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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.


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.



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 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 essay exams will need to be marked, 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. 

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.

...the benefits to gaining the qualification are endless.
~ Tania Marshall - Lettings Candidate of the Year Finalist

 ...just having the qualification makes me feel even more confident in my role.
~ Elizabeth Anderson

The relationship between a landlord and their agent should be a long one, built on trust and confidence, and what better way to assure your landlord than having proof of your knowledge with a professional qualification.
~ Sara Hawkins

Having these qualifications really helps you prepare for the property industry, as you learn relevant information that will aid you in a property related job.
~ Nina Chambers

By undertaking a qualification with Propertymark Qualifications, it not only helps in giving property experts the knowledge they need to do a better job but it also gives us something just as valuable...credibility. 
~ Andrew Everett

It provides you with a personal sense of achievement in addition to the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently carry out your role to the highest standard.
~ Heather Fraser, Rising Star 2019

Studying for this qualification will help separate you from other agents whilst also increasing your confidence when interacting with customers. 
~ Sean Rawson, Sales Candidate of the Year 2019

Being properly qualified gives you the confidence to offer a professional and compliant service. Go for it!
~ Melfyn Williams, Employer Champion of the Year 2019