It’s the morning of your exam, and you’re not feeling well. What should you do? If you don't feel well enough to attempt your exam, then it’s probably not a good idea to sit it as you won’t perform to the best of your ability.
It's possible to 'self-certify' your absence from the exam by contacting your school office and filling in a form. You can only do this if you do not actually attend the exam.
Self-certification is meant for sudden short-term acute illnesses such as food poisoning, flu, etc. where you wouldn’t necessarily need to see a doctor.
How to self-certify
You must tell your school office before any exam that you miss, and fill in a self-certification form for each day that you are absent. There’s no need to submit any medical evidence unless you need medical attention. But if you self-certify several times, or over a long period of time, you will need to provide medical evidence.
If you are ill during an exam
If you are ill during an exam and you cannot complete the paper you must tell the invigilator. Then after you leave the exam you must fill in an extenuating circumstances form and submit it to your school office.
If you need medical attention you should go and see a doctor. But if you don’t need medical attention, the invigilator’s note will be enough evidence.
If you sit your exam even though you are ill
If you sit your exam but you were affected by illness or other factors, you can submit an extenuating circumstances form afterwards to explain what happened.
I’m really worried I’ve failed...
Don’t panic! It’s really difficult to judge how you got on until you have your results.
I’m not happy with my results
Speak to your tutor to get some feedback and help you to understand why you got the grade you did.
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