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Coronavirus effect on exams

Discussion in 'General study / exams' started by Act_SMC, Mar 11, 2020.

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  1. Act_SMC

    Act_SMC Member

    Is anybody else worried that exams are going to be cancelled at this stage? Maybe I'm just reading too much of the news...
     
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  2. Anand Bharadwaj

    Anand Bharadwaj Made first post

    I am in Kuwait, our government have ordered two weeks of public holiday and cancelled all public events including exams across the nation for next one month due to spread of virus. WHO also announced Corona as Pandemic. Will IFOA April exams will be postponed? Kindly advise
     
  3. John Lee

    John Lee ActEd Tutor Staff Member

    You need to contact the examinations team at the IFoA directly.
     
  4. Podge

    Podge Made first post

    I am also very concerned about this. I hope the IFoA release some possible outcomes/contingency plans soon.
     
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  5. nanaba

    nanaba Member

    It is indeed worrying and the fact that IFoA has not released a statement yet is awkward.
     
  6. ProudActuary

    ProudActuary Ton up Member

    Statements are on the IFoA website - exams expected to run as normal. Just like school exams etc. I would focus on studying and preparing for the exams as normal - rather than worry about things thar are completely outwith my control. Good luck with the exam preparation.
     
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  7. Dar_Shan0209

    Dar_Shan0209 Ton up Member

    The statements of the IFoA are present in their website: "We are aware that students may be concerned about sitting April 2020 examinations. We are monitoring advice given by the World Health Organisation as well as working closely with the British Council and our other venue suppliers to keep abreast of the developing situation across the world. We will keep you informed via our web site and email of any developments. At p!resent we expect to run the April 2020 session as planned."
     
  8. Dar_Shan0209

    Dar_Shan0209 Ton up Member

    The IFoA released a statement regarding this event: "We are aware that students may be concerned about sitting April 2020 examinations. We are monitoring advice given by the World Health Organisation as well as working closely with the British Council and our other venue suppliers to keep abreast of the developing situation across the world. We will keep you informed via our web site and email of any developments. At present we expect to run the April 2020 session as planned."
     
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  11. Act_SMC

    Act_SMC Member

    I think once the UK government cops on with similar controls as in other major European countries then the institute will have to cancel. Our exam centre in Dublin is a college so is currently closed and I can't see it being reopened anytime soon
     
  12. Podge

    Podge Made first post

    When this thread was created there was no statement from the IFoA regarding the exams.

    The Society in the US will be making a decision on exam cancellations 4 weeks before their next sittings at end of April which gives people enough time to plan their study time. It is unfair for the IFoA to take the stance that they can cancel the exams 48 hours or less before the exam. Students will be taking company sponsored study days and/or personal holiday days to prepare for the exams. I am booked to sit in April but given the choice, I would just take the refund now and plan for Sep sitting because of the huge possibility of cancellation with short notice after wasting time off from work.
     
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  13. GOFS03

    GOFS03 Keen member

    Completely agree 4 weeks is plenty of time to arrange study time. 2 days on the other hand is not reasonable I for one have booked a decent number of study and personal holidays to prepare for my exams all of which will be wasted given the high probability of cancellation.
     
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  14. CardRackMcCack

    CardRackMcCack Made first post

    I agree with both of the above posts. 48 hours is a totally unreasonable amount of notice to be provided given the significant amount of preparation required for these exams. Furthermore, particularly given the measures introduced in the UK today, it is is highly unlikely that it will be possible for this sitting to go ahead. Surely the IFoA should make a call on this well in advance of 48 hours prior to an exam?
     
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  15. nanaba

    nanaba Member

    I am also booked for an April exam, where I get company sponsored days off and in addition I take personal holidays. I already informed the management that I can tell them only 48 hours befor my exam, if I will be able to take it. The reaction was rather doubtful.
    I just feel like there is no comprehension of the IFoA of how much time and sacrifises are taken by students in order to pass exams. Hearing now that the US equivalent will be announcing 4 weeks ahead of examination, is a rather disapointment towards the UK system, which is operating currently in the epicenter of this pandemic.
     
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  16. Michal Piatra

    Michal Piatra Keen member

    They have to take into account all the non-UK students sitting exams in April too. Rest of the Europe treats the pandemic much stricter than UK. Currently, it would be "illegal" to hold such examinaions in many European countries including mine.
     
  17. GOFS03

    GOFS03 Keen member

    It now looks like CAS and SOA exams have been postponed or cancelled, hopefully the IFOA will make a decision soon especially given the rate at which the UK is increasing the measures being taken.
     
  18. shdh

    shdh Ton up Member

    As far as i think, the institute will not ask for any additional sum for postponing the exams. The exams would be held, but only on a later date. Since the students have already paid their exam fees, they will not ask for any additional sum for conducting the exam on a later date. The online exams like CP2, CP3 may not be postponed, but written exams will be postponed if things do not get better with regards to corona.

    As GOFS03 stated, SOA and CAS have cancelled/postponed their spring exams. We can expect an update from IFoA anytime now. On the bright side if the exams are postponed, students get more time to prepare better. However, on the safer side, it is better to keep a good attitude and keep on preparing for the exams. The faster the virus came, the faster it may disappear as well. So not to have any sudden surprises, it is better to keep preparing and giving it our best regardless of what is happening in the world.

    On it's website IFoA has mentioned that they 'don't intend to cancel the exams', so regardless of what happens, the exams will be conducted, but may be on a later date.
     
  19. Jonathan slaine

    Jonathan slaine Made first post

    Think it’s poor form if the IFOA cancel or postpone the exam 48hours before. Think the only thing that will make them make a decision will be a government call on the country. They have 0 time for people taking leave from work and the efforts that go into these exams if they cancel 48 hrs before.
    Just got to keep studying for now I suppose
     
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  20. GOFS03

    GOFS03 Keen member

    The current communication states that further communication around exams is imminent, watch this space.
     
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  21. Calm

    Calm Ton up Member

    There's a possibility that the exam could carry on through the online platform for what are normally paper-based exams, but you are permitted to submit your answers handwritten (scanned) or typed out and go by the honour system to complete them closed-book (time limit is still enforced)? Maybe that's the contingency plan? Then hope they use your local time and not UK time. ;)
     
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