OISC exam update

On 1 June 2021, the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) updated the new guidance in relation to OISC assessments.

Individuals will need to complete a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and submit a new adviser competence statement that meets the necessary experience and training requirements before the assessment. The OISC staff will then send an email to each applicant to invite them for their online assessment. All Level 1, 2 and 3 exams are ‘open book’, however, candidate cannot choose their preferred exam date and time.

Please note that all applicants must register and onboard to the test event by verifying their identification using the online photographic method. All eligible candidates will be contacted to onboard for their assessment around 2 weeks prior to the exam. After they successfully completed onboarding, individuals will be invited to sit their test via email within 72 hours of the exam date.

The Level 1 exam has 2 sections. Section 1 contains 20 multiple choice questions whilst Section 2 consists of scenario-based questions requiring written answers. Applicants have to pass both sections with one attempt in order to pass the assessment over all.

The pass mark for the Level 1 OISC assessment is 60%, whilst 65% pass mark for Level 2 and 3 exams.

Preparing to sit the online exam and on the exam day

Once the candidate has confirmed that they are able to undertake the assessment on the date allocated, they will receive invitation emails to instruct them how to set up their computer or laptop. For instance, how to download the necessary software onto their machine and how to test that it is running correctly, how to complete an ‘onboarding process’ that will set candidates up to take the assessment on the day.

Please note that the onboarding process includes validating ID, provides details of the exam rules and provides an example assessment so that individuals can become familiar with the system.

Assessment durations are as follows:

  • Level 1 immigration paper – 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete two sections, please note that there is no break between the two sections of the exam paper;
  • All Level 2 papers- 2 hours 15 mins to complete scenario-based questions;
  • All Level 3 papers- 3 hours to complete scenario-based questions.

Please be advised that candidates may use any hard copy books or paper they wish to during the test. However, they cannot use the internet or online resources during the exam apart from the relevant OISC Exam Resource book which is exempt from any violations and available to use in digital format in the exam environment. Applicants will need to provide an acceptable photographic ID in the form of either a current passport or driving licence.

Once the candidate has completed the test, the paper will be marked and they will be notified of the result of the assessment by email within 20 working days.

If the applicant fails Level 1 test, their application for regulation will be refused. Individuals will need to provide evidence of additional training to re-submit and re-take the test after 4 weeks of receiving the previous decision.

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