Details of all aspects of the results process, including
how to read your result notification are available below. Please
note these details differ slightly depending on whether you have
taken an examination online or on paper
On this page:
The decision of the CII Qualifications Examinations and
Assessments Committee is, in every case, final.
For exams taken on paper, results are issued by
first class post on the date of release. You can obtain your result
at www.cii.co.uk/results from 08.00 on the date of the release of
results. This is a candidate-only secure service and will require
you to identify yourself before being granted access to your
You will be required to input your:
- permanent identity number (PIN)
- date of birth
- candidate number, as shown on your most recent admission
Results will not be issued by fax or e-mail.
For exams taken on computer (online), your
provisional result notification will be provided immediately on
completion of your examination and your confirmed result
notification will be posted within 7 working days of your
The nominal pass marks for each unit are shown in the table
below. Please note, all pass marks vary slightly from examination
to examination to take account of the relative difficulty of
examinations presented to candidates, ensuring that the pass
standard remains constant. All candidates who reach the required
standard for the appropriate exam will pass. The CII does not
operate a policy of setting a quota of candidates who will be
||Nominal pass mark
|530, 655, 820, 930, 945, 960 &
|Certificate & Award level units
(except CF5 and including R05)
|CF5 and all Diploma and Advanced
Diploma units (except R01, R02, R03, R04 and R05)
|R01, R02, R03, R04 and J10
You do not have to pass all the questions to achieve an overall
pass grade, you simply have to gain enough marks in total to reach
the pass mark.
For an explanation of your result notification, please see the
appropriate PDF below. Please note, for written financial planning
exams the explanation is provided on the result notification
Record of achievement (ROA)
A ROA will be issued for every unit passed. These will be sent
directly to you, within 28 days of the release of the results for
paper based exams and within 15 working days of the release of your
confirmed result for online exams.
Completion of a qualification
For paper based exams:
If you have completed a qualification, the completion
certificate will be sent directly to you within 28 days of the
release of the results. The application forms to apply for the
appropriate designation will accompany your result
For online exam:
If you have completed a qualification, the application forms to
apply for the appropriate designation will accompany the completion
certificate which will be sent directly to you within 15 working
days of the release of your confirmed result.
Replacement ROAs / certificates
These can be supplied for a fee per ROA or certificate. They
will include wording that shows they are a replacement. Please
contact Customer Service for full details.
For written examinations
The CII has a very strict system of checks which ensure that all
the pages of your exam answer book are accounted for, properly
marked and the marks totalled correctly.
Examiners are selected for their relevant and up to date
knowledge and experience and have been specifically trained to mark
exam papers in accordance with carefully laid down criteria.
If you are worried that your handwriting might not be legible,
please note that our examiners are very experienced in deciphering
handwriting and are keen to ensure that you are given full credit
for all the valid points you have made.
The CII adheres to a positive marking policy to ensure that
candidates are treated fairly. Full marks are given if a candidate
has provided a complete answer according to the marking scheme.
Full credit is also given for alternative answers that are equally
valid but not given in the marking scheme.
Marks are not withheld for bad spelling or untidy handwriting.
If a candidate has attempted more than the required number of
optional questions and has not indicated clearly which answers
should be disregarded, all the answers are marked and the best
marks are awarded.
For questions involving numerical calculations, the bulk of the
marks are awarded for the correct method being used; only a
minority of the marks being awarded for the final answer.
Quality assurance processes are in place to ensure that marking
is accurate and consistent and that exam standards are maintained
Answer books cannot be returned to you under any
For multiple choice examinations
A standard format multiple choice question consists of a problem
followed by four options or answers (labelled A, B, C and D) from
which the candidate must choose the correct or best response. Each
question contains only one correct response. One mark is awarded
for each correct response identified. No mark is awarded if the
candidate chooses an incorrect response, chooses more than one
response or fails to choose any response. No marks are deducted for
an incorrect response.
A multiple response format question consists of a problem,
followed by between four to six options. For each question more
than one option is correct. Candidates must select all the correct
options to gain the mark.
Online examinations are automatically marked by computer. The
pass mark is pre-set.
Quality assurance processes with inbuilt checks are in place to
ensure that marking is accurate and that exam standards are
maintained over time. Where delivered on paper, all multiple choice
answer forms are marked by optical mark reader, whose programme
includes a number of checks to eliminate the possibility of
Answer forms cannot be returned to you under any