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If you are experiencing issues which mean you don’t think you will be able to perform to your best ability in your upcoming exams, you could consider Deferring the assessment. This allows you to take the assessment at a later date at no penalty.

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The LSE Deferral process has recently changed, so please make sure to read through this guidance to ensure you are up to date on what this means for you.

To request a deferral, you must now complete an online form which will be sent directly to the Student Services Centre (SSC). You can find this form by clicking on the red Request a Deferral button here. You will also need to submit supporting evidence in accordance with LSE's Standards of Evidence – this could be medical evidence, police statements or birth/death certificates for example. You can read more about submitting supporting evidence here. You should wait to submit your deferral request until you have the appropriate evidence, so long as you are able to meet the deadline. If you cannot meet the deadline submit the request, indicate that your evidence is not yet ready and then provide your evidence within 14 days.

The deadline to request a deferral is 24 hours before deadline/start-time of the assessment. You should submit your deferral request in good time to ensure you are informed of the decision before the assessment takes place. As noted above, it will take at least two working days from the day you submit your deferral form and evidence to confirm the outcome of your request. 

Your assessment will take place in the next suitable opportunity to attempt the assessments, this means the next available exam period for your study level. You can find out when this period is here.

Keep in mind that your visa status might change as a result of deferring. Make sure you speak to the LSE Visa Team before requesting a deferral to understand what this would mean for your right to remain in the UK.

If you are a PhD student, the deferral process is slightly different. Please refer to the Research Students Deferral Procedure section here. If you are an intercollegiate student you must follow the deferral procedure of your home institution. If the deferral request is approved then they will inform LSE directly and LSE will amend your record accordingly.

You can find more information as well as responses to any frequently asked questions on the LSE website.

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