Exceptional circumstances

and illness on the day of an exam

Find out how LSE can support you if you fall ill on the day of an exam or assessment

If you are likely to miss an examination, you should contact the Student Services Centre as soon as possible on +44 (0)20 7955 6167. An answer-phone is available outside of normal School hours and messages will be responded to as soon as possible.

There are two options available to you if you fall ill on the day of an assessment:

1. You can request to defer your assessment to the next academic year.

Find out more about deferring assessments

2. You can notify the exam board of any exceptional circumstances if you attempted the assessment while unwell, or missed the assessment without receiving an approved deferral.

Find out more about submitting exceptional circumstances


You can also request special exam provision to take the deferred or missed examination the same academic year, however this is seldom granted and only for very specific and exceptional reasons.

Please refer to Section 8 the Examination Procedures for Candidates (PDF) for further information on illness during the examination period.


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Telephone +44 (0) 20 7955 6167


Email ssc.advice@lse.ac.uk

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Student Services Centre, (Ground Floor) Old Building, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE