The quiz questions are a measure of how well you are grasping the content of the lessons and serve as an indication of some topics you need to review more thoroughly. My personal view is that students should not rely on quiz questions or interactive exercises or practice exams as a primary method of preparing for an exam. Instead, students should rely on themselves and spend a majority of their time focusing on the text material.
September 8, 2006
After a survey of the industry a couple of years ago, the awards program was discontinued as we chose to concentrate resources on honouring those who achieve CSI designations, rather than running award programs for each of our 25+ courses.
We have retained the Honours status on certificates to recognize the high performance of those who achieved 80% or over in a course.
There is certainly nothing to prevent you from informing current or prospective employers of your marks, if you wish. Besides the Honours certificate, you are given a notice of completion which displays your final mark.
Only the bubble sheet is marked. This is clearly stated on the exam cover and in the invigilator’s speech. If you choose to mark your answers in the exam booklet first, then you must leave yourself enough time to transfer them onto the bubble sheet. No extra time is given for this, as the same rules apply to everyone writing the exam. It wouldn’t be fair if someone got a few extra minutes to finish the exam, when someone else had budgeted their time to ensure that the answer sheet was completed by the end of the exam.
Whatever method you use to fill in the bubble sheet, you must complete all of the answer process within the exam time allotted.
After you pass the course, the web site is updated. You are also mailed a notice of completion after you pass. This notice arrives shortly in the mail and is the only document you can use as proof of passing the course. Four to six weeks after completing the course you will also receive a certificate suitable for framing.
Where do I have to write my exam and how many days between exams are required after I pass one exam and want to write the next one?
You can write your exams in any exam-writing centre that suits your needs. You decide the number of days between exams - the exams are independent of each other and can be written as close together or as far apart as you wish, provided you complete both exams within the one-year enrollment time frame.
We monitor the forums frequently and do try to answer any questions within one day; but it depends on the volume of postings and the number of staff available. We recommend you not wait to post questions in case it takes longer (e.g., the day before an exam is not a good time to post!). Other students may also answer your questions.
We also apply a priority system that is not strictly chronological - if one student posts a lot of questions one day and another student posts only one, to be fair to all students, we make sure to answer that one posting rather than make that person wait until all the other student’s postings are answered.
No, pilot questions are not identified. Your exam may or may not have pilot questions but time management is not an issue because all students are given 2 hours to answer 100 multiple-choice questions.
Students should never be concerned about pilot questions and should never fall prey to the false assumption that a pilot question must be harder than any other question on an exam. Keep in mind that, like all other questions that count toward your grade on an exam, pilot questions would also be based on the exact same material you have been studying.
While the general concepts discussed in the appendices come from the main text and the concepts should be understood, you won’t be tested on the specific information you see in the appendices. The one exception is Chapter 13 Appendix A. You should have a thorough understanding of that particular appendix.
You should contact the exam administrator as soon as possible for specific exam location information. You can contact the exam administrator at the following email address:
Or you can contact CSI customer service at 1-866-866-2601 and request that the appropriate information is provided.
In preparing for exam one, I have been studying the glossary. But there are a lot of terms in the glossary that haven’t been mentioned in textbook volume 1. Why?
The glossary isn’t meant to be a study aid and is not arranged according to text volume or chapter. You’re better off to highlight or circle key words in your text and insure that you understand those concepts based on the material written in the text.