Who marks the exams and how are they marked?

Institute exams are marked by experienced industry professionals who have a CIP or FCIP designation. Markers are provided answer points as guidelines and, where appropriate, have the discretion to consider valid answers not included in the answer points. Furthermore, the answers for any given exam question in any exam period for all students across the country are marked by the same person to ensure consistency.

Why can’t I get my exam answer book back?
Unlike a mid-term exam or quizzes and assignments, the final examination is not a learning exercise for review and discussion. Instead, it is an evaluation tool for the assessment of students’ overall knowledge, understanding and application of the course material. Since answer books are not intended for review by students, comments are not made by markers inside them, nor are there indications as to what information is correct or incorrect within answers. As a result, the answer books would be of little value to students in determining where they did well or poorly.

How can I appeal an exam grade?
Three levels of appeal are available to students should they require confirmation of their grade or further information on their performance. Re-calculation, re-assessment or re-evaluation offer varying degrees of review and feedback. The fees charged for each service reflects the amount of time, scrutiny and feedback provided by markers.

Can I get answers to sample exam questions?
The sample exams should be used only to get an idea of the types of exam questions to be expected and the typical format of a CIP exam. Some of the questions will no longer relate to current text material. Furthermore, some of the questions may be reused in whole or in part and therefore, answers are not provided.

For questions that relate to the text material, students should refer to the sample exam questions that are in the text addendum or student resource guides, as applicable. These questions will include model answers and are better suited to help students understand what the markers are looking for in a complete answer.

If you have any further questions, please direct them to the Member Services Team.

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