Resitting an assessment

Find out what you need to do if you are offered a resit or sit for an assessment.

Where to start

Go to Sussex Direct for information about what kind of resit you’re doing and when it takes place.

This could be any type of assessment, such as an exam, essay or presentation.

Your resit submission will have new titles and questions. The exception is for dissertations or projects, where you normally continue to work on your existing topic.

Resits normally take place during designated periods in the academic year. See term dates.

If you need to know what to do for your assessment, get information from the School that owns the module:

Alternatively, see contact details for our Schools of study including foundation years and the Sussex Centre For Language Studies.

Difference between a resit and a sit

If you’re offered another opportunity to take an assessment, the mark you get may be capped or uncapped.

Important: The mark you get for a resit or sit assessment will be used for progession or award purposes, even if it’s lower than your original mark. If you don’t take the resit or sit, your original mark will stand.


A resit is a further attempt to pass a module. The mark you get for a resit assessment is capped at the pass mark for the assessment. Assessments on Level 7 modules are capped at 50% while assessments on modules at level 6 or lower are capped at 40%.

Tip: See what level your module is in Sussex Direct by choosing your timetable and selecting the relevant module code. The level is listed under the FHEQ row.


You might be offered a sit if we accepted an exceptional circumstances claim.

A sit is a type of resit that gives you another opportunity to complete a module assessment.

Your mark from a sit attempt is not capped and may be combined with marks you achieved for other assessments from the module.

If you have a visa

If you’re studying at Sussex with a Tier 4 Visa, resitting an assessment may have an impact on your visa status. See resit information for students with visas.

If you need more advice about your immigration status, speak to our immigration advisers.


For more detailed information about resitting an assessment, see our regulations.

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