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Applying for deferred exams

A deferred examination for a course may be offered to you if you could not attend an exam for:

  • medical reasons
  • family/personal reasons
  • employment related reasons.

Deferral of an existing deferred or supplementary examination is not permitted.

Please note that under no circumstances will misreading the exam timetable be acceptable grounds for deferring your exam.

Deferring for medical reasons

If you need to defer your exam for a medical reason, a medical certificate (USQ Medical Certificate (PDF*184KB) preferred) must be completed by a medical practitioner indicating you were unfit to sit for an exam on the date of the exam and included with your application.

Please note that if you sit an exam whilst ill, you will not be permitted to apply for a deferred examination.

Deferring for family/personal reasons

If you are applying for a deferred examination for family/personal reasons, supporting documentary evidence from a medical practitioner, counsellor or another such member of the community must be included with your application.

Deferring for employment related reasons

If your application for deferred examination is for employment related reasons, a statement from your employer (in English) indicating that you cannot be released from work to sit your examination must be included with your application.

How to apply

To apply to defer your exam, please complete the online Application for Deferred Examination form attaching your supporting documentation. You must submit your application and supporting documentation within 10 University Business Days of the examination. Please note that you may be requested to post your original supporting documentation to USQ within 10 calendar days from when you submitted your application.


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