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About CIBP™ Exam

Qualifying for the CIBP™ examination is key to becoming a CIBP™ Charterholder. Attaining the CIBP™ charter demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skillset necessary to grow in the Investment Banking profession.

IBCA recommends reading the exam guide (available on your myIBCA dashboard) and the examination policies thoroughly to ensure you have a successful exam experience and journey.

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About CIBP™ Exam

About CIBP™ Exam

Development of CIBP™ Exam

The CIBP™ examination is a product of industry expertise, crafted by professionals for professionals. Its content is a result of a comprehensive approach that combines insights from industry-wide surveys and contributions from our team of dedicated volunteer subject matter experts. This meticulous process ensures that the examination exceeds the industry's expected knowledge standards.

Our exam development team collaborates closely with subject matter experts in various stages, including focus groups, item writing sessions, and item review sessions. These experts contribute to the final review and approval of the CIBP™ main examination. To maintain the validity of exam results, IBCA regularly monitors exam performance, utilizing statistical analytical algorithms to calculate test scores. A passing score of 65% or higher is required to pass the CIBP™ exam, with awards determined using an algorithm that considers scaling, relative scoring, and difficulty parameters.

  • CIBP™ Exam Format

    Upon registering and making payment, IBCA grants a 365-day window to pass your CIBP™ examination. The CIBP™ exam consists of 50 questions, presented in a 90-minute multiple-choice single-answer format.

  • Exam Coverage

    The questions presented in the exam are thoughtfully designed to assess and validate the examinees' awareness and knowledge of essential concepts, processes, techniques, and methodologies employed in analyzing and decision-making within typical roles and positions in Investment Banking. For comprehensive details, please refer to this link.

  • Exam Scoring

    The CIBP™ exam operates on a pass-or-fail basis, with a minimum threshold of 65% correct answers required for qualification. However, award determinations utilize an algorithm that considers scaling, relative scoring, and the level of difficulty parameters.

  • Exam Mode

    The CIBP™ exam is conducted online and is monitored in real-time by a proctor. You have the flexibility to take the exam from any location, ensuring a private and secure environment that is free from distractions. Prior to taking the exam, please ensure that your computer is compliant with the ExamStrong™ standards.

Getting Acquainted With The CIBP™ Exam Policies

It is important to get familiar with the examination policies and the code of conduct that is expected from the examinees on exam day. The exam policies are in place to ensure a fair examination process and experience for all CIBP™ examinees. Examinees must agree to all the policies and procedures before they appear for the CIBP™ exam.

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System Requirements for the Digitally Proctored Exam

The CIBP™ exam is delivered on rigorous test delivery standards that allow candidates to take the exam from a secure and private environment of their choice and at their convenience. The security process and candidate check-in procedures and processes are equivalent to a test center. Through remote proctoring, the examination is monitored throughout the duration of the exam.

  • Browser & Internet Connection

    You must access the exam link from your myIBCA dashboard on the latest version of Google Chrome.

    (Recommended display: 1024 x 768)

    It is recommended to use a hard-wired/ Ethernet connection to your router to ensure a stable internet connection throughout the duration of the exam. A minimum of 1 Mbps speed is recommended for a smooth exam experience.

    It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that the exam runs smoothly and that the internet speed is conducive to completing the examination. In the event the exam interrupts and cannot be completed due to bandwidth issues at the candidate’s end, the candidates can join back the exam by refreshing the window within a certain time limit. If unable to join back the exam session in time, the exam will automatically get submitted at the last saved response.

  • Webcam

    Your computer/ laptop must have a working webcam to be able to take a clear photo of your photo ID at the time of check-in.

    Only a webcam and a mouse are allowed as external accessories connected to your computer/ laptop. Ensure any other Bluetooth accessory is disconnected before you start your exam.

  • Firewall Restrictions

    If you are taking the CIBP™ exam on a work computer or from your workplace, please ensure there is no employer firewall restriction and you have all the Admin rights on your computer/ laptop.

    You will also need to ensure you are logged out of all applications and platforms. If there are any notifications or pop-ups during the exam, your exam will automatically get terminated.

What to Expect on Your Exam Day

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