MSP Frequently Asked Questions
Why were the MSP qualification names changed?
The MSP qualifications were updated and re-written in line with the release of the updated manual published by TSO in September 2007. As the manual was being refreshed, the examinations themselves had a major update to both content and style. Those within the MSP community have suggested that ‘Intermediate’ was not an appropriate name for the examination and so APMG took the opportunity of the launch of the update manual and exams to implement the changes to the names of the qualifications.
What were the MSP qualification names changed to?
The changes are as follows:
- Foundation Examination – no change, this is still called the Foundation
- Intermediate Examination – this is now known as the Practitioner
- Practitioner Examination – this is now known as the Advanced Practitioner
What happens if I have gained an MSP qualification before the name change?
You will maintain your current qualification, but in line with the new naming structure, APMG will
update all of their websites, including the successful candidate register, to show the qualification you
hold under the new name. If you wish to update your CV and any other marketing material then
you may do this with the name changed as appropriate.
Can I get a new certificate showing the MSP qualification name change?
APMG will not automatically be issuing new certificates to show the name change on them. If
you would like one of these, they are available to order from APMG at a cost of £15 + VAT. If you
would like to order a certificate, please email the service desk on firstname.lastname@example.org
detailing your name, address, date of exam, candidate number and training organisation you sat
the exam with (if applicable).
Has the style of the MSP examinations changed?
The Foundation examination has not changed in the style or format. The paper will remain a
simple multiple choice style, closed book examination consisting of 50 questions to be completed
within 40 minutes. Candidates need to achieve a mark of 30+ to pass the paper.
The Practitioner examination has been changed to an objective marking style, closed book paper: The paper consists of 8 questions, each ten line items long, with a 50% pass mark (40 marks out of a possible 80). The exam is 2.5 hours long.
The Advanced Practitioner examination remains an essay based, open book paper. The paper
consists of up to 3 questions with a total of 75 marks available to be completed within 2 hours.
Candidates need to achieve a mark of 38+ to pass the paper.
In what order must I complete the MSP exams?
The MSP Foundation examination must be passed prior to the MSP Practitioner examination being
taken. Likewise, the MSP Practitioner examination must be attempted prior to the Advanced
Practitioner examination being taken.
What does objective marking mean?
Objective marking is an advanced type of multiple choices testing where candidates have to
demonstrate understanding and application to be able to arrive at their answer. It has been
developed based on the ‘Blooms Taxonomy’ model of questioning which an internationally
recognised question method is used for examinations.