Mainframe Technology Professional examinations

Terms & conditions for Acceptance of Candidates

The booking of a place on any Mainframe Technology Professional (MTP) examination implies and confirms acceptance of these conditions.

Bookings, cancellation and payment

  1. Payment of examination fees must be made prior to participation in an examination.
  2. Places booked on examinations may be cancelled up to fifteen days prior to commencement without penalty.
  3. Cancellations made less than fifteen days prior to commencement of an examination, or non-attendance, will be charged at the full rate.
  4. Candidates must bring their MTP examination notification to the examination venue, along with a photographic form of identification (e.g. passport, driving licence).

Late arrival

  1. If you arrive up to 15 minutes late for your examination you will normally be permitted to sit your exam. You will not be given any extra time and will finish along with all of the other candidates taking the same paper.
  2. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late you will not be permitted to sit the examination.

If English is not your first language you may use a paper dictionary, providing this is checked by the invigilator prior to the start of the examination. You will be responsible for providing your own paper dictionary which must not be shared with any other candidate.

Mainframe Technology Professional examinations appeals procedure

1. General

There may be circumstances in which candidates wish to have their examination results reappraised, and the procedures set out below are designed to ensure that such requests are dealt with in a fair and consistent way.

Appeals fall into three types:

a. those relating to extenuating circumstances external to the examination itself such as illness, non-attendance for good cause or conditions in the examination room;
b. those relating to the fairness of the examination questions or process,
c. those relating to the marking of a written examination.

Appeals under categories ‘a’ and ‘ b’ are dealt with in section 2, those under category ‘c’ in section 3.

All evidence available will be considered at the time of reaching a decision.

2. Appeals

2.1 Making an Appeal

A candidate may seek a review of a decision on the basis of evidence of extenuating circumstances that were not known to the examining body at the time of reaching a decision.

The candidate should provide a written request to the Examinations Manager not later than 4 weeks after the release of the examination results.

The appeal should be accompanied by a re-examination fee of £100.00 + VAT per examination which will be returned to the candidate if the appeal is upheld. The request should include the candidate's name, candidate number, the full title(s) of the examination(s) at issue and the date(s) taken.

The candidate should identify all the reasons for the appeal and provide full supporting evidence including a full medical report or other documentary evidence where appropriate.

2.2 Consideration of the Appeal

The case for appeal is considered initially by the Chairman of the Subject Board who will decide if there is a prima facie case. If so, he or she will decide what evidence should be provided to the Subject Board to enable it to consider the appeal. This will always include the candidate's documentary submission and may also include any or all of the following:

  • The examination result;
  • Examiners' or Invigilators' reports and any other papers related to the examination;
  • Additional input from the examiner(s) or invigilator requested by the Chairman in response to the appeal;
  • Any other evidence which the Chairman considers relevant.

The Subject Board must be quorate and shall include:

(a) The Chairman;
(b) A representative of the GSE (UK);
(c) The Chairman of the appropriate Examiners Panel, or his/her nominee.

In exceptional circumstances, the Subject Board may decide to interview one or more of the parties involved.

The results of the appeal will be recorded and the candidate notified in writing by the Examinations Manager. The decision of the Subject Board in either upholding or rejecting the appeal is final.

3. Re-marking written examinations

Examination scripts will not be remarked if they have already been double marked, or single marked and then reviewed.

The candidate should provide a written request to the Examinations Manager within 4 weeks of the release of the examination results.

The request should be accompanied by a fee of £100.00 per script, which will be returned to the candidate if the result is subsequently changed as a consequence of the re-assessment. The request should include the candidate's name, candidate number, the full title(s) of the paper(s) at issue and the date(s) sat.

The script will be re-assessed by a member of the Subject Board or Examiners Panel not previously responsible for the marking of the examination script.

The results of the re-assessment will be notified to the candidate in writing by the Examinations Manager. The mark arrived at as a result of the re-assessment will be final.