Illness during exam

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If you cannot take an examination due to illness or for other pressing reasons, you must apply for legitimate absence. Note that if you have an exam that spans several days, the department may consider giving you a delayed deadline for submission. Contact the department responsible about this. If you then submit by the deadline, you do not need to apply for a valid absence on the exam.

Application form and deadline #

The deadline for applying for legitimate absence is no later than a week after the first exam the absence applies to.

Fill out this form to apply for legitimate absence, and send it to the specified address.

Unfortunately, we don't have an electronic form that adequately protects personal data, and as medical documentation often contain sensitive information we cannot receive or process applications by e-mail.

Requirements for documentation #

  • Documentation must be stamped and signed by the doctor/health enterprise
  • The students must submit the documentation themselves, and thus consent to providing the necessary health information
  • Documentation may be forwarded
  • Documentation must be forwarded within 14 days, unless otherwise agreed

Illness during ongoing exams #

If you become ill during an exam, you must also apply for legitimate absence to make sure the exam is not counted as an examination attempt. Use the application form found above on this page. 

If you become ill during an exam held on campus, contact the invigilator (written exam) or the examinator (oral exam).

In case you discontinue an exam, do not submit the exam answer.

For home exams in Inspera Assessment, be aware that your answer in most cases will be automatically submitted when the examination time ends. This happens if you have answered at least one question. To avoid submitting something unintentionally, we recommend that you use the “Submit blank” option, especially if you have opened the test and viewed the question set. To submit blank, go to the menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

If you have submitted the exam answer paper, this will override a self-certification of absence that you submit afterwards. In other words, you cannot withdraw an exam answer paper after you have submitted it, in accordance with the academic regulations for NTNU, section 5-1(6).

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