Your tutor is your number one support for exams. Contact them if you need any deferrals, extensions or support with your academic work due to illness, bereavement or other situations outside of your control (loss of internet connection etc). You can find their details on your my.tcd.ie under “my records”.

If your tutor is on sabbatical, maternity leave or not replying to you, please contact the Senior Tutors office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The TCDSU Education Officer can also provide guidance and advocacy if you feel let down by College supports. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What If I Fail My Exam?

Failing your exam isn’t the end of the world! Email Zöe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are unsure of your next steps.

Compensation - Cúiteamh

If your average mark was good and you only failed one or two papers with an F1 you may be able to compensate and go onto the next year as if you had passed. All modules and components within modules are compensatable (except in certain professional programmes where compensation doesn’t apply). The rules for compensation vary from school to school, so make sure to check. 

Supplemental Examinations - Scrúduithe Forlíontacha 

You may have to sit repeat exams (free of charge) at the end of summer if you fail and cannot pass by compensation.

Appeals - Achomhairc 

If you feel that your result is unfair or that your marks were added up wrong you can apply to have them rechecked. 

You may also be entitled to appeal. This is usually reserved for extenuating circumstances, and you have to act quickly. For more info, email your tutor or Zöe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Repeating a Year - Bliain a hAthdhéanamh 

If you can’t appeal, then sometimes the only option is to repeat the year. 

You won’t qualify for the Free Fees Initiative if you have to repeat, except in special circumstances.

Off Books

Off books doing exams/placements/assessments incurs a €382 exam fee. 

If students have failed modules at the end of the academic year, they can potentially apply to repeat Off Books with Assessment. This requires special permission, more information can be found here: https://www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/student-cases/

What If I Feel Ill Before or During An Exam?

DO NOT SIT AN EXAM IF YOU ARE NOT MEDICALLY FIT TO DO SO.

Before the Exam

If you are medically unfit to sit your exam, please consult your doctor and request a medical certificate for the appropriate period. All medical certificates must be dated and include the date on which the illness started, the length of incapacitation, and a clear statement that you are unable to sit exams. This must be given to your tutor - preferably before the exam(s) in question, but up to 72 hours after.

Remember that medical certificates are not accepted in explanation or excuse for poor performance. You cannot claim mitigating circumstances having submitted a piece of work for assessment. As per college regulations, students cannot retract work submitted.

Please contact the Trinity Health Centre for COVID related queries on + 353 1 8961556 or for general queries on + 353 1 8961591.

During the Exam

If you are feeling unwell during an examination, do not submit your work as it will be considered completed. Make the invigilator, designated liaison person in your school, module leader and/or tutor aware of your illness and contact the Trinity Health Centre.

If you are working on a take home 48 hour exam, remember to continually save and update your work.

If your internet drops during a live exam, take a picture of the computer screen to have as proof (timestamped preferably) and inform your tutor, module coordinator and/or school designated liaison person as soon as possible.

What If I Miss an Exam?

Contact your tutor immediately. If your tutor is on sabbatical, maternity leave or not replying to you, please contact the Senior Tutors office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

tcd.ie/seniortutor


Deferals

All applications for deferral through your tutor will be considered by the Senior Lecturer. The process is not automatic but if you have been significantly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic, it will be considered as an “exceptional circumstance” and dealt with appropriately.

If you defer your exams, you will have one opportunity to re-sit them in the supplemental period. The grades of these exams will not be capped.

Please do not defer your exams unless you have to, and are genuinely unwell. Even if you fail your exam now, you will still have the opportunity to sit it again in the supplemental period.

If you are considering deferring your exams, please contact your tutor who can advise you further.

Extensions

If you are overwhelmed with your workload or otherwise unable to complete your assignment(s) in the designated time, please get in touch with your module coordinator.

Liaise with your classmates, as many of you may be in the same position.
Lecturers should, and have been, very understanding of the pressures everyone is facing right now and should be lenient in this regard.

If all of your deadlines are falling at the same time, suggest for the deadline to be moved to the week of January 25th. If there are any issues with this, please let me know.  

Essay Mills

With exams & assignment deadlines looming, it’s easy to feel under pressure to use essay mills & other contract cheating services.


Contract cheating is a term used to refer to the practice of companies that sell bespoke assignments, essays and theses which students may then submit for assessment, as their own work. These companies are often referred to as 'essay mills'.

Essay mills are illegal. Do not use essay mills. The consequences of doing so are severe and I cannot emphasise that enough.

Please watch this video from QQI for further information.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVC_bwpvKcM

There are lots of ways Trinity can help. You’re not alone. Please talk to us in the SU, your lecturer or Student Learning and Development for assistance.

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