I can’t take my exam because of coronavirus, what do I do now?

5 January 2022 by Coronavirus

Exam week is just around the corner. You have studied hard and you’re all set to do your best. Then, suddenly, you hear that you have to self-isolate because one of your housemates has tested positive for COVID-19. Or you notice that you have flu-like symptoms, even though they are mild. What should you do?​

We know that it’s a major inconvenience, but you really must stay at home. We understand that you might be highly motivated to sit your exam, especially if you’ve studied hard for it. Nevertheless, we must ask you to postpone it and stay at home if:

  • you have flu-like symptoms (even mild ones)
  • you are waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test
  • you have tested positive for COVID-19
  • you are self-isolating (e.g. because one of your housemates has COVID-19)

Three chances in total

In addition to the regular exam, you are also entitled to a re-sit. In other words, you have two assessment opportunities. Make good use of them! If, for any of the reasons listed above, you have missed out on an opportunity due to COVID-19 and have not yet passed the exam in question, your department will give you a third chance to take it. Has COVID-19 led you to miss several exam opportunities, and have you not yet passed? In that case, you can submit a request to the examination board. Chapter 5 of the Education and Examination Regulations explains the details of this process.

You can find the Education and Examination Regulations for your programme on this page.

What should you do?

If you can’t take your exam on location for one of the above COVID-19-related reasons, you should deregister for that exam in Osiris. This can be done up to one hour before the start of the test/exam. You can register at a later date for the following assessment opportunity.

Validity and purpose

The above policy applies for the entire 2021/2022 academic year, as long as the measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 are in place. The purpose is to encourage you to stay at home if you have any COVID-19-related problems or have to self-isolate, without leading to delays in your study progress. By sticking to these rules, we can prevent infection together and ensure a safe and healthy environment in which to work and study.

Not sure what to do after reading this article? Would you like to ask for more information? Contact your own study programme – they will be only too happy to help.

Last updated on 11 January 2022.