E-Assessment CAP1 exams FAQs

  1. What IT and internet specifications are needed to operate the exam?
  2. What if the internet fails?
  3. What if a student does not have internet coverage?
  4. What is to prevent someone impersonating a student on a different keyboard?
  5. Are there other additional benefits?
  6. Under the proposal to change the structure/weighting of the CAP1 Law and Tax exams, will the modular/bridging exam approach continue to apply?
  7. What will the timeline/window be for the assessment CAP1 Law and the DEBK assessment?
  8. Will students have access to the exam platform before they sit their DEBK and Law exam from November 1st?
  9. CAP1 Law Assessment

  10. What are the exam/study leave recommendations for the CAP1 Law paper?
  11. Will students have to pass the Law assessment before the main exams (can they repeat)?
  12. Can sitting the CAP1 Law assessment be made mandatory?
  13. CAP1 Management Accounting Interim E-Assessment

  14. What will the timeline/window be for the Management Accounting interim assessment?
  15. What are the exam/study leave recommendations?
  16. Will students have to pass the CAP1 Management Accounting interim assessment before the main exams (can they repeat)?
  17. Can sitting the Management Accounting interim assessment be mandatory?
  18. CAP1 Financial Accounting Double Entry Book Keeping (DEBK) Assessment

  19. Will the current DEBK rules apply (e.g. weighting (20%), timeline/window, rules on passing in order to be eligible to sit the main CAP1 Financial Accounting exam)?
  20. Will there be any exam/study leave recommendations for the DEBK assessment?
  21. Will the 24*7 style assessment (i.e. DEBK and Company Law) operate under similar strict rules regarding the need to pass etc. as operates under the current DEBK assessment?
  22. Will there be any exam/study leave recommendations for the DEBK assessment?
  23. How will it be guaranteed that a student sitting the DEBK or Law exam will not get the same questions in their second, third etc. attempt?
  24. When will the student receive their exam results?
  25. Can the student have spare paper in the exam room for calculations in a closed book exam?
  26. Expanding the CAP1 Tax syllabus

  27. Will graduates be awarded exemptions from the new exam based on the current syllabus?
  28. Exam Technique

  29. Will MCQs affect pass rates as students won’t get marks for their workings?
  30. Exam Hall Facilities

  31. Will exam halls be made available by the Institute for students who prefer to be in the presence of an invigilator (adept at calming students who suffer panic attacks, etc.)?
  32. Data Protection

  33. Can the rules on sharing information with firms be extended to where the initial course fees are paid by the employer, both for first sittings and repeats, rather than being tied to the term of the training contract?
  1. What IT and internet specifications are needed to operate the exam?

    A basic laptop is required with a webcam, microphone and internet connection. Students will be asked to check their laptops through the ProctorU (the online invigilator) site. This will include testing their microphone, camera, Wi-Fi and internet browsers. The preferred browser is Google Chrome. Students will be communicated to regarding system specifications also.

  2. What if the internet fails?

    Should the internet fail the platform is programmed to continue for a short period. Should the internet fail to be automatically reconnected, a technical advisor will contact the student to assist in reconnecting to the examination. Once the examination is finished the encrypted files are submitted to the Institute. The technology draws on HTML5 which is used in gaming software and which enables continuity of service for short periods of internet failure.

  3. What if a student does not have internet coverage?

    It will be necessary for the student to go to a suitable venue with the required coverage. This could include an office or other venue. However, given the low internet coverage required (circa 1.5 MB up/download speed) such cases have been very rare.

  4. What is to prevent someone impersonating a student on a different keyboard?

    Each person has a unique key stroke and the AI system in use can detect if the keystroke used is different to that by the student. The individual key stroke is identified at the start of the exam. Keystroke monitoring does not apply in the multiple-choice exam.

  5. Are there other additional benefits?

    Yes. The new platform allows students to better mirror their work experience and to avoid difficulties with legibility. It also supports a less stressful exam environment. Similar platforms have resulted in better exam results and are popular with students.

  6. Under the proposal to change the structure/weighting of the CAP1 Law and Tax exams, will the modular/bridging exam approach continue to apply?

    Yes, these arrangements will continue to remain the same.

  7. What will the timeline/window be for the assessment CAP1 Law and the DEBK assessment?

    The window for both assessments will operate from 1 November 2019 to circa 7 March 2020.

  8. Will students have access to the exam platform before they sit their DEBK and Law exam from November 1st?

    The students will have access to 2 mock papers for both DEBK and Law. These mock exams will not be invigilated.

  9. CAP1 Law Assessment

  10. What are the exam/study leave recommendations for the CAP1 Law paper?

    The proposed study leave for Law is 3 days and no examination leave day is required as this exam is on demand.

