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Absence, illness and withdrawal

What happens if you get ill, are absent or withdraw from an examination?

Absence from an examination

If you do not present yourself for the examination within the appointed deadline, you will be registered as not attended and have then used one examination attempt. This also applies if you do not submit an answer paper (home examination, portfolio examination etc.) within the appointed deadline.

Illness during an examination

  • You must submit a medical certificate if illness prevents you from taking an examination or submitting an answer paper within the appointed deadline.
  • The medical certificate must include the day of examination/submission.
  • If you are not able to submit the medical certificate on the day of the examination, the medical certificate must be submitted or postmarked no later than one week after the examination date.
  • If the university has not received the medical certificate one week after the day of examination/submission, you will be registered with one examination attempt.
  •  The medical certificate should be sent to your faculty.

Illness during a written examination with invigilation

If you become ill during a written examination with invigilation, you must decide whether you want to withdraw from the examination or submit an empty answer paper

  • If you choose to withdraw from the examination, the answer paper (if any) will not be sent to the examiners. If you submit a medical certificate subsequent to the examination, you will be granted legitimate absence. If you do not submit a medical certificate, you will be registered with one examination attempt.
  • If you choose to submit an empty answer paper, you will not be able to submit a medical certificate afterwards to be granted legitimate absence. You will be registered with one examination attempt.

Withdrawal from an examination

If you submit an empty answer paper (a text with no purpose to answer the examination questions) or choose to withdraw without submitting an answer paper, your paper will be regarded as a withdrawal. You will then have used one examination attempt and may not take a new examination.

The Examination Office in Pilestredet

The Examination Office in Pilestredet

Phone :
+47 67 23 50 10
E-mail :
Place/Address :
Pilestredet 46, 1 floor
Postal address :
OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Section for Examination and Student Administrative Systems. Postboks 4, St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo
Time/Opening Hours :
The exam office in P46 are open every day of the week except Wednesday, from 09:00-12:00. Phone and email: Mon - Fri 09:00-15:00.
Office closed:
Office and phone are closed from 15th - 17th of october. Please use e-mail.

Application forms for special arrangements in connection with exams can be handed in to Servicetorget in P46. For question about the form, send us e-mail or phone us.

The Service Centre Kjeller