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CII R0 exam results 2019

Which are the easiest R0 exams?

The CII have recently published the R0 exam results for 2019, the latest figures that are available. So which are hardest, and which are the easiest? The R0 exam results will be of interest to anyone who is looking to sit these CII exams so go into your exams with your eyes open.

Are all the CII R0 exams the same style or format?

You could be forgiven for thinking that this should be a straightforward question. It isn’t. Some of the variation in pass rates is not solely due to the subject matter, but how it is examined.

Only R05 (Financial Protection) use just the standard format multiple choice question. This means that you will be given a question followed by four options and only one of these will be correct.  R06 (Financial Planning Practice) is a written paper with not a single multiple choice question to be seen anywhere. In addition, the R06 case studies are issued 2 weeks before the exam so the examiners expect you to read-up around on the technical areas that are likely to be tested before the exam.

The other subjects – R01, R02 R03 and R04 all use the standard format multiple choice questions, and the much harder variant – the multiple response question. So how does this format of question differ? Instead of four options, you will get usually 5 or 6 options and more than one answer will be correct. To get a mark, you have to identify all the correct answers.

R07 (Advanced Mortgage Advice) is not covered by this analysis.

What are the CII R0 exam results?

R01– 64%

R02 – 60%

R03 – 56%

R04 – 58%

R05 – 78%

R06 – 67%

What conclusions can we draw from this?

R01 – Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics.

In terms of CII R0 exam results, this is the fourth hardest R0 exam. This is partly because the regulations side of things – particularly to people new to the profession – is quite wide ranging. Many students find the content on the FCA a little dull.  The exam has 100 questions and 13 of these are those pesky multiple response questions.

For many people, this will be the first R0 exam they complete. As some of the content on products and legal aspects are also covered in more depth in the other R0 exams, this is a sensible strategy.

Click here to get a students point of view of R01.

R02 – Investment Principles and Risk.

This is the third hardest exam statistically although there will be many people who would say it is harder than this. Again, the syllabus is huge and you will need to get your head around it. This exam is also 100 questions but 28 of these are multiple response. Many people regard a 50% success rate with this type of questions as being good going. So you can start to see why it is a difficult exam.

Click here to view the 5 myths of R02.

R03 – Personal Taxation.

Statistically, this is the hardest exam – and nearly always has been. There are 50 questions and 11 of these are multiple response questions.  With R03, you won’t be leaving the exam early. Of all of the R0 exams, this is the one that is most likely to put you under time pressure. There is a lot to do in an hour so you need to be well prepared and practised at answering calculation questions.

Click here to view the 5 myths of R03.

R04 – Pensions and Retirement Planning.

In terms of CII R0 exam results, this is the second most difficult exam.  Like R03, it’s a one hour exam, there are 50 questions and 11 of these are multiple response questions.  The challenge with R04 is the subject matter – pensions is a subject that causes confusion for many new and more experienced people alike. Unfortunately, you’ll struggle to get through this without a decent knowledge of the HMRC rules such as annual allowance, LTA and the transitional protections.

Click here to view the 5 myths of R04.

R05 – Financial Protection.

From the hardest exam, to the easiest. For some people, this is a good place to start their R0 exam journey. There’s still a broad syllabus but protection products such as critical illness and income protection are relatively straightforward. And, of course, there are no multiple response questions. That said, you’ll still need to have some knowldege of subjects like state benefits, and long term care so it isn’t all plane sailing.

Click here to view 10 free R05 practice questions

R06 – Financial Planning Practice.

The statistics say that this is the second easiest R0 exam. It is, but only if you get your head around the technique that you will need. This is a written exam that is based on two case studies that are issued 2 weeks before the exam. I’ve met few people who walked out of this exam thinking they’d failed yet 33% still do.  Be prepared to not only put some hard yards in within two weeks before the exam, but also before then.

