The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) is to bring forward the introduction of its new online exams service by arranging special advanced sessions across November and December, prior to the official launch of the facility in January next year.
The CII has 1,000 entries which are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The exams will be held at 46 centres throughout the UK between November 20 and December 19.
CII deputy director general Bob Bullivant says, "We have completed our development work ahead of schedule and so are able to run these special sessions over the next few weeks as an additional service. I am sure it will be popular and I expect the places to go fast."
The CII will officially launch its new online exam service to replace all of its existing paper-based multiple-choice exams in the UK on 8 January 2007.
The format of the exams themselves remains unchanged with the CII saying the quality and standard of the online service will remain consistent with the paper-based approach and reflect best practice for online exams.
The online exam service covers the Certificate in Financial Planning including lifetime mortgage activities and long-term care insurance units (except unit CF5 which is a written exam), Certificate in Mortgage Advice, the Foundation Insurance Test and all units in the Certificate in Insurance.
Applications for entry can be made up to seven working days in advance of the exam. On completion of the exam candidates will receive an immediate provisional notification of whether they have passed or not.
A free online exams simulation programme is also available on the CII website to allow candidates to familiarise themselves with the online system.
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