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Examinations: the Society's Professional Examinations

The Society offers professional examinations in statistics at three sequential levels. These can help you if you fall into any of the following cases, or no doubt many others:

  • you are already working in or with statistics and want to sit professional examinations to further your understanding and assist with career progression
  • you are looking for a qualification up to UK Honours Degree level but don't want to take a university course
  • you are seeking a career change to a statistical role
  • you have a personal interest in the subject and would like to further this by obtaining a formal qualification.

Whatever your motivations, our examinations can help you achieve your goal.

If you are already familiar with our examinations or already know that you want to enter them, please go to our main examinations documents page. Otherwise, we have provided a menu of information about all the features of our examinations, which is set out below. Everything that you need to know about the examinations can be found on the main examinations documents page. Go there first, to find our regulations, syllabuses and registration forms. Past papers and solutions can also be downloaded from that page.

All the information that is available from the menu below is also contained in the general "guide to examinations" (Ex1) that is available on the main documents page.

The examinations are organised in three sequential levels:

Candidates who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma are automatically eligible, on application, for the status of Graduate Statistician. After five years suitable professional training and experience, a Graduate Statistician may apply for the full professional qualification of Chartered Statistician. This is the Society's highest professional grade.

The examinations are held once each year, in May. The timetable for the next examinations session is available. Details of entry fees for 2015 are also available.
Information about registration for the examinations can be found here.

There are examination centres in the UK and in many parts of the world.

Please note that there is no examination centre in Hong Kong. Our examinations are not offered there. Instead, professional examinations in statistics of equivalent standard are offered by the Hong Kong Statistical Society.

Reading lists are available to help candidates preparing for the examinations. However, the Society is not a teaching body and so we do not run courses leading to the examinations. Distance learning material for the Ordinary and Higher Certificates is available from the Department of Social Statistics at the University of Southampton. We provide a short guide on how to present information in graphs and diagrams; all candidates, but particularly those for the Ordinary Certificate, are advised to read this guide.

It is expected that you will have a suitable calculator. Our calculator regulations are available for you to read. It is important that you understand these.

Statistical tables are provided by the Society for use in the examinations. Our statistical tables are in the form of a printed PDF document; you can download a copy. We advise you to familiarise yourself with the layout of the tables.

A copy of the front cover of the answer book is also available for you to familiarise yourself with.

The Examinations Board meets as soon as possible each summer after the marking has been completed. Candidates are then informed of their results by post. Usually this is completed by early August. Procedures are available for candidates who wish to request a re-mark of their scripts.

You may be interested to read a brief history of the examinations.

Finally, you may want to visit our careers website to find out how you can further pursue a statistical career.

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