If you want our thoughts on what is the best order to sit your CII R0 exams, click here

If you want to know more about our R0 exam audio books, click here

If you want to access or study and revision hub (which has lots of R0 exam-specific articles, click here)

Prepare well and pass first time.

The Diploma Doctor

R0 exam: technique

It will hopefully go without saying that if you are sitting a R0 exam – well any exam really – it is also important to know about exam technique.

In a recent conversation, I was told that because most of the R0 exams are multiple choice, there is no such thing as exam technique. I don’t agree with this; technique will still make a difference for many people.

You should look at exam preparation as two parts; what you do before the exam and what you do in the exam itself.  I’ll now look at both of these areas in more detail.

Pre-exam preparation

Here are five tips on how to approach your pre-R0 exam preparation:

  1. Look at the syllabus and the learning outcomes.  This covers the scope of the exam and tells you what you should be able to do. It is important because the exam questions are based on the learning outcomes in the syllabus, not the study text. In R01, for example, there are 11 learning outcomes and the number of questions on each one varies from 29 to 2. Each learning outcome is not treated the same way and because of this, some areas should receive more study time than others.
  2. Study the CII Exam Guide. This is available as part of your exam entry via the CII’s on-line RevisionMate. The Exam Guide will give you the opportunity to see a complete exam paper. You should complete this at least twice under exam conditions.
  3. Read through elements of the CII study text. Unless you are new to the subject, just focus on the areas you don’t know. Look at the questions within the text and the useful summaries at the end of each chapter.
  4. Use the RevisionMate practice questions. These are based on each chapter of the CII study text and they’re intended to help you check you’ve remember what you’ve read. These are similar to the standard expected in the actual exam so make sure you use them.  
  5. Familiarise yourself with the tax tables. These can be found at the back of an Exam Guide. A lot of information will be provided such as the main allowances, tax rates and the main social security benefits.  The exam isn’t really about having to remember this information, it’s about using and applying it. So don’t spend time trying to remember stuff that you don’t need to.

Visit our dedicated revision hub if you want to access a free video or look at tips on a specific R0 exam. Click here.

To get a student’s point of view on R01, click here.

In the R0 exam: technique

Now, moving on, let’s look at some tips in the exam itself.  If you have revised thoroughly, an R0 exam shouldn’t be a problem.  That’s the theory.  Although there is not a great amount of exam technique involved in a multiple choice exam, most people will drop marks as a result of poor technique and some candidates will fail the exam because of it.

Here are seven golden rules to remember in a R0 exam:

  • Rule 1 – read the question carefully and consider all of the options before attempting to answer. It sounds so basic doesn’t it?  But from past experience, we know that candidates often get questions wrong because they didn’t read the question carefully, or didn’t understand all of the options, before answering it. Remember, if information is provided in the question, it’s there for a reason. You will be expected to use it in some way.
  • Rule 2 – Pay attention to words in bold type and words in capital letters.  For example, negative words will always be in bold capital letters. If is says ‘most likely’, this means that more than one answer could be correct. So the answer the exam is looking for should clearly be more correct than the other options.
  • Rule 3 – do not spend too long on any one question.  You will have just over one minute per question. So keep an eye on the time – you should complete 12 or 13 questions every 15 minutes. The R03 exam, in particular, is a challenge to complete in the time available.
  • Rule 4 – decide how you are going to attempt the questions before the exam.  You can work through all of the questions methodically answering each one in turn, or you may wish to concentrate on those you know best first.  It is possible to flag questions that you want to leave and return to them later, but make sure that you leave sufficient time to do so if you use this approach. Use a practice exam paper before the exam to work out what is best for you.
  • Rule 5 – if in doubt about an answer, then use a process of elimination. Often one or more of the alternative answers will immediately strike you as being incorrect or implausible.  Even if you only have a small amount of knowledge on a topic, you will often be able to eliminate one or even two of the possible answers – this increases your odds of successfully answering the question.
  • Rule 6 – make sure that you answer every question, even those where you have no idea of the correct answer.  The law of averages should mean that you get some marks for guessing!
  • Rule 7 – if you have time at the end, run through your answers or ‘flagged questions’ again to make sure that nothing has been missed and to check for obvious errors.

