Fit to Sit Policy

Last updated: February 2021

  • A Fit to Sit Policy operates for all SQE assessments. It is the responsibility of every candidate to ensure that they sit the assessment only if they are fit to do so. Being ‘Fit to Sit’ means that the candidate knows of no reason why their performance would be adversely affected during the assessment or why they may subsequently bring a claim for mitigating circumstances. Examples of situations this would cover are:
    • illness of a candidate
    • illness of a close relative
    • bereavement
  • The fit to sit requirement is contained in the SQE Assessment Regulations and applies to all SQE assessments. Every candidate is required to sign a declaration or confirm electronically that they are fit to sit the assessment. This declaration is reproduced below. Candidates will not be allowed to commence the assessment unless they have signed a Fit to Sit Declaration.
  • If a candidate believes they are not fit to sit an SQE assessment and wants to withdraw before the start of the assessment they should refer to the SQE Assessment Terms and Conditions. A refund may be provided conditional on production of appropriate evidence within the time specified.
  • A candidate who is taken ill during an assessment or experiences other unexpected or unforeseeable personal circumstances beyond their reasonable control which are having or are likely to have a material and adverse effect on their performance should report to the Invigilator as soon as possible and before leaving the assessment venue. In these circumstances the candidate should decide whether to withdraw from the assessment. Marks will not be adjusted because of illness or other unexpected or unforeseen personal circumstances. Full details are given in the SQE Assessment Regulations and the Mitigating Circumstances Policy.
  • A candidate who has signed a Fit to Sit Declaration may not submit a claim for mitigating circumstances which contradicts the declaration.

Fit to Sit declaration

  • I confirm that I have read the Fit to Sit Policy and I know of no reason why my performance might be adversely affected during the assessment or why I might subsequently submit a claim for mitigating circumstances relating to this assessment.
  • If I have made a request for reasonable adjustments to be made to the assessment arrangements, I confirm that I accept that those reasonable adjustments have been made.

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