Illness and absence from examinations

What do you do if you are sick or have another reason for being absent from the examination? What is a valid absence and how do you register your absence?

What is a valid reason for absence?

Candidates are not permitted to sit the same examination more than three (3) times. This is governed by Section 7-5 (4) of the Regulations relating to Studies and Examinations at Nord University.

In some cases, absence on the day of the examination shall not count as an examination attempt. This is called a valid absence. Examples of valid absences are:

  • that you or your children are sick
  • a death in your close family or others with whom you have a close relationship
  • funeral or cremation service in your close family or others with whom you have a close relationship
  • orders from a public authority that prevent you from sitting for the examination
  • other reasons that make it highly unreasonable to require you to complete an assessment/examination

Deadline for reporting absence

The deadline for reporting an absence is within one (1) week after the examination date/deadline for submitting the examination. If this deadline is not met, it will count as an examination attempt, and you will not be entitled to a new/deferred examination.

Documentation requirements

Medical certificate or statement from another expert.

How to report an absence

Send an email to servicetorget@nord.no, with the following information:

  • name and student number
  • examination date
  • course code and name of the examination
  • documentation from a doctor or other expert

Terminating an examination

If you become ill while taking an examination and consequently have to terminate the examination, you should not submit your answer. 

If your examination answer is submitted, this will override proof of a valid absence submitted afterwards. In other words, a submitted answer cannot be withdrawn and will count as an examination attempt.

Supplementary or deferred examination

The right to a supplementary or deferred examination is governed by Section 7-3 of the Regulations relating to Studies and Examinations at Nord University.

If you receive approval for a valid absence from an examination, you will be entitled to a supplementary/deferred examination, which is normally arranged in the following semester. You must register for a new examination in Studentweb.


Examinations and student records:


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    Tel: +47 94 50 89 54
  • Stjørdal
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