If you want to work smarter rater than harder, why not listen to our talking books so you can revise while you are on the go. These cover the technical content and also R0 exam technique.

Good luck with your exam and prepare well.

The Diploma Doctor

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R0 exams: the power of using the ‘link method’


When studying for your R0 exams, here’s how the ‘Link Method’ can help you

If you’ve ever had a spontaneous thought, triggered by something else; maybe something you see or hear… or a particular smell, you’ll realise that there must be all sorts of ideas connected in your brain that you’re blissfully unaware of, until all of a sudden…  out one pops!

It’s how your brain works. Connections. And, contrary to what I was taught many decades ago at school, we now know that the brain continues to make new brain cells and new connections throughout life. Providing you give it reason to!

If you are revising for your R0 exams, you’ll need to be efficient and effective with your time. The brain learns by associating new information with that which you already know. One popular method that maximises the benefits of this is the link method.

The link method could help you to pass your R0 exams. So what is it? There are three elements to it:

  1. Break down complex ideas and find substitute words or parts of words to represent them.
  2. Create vivid mental images of those ideas by using your amazing imagination
  3. Find associations between those visual images

So lets have a closer look at each step.

Step 1. Substitute words. You’re aiming for a clear and distinct image associated with the idea it’s representing. If the word naturally lends itself to an image you can go straight to the next step. If not, break the word up into syllables and play ‘word association football’, paying attention to the sound blocks, to create memorable pictures associated with those sounds.

In some cases, a list of information may lend itself to you making up a story which includes all of the elements on the list.

It also works if you create an acronym. In the R06 exam, for example, we use the acronym PATHETIC WINE to provide a template to ensure that our answer to to a question covers all the bits that the CII might give you a mark for. In most R06 exams, you’d get around 10% more marks if you SELECTIVELY included the following areas in your answers: Pension death benefits, affordability or budget; taxation; health; emergency fund; trusts; ISAs or National Savings Certificates; capacity for loss and attitude to risk; Wills and guardianship clauses;  inheritances that are expected; nomination forms for pensions and ethical considerations.

In the R01 exam, you can remember what makes a valid trust by using SOW: the subject (beneficiaries) must be clear, there must be an object (another name for the trust property), and Words. Although there is no particular prescribed form of trust wording, it must be clear that a trust was intended.

2. Vivid pictures. Since you’ll need to build strong connections between the ideas to use the Link Method, you will need memorable images, so don’t go for the obvious. Instead, go for something that stands out. At the very least, make sure that it’s an odd colour, bigger or smaller than normal. Remember the Von Restoff Effect and make it outrageous, rude, exaggerated, funny etc etc, because we know that it’s more likely to stick in your head. This makes it more likely you’ll pass your R0 exams.

3. Association.Now you need to imagine the first image doing something to the next image, which in turn does something to the next, etc etc, linking the ideas together like a string of pearls.

Use your imagination and run through the sequence a number of times until you can see that chain of events clearly in your mind, flowing just like a story. If nothing else, try and associate what you are learning with a client or work related scenario that you have, or might encounter.

And that’s the Link Method.

If you want to try our unique R0 exam talking books, click here

If you are interested in exam technique, click here for our video on top revision techniques.

Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

The Diploma Doctor

Based on an article by Memory and Mindset Coach, Lysette Offley, Genius Material. Click on the link for other useful study tips and to read the original article.

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CII R0 exam results 2018

Which are the easiest R0 exams?

The CII have recently published the R0 exam results for 2018.
So which are hardest, and which are the easiest? The R0 exam results will be of interest to anyone who is looking to sit these CII exams so go into your exams with your eyes open.

Are all the CII R0 exams the same style/format?

You could be forgiven for thinking that this should be a straightforward question. It isn’t. Some of the variation in pass rates is not solely due to the subject matter, but how it is examined.

