This section contains information and documents that will help you take this examination.
Structure of the Exam
- The examination consists of a one hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions.
- It will be a 'closed book' examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room.
- The pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40).
- Accredited Training
If your business language and mother tongue is not English then you are entitled to an additional 15 minutes. Please contact your Training Provider to request the additional time. You are allowed the use of a paper dictionary.
- Attending Public Examination only
If your business language and mother tongue is not English then you are entitled to an additional 15 minutes. Please contact your Training Provider to request the additional time. You are allowed the use of a paper dictionary. Candidates taking the examination only must complete the Extra Time Request form available to download from the website and send it to BCS a minimum of three weeks before the exam date.
Exam Options, Dates & Locations
There are two exam options for this certification:
- Accredited Training Provider (course & exam)
- Public Examinations (exam only)
Accredited Training Provider
It is strongly recommended that candidates take an accredited training course prior to taking the exam. Statistics show that overall pass rates are higher for candidates who have attended an accredited training course. If you attend an accredited training course, details of the exam can be obtained from your Training Provider.
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am (1 hour)
Venue: BCS, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
- Tuesday 4 February 2014
- Tuesday 6 May 2014
- Tuesday 5 August 2014
Public examinations must be booked and paid for a minimum of three weeks prior to the examination date (subject to availability). If you are applying directly, you should register and pay online using our Online Registration Facility.
Public Examinations cost £105 (exc VAT).
Please note: From 1 January 2014, the fee will increase to £145 (exc VAT).
If you are booking via an Accredited Training Provider then you can obtain information on fees and charges by contacting them directly.
Register for the Exam
If you are taking training through an accredited training provider, you will obtain and submit your registration form through them.
You will need to download and complete the Registration Form and return this along with your payment method for the appropriate fee a minimum of three weeks prior to exam date. The preferred exam date should be noted at the top of the form, although this will be subject to availability.
a) Cheque (made payable to BCS)
c) Invoice (this must be paid a minimum of three weeks prior to the exam date)
Please note that an additional fee is chargeable for late cancellations
Extra time can be requested for candidates with a disability. Please refer to the reasonable adjustments policy for detailed information on how and when to apply.
Extra time can be awarded for candidates who sit the exam in a language which is not their mother tongue and where the language of the exam is not their primary business language. Please refer to the reasonable adjustments policy for detailed information.