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CISI extends remote exams to all candidates

CISI extends remote exams to all candidates

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is set to offer remote invigilation to all candidates sitting certain multiple choice exams with the professional body.  

Access to remote testing has been extended in light of the ongoing coronavirus restrictions which mean some exam centres have to remain closed. 

It means from early January the CISI will offer remote testing sessions to all its UK and international students sitting level 3 and 4 multiple choice exams.

Despite the upheaval of the global pandemic, the professional body said candidates had sat 41,000 exams in 81 countries over the last year. 

Simon Culhane, chief executive of the CISI, said the professional body's main priority was to ensure all its candidates had the opportunity to complete the exams which they had revised for.

He added: "This will be welcomed by candidates and by our firms, as members continue to up-skill 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."

A live invigilator will be present online throughout remote exams, with audio and video monitoring to mitigate malpractice and cheating. 

The CISI said candidates who have been forced, or chosen, to postpone exams as a result of the lockdown will be contacted to rebook a remotely invigilated exam.

When the first wave of the pandemic began to unfold last March the CISI moved to keep the majority of its test centres open but at the time said it was toying with the idea of remote invigilation. 

Since then the concept of remote exams have become commonplace within the industry, with rival professional body the CII also widely adopting online testing in the summer. 

rachel.mortimer@ft.com