Only R05 (Financial Protection) use just the standard format multiple choice question. This means that you will be given a question followed by four options and only one of these will be correct.  R06 (Financial Planning Practice) is a written paper with not a single multiple choice question to be seen anywhere. In addition, the R06 case studies are issued 2 weeks before the exam so the examiners expect you to read-up around on the technical areas that are likely to be tested.

The other subjects – R01, R02 R03 and R04 all use the standard format multiple choice questions, and the much harder variant – the multiple response question. So how does this format of question differ? Instead of four options, you will get usually 5 or 6 options and more than one answer will be correct. To get a mark, you have to identify all the correct answers.

R07 (Advanced Mortgage Advice) is not covered by this analysis.

What are the CII R0 exam results?

Exam20182017201620152014
R0163.77%64.46%57.01%58.71%59.41%
R0259.99%62.79%57.92%54.00%55.99%
R0352.55%48.71%50.46%50.90%54.55%
R0457.89%55.04%54.07%49.53%54.09%
R0576.35%78.26%72.11%71.25%68.73%
R0677.69%73.04%73.23%71.27%67.56%

Source: CII website, excluding R07

What conclusions can we draw from this?

R01 – Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics.

In terms of CII R0 exam results, this is the third hardest R0 exam. This is partly because the regulations side of things – particularly to people new to the profession – is quite wide ranging. Many students find the content on the FCA a little dull.  The exam has 100 questions and 13 of these are those pesky multiple response questions.

For many people, this will be the first R0 exam they complete. As some of the content on products and legal aspects are also covered in more depth in the other R0 exams, this is a sensible strategy.

Click here to get a students point of view.

R02 – Investment Principles and Risk.

This is the fourth hardest exam statistically although there will be many people who would say it is harder than this. Again, the syllabus is huge and you will need to get your head around it. This exam is also 100 questions but 28 of these are multiple response. Many people regard a 50% success rate with this type of questions as being good going. So you can start to see why it is a difficult exam.

R03 – Personal Taxation.

Statistically, this is the hardest exam. There are 50 questions and 11 of these are multiple response questions.  With R03, you won’t be leaving the exam early. Of all of the R0 exams, this is the one that is most likely to put you under time pressure. There is a lot to do in an hour so you need to be well prepared and practised at answering questions.

Click here to view the 5 myths of R03.

R04 – Pensions and Retirement Planning.

In terms of CII R0 exam results, this is the second most difficult exam.  Like R03, it’s a one hour exam, there are 50 questions and 11 of these are multiple response questions.  The challenge with R04 is the subject matter – pensions is a subject that causes confusion for many new and more experienced people alike. Unfortunately, you’ll struggle to get through this without a decent knowledge of the HMRC rules such as annual allowance, LTA and the transitional protections.

R05 – Financial Protection.

This is the second easiest subject and for some people, this is a good place to start their R0 exam journey. There’s still a broad syllabus but protection products such as critical illness and income protection are relatively straightforward. And, of course, there are no multiple response questions.

R06 – Financial Planning Practice.

The statistics say that this is the easiest R0 exam. It is, but only if you get your head around the technique that you will need. This is a written exam that is based on two case studies that are issued 2 weeks before the exam. I’ve met few people who walked out of this exam thinking they’d failed yet 23% still do.  Be prepared to put some hard yards in within two weeks before the exam.

If you want our thoughts on what is the best order to sit your CII R0 exams, click here

If you want to know more about our R0 exam audio books, click here

Prepare well and pass first time.

The Diploma Doctor

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January 2019 CII R06 exam

The case studies for the January 2019 CII R06 exam are now available. If you have’t yet seen these, click here.

What do I do now?

You have from now until the exam at 9.30 on the 21st January to prepare. The case studies are issued in advance of the exam for a reason – to help you to prepare for the exam. This will test across a range of different aspects of financial planning that are based on the two given client case studies. You will not know the actual questions you will face in the R06 exam until you are safely tucked away in the exam hall but it makes sense to prepare for any eventuality before then.

