I become unwell during assessments

Falling ill during the assessment period

If you become unwell during exams and need advice contact the Student Services Advice Team

There are a number of options available if you become unwell during the assessment period. Expand the sections below for more information.

If you need further advice in relation to your specific circumstances. please contact the Student Services Advice Team by submitting an enquiry.

Fit to sit policy

LSE operates a 'fit to sit/fit to submit' policy, which means that if you submit an assessment or enter an exam room you are declaring yourself well enough to take the assessment.

Seeking medical help

If you are in London and require medical help, please contact your GP as soon as possible. If you have not yet registered with a GP, it is important that you do so as soon as possible. St Philips Medical Centre on campus will allow most students to register with them; please contact them directly to arrange this. Alternatively you can register at a GP closer to where you’re living. You can find your nearest GP via the NHS GP finder.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, call 999.

You can also find further information about Healthcare in the UK here.

There are a number of support services offered to you within LSE too. All of these services are confidential and free. Staff members are well versed in dealing with a huge range of issues, and we encourage you to make use of them. You can find the full range of services here, along with all the relevant contact details. Most services are also able to facilitate support remotely while campus is closed.

If you are not able to sit your assessments

If circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, prevent you from being able to sit an exam, deferring the exam may be the best option. Please refer to the deferral webpage for information about deadlines. Requests to retrospectively defer an assessment cannot be considered. 

The Student Advice and Engagement Team can advise you on the deferral process either by submitting an enquiry form or by speaking to them in-person. To contact them by enquiry form choose the 'Exams and Assessment' option, then 'Deferring or missed exam or assessment'.

Please visit the deferral website for more information on how to request a deferral and who to contact for more information.

If you have a contagious or communicable disease

If you contract a contagious condition (such as chicken pox, measles or COVID) you should inform the Student Services Centre and remain in isolation as far as possible. All of the necessary processes can be completed via the enquiry form/email. Under no circumstances should you come to the School.

If the School is made aware that you have a contagious condition, you will not be allowed to sit your exam.

The Student Advice and Engagement Team can advise you on your options by submitting an enquiry form. To contact them by enquiry form choose the 'Exams and Assessment' option, then 'Deferring or missed exam or assessment'.

If you might be able to sit your assessment with some adjustments

If you are experiencing a short term or unexpected medical condition that affects your ability to sit your assessments under the usual conditions, you can apply for Short-Term Central Exam Adjustments (STCEAs). Further details including the application form can be found on the Central Exam Adjustments webpage. You will need to apply via the ‘short term conditions’ route. Please note that your application can’t be considered without medical evidence.

You must apply as early as possible and as soon as you become aware of your short term medical condition, however, adjustments can only be put in place for exams seven calendar days or later after the submission of your application.

Any queries about CEAs should be directed via the online enquiries form.

If you sit your assessment(s) but feel your performance may have been affected by illness

If you sit your assessment(s) but later feel that your performance may have been affected by illness you can submit Exceptional Circumstances (ECs).

You are advised to submit ECs if you feel that something beyond your control has impacted your academic ability in the lead up to or during the assessment period and thus prevented you from performing at your full potential.

ECs can be submitted for any or all impacted assessments and should be submitted for the current year of study within seven days of your last assessment in that particular assessment period.

Get advice if you are on a Student visa

If you are unwell during and plan to defer your assessments, you should also seek advice on how this may impact your visa.  Contact the Student Advice and Engagement Team for individual visa advice on your circumstances.

You can also find information on deferrals in the 'Issues with taking your assessments' section on this web page.