Illness and absence

There are specific valid reasons for absence from exams.

Self-notification form

If you have a valid reason for absence from an exam, you will not use an exam attempt, and will be entitled to register for the deferred exam, granted that you give proper notice to the exam office.

MF allows self-notification in case of absence from exams.  This means that you give proper notice to the exam office, but that you do not have to provide documentation. This is valid for all form of exams.

Valid reasons for absence include the following:

  • If you, or a person for whom you are the primary caretaker, are ill.
  • Home quarantine or home isolation because of the corona virus.
  • Childbirth.
  • Death of a close relative (including burial ceremonies)
  • Concurrent examination dates at MF
  • Other weighty reasons outside of your own control (has to be approved and may require documentation. Send an e-mail to to ask whether your reason can be accepted.)

Self-notification must be given by this registration form (link).

The deadline for submitting the form is three days after the exam or the submission deadline of the exam. If you do not submit the form within the deadline, you will use one an exam attempt and not be entitled to register for the deferred exam.

Note that you cannot submit an exam paper if you have given notice of absence.


Infection prevention rules for school exams

Guidelines in effect for infection prevention and control at MF in general are available here.

You can not meet for the exam if:

  • You have a confirmed covid-19 infection. If so, you must be in isolation.
  • Have symptoms of respiratory infection. Information of possible symptoms and testing is available here. However, if you experience discomforts that occurs regularly during autum/winter and these symptoms are not accompanied by a feeling of illness, you can meet for the exam. One example is sore mucuous membranes, which again can cause sneezing, or a runny nose when coming in from the cold. As long as this is not accompanied by a feeling of illness, it is not necessarily a symptom of respiratory tract infection. But be avare of any other symptoms if this applies to you.
  • You are in quarantine or isolation.
  • Have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.

If one of these points apply to you, you must submit a self-notification form explaining your absence instead of meeting for the exam. This will give you the option to register for the deferred exam in January.

You can meet for the exam if:

  • You have had a respiratory tract infection, but have been free of symptoms for 24 hours.
  • A person you live with have symptoms for respiratory tract infection, but not confirmed covid-19. If you experience symptoms during the exam, you must however go home.
  • You have respiratory problems due to allergies. Please inform the examination invigilators upon arrival about this.
  • You have been infected by covid-19 illness, but are now healthy, and a doctor has lifted your isolation requirement.

If you first experience symptoms during the exam, you should contact an exam invigilator and ask for a conversation in the hallway outside of the examination room. If this is the case you must withdraw from the exam and then submit a self-notification form.


If you or someone you live with is in a high risk group, you can apply for an exam accommodation. See Exam accommodations for more information.