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The most important thing is to let your Tutor and the Nurse or Pastoral Dean know if your preparation or performance might be affected by illness (including mental health) or other severe mitigating circumstances (for example, bereavement). In this situation, College may submit a 'warning letter' to the University Applications Committee (The primary purpose of this Committee is to consider the cases of students who, due to medical or other grave cause, have been prevented from taking examinations, have missed part of an examination or have failed or underperformed in an examination. Applications to this Committee are made by the College on the student’s behalf). This 'warning letter' alerts the Committee that there has been a problem but will only be acted on when you receive your results and if you think they were affected by the circumstances described. The letter will then provide useful evidence for any application the College makes on your behalf to the Committee.  These letters are not disclosed to examiners.

If you are ill, and you think it might affect your ability to prepare, it is important to obtain medical evidence early, and if at all possible, before the examination. Ideally, this would be a note or report from a Cambridge-based GP, or other medical service. In the case of short-term illness, the Committee may consider evidence from the College Nurse.

The College is responsible for submitting any application and supporting evidence on your behalf, so you should contact your Tutor as soon as you are aware that you may be in difficulty. It is also recommended that you inform your Director of Studies. The possible outcomes of such an application are set out below under ‘After the Exams’.