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Assignment and examination administration

Aegrotat and Special Exams

An aegrotat or special examination may be granted only in terms of Rule 17 in the myRegistration Unisa Information Brochure
The specific study unit for which an aegrotat examination is requested, must be indicated in the application. Candidates must have obtained examination admission in respect of the relevant study unit.

Aegrotat examinations

Each application for an aegrotat examination must be accompanied by a satisfactory medical certificate issued by a Medical Practitioner registered with the SA Medical and Dental Council. The medical certificate must specify the nature, the commencing date and the duration of the illness, and declare that for health reasons it was impossible or undesirable for the candidate to sit for the examination on the day(s) concerned

  • illness on the day or immediately prior to or during the examination

You must ensure that the dates on your medical certificate correspond with your examination dates. Your student number must appear on all documents.

Special examinations

  • personal circumstances such as work commitments, serious illness or death of a relative during the examination period.

How to apply

Please complete the prescribed form or write a letter containing your student number and study unit(s) concerned.

Your application for aegrotat / special examinations must be accompanied by a medical certificate or other documentary evidence giving FULL details as to why the candidate was prevented from writing the examination.
The prescribed examination fee must accompany the application. Applications must be submitted WITHIN 10 DAYS of the date on which the examination was written to the following address:

Registrar (Academic), PO Box 392, Unisa 0003

Electronic application form

or via e-mail: aegrotats@unisa.ac.za (Student number must appear in the subject heading)

This application form must be submitted not later than 10 days after the date on which you should have written the examination(s). Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Examination fees are not refundable or transferable.

No alternative dates or times can be arranged in cases where examination dates or times clash.

Where a student qualifies for both an aegrotat or special examination as well as a supplementary examination in terms of General information and Rules G10(4), should the examination dates and / or times clash, the supplementary examination will lapse


Examinations for the physically handicapped

A physically handicapped student who is unable to write his / her examination at an approved venue, must apply annually in writing before 01 March for the May / June examinations and before 01 August for the October / November or January / February examination to write at a special venue, and submit a medical certificate specifying the nature of his / her handicap. The same applies for a handicapped students who requires special examination arrangements.