Hot Topic – CII Exams Pass Rates for 2013
The CII have published their 2013 exam pass rates, and below we compare the Annual Pass Rates with those of 2012.
It’s that time of year again when the CII publish their exam pass rates for the previous year. Using stats from 2012 you can see below how these percentages have changed for the Diploma and the Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning exams. (Information for the other exams can be found on the CII website).
The 2013 figures show pass rates for J01 – J12 range from around 50% up to over 77%. The lowest figure of 50.23% is for J07 Supervision in a regulated environment with the Pensions exams and J03 not far in front in the mid-50’s.
Top of the charts with figures in the high 70’s are J12 Securities advice and dealing and J10 Discretionary investment management; the latter also topping the charts in 2012. Interesting that both these newer exams are getting such high pass rates – is this because they are multiple choice rather than written papers? They are certainly better stats than those shown for J11 which is a written paper although I would repeat what we said last year and that is that the manuals for J10, J11 and J12 are all well written and therefore easier to study from. Each of these units gives 20 diploma credits.
For the R0 units, the numbers passing have gone down for five out of the six modules in 2013 (all down except for R02).
With the advanced subjects it is AF2 that continues to have the lowest pass rate – from just over 49% in 2012 down to just over 42% in 2013. Interestingly AF4 became top dog with 65.65% of students passing the exam up from the previous year’s figure of 62.93%; you may remember there were a lot of unhappy comments from delegates following the October exam that the CII had changed the format of the exam – however it seems that despite this many obviously still passed! It will be interesting to see how the April paper looks following those complaints.
AF5 somewhat surprisingly has seen a drop of 5% from 2012 to 2013 whereas from 2011 to 2012 there had been a significant improvement.
Annual Pass Rate 2012
Annual Pass Rate 2013
What are your thoughts on this? Why do you think some pass rates have moved significantly? Please let us know by commenting below.