If something goes wrong…
If an exam doesn’t go as you’d hoped, or your revision is interrupted by unforeseen circumstances, it can feel incredibly stressful. While we hope that this term runs smoothly for you, we also know that sometimes life gets in the way. If this is the case, it’s important to know what support is available to you.
If you’ve received all the tuition for a course, you may be able to postpone the assessment. For most students, this will mean postponing to the next academic year, but please note that first year undergraduate students (2018/19) can defer to the in-year re-sit and deferral assessment period (IRDAP) in August. To request a deferral, you will need to complete a deferral form (which must be approved by the chair of the sub-board of examiners for your programme), and submit it, with evidence, to the Results and Graduation Team in the Student Services Centre. While the deadline is usually the day before the exam in question, if you would like to defer, please speak to the Student Services Centre as soon as possible.
LSE is required to make reasonable adjustments for students who are disabled, have long term mental or physical health conditions, or specific learning difficulties. You can also apply for an individual exam adjustment for a short term condition, such as an unexpected medical condition during the exam period. You’ll need to complete an application form and provide evidence, via the Student Services Centre. It’s important to do this as soon as possible, so there is time to implement the agreed adjustments.
LSE has a ‘fit to sit’ policy, which means that entering the exam room can be seen as a declaration that you’re well enough to do so. If you’re feeling ill, it’s advisable that you consider whether you’re fit to take your exam.
If so, you can access independent, confidential advice from the LSESU Advice Service.
Feeling stressed and anxious during exam time is a common experience, but it’s important to recognise if and when these feelings become overwhelming. Remember you can always chat to your academic advisor, or talk to someone through the Counselling Service. For independent, free and confidential support, contact LSESU’s very own Advice Service on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7955 7158. You can make an appointment in advance, or just stop by the LSESU Reception on the 6th floor of the Saw Swee Hock. Drop-in sessions are held every weekday between 11am and 1pm. If we can’t help you, we’ll make sure you get to the people who can.