Unisa Aegrotat and Special Exams

UNISA Aegrotat and Special exams are exams in which students who missed their UNISA exams due to unforeseen circumstances can apply to write their exam. To write an aegrotat or special exam, you need to have a valid reason as per UNISA’s rules in order to write one. This page will explain to you how the UNISA aegrotat and special exams system works.


UNISA Aegrotat and Special Exams


In life you can always expect the unexpected!  So what happens when you cannot write a UNISA exam that you have already been given admission to? UNISA has very clear and specific rules around what you can apply for a special exam for.


This includes a serious illness, a death of a relative, work commitments during the exam period or if you received marks in a certain range. You will always be required to provide evidence, such as a doctors report, a death certificate or letter from your employer.


The rules for special exams are outlined in Rule 18 of the UNISA Information brochure. Be sure you are fully briefed on this so you know what to do when things go wrong around your exams. You will also need to notify the university of your special circumstances, and apply for the special exam. If you are accepted this will then show on your exam results.


Remember that you can only apply for a special exam if you qualified to write that exam in the first place! So this is not a way to get into an exam sitting after not handing in your relevant assignments!



UNISA Aegrotat Examinations


An Aegrotat exam is allowed when you were too ill to attend an exam. You will need to supply a medical certificate, which will have to be submitted when you apply for the exam.  REMEMBER that the person must be a registered Medical Practitioner of South Africa, and cannot just be a notice of attending a clinic.  Make sure it is a proper certificate so you don’t have to wait 6 months to write your exam!


This medical certificate must be very clear:

  • What was the nature of the illness and when did it start?
  • How long did the illness continue?
  • That because of this illness it was not possible to attend the exam.
  • The dates mentioned must be on the same day, immediately before or during the exam you are requesting a special exam.
  • Make sure that your student number appears on the certificate.


Students have up to 10 days from the date of the scheduled exam in order to apply for an aegrotat exam. Failure to do so will result in having to re-register for your UNISA module all over again.


Unisa Special Examinations


The following circumstances will let a student qualify to do a special examination at UNISA:


  • Personal circumstances such as death or serious illness within the family during the examination period. Work commitments is also a circumstance where students can apply for a special exam.


How to Apply for an Aegrotat or Special Examination


When you apply for an aegrotat or special exam, you have to fill in the online application form that can be found on myUnisa. To access the form, log onto the platform and navigate to the examination timetable tool within the administrative section. This MUST be done within 10 days of the exam that you have missed.


When you submit your application remember that you need to be very detailed in your description of what went wrong and why could you not write the exam, and provide the evidence. Remember to attach your medical certificate, or other written evidence to back you up.


You can also send your application to this email address:  [email protected] using your myLife account.  Remember that your student number must as always appear in the subject line.


You will not be accepted for an aegrotat exam if you are late (more than 10 days after the missed exam) or if you send an incomplete application.  Remember that your exam fees will not be refunded or transferred, so make sure you apply properly!


Unisa Exams for Students with Disabilities


  • When a physically handicapped student is unable to write his/her examination at a suitable venue, he/she must apply annually in writing to write his/her exams at a specific venue.
  • A medical certificate specifying the nature of his/her handicap must also be submitted with his/her application.
  • This all must be submitted before 28 February before the May/June examinations, and before 31 July for the October/November or January/February examination.
  • The same applies for all handicapped students who requires special examination arrangements.


Need help with your UNISA exams?

Remember that you can now buy UNISA Exam Packs from Together We Pass.   These are answers to recent exam past papers, and allows you to revise for your upcoming exams with confidence!


You can either buy an exam pack directly in our shop, or you can join one of our study groups where you will have access to a number of free resources, an assignment comparison tool and a family-friendly forum to discuss the module’s work with your peers.


Written by:  Tabitha Bailey

Last Updated:  August 26 2022