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Exam Questions Guide

You have 65 minutes to answer 50 questions. Get ready for The Institutes Designations' exams by understanding the types of questions, and how to answer them.

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Stand-Alone Questions

These questions test your knowledge of principles, concepts, and terms

  • These are stand-alone questions, which are basic multiple choice questions with four answer choices
  • You will need to recall information from the study material or know the definitions of keywords or phrases

TIP:  Prepare for these by studying the review questions in your course guide.

internal case question example

Internal-Case Questions

You will read and analyze a real-world scenario and apply your knowledge of the course material and the given facts to answer the question.

TIP: When studying, think about situations you might come across at work and apply them to the course material.

External Case Question

External-Case Questions

You will be given a detailed real-world scenario and be asked two or more questions about it. 

TIP: When studying, think about situations you might come across at work and apply them to the course material.


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Tips for Answering Questions

  • Application-based questions require more time to read and think about more critically. 
  • Each question is worth one point.
  • Most questions require you to do one of the following:
    • Select the correct answer
    • Select the best answer
    • Complete a sentence
    • Determine if all of the answers are correct