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Written Exam 

Welcome to stage 3 of assessment process.

Stage 3 requires the learner to undertake an online written examination.  The written examination will assess knowledge and understanding across the indicative content and learning outcomes for all units. The written exam is externally set and externally marked by VTCT. The pass mark is set by VTCT at 70% The written examination consists of two parts: Part A and Part B.


Worth approximately 75% of the overall mark, Part A involves answering approximately 80-100 multiple choice questions. Exam questions in Part A will be presented in the following formats.

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Cloze Response Questions (CRQ)s
  • Multiple Response Questions (MRQs)
  • Assertion and Reason Questions (ARQs)
  • Extended Matching Questions (EMQs)
  • Ordering or Ranking Questions (ORQs)


Worth approximately 25% of the overall grade, Part B requires the learner to provide written responses to two extended response questions (ERQs).There is no word count for the extended response questions. Learners should respond to all parts of question with relevant and sufficient detail to gain maximum marks. 

You will have 3 to 3 1/2 hours to complete the exam. Don’t worry if you have not come across these question formats before, you will find guidance and examples of the each question format in the following sections.

To help you prepare for the written exam, MAP-IQ has provided you with helpful reading materials and resources. These resources can be found in the following sections. We recommend that you read through each section carefully before embarking on the written exam.

Exam windows are allocated by VTCT and typically take place four to five times a year. To book onto an exam date follow the instructions in the ‘Book Your Exam’ section below. We recommend that you book your exam date sooner rather than later so that you not miss out on the next exam window and have to wait a couple of months for the next window. You can then return to the sessions below and start preparing for your written exam.

(S3) Written Exam- Practice Session

(S3) Proceed to Stage 4 Assessment