The policy regarding ADIT exam withdrawal, deferral and refunds, including the fees which may apply, depends on the timing of the application and the reasons for the request.
Free deferral period
Candidates have until 14 days after the exam entry closing date (or 14 days after the late exam entry closing date for candidates who pay the late entry fee) to defer their exam entry to an available session within the following twelve months.
Paid deferral period
After the free deferral period has closed, candidates have until 14 days before the first exam of the session to carry forward 50% of the entry fee to an available session within the following twelve months.
Candidates who withdraw less than 14 days before the first exam of the session forfeit the full fee.
After the free deferral period has closed, emergency deferrals may be awarded in extenuating circumstances when a situation has arisen which could not have been foreseen. Examples of extenuating circumstances include serious illness, injury, maternity, death or serious illness of a close family member, or other serious personal circumstances. Supporting evidence must be provided, together with a written explanation of the circumstances (an email is preferred).
Please note that work and/or other commitments which may have restricted your time to prepare for or sit an ADIT exam are not considered to be extenuating circumstances, and should be applied for during the free or paid deferral periods.
Where a candidate is planning to sit the examinations in another country, it is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that they hold a valid visa in sufficient time ahead of the exams. Failure to obtain a visa is not considered to be extenuating circumstances, and any application for a deferral due to visa difficulties should be submitted during the free or paid deferral periods.
Cancelling exam entries
Candidates can request to cancel their exam entries and claim a refund up to 14 days after the date they submitted the exam entry, subject to the following cancellation fees:
- £15 per exam for exam entries received before the exam entry deadline
- £30 per exam for exam entries received during the late entry period.
The late entry fee of £100 is not refundable.
The applicable cancellation fee will be deducted from the amount refunded.
After 14 days, exam entries can no longer be cancelled and exam entry fees are non-refundable.
You can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions about deferring or withdrawing from the ADIT examinations below.
If you have a question which is not listed here, please contact the Education Team at info [at] adit.org.uk.