What areas should I focus on in the CII’s January 2019
R06 exam?

Based on the case studies, we believe that you may be required in the January R06 exam to have a knowledge of the following topics:

Case Study 1: Mario and Dianne

  • Options for repaying an interest-only mortgage, e.g. using investments, pension TFC
  • Protection plans i.e. critical illness, income protection, and PMI
  • Dividend Allowance and PSA
  • Pension death benefits (DB & DC)
  • Dependant’s FAD: taxation of income and death benefits
  • EIS & VCTs
  • CGT holdover relief
  • Business Relief
  • Self employed Vs limited companies
  • Passive Vs Active investment management
  • Discretionary fund management – characteristics

Case Study 2: Geoff and Katy

  • Dividend Allowance and PSA
  • Pension death benefits (DC)
  • Flexi Access Drawdown and Lifetime Annuities – characteristics and benefits/drawbacks
  • How reviewable whole of life plans work
  • How discretionary will trusts work
  • The characteristics and benefits/drawbacks of using platforms
  • Risks of the client’s current investment and pension arrangements
  • IHT planning solutions, e.g. suitable life cover, use of DWTs, residence nil-rate band, loan plans
  • Dividend Allowance and PSA
  • Pension death benefits (DC)
  • Flexi Access Drawdown and Lifetime Annuities – characteristics and benefits/drawbacks
  • How reviewable whole of life plans work
  • How discretionary will trusts work
  • The characteristics and benefits/drawbacks of using platforms
  • Cash-flow analysis
  • Risks of the client’s investments
  • IHT planning solutions, e.g. suitable life cover, use of DWTs, residence nil-rate band, loan plans

How does the CII’s January 2019 R06 exam compare with previous R06 exams?

These case studies have a different feel about them but they are likely to revisit some familiar R06 themes. Case study 1 is a couple in their 50’s. They have received inheritances and need to consider how to arrange their investments in a suitable way. They also need to consider how to fund their retirement income and appear to have a shortage of protection such as IPI and PMI.

Case study 2 is a familiar ‘at retirement’ scenario. The client’s expect to retire shortly and need to generate a sustainable retirement income by using using their investment portfolio of over a £1 million, and two modest pension funds. Typically for R06, they also have an inheritance tax liability and there is scope to arrange their investments in a more tax efficient manner.

Remember that R06 is a level 4 ‘planning’ exam so you won’t get tested in depth on every potential technical area in the case study. And if a question is asked on a technical area, the technical knowledge needed to answer it shouldn’t be particularly ‘heavy’.

Also prepare for questions such as the benefits of using a financial adviser, cash-flow analysis, and the ever present ‘review’ question.

In a R06 exam, most of the questions will be based on the client’s stated financial objectives. Usually there are 6 to 8 of these spread across the two case studies. This time there are 6 so this is ‘par for the course’.

What do I need to do to pass the January 2019 CII R06 exam?

  1. Familiarise yourself with the clients’ circumstances, right down to remembering the children’s names! Although the case studies provided in the exam are identical to what you have already, you will need to be able to apply your knowledge to their circumstances. Generic answers will not usually score well.
  2. Revise and read around the technical aspects. Google is a good place to start or use the CII R06 study text.
  3. Be familiar with the technique and style of answers the CII will want. This is NOT just about applying your day job to an exam paper. Use the CII’s RevisionMate system to look at examiners reports from past papers. Pay particular attention to the style of questions and the model answers provided.

CII past R06 exam guides can also be downloaded from links on the following page: click here

If you want to know the types of question that have been asked previously in R06, it’s not too late to download our R06 audio material. If you do, just listen the the financial objectives that link in with this specific exam to get exam technique tips and hear how they have been previously tested. Click here for full details

Prepare well and be successful.

The Diploma Doctor

CII R06 July exam

CII R06 July 2018 exam

The case studies for the CII R06 July 2018 exam are now available. If you have’t yet seen these, click here.

