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 exam 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 three options available to you if you become unwell shortly in advance of an assessment deadline (which could include a scheduled exam), or on the day an assessment is due to be submitted or sat: 

1. You can request an extension to the original assessment deadline for coursework such as essays or project work.

Find out more about requesting an extension 

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

Find out more about deferring assessments 

3. 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.

For more advice visit What if ... I become unwell during exams?

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