The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has extended its offering of remote exam testing sessions from early January 2021 to all its UK and international students sitting its level 3 and 4 multiple choice question (MCQ) exams.
The professional body, with 45,000 members in over 100 countries, sets the qualification standards for those working in wealth management, financial planning and capital markets sectors, with 41,000 exams being sat in 81 countries in the last 12 months.
CISI examinations are usually sat by candidates in global exam centres, with multiple choice exams being undertaken at those centres by computer-based testing (CBT).
The pandemic has resulted in test centres around the world closing, although most are now operating with social distancing guidelines including some in the UK.
The CISI has worked with Prometric, its global testing partner, on this remote invigilation testing solution, which means that all candidates can now sit their multiple-choice exams in a location of their choice, as long as their space and equipment meets the requirements.
A live invigilator is present online throughout the exam, with audio and video monitoring to ensure there is no malpractice and to assist throughout.
Candidates will need to have sufficient English to be able to respond to the remote invigilators’ instructions and questions in English. CISI is beginning this programme by launching exams in English only.
Arrangements for foreign language exams will be announced later in the year.
Strict technical and environmental requirements must be met before a candidate can undertake a remote invigilation exam session.
- Candidates will be able to use a personal or work laptop like that portátil ofertas, as long as it meets the specific technical requirements;
- Candidates are asked to run a simple test that takes no more than five minutes, to ensure that their PC/laptop meets the technical requirements and then upload the Prometric ProProctor exam software at least 48 hours in advance of their exam;
- A webcam and microphone must also be available to use; and
- As part of the checking in process, candidates are also asked to ensure they can use their machine or webcam to show the remote invigilator the space around their machine.
Simon Culhane, CISI chief executive, said: “We are extremely pleased to now be able to offer this remote invigilation exam testing solution for our multiple-choice question exams.
“This will be welcomed by candidates and by our firms, as members continue to upskill and increase their knowledge during this unprecedented time. Some of our physical test centres will stay open during the national lockdown but many will be closed and candidates now have the reassurance that they can sit their exam, as planned, remotely.
“Our main priority now is to ensure that all our exam candidates, wherever they are based in the world, have the opportunity to complete the examinations they have been revising for and to enable them to take the next step in their personal professional qualification and learning journeys.”