What do I do now?

You have from now until the exam at 9.30 on the 9th July to prepare. The case studies are issued in advance of the exam for a reason – to help you to prepare for the exam. This will test across a range of different aspects of financial planning that are based on two client case studies. As you will not know the actual questions you will face in the R06 exam until the day, it makes sense to prepare for any eventuality before then.

What areas should I focus on in the CII’s R06 July 2018 exam?

Based on the case studies, we believe that you may be required in the CII’s R06 July 2018 exam to have a knowledge of the following topics:

Case Study 1: Mike and Shuwan

• Critical illness protections (and IPI to a lesser extent)
• Private medical insurance
• Benefits in kind / P11D benefits
• Information provided on a state pension forecast
• How the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge works
• Retirement funding options for them

Case Study 2: Stefan and Sabine

• Loan trusts (and discounted gift trusts to a lesser degree)
• Discretionary will trusts
• Pension death benefits – options and tax treatment
• Deferring the state pension
• Taxation of their investments and how this can be minimised, e.g. PSA, DA and CGT annual exemptions
• Wills (including mutual wills)
• Transfer of NRB from a previous deceased spouse

How does the CII’ R06 July 2018 exam compare with previous exams?

I have to say that there are some familiar themes. Case study 1 is a relatively young couple with a family and relatively limited income whilst case study 2 is a ‘retirement’ scenario. Both of these are very familiar themes in R06.  Of the two, case study 2 is likely to be the most technically demanding. Also remember that this exam is based on the 2017/18 tax rates so use the £5,000 dividend allowance and £100,000 for the RNRB.

In a R06 exam, most of the questions are also based on the client’s stated financial objectives. Usually there are 6 to 8 of these spread across the two case studies. This time there are only 6. This could mean, especially on case study 2, that the examiners explore more non-technical areas.  Don’t forget that this is a financial planning paper so it won’t just be about technical aspects. Prepare for questions such as the benefits of using a financial adviser and the ever present ‘review’ question. This asks you to state the areas you would address when conducting an annual review of some aspect of the client’s circumstances. This is usually case study 2.

What do I need to do to pass the CII’s Ro6 July 2018 exam?

  1. Familiarise yourself with the clients’ circumstances, right down to remembering the child’s name! Although the case studies that you will have in the exam are identical to what you have already, you should know their circumstances well. You should also be able to apply your knowledge to their circumstances – generic answers will not usually score well.
  2. Revise and read around the technical aspects. Google is a good place to start or use the CII R06 study text.
  3. Be familiar with the technique and style of answers the CII will want. This is NOT just about applying your day job to an exam paper. Click here for a FREE copy of the CII October R06 exam paper.

If you want to know the types of question that have been asked previously in R06, it’s not to late to download or R06 audio material. If you do, just listen the the financial objectives that link in with this exam. Click here for full details

Prepare well and be successful.

The Diploma Doctor

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CII R06 April 2018 Exam

The case studies for the CII R06 April 2018 exam are now available. If you have’t yet seen these, click here.

What do I do now?

You have from now until the exam at 9.30 on the 16th April to prepare. The case studies are issued in advance of the exam for a reason – to help you to prepare for the exam. This will test across a range of different aspects of financial planning that are based on two client case studies. As you will not know the actual questions you will face in the R06 exam until the day, it makes sense to prepare for any eventuality before then.

What areas should I focus on in the CII R06 April 2018 exam?

Based on the case studies, we believe that you may be required in the R06 April 2018 exam to have a knowledge of the following topics:

Case Study 1: John and Kate

• Their overall protection needs
• Critical illness protections (and IPI to a lesser extent)
• Factors to take into account with an investment strategy for the £50K
• Benefits/drawbacks of repayment of the loan, e.g. by remortgaging
• Benefits/drawacks of John incorporating his business
• How the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge works
• How do risk-profiling tools work or benefits/drawbacks of using them

Case Study 2: Felix and Sally

• How DB schemes work (including spouse benefits once in payment)
• What would happen to Felix’s DB pension if his employers scheme entered PPF
• Income options from Sally’s PPP
• Deferring the state pension
• Taxation of their investments and how this can be minimised, e.g. PSA, DA and CGT annual exemptions
• Share Incentive Plans
How with-profits bonds work, e.g. potential MVR
• Potential risks with their current investment portfolio

How does the CII R06 April 2018 exam compare with previous exams?

