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Module examinations 19th March 2022

The next module examination date is 19th March 2022, applications must be submitted online before 7th February 2022. When completing the application form, you will need to select your preference for online or in person at a local venue. Both formats of the exam the same exam and will be run at the same time.

How to get an application form

Contact your local association Education Secretary and they will email you a unique link to the online application form, the link can only be used once so please make sure you have all the information ready before starting the application. During the application process you will be asked to pay the examination fees via credit or debit card.

Is the Online examination any different from the written paper?

The online examination follows the exact layout and questions of the written paper, however there are nuances to navigating through the paper and viewing the questions. Take a tour around the Online Exam and learn some tricks and tips for exam day. Watch the video of Nicky and Sean walking through the exam and looking at the different functions with some handy hints for exam day. The video can be found here.

Do I need any special software to access the online exam?

Mac OS - https://iastatic.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/inspera-seb/installers/1.13.52/bbka/Inspera-Exam-Portal-1.13.52-bbka.dmg

Windows - https://iastatic.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/inspera-seb/installers/1.13.52/bbka/Inspera-Exam-Portal-1.13.52-bbka.exe

If you have Inspera Exam Portal already installed from previous examinations, you will no longer need to uninstall it first.

What if things go wrong during the online exam?

There are online Invigilators monitoring activity during the exam who will contact you if they spot a problem. There will also be support available by phone and email.

Will my computer work?

You will need either a Windows or Mac computer with the minimum requirements:
·        Windows: 10 or 11 on 64-bit platform with latest update
·        macOS: OS X 10.15 and higher
·        CPUs newer than 2011 (minimum Intel i3, AMD Ryzen 3 or equivalent)
·        OpenGL 2.0 graphics driver
·        75 MB of free storage space per hour
·        Web camera & microphone (internal or external)
·        A broadband internet connection (0.15Mbps upload speed)

I have a disability. What options are available to me?

Extra time is available to anyone who is eligible. The software we will be using also has the options for larger text, text to speech and contrast changes which is available to everyone. Other needs will be looked at on an individual basis. Please remember that any additional support requirements should be recorded on your application form

Where can I download the BBKA Inspera Exam Portal?

You will be sent an email with links to download the software. A link will also be available here.

What time can I take my online module exam?

You can start your online exam anytime after 9:30. The exams will be available until 13:30 so to get your full allowance of 100 mins, the latest you will be able to start is 11:50. If you are taking two modules you will have to start at 9:30 or shortly afterwards to allow you to fit both modules in and have a short break in between. You can take modules in any order you want.

What happens if I take more than one module.

You can take a maximum of two exams online within the allocated time between 9:30 and 13:30. 

Will candidates be allowed to make paper notes during the online exam on a notepad beside their computer keyboard?

Candidates can type their notes on the screen. This is easy to do and can be deleted afterwards if you wish or be used as a starting point and incorporated into your answers.

How do I know if my computer is suitable?

Check the system information on your computer using the about function, it should be running at least Windows 10 version 21H1 or Mac OS 10.15 (Ben Sur). Please note that following systems are not supported:

  • Windows 10 in S mode
  • Chromebook
  • Apple Ipad
  • Android Tablet

Will time checks be given?

The time remaining is constantly in view on screen.

How will it work if multiple people are taking an exam in one household?

Either 2 computers in different rooms or one exam in each session.

 

Will there be an Invigilator monitoring screens in real time?

Yes. Candidates need to have both camera and microphone enabled so they can be monitored with both video and audio. There will also be a Chat in order for you to communicate with the Invigilator if you have issues during the exam.

 

The typing ability of some candidates could be an issue. Would there be a chance to have a dry run before sending in an application please?

Yes, there is a demo paper available here https://www.bbka.org.uk/modules
We advise that candidates practice typing their answers on a computer rather than writing them on paper.

 

What happens if the internet goes down during an exam?

After a short-term outage ie a few minutes the exam will continue when the signal returns (tested) and an additional amount of time will be added to the exam time to make up for time lost.

What if my computer goes down during the exam?

We advise that system functionality and the available hardware to the candidate are reliable and tested before the exam. A second computer can be used if the first one fails and the exam will continue where you left off, in such circumstances please advise the invigilator.

 

Are we expected to draw charts or graphs for the on line Modules?

The requirement for drawing graphs or charts for the on line Modules will be removed. There may be an occasional picture or a diagram the candidate may be asked to comment on or identify parts of. Some candidates do draw diagrams and create tables as part of their answer but this functionality was not required by the examiner.

 

How will dishonesty that may occur during the exam be addressed?

As per current procedure. Candidates will be monitored by an invigilator and may face disqualification if cheating is confirmed.

 

Is the exam format the same as recent past papers?

Yes, the format of the on line modules will be the same as the hand written papers. You can have a go at the online modules here https://www.bbka.org.uk/modules



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