  11. Will students have to pass the Law assessment before the main exams (can they repeat)?

    The student must pass the Law exam (unless exempted) before they can sit the main CAP1 exams (i.e. it will operate like the DEBK assessment). As it is on demand student can take as many attempts as necessary to pass within the window. The result of the Law exam will not be capped for repeat attempts.

  12. Can sitting the CAP1 Law assessment be made mandatory?

    Yes. Sitting the assessment is mandatory for any student that doesn’t have an exemption from Law.

  13. CAP1 Management Accounting Interim E-Assessment

  14. What will the timeline/window be for the Management Accounting interim assessment?

    The CAP1 Management Accounting interim assessment will be still held on a single date in April 2020. This is held in the afternoon as it presently is to facilitate bridging students. It is currently not foreseen that this assessment will be an on demand one. All students will sit the interim assessment on that day.

  15. What are the exam/study leave recommendations?

    No changes to the current recommendations are planned. Study leave is only allowed for the main exam sittings not for the interim assessments.

  16. Will students have to pass the CAP1 Management Accounting interim assessment before the main exams (can they repeat)?

    No. This remains the same as currently. Student will only sit this interim assessment once and carry the resulting score through to the main exam.

  17. Can sitting the Management Accounting interim assessment be mandatory?

    Yes. The sitting of this assessment is currently mandatory. If a student does not sit the interim assessment, they will be marked out of 85% for the year end exam.

  18. CAP1 Financial Accounting Double Entry Book Keeping (DEBK) Assessment

  19. Will the current DEBK rules apply (e.g. weighting (20%), timeline/window, rules on passing in order to be eligible to sit the main CAP1 Financial Accounting exam)?

    Yes. All current rules remain the same. Please note the current requirement to pass DEBK in order to be eligible to sit any main CAP1 exam (not just Financial Accounting) still applies.

  20. Will there be any exam/study leave recommendations for the DEBK assessment?

    No. Currently there are no study leave recommendations and this will not change.

  21. Will the 24*7 style assessment (i.e. DEBK and Company Law) operate under similar strict rules regarding the need to pass etc. as operates under the current DEBK assessment?

    Yes. The options for sitting the new Law exam are on a similar basis and as strict as the current DEBK with the same implications should students not complete it within the available windows.

  22. Will there be any exam/study leave recommendations for the DEBK assessment?

    Yes, once a student has sat one attempt of the DEBK exam, their subsequent results will be capped at 60%.

  23. How will it be guaranteed that a student sitting the DEBK or Law exam will not get the same questions in their second, third etc. attempt?

    Both DEBK and Law exams are drawn from very extensive question banks to ensure the student will not receive the same exam on their repeat attempts.

  24. When will the student receive their exam results?

    The student will receive their DEBK /Law results 2-3 working days after they have sat their exam. For the Management Accounting Interim assessment, the results will be published on a particular day, as is currently the case.

  25. Can the student have spare paper in the exam room for calculations in a closed book exam?

    Students will be permitted to have 4-5 blank pieces of paper in the test environment for rough work calculations for the DEBK exam and Management Accounting interim assessment. The student will have to show these pages of paper to the online invigilator before the commencement of the assessment to prove the paper is blank.

  26. Expanding the CAP1 Tax syllabus

  27. Will graduates be awarded exemptions from the new exam based on the current syllabus?

    Yes. Exemptions will remain unchanged for the colleges. This is due to the fact that most courses we currently exempt from CAP1 Tax actually cover much more topics in the degrees. However please note that our exemption criteria are changing this year reducing the length of validity for exemption for prior learning from 10 years down to 5 years.

  28. Exam Technique

  29. Will MCQs affect pass rates as students won’t get marks for their workings?

    The only exam that changes fully to MCQ is Law. Currently the Law exam doesn’t offer method marks as there are no calculations as you either know the information or you don’t. The pass rates currently for the current Law paper are very high circa 95% and they may fall initially. However, this is more than compensated by the ability to re-sit on demand.

  30. Exam Hall Facilities

  31. Will exam halls be made available by the Institute for students who prefer to be in the presence of an invigilator (adept at calming students who suffer panic attacks, etc.)?

    No. Available research says that candidates are less anxious by doing their exams at home or other familiar environment. Should an unexpected event take place the on-line invigilator will contact the student. Students can communicate with the online invigilator through the ‘Blue Owl Icon’ at the top of their screen or use the chat box during an exam. Institute staff will engage with the invigilator as needed and there will be a video record available.

  32. Data Protection

  33. Can the rules on sharing information with firms be extended to where the initial course fees are paid by the employer, both for first sittings and repeats, rather than being tied to the term of the training contract?

    No, there will be no change to these rules on sharing information due to GDPR requirements.