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    Today I was unfortunately in the position of being very ill with the flu (throwing up, headache, shaky, sore muscles, fever, coughing up mucus, a blocked nose in addition to being on my period and only managing to get 3 hours sleep lol) and also having an A2 English Lit exam to take at 8:45.

    After googling and reading forums on here, I still wasn't sure what to do, so I went to school to speak to the head of exams and my head of sixth form. I would not advise calling up and telling them you're ill, even if you're on the verge of death (which I am), because it's best to prove to the school that you are willing to at least TRY to take the exam. Also, you might find that when you get there, you'll feel well enough. If you're only slightly ill with a common cold and are on the mend, it's unlikely that you will be offered any of the following options. I started feeling ill yesterday and woke up feeling worse so I'm right in the middle of fighting this virus as opposed to having stayed in bed to recover for a few days.

    I got to school at about 8:30 and spoke to my head of sixth form and student support staff about how I was feeling very ill and that I was worried about my exam. They got me to talk with the head of exams and she offered me these options:

    1. Complete exam anyway and have paper sent off for marking
    Since I was feeling so terrible I didn't want to risk doing this. I have been getting As and Bs in English lit all year, and decided not to attempt to do the exam because I was afraid I would seriously underperform and end up with a grade way below my potential.
    If you are ill on the day of an exam, but are not expecting to get a particularly good grade anyway, you might as well give it a go, especially if it's only a minor illness. I would've done the exam had it been for something I was barely passing in, however English lit is my strongest subject and I didn't want to mess it up. Also the exam is 2 and a half hours long.

    2. Attempt to do the exam, and if necessary stop halfway through
    If you start an exam but half way through realise you can barely focus on the paper or have to run to the toilet and throw up, it's possible for you to scrap it and not have it sent off to the exam board. This, however, would mean staying in the exam room until the exam is over because you've already seen the questions. You will probably need to discuss this with an invigilator before the exam and maybe other staff if you think this could happen.

    3. If you skip the exam altogether or have to stop halfway through: if the staff at your sixth-form/college believe that you genuinely are too ill to sit an A2 exam, they can arrange for your grade to be based off your AS results in whatever subject the exam is for and off any coursework you might've done. If you make the effort to turn up to school/college and talk to the teachers, they will be a lot more trusting and empathetic than if you call them up, because if you really are ill, they'll be able to tell.
    However, this is tricky if you miss an AS level exam due to illness, as there isn't much previous work for the exam board to review and base a grade off. I have narcolepsy and last year fell asleep and was unable to stay awake to complete my English exam (clearly I'm jinxed). According to an invigilator, I was supposed to receive my predicted grade (which was an A) due to extenuating circumstances, but because the few lines I did manage to write were sent off to the exam board, I ended up getting a U and had to retake. So I suggest you call whatever member of staff you can ASAP if you don't think you'll well enough to do an exam.

    Hope this was helpful to anyone ill and worried about sitting exams!
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    (Original post by nicolesharp)
    Today I was unfortunately in the position of being very ill with the flu (throwing up, headache, shaky, sore muscles, fever, coughing up mucus, a blocked nose in addition to being on my period and only managing to get 3 hours sleep lol) and also having an A2 English Lit exam to take at 8:45.

    After googling and reading forums on here, I still wasn't sure what to do, so I went to school to speak to the head of exams and my head of sixth form. I would not advise calling up and telling them you're ill, even if you're on the verge of death (which I am), because it's best to prove to the school that you are willing to at least TRY to take the exam. Also, you might find that when you get there, you'll feel well enough. If you're only slightly ill with a common cold and are on the mend, it's unlikely that you will be offered any of the following options. I started feeling ill yesterday and woke up feeling worse so I'm right in the middle of fighting this virus as opposed to having stayed in bed to recover for a few days.

    I got to school at about 8:30 and spoke to my head of sixth form and student support staff about how I was feeling very ill and that I was worried about my exam. They got me to talk with the head of exams and she offered me these options:

    1. Complete exam anyway and have paper sent off for marking
    Since I was feeling so terrible I didn't want to risk doing this. I have been getting As and Bs in English lit all year, and decided not to attempt to do the exam because I was afraid I would seriously underperform and end up with a grade way below my potential.
    If you are ill on the day of an exam, but are not expecting to get a particularly good grade anyway, you might as well give it a go, especially if it's only a minor illness. I would've done the exam had it been for something I was barely passing in, however English lit is my strongest subject and I didn't want to mess it up. Also the exam is 2 and a half hours long.

    2. Attempt to do the exam, and if necessary stop halfway through
    If you start an exam but half way through realise you can barely focus on the paper or have to run to the toilet and throw up, it's possible for you to scrap it and not have it sent off to the exam board. This, however, would mean staying in the exam room until the exam is over because you've already seen the questions. You will probably need to discuss this with an invigilator before the exam and maybe other staff if you think this could happen.

    3. If you skip the exam altogether or have to stop halfway through: if the staff at your sixth-form/college believe that you genuinely are too ill to sit an A2 exam, they can arrange for your grade to be based off your AS results in whatever subject the exam is for and off any coursework you might've done. If you make the effort to turn up to school/college and talk to the teachers, they will be a lot more trusting and empathetic than if you call them up, because if you really are ill, they'll be able to tell.
    However, this is tricky if you miss an AS level exam due to illness, as there isn't much previous work for the exam board to review and base a grade off. I have narcolepsy and last year fell asleep and was unable to stay awake to complete my English exam (clearly I'm jinxed). According to an invigilator, I was supposed to receive my predicted grade (which was an A) due to extenuating circumstances, but because the few lines I did manage to write were sent off to the exam board, I ended up getting a U and had to retake. So I suggest you call whatever member of staff you can ASAP if you don't think you'll well enough to do an exam.

    Hope this was helpful to anyone ill and worried about sitting exams!
    I recently feel like my body is shutting down and feel drained im worried im going to vomit as i seem to have the same symptoms that normally results in vomiting. Normally when this happens i just feel drained and larthagic without any energy along with feeling like **** I have my last exam in a few days and if im ill then is this enough not to go in and sit the exam. Ive completed all the other exams for the subject besides the one coming up will i be able to get a predicted grade really worried. Any help appreciated.
 
 
 
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