Missed Examination(s) / Special Examination



If you missed your final examination because your misread your exam timetable, unfortunately there is nothing you can apply for you will be given a failed grade (EX grade).

If you missed your final examination because you were sick, or there was a medical emergency, or there was death in your family, or you had a work commitment, you can apply for either an Aegrotat / Compassionate Pass (link to Aegrotat Pass or Compassionate Pass), or a special exam (link to Special Examination).


You can apply for a Special Exam for the course whose exam you will miss, or for an exam that you missed. USP will only approve you to sit a special exam if you fulfil the following conditions as listed in the USP regulations:

  • Fill in and submit the Aegrotat/Compassionate Pass or Special Exam application form,
  • Have a valid reason for missing your exam(s),
  • Upload your supporting documents (like a medical certificate, death certificate, birth certificate, letter from employer, letter from Government) to support your reason and to show that you were not available on the day of your exam), and
  • Have a “C” average in your coursework (at least 50%) to be considered for a Special Exam.

You should apply as soon as you can and note that the last day for all Special Exam applications to reach SAS is the Friday after the last day of exams. Once SAS receives your application, it will be recorded and then forwarded to your Course Coordinator for his/her recommendation.

Your application will be tabled at the School assessment meetings, where the Discipline Coordinator and the Head of School will make their decision, and the result will be communicated to you via email after the semester/trimester grades are released.

If you are approved for a special exam, it will take place at a time decided between your Course Coordinator and yourself.

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