I have to say that there are some familiar themes. Case study 1 is a relatively young couple with a family and relatively limited income whilst case study 2 is an ‘at retirement’ scenario. Both of these are familiar themes for R06.  Of the two, case study 2 is perhaps the hardest to predict because although the client’s have plenty of assets, they do not currently have an inheritance tax issue. This is unusual for R06.

In a R06 exam, most of the questions are also based on the client’s stated financial objectives. Usually there are 6 to 8 of these spread across the two case studies. This time there are only 6. This could mean, especially on case study 2, that the examiners explore more non-technical areas.  Don’t forget that this is a financial planning paper so it won’t just be about technical aspects. Prepare for questions such as using cashflow analysis, the benefits of using a financial adviser and the ever present ‘review’ question. This asks you to state the areas you would address when conducting an annual review of some aspect of the client’s circumstances.

What do I need to do to pass the CII April 2018 R06 exam?

  1. Familiarise yourself with the clients’ circumstances, right down to remembering the child’s name! Although the case studies that you will have in the exam are identical to what you have already, you should know their circumstances well. You should also be able to apply your knowledge to their circumstances – generic answers will not score well.
  2. Revise and read around the technical aspects. Google is a good place to start or use the CII R06 study text.
  3. Be familiar with the technique and style of answers the CII will want. This is NOT just about applying your day job to an exam paper. Click here for a FREE copy of the CII October R06 exam paper.

Preparation is the key. Good luck.

The Diploma Doctor

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Thinking of taking the CII R0 exams?

The CII R0 exams are a hugely popular way of achieving Diploma status. Some people have no other choice than to sit all six R0 exams; others sit some of the R0 exams to accumulate CII credits towards Chartered status.  Either way, how difficult the exams are to pass is of interest to anyone who is thinking of taking the CII R0 exams.

R0 exam results – 2017

The CII have recently published the pass marks for the R0 exams in 2017. These are the most up to date exam results published by the CII.

Exam 2017 2016 2015 2014
R01 64.46% 57.01% 58.71% 59.41%
R02 62.79% 57.92% 54.00% 55.99%
R03 48.71% 50.46% 50.90% 54.55%
R04 55.04% 54.07% 49.53% 54.09%
R05 78.26% 72.11% 71.25% 68.73%
R06 73.40% 73.23% 71.27% 67.56%
R08 83.32% 83.75% 92.51% N/A

Source: CII website

What do these tell us?

In simple terms, everything appears to be ‘steady as she goes’. Overall, there is some positive news. There has been an improvement over the year in all subjects except R08 (which was already comfortably the easiest R0 subject). The biggest improvements are with R01, R02 and R05. This is great news as R02 is considered one of the hardest exams to pass due to the subject matter and the number of multiple response questions, and most people don’t like regulation.

Click here to see out R02 blog.

On the down side, R03 continues to be the hardest exam. In fact, people are finding it even harder. This is largely due to time pressure and what you are required to do in the time given. You need to know your stuff, practice lots of questions and on the ball to pass this one.  Click here for our look at R03.

How can we help?

We provide MP3 study material for R01-6 and R08.  They should be used in conjunction with a study text and practice questions such as the CII’s RevisionMate questions. There’s never enough time to study for exams so our MP3s provide a convenient way of making use of time such as commuting, walking, in the gym… That’s why our audio study material have proved popular with so many people in the past.

Click here for details of our R0 exam audio material.

Until the next time, prepare well.

 

The Diploma Doctor

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