Qualifications

Tackling Exams Head On

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Sitting an exam can be stressful, that's why it's important to familiarise yourself with the process, so you're not faced with something unexpected on the day.

So, to make sure you're prepared, here's our advice for tackling your Propertymark Qualifications exams head on.

BEFORE THE EXAM


When it comes to your examinations, start with a unit you're familiar with. Studying for a qualification is difficult enough without being assessed on an area that is completely new to you, which is why Propertymark Qualifications allow you to sit units in whatever order you feel most comfortable.

Revise properly and comprehensively. Ensure that you cover the complete all available study materials and read widely, keeping up-to-date with sector news and the latest industry issues.

However you choose to prepare for your exams, make sure to familiarise yourself with the qualification specification, which covers the assessment criteria and provides fundamental assessment guidance.

You will find sample examination questions on our website for each qualification, so take the time to go through them to gain a better understanding of the type and level of questions you may be asked during your exam.

DURING THE EXAM


Read questions carefully
Before you begin, make sure that you read all questions carefully. This may sound simple, but it is so easy to misread a question, so double-check that you know what each question means and understand what you're being asked to do.

Now read the question again.

You'd be surprised how many candidates lose out on valuable marks because they skim a paper and don't read questions properly.

Allocate your time properly
You've read the questions, now plan your time.

If you're sitting your exam at a Pearson Vue centre, you will have a 15-minute tutorial prior to the start of your examination.

Level 2 and 3 Awards for England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and the Level 5 and 6 qualifications for Scotland are assessed by multiple choice and you will be given 30 minutes to answer 15-20 questions.

Level 4 qualification examinations for England and Wales are made up of several short-essay questions, which you will be given two hours to complete.

Allow 5 to 10 minutes at the start to read the questions and plan your answers. Each question is worth the same amount of marks, so make sure to split your time evenly and don't spend a disproportionate amount of time on one question.

If you have time to spare at the end, it may be tempting to leave early, but don't. Make every second count and take the time to go back through your exam and check your answers.

Remember, an exam is as much a time management exercise as a test of knowledge, so keep an eye on the clock and make good use of your time.

Answering the questions
Most of our exams are multiple-choice, but when it comes to Level 4 Certificate qualifications, you are required to analyse and evaluate scenarios, providing full, well-rounded answers.

You must demonstrate a higher level of knowledge, so it is important to ensure answers include sufficient detail, backed up by an in-depth understanding.

If there is a question you can't answer, move on and come back to it at the end.

AFTER THE EXAM


After completing your multiple-choice exam, the test centre will immediately issue you with provisional results, confirming whether you have passed or failed, and the percentage scored. 

Short answer examinations will need to be marked by an examiner, meaning results cannot be issued to candidates immediately. You will receive your results by letter, which will usually be sent within seven weeks of the exam window closing.

If you fail an examination, you can request informal exam feedback which will outline your general performance and offer suggestions for future improvement. More detailed feedback can be provided for a small fee, by contacting qualifications@propertymark.co.uk which will give you a full break down of your paper, and offer advice and guidance on each exam question.

ONE LAST PIECE OF ADVICE

The best advice we can give you, is don't panic, and if you have any questions, give us a call on 01926 417 794 - we'll be happy to help.

 

I learned so much, it was fantastic
~ Candidate, East Midlands

The whole process was efficient and succinct. Getting qualified was a really positive experience.
~ Candidate, Somerset

The qualification whilst challenging was very useful. It helped me practically with my day-to-day understanding.
~ Candidate, Lancashire

So informative! I gained lots of knowledge which has made me feel more confident and qualified to support our agencies clients.
~ Candidate, West Midlands

The NFoPP Awarding Body were professional to deal with and were knowledgable and helpful at all times. I would recommend working with them to other agents.
~ Candidate, Northern Ireland

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