It’s the morning of your exam, and you’re not feeling well. What should you do? Would you take your driving test today? If the answer is no, then it’s probably not a good idea to sit your exam as you won’t perform to the best of your ability. You can self-certify your absence from the exam. You can only do this if you do not actually attend the exam. Self-certification is intended to cover sudden short-term acute illnesses such as food poisoning, flu, etc. where you wouldn’t necessarily need to see a doctor.
If you self-certify, in most cases you will be able to take the exam at the next opportunity - usually during the August/September resit period. But there are some things to consider:
If you are in doubt about self-certification, get advice from your school office and/or Just Ask.
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You must notify 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.
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