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Assessment Area
Introduction

The OISC is committed to raising the standard of immigration advice. We know that the majority of advisers are acting in good faith and in the best interests of their clients. But we need to ensure that examples of bad practice are brought into the open and any necessary action taken.

Below is a list of the different assessment areas you may complete online.

  1. Rules and Codes multiple choice questions.
  2. Level-1 multiple choice questions.

For more information about the assessments, including Frequently Asked Questions and example Level 1 questions, please follow the links below

  1. Competence Assessment Explained
  2. Rules and Codes Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Level-1 Frequently Asked Questions.
  4. Level-1 Example Questions
Competence Assessment Explained
1. The Rules and Codes Multiple Choice Assessment
Everyone submitting an application to the OISC (after 1 April 2005) needs to complete a self-learning multiple-choice assessment on the Commissioner's Rules and Code of Standards. The Commissioner's Rules and Code of Standards, along with the Guidance on Competence, provides advisers with the organisational and advice standards that we as the OISC expect from them. Select for more details about the rules and codes assessment.
2. The online level 1 Assessment
Level 1 forms the foundation of the knowledge and skills that the OISC expects of its regulated advisers. Thus all new and existing advisers, at whatever level, are required to undertake the level 1 assessment. Select for more details about level 1 assessment.
3. Written level 2 and 3 Assessments

Assessment at levels 2 and 3 is generally being carried out by caseworkers. They are currently in written format.

We will be contacting individual advisers to let them know when they need to undertake competence assessment. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact your caseworker.

 

Rules and Codes Frequently Asked Questions
Who can sit a rules and codes assessment?
Anyone can sit a rules and codes assessment and you do not need to have already started the application process.
How do I go about sitting a rule and codes assessment?
To sit the assessment, go to the rules and codes assessment page and tell us what type of organisation you work for - whether you're for profit or not. You can then sit the assessment. You'll be asked ten multiple-choice questions and at the end if you've got any wrong, you'll have one chance to review your answers.
I don't know the answer but I know where I can find it. May I use books or the internet to check?
Yes. We know in a real life situation you'd have access to books and the internet. We don't expect you to know everything, but we do need to be sure you know what standards the OISC expects from their regulated advisers. We encourage advisers to familiarise themselves with the Commissioner's Rules, Code of Standards, Guidance on Competence as well as the various Practice and Guidance Notes available here.
Is there a pass mark?
On the rules and codes assessment, you must get all ten answers correct.
Is there a time limit?
No, you may take as long as you like over the assessment.
I got some answers wrong. Can I sit the assessment again?
Yes, you can sit the assessment as many times as you like.
What happens next?
You need to get all ten questions correct to complete the assessment. If you successfully complete the assessment, you need to print off the assessment and submit it to our registry team who will either send you an application pack if you haven't got one or, if you've already sent in your completed application, will put your application forward for processing. Remember to keep a print out of your assessment results for your own records.
What does the Rules and Codes assessment look like?
Select to see a sample Rules and Codes question as you would see it presented via the online assessment system.

 

Level1 Fequently Asked Questions
Who can sit a level 1 assessment?
To sit a level 1 assessment, you must either already be regulated by us or be in the process of applying for regulation. You will need both your adviser number (six digits) and your organisation number (an F or an N followed by nine numbers).
How do I go about sitting the level 1 assessment?
Your caseworker will inform you of the your adviser number and when you will be required to sit the Level 1 assessment. When you're ready to sit the assessment, go to the level 1 assessment page and press continue. You'll need to provide us with a few details and then you'll be asked 30 multiple-choice questions.
I don't know the answer but I know where I can find it. May I use books or the internet to check?
Yes. We know in a real life situation you'd have access to books and the internet and so you are welcome to use whatever resources you require to complete the assessment. We don't expect you to know everything, but we do need to be sure you have access to the information you need. Remember though that you only have 60 minutes to complete the assessment in.
Is there a pass mark?
There is no pre-determined pass mark for the level 1 assessment. Assessment is only one of the ways we evaluate advisers and your caseworker will consider whether to grant or continue your registration or exemption in light of how well you do in this and many other factors

Is there are time limit?

You have 60 minutes to complete the assessment.
What happens after I've taken the assessment?
Once you've finished, your assessment automatically be emailed to your caseworker, who will contact you to let you know how you got on and what the next step will be.
I can't access Level 1 assessment
Your caseworker will inform you as to when you will have access to sit the Level 1 assessment. Once your caseworker gives you the go ahead, you have a period of one month in which you must sit the assessment.
What does a Level 1 assessment look like?
Select to see a sample Level 1 questionhere as you would see it presented via the online assessment system.