by and uphold these regulations, and any department guidelines. This is known as the Academic Integrity Statement.

What if some students spend more time completing assessments than others?

There will be no advantage to spending longer on an assessment than the amount of specified time it is expected to take to complete. Students who clearly demonstrate their understanding of a topic and an ability to respond logically to the question or task, will gain the marks they need. 

When an assignment is marked, it is clear how long has been spent on it, especially when something has been drafted and re-written, and this is not the basis on which your work will be assessed. 

 

Extensions, deferrals, and exceptional circumstances

Please review the Extensions, Deferrals and Exceptional Circumstances student guidance for more information.   

International students should discuss potential visa implications with the LSE International Student Visa and Advice Team (ISVAT) before making a decision to defer an assessments.

How can I apply for an extension?

If you are struggling to meet a deadline due to circumstances outside of your control, you can request an extension for assessments lasting more than 24 hours. You should request an extension before the submission deadline of your assessment.

For extension requests due to medical circumstances, you will need to complete the extension request form outlining why you require an extension. You will not be required to provide evidence for short extensions of up to 7 days where the request is based on your ill-health. You will still need to provide a clear explanation of the impact of your circumstances and why you cannot submit by the deadline. If you require a longer extension, you will need to provide evidence, or alternatively defer your assessment.

For extensions based on any other circumstances, you will need to provide evidence for your request.

You can still apply for an extension in the School closure period (22 December - 3 January), but please note that departmental staff will not be able to approve them during this time. Extension requests submitted over the School closure period will be considered as soon as possible once the School opens again on 4 January.

More information about requesting an extension

How can I request a deferral?

LSE understands that unfortunate circumstances may arise that impact your ability to perform in an assessment. There is a fit to sit / fit to submit policy - when you attempt a summative assessment, you are declaring yourself fit to complete it. “Fit” in this instance does not only apply just to physical or mental health, but other factors which may affect your academic performance. You need to decide if you are fit and able to sit and if you’re not, you should defer.  

If you find yourself in a situation where you are not able to attempt or complete an assessment, or obtain a suitable extension, you should request a deferral.  

If you are requesting a deferral for medical reasons, you will need to give a reason for your request, with a clear supporting statement. You will not need to provide evidence for your request. You should provide a clear explanation of the impact of your health issues on your ability to sit/submit your assessment. 

For deferrals based on any other circumstances, you will also need to provide evidence for your request, alongside your reason and supporting statement.  

You can still request a deferral in the School closure period (22 December - 3 January), but please note that departmental staff will not be able to approve them during this time. Deferral requests submitted over the School closure period will be considered as soon as possible once the School opens again on 4 January.  

More information about requesting a deferral

Can I ‘un-defer’ an assessment?

Yes, you can. If you have deferred a January assessment, but feel you are now able to sit it, you can cancel your deferral.  

To cancel your deferral, you will need to do so by the release time of the assessment (for assessments lasting 24 hours or less), or prior to the assessment deadline, (for assessments lasting longer than 24 hours). 

To cancel a deferral, please submit an enquiry form to the SSC Results and Awards team stating "I would like to withdraw my deferral of..." and list all the courses and components that you now intend to sit.  We will then amend your record so that we can receive the mark accordingly. 

How do I submit Exceptional Circumstances (ECs)?

If you do not request a deferral in time and then feel that your performance was affected by your circumstances, or if you were unable to submit the assessment at all, you must submit Exceptional Circumstances (ECs) for consideration.

Likewise, if you attempt an assessment but decide that your circumstances had a significant detrimental impact on your performance in a way you could not have fully anticipated, you should submit ECs. The School defines these circumstances as “sudden, unforeseen, out of the student’s own control and proximate to the assessment(s) in question.” 

More information on submitting ECs

Why have evidence requirements for extensions and deferrals been relaxed?

The UK government’s announcement that GPs and other medical practitioners should focus on rolling our booster vaccinations means that you may find it difficult to secure evidence of your medical condition in the appropriate timescale. For this reason, we will not be requiring evidence from a medical professional when you request an extension (up to 7 days) or to defer. You should still provide a clear explanation of the impact upon you of your health issues. 

For extensions based on any other circumstances, you will need to provide evidence for your request. More information is available on the deferrals webpage.  

