Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Legitimate reasons of absence from exams at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

What happens if you fall ill on the day of an exam or you have other valid reasons of absence? On this page you will also find information about registering this and how to sign up for a new evaluation.

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The University of Bergen has introduced self-certification without need for documentation if you are unable to attend an exam, ref. new temporaray regulation (NO).


What happens if you fall ill on the day of an exam?

The three time regulation states that a student may not sit for an exam in a course 3 times. If the registration is withdrawn at least 14 days before of the examination date, this will not count as an attempt.
If you fall ill and are not able to sit the exam for this reason, it should not count as an attempt - given that you document the illness to the faculty within one week of the exam.


What are valid reasons for absence?

In certain cases, being absent from an exam should not count as an exam attempt. Valid reasons for being absent include the following:

  • Student's illness or student's children's illness
  • Death of a close relative
  • Funeral for a close relative
  • Observance of order from the authorities which prevents student from attending an exam
  • Other situations beyond the control of the student which makes it unreasonable for the student to attend an exam


To give notice on your absence, please complete this online form:

You do not need to upload documentation on your absence, regardless of the reasons for your absence.


Please submit your absence form no later than one week after the exam. If you do not adhere to this deadline, the exam will be registered as a valid exam attempt, see §6-8 regarding number of exam attempts (NO).

Withdrawal from an exam

If you become ill during the exam and need to withdraw from the exam, you should not deliver the exam.

See UiBs academic regulations on withdrawal from an exam (NO)


New evaluation?

You may sign up for a new attempt at an exam, provided that you have not spent three attempts and that all mandatory work is valid. The validity of mandatory work varies in duration depending on the course, and is explained on the course home page. 

All courses have ordinary examinations both semesters.
You can sign up for a new evaluation on the Studentweb by finding the course in earlier semesters and choosing "New evaluation". 
Please note that you must register for the exam on Studentweb yourself.

For courses with teaching both semesters (only courses MAT111, INF100 and KJEM110):
Examinations are arranged at the end of the semester. Early exams in these three courses are only arranged for students with valid reasons of absence and must be applied to sit. Contact your department before the semester starts.

For courses with teaching spring or fall:
Examinations are arranged at the end of the semester with teaching and at the beginning of the semester without teaching.

Postponement of deadline for assignments

If you due to illness or other legitimate reasons are unable to complete mandatory assignments at the deadline given, please contact your department for further information.

The department will forward instructions on documentation required and postponement if possible.