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When and where are examinations held?

UK Candidates

There are two public examination sittings per year in March and September. We have a number of centres around the United Kingdom where examinations are held, please see below for the full list:

Edinburgh (September only)
Glasgow (March only)


There are two public examination sittings per year in April and October. We have a number of centres around the world where examinations are held.  Please elect where you wish to sit the application on the application form.

Examination Papers

The syllabus is examined by a two hour examination.  The examination is in the form of 80 multiple choice questions designed to test retirement provision knowledge across the syllabus. The examination paper is comprised of two types:

The first 70 questions will either put a question or make a statement which requires completion, this is followed by four possible responses, one of which is the correct response.

The final 10 are known as multiple true false questions. They comprise two statements and four possible options.  Lettered "a" both true; "b" only (i) true; "c" only (ii) true; or "d" both false.  Only one is correct.  Each statement is either true or false.

Each question on the examination paper scores one mark.  All questions should be attempted; there is no difference in marking between a wrong answer and one left unanswered.

Examination grades

There are three grades for this examination:

(P) Pass

(S) Fail within 5 marks of the pass

(T) Fail more than 5 marks below the pass mark

The nominal pass mark is 75%

Publication of results

Results are sent to candidates as soon as they are available, approximately 6 weeks after the examination date.  We will not communicate results to a candidate’s employer.

Please also note that we do not provide the raw mark or percentage result to candidates. Upon completing the examination you will notified of your grade only.

How to enter for the examination

An application form can be downloaded from the Spring 2019 Application Form page.

Special Circumstances

Candidates who may require special arrangements for reasons of disability or similar should contact the Qualifications Department at PMI.  Please ensure you submit your request by the closing date for entries. The closing date for Spring 2019 entry is Monday 28th January 2019.

Arrangements for Special Consideration

Special consideration can be given to an individual who has temporarily experienced illness or injury or some other circumstance outside his or her control (such as problems at the exam centre such as noise or disturbance) that may have impacted on performance or attainment.  Please click here for the PMI Policy on Special Consideration.


Candidates who pass the examination receive a certificate which will be included in their results letter/confirmation.

Examination regulations

It is a condition of acceptance of an examination entry that candidates carefully read the examination regulations and agree to abide by them. Click here to view the examination regulations. Further instructions to candidates pertaining to the conduct of the examination are sent with the admission permit.

Complaints and Appeals

The PMI is committed to providing fair and consistent examination, verification, approval and assessment processes.

Details of the PMI's complaints and appeals policy for multi-choice examinations are available here.

Malpractice and Maladministration Policy

PMI has a responsibility to have in place policies and procedures to prevent malpractice and/or maladministration in the development, delivery and award of its qualifications.  PMI is applying this policy to ALL of its qualifications whether they are regulated or not.

This policy is aimed at PMI’s customers, including candidates taking our qualifications and centres delivering, awarding and accommodating the assessment of PMI examinations and/or workbased assessments within or outside the UK.