I’ve deferred / need to resit an assessment. When will I take my assessment?

You’ll take any outstanding assessments at the next appropriate assessment period. Whilst in most cases, this will be either the undergraduate or postgraduate Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (depending on your level of study), you may sit your assessment in the January or Summer assessment period. 

If you're an undergraduate student:

  • If you have deferred / need to resit an assessment taken during the academic year (including the January and summer exam periods and coursework usually completed during term time), your assessment will take place in the undergraduate Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (undergraduate RDAP) in July / August. 
  • If you have deferred / need to resit an assessment taken during the undergraduate RDAP,  you will:

    - Sit your deferred / resit assessment in January if the course is normally assessed in the January assessment period

    - Sit your deferred or resit assessment in May / June if the course is normally assessed in the Summer Term assessment period.

If you're a postgraduate student:

  • If you have deferred / need to resit an assessment taken during the academic year (including the January and summer exam periods and coursework usually completed during term time), your assessment will take place in the postgraduate Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (postgraduate RDAP) in the following January
  • If you have deferred / need to resit an assessment taken during the postgraduate RDAP in January, you will sit this in the Summer Term assessment period later that year. 

If I defer my assessment(s) to the Resit and Deferred Assessment Period, will any of my marks/grades be capped?

If you defer your assessment and sit/submit it for the first time in an undergraduate or postgraduate resit and deferred assessment period, your mark will not be capped.   

If you defer a resit attempt, this will be capped at Pass for the purpose of degree classification. The actual (uncapped) mark that you achieve in the course will be included in your academic transcript. More information about capping can be found on the re-entry webpages.

I’m an undergraduate student - if I defer my assessment(s), do I assume that I have completed the year and apply to next year’s courses as usual?

Students who defer any assessment in 2021/22 will be entered to take their outstanding assessments in the next In-Year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP).

The undergraduate IRDAP allows undergraduate students to attempt to meet the progression requirements in time for the start of the next academic year. If you have not yet progressed when you receive your results in July 2022, but may be able to progress once you complete IRDAP, you can select your courses for your next year of study as normal.

If you are unable to progress following the IRDAP, Student Services will remove the 2022/23 courses from your record, and you will be expected to take your outstanding assessments during the following academic year as an unregistered candidate.

I’m in the first/second year of my undergraduate studies – what do I need to pass by the end of the academic year to be able to progress to my next year of study?

Students in their first year of a BA or BSc programme must pass at least three units to be eligible to progress to their second year. Students in their second year of a BA or BSc programme must pass at least seven units from their first and second year combined to be eligible to progress to their third year. A failed unit, a deferred assessment, or an assessment from which you are absent will be counted as a non-passed unit.  
 
There are different progression rules for the LLB. If you are an LLB student, you should refer to your academic department and information in the LLB Classification Scheme.  
 
More details about re-entry can be found on the re-entry webpages and information about what happens if you are unable to progress can be found at this link.

I’m in the final year of my undergraduate studies – do I need to pass all courses in order to be awarded?

As a final year student, you will be awarded a degree if you attempt all assessments and as long as you fail no more than three whole units overall. If you have deferred any assessments, you will need to attempt these before you are eligible for the award of the degree.

If, having attempted all assessments you can be classified for a degree then you will be awarded, and you will not be able to resit any failed papers. If you have failed one unit at the point of classification, you will not be penalised. If you fail more than one unit and are awarded a degree, penalty rules may be applied, as outlines in the three year or four year BA/BSc Classification Schemes. 

If you cannot be awarded in July, you will be re-entered for all outstanding assessments in the undergraduate IRDAP and awarded in September.  

There are different award rules for the LLB – if you are an LLB student, you should refer to your academic department and information in the LLB Classification Scheme.  

Is the Graduate Route open to me as a postgraduate student taking a deferred or resit assessment?

The majority of students taking assessments in the Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (RDAP) will not be able to access the Graduate Route, and only those with very particular circumstances may be eligible.

Please speak to LSE's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) for information and advice about how taking RDAP assessments will affect your visa status.

 

Provisional marks


If you have further questions about the upcoming January assessment period, and beyond, please use the dedicated Student Services enquiry form.