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HELP. Missed a UNIVERSITY EXAM.


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I just realized that my exam today was at 2pm.

NOT 7PM. I am absolutely the biggest idiot ever, and I have no idea what I should do...

What should I do? Can I make myself sick and attempt to get a doctor's note? Should I just take the fail? Has anyone else ever missed a uni exam by being a complete moron and managed to talk a prof into letting them re-take it?

I'm sorry, I know that this is the dumbest question ever, but please, please respond...

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talk to the prof.  Don't lie.

Original Post by davefiredancer19:

talk to the prof.  Don't lie.

I second that motion.

Profs tend to be understanding, especially with complete idiots.  :D

Original Post by davefiredancer19:

talk to the prof.  Don't lie.

This. Do it now. Call him/her NOW. Email him/her NOW. Don't wait. I've known 2 people who've missed exams before (they were doing great in the classes and got along well with the profs so hopefully you do too) and the profs let them make it up. They aren't trying to fail you, call the prof ASAP. If you missed the message, call the prof NOW. The worst that can happen is you fail, and you've already done that from missing the exam probably.

Most teachers, if you speak to them immediately will allow you to take the exam in another time slot if they have another class.  Check it out, it doesn't hurt to ask!

I once slept through half of my final exam.  It was at 8 AM.  Well, I woke up at 8, and I had an hour drive to get to school.  WHOOPS.  Ended up with an F on the final, and a B in the class.

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Was this a final?

How do your professors grade exams? I know none of my professors would ever let me make it up, but all of them also drop the lowest exam.

...but I mean, there's no hurt in trying.

Final exam. 40% of my mark.

I'm emailing the professor now, calling his office number soon as well...I already went to his office, he wasn't there (at 6pm on a Friday, no suprise).

The kicker? I'm supposed to be flying home tomorrow at 9am. I am an absolute moron.

Try to see if you can extend your ticket.

Meh, yea... i think the honesty thing is the best way to get past it. At first i thought making up an excuse would be the best method (its what i do for little things like wanting to skip class or something) ...but for bigger things its more of an "im an idiot, please give me another chance!!"

I think people are understanding about messing up big on stuff (as long as it doesnt happen often!) for no real good reason. No ones perfect...and i think teachers understand that (again, as long as its not a normal thing).

I've had things like this happen. I missed one exam in my Chem 101 class. It was at 8a and was like 300 students so I skipped all the time. I skipped so much I didn't even know we had an exam. I still pulled a decent grade in the class. 

But I've had things where I forgot the date was change for a term paper and was allowed to turn it in late. I had amazing profs (for the most part) during uni and they were always willing to help you out if you were a decent student and didn't just screw around all the time.

Okay well just in case this doesn't magically work out for you, I just want to let you know this one thing.  This may suck.  Depending on your school/class/professor, there may be the possibility of writing a supplemental exam.  You need to contact the prof about that.  Initially you would fail the class, but then this exam gets scheduled for later in the year and you can take it then so that you don't fail the class.  This was an option in many of my university courses. 

In the case that this is not an option: you may fail a class because you missed the final.  You might have to just suck it up and take the class again.  It may set you back a bit if it was a prerequisite for next terms classes.  Maybe you can re take it in the summer.  I know it sucks but in the long run (think 10 years from now) this will not be that big of deal.  I feel really bad for you, regardless, but remember, there are worse things that could happen.

Good luck.

can u take an incomplete and finish the class (aka take a make up) during a designated time? idk how that would work, but thats worth looking into. so sorry for this.

My university has a policy where ONCE during your entire university career if you miss an exam for a genuine reason (yes, forgetting does count!) but have been doing ok in the course work they will assign you a mark based on your grades so far in internal coursework.  Find out if your uni has the same thing.

My univ gives you a freebie too.  They schedule re-writes in February for all those people who had emergency surgery, funerals, or got the date wrong.  Their grade just says "pending" till then.  Talk to your prof ASAP and if you can't get a hold of him call everyone else at the university - registrar, department office, etc. to let them know you're making an honest effort to fix things.

in my experience (i've never missed an exam, but with late papers, for instance) it's at the professor's discretion.  if you have a good relationship with the prof, they know who you are, you show up for class and are engaged, you've always done good work in the past, etc., they'll probably be inclined to take you at your word and help you out.  but if you're a slacker, why should a professor do the extra work of writing a new exam for you (because obviously you can't write the same exam that your classmates wrote weeks earlier)?

Original Post by kaffwynn:

Most teachers, if you speak to them immediately will allow you to take the exam in another time slot if they have another class.  Check it out, it doesn't hurt to ask!

I once slept through half of my final exam.  It was at 8 AM.  Well, I woke up at 8, and I had an hour drive to get to school.  WHOOPS.  Ended up with an F on the final, and a B in the class.

 This exact same thing happened to me my first semester at college!!  I had a really rough finals schedule, and had a couple of 8AM exams in a row with an evening exam in between, and hours and hours of studying.  I was so exhausted that when my alarm went off in the morning, I turned it off, sat back down on the bed, and the next time I opened my eyes it was 9AM.  The exam was only scheduled til 10.  It was winter and the weather was bad so by the time I got to the exam I had 20 minutes to take it.  The prof. wasn't sympathetic at all, so I filled in all Cs and ended up with an F, but a C in the class.

College is stressful!  Almost as stressful as real life! :)

I hope it all works out for you.

at the uni where i did my undergrad, if you had three exams scheduled in a 24-hour period, you could get one changed.  i don't know what the policy is here; most of my courses in grad school haven't had finals.  but i imagine they have a similar policy.

College is stressful!  Almost as stressful as real life! :)

this is so true ;)

Okay, you need to calm down and take a deep breath (easier said than done, I know).  You've already tried to get hold of your prof.  That's good.  That's step 1. 

Now, you need to prepare yourself for what they're likely to say.  Pull out the academic calendar for your university and see what it says about missed exams.  Depending on the policy, your prof may just have to refer you to someone in the administration.  If they do that, they're not just being mean or avoiding the problem; some universities work that way.  Where I teach, we have full discretion on everything except final exams.  The administration felt it was unfair that some profs would be more flexible than others so they just completely took over handling missed exams.

Don't lie.  If you get caught in a lie, nobody's going to have any sympathy for you whatsoever and you'll have lost any opportunity for a makeup exam.

one thing you should immediately do is talk to the professor and explain the cirucumstances. if you are a good student and have been attending the class regurlarly, perhaps he will be willing to schedule a make up exam or some other project for you to do to make up for it. If this doesn't work then you can always approach the dean of your school. good luck!

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