Structure of the final assessment Tips from Jon Lever FRICS

Structure of the final assessment
At the assessment centre you must first register with the RICS reception administrators who will direct you to the waiting room. When it’s time, you will be asked to go to your interview room. Usually there are three assessors including the chairman, but there may only be two. The Structure is key chairman explains the assessment process and then you deliver your presentation, followed by 5 to 10 minutes of questions on your Case Study and presentation. Then 30 minutes of knowledge and experience based questions focusing on your declared competencies.
Finally, the chairman covers the RICS Rules of Conduct and Ethics, these can also appear throughout the assessment.
At the end of the assessment the chairman will give you the opportunity for any last comments and, if appropriate, revisits any questions that were passed over during the interview.
The RICS informs you of the assessment result at a later date.
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3. Prepare for the Final Assessment day
Sitting the final assessment is stressful, understanding what to expect will help.  It is a good idea to visit the assessment centre beforehand and test such things as

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journey time and parking. You cannot be late for the final assessment! Prepare a checklist so that when you get nervous on the day you don’t forget anything. Absolutely anything in your submission documents can be the basis of questioning during your interview, so make sure you put in the preparation time and regularly review your declared competencies and submission documents.

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  1. Prepare your presentation thoroughly
    Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation. I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this. If you bring a flipchart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is practise to polish your performance and get your timings right.

2. Practise your presentation
You will be required to deliver your ten minute Case Study presentation at the beginning of the Final Assessment Interview. You will be expected to deliver an excellent and professional presentation, with well-produced verbal communication, top quality visual aids (if you are using any) good eye contact, good body language, clarity of thought and structure, professional and polite delivery and ensuring you can demonstrate top quality skill and awareness of the needs of your audience.  So often candidates don’t do well here so here is your chance to excel and stand out from the crowd.

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Preparing for the Final Assessment
Prepare a checklist so that when you get nervous on the day you don’t forget anything. Absolutely anything in your submission documents can be the basis of questioning during your interview, so

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Does the RICS expect the candidate to be perfect in the final APC exam?

Question: “Does the RICS expect the candidate to be perfect in the final APC final APC exam?exam? In other words, why would a candidate fail at the final APC?”

Answer: Firstly let’s just clear up one thing at the outset and that is the APC Final Assessment IS NOT AN EXAM.  It is an EXPERIENTIAL BASED ASSESSMENT which is quite different.  I find a lot of candidates think it the APC is something you can revise a few weeks before and hopefully your questions come up.  This could not be any further from the truth!

I will try and explain…

You are attending an interview with three other professionally Chartered Surveyors to discuss your Knowledge (Level 1) Skill and Ability through examples of application and advice (Level 2 and 3).  This means that you need to know what the competency means and the depth and breadth of knowledge is important, but when taking a competency to a higher level then you must be able to discuss it, offering in depth examples of where YOU have had the experience and offered the advice relevant to the competency.

For example:

If a competency you have selected has 10 steps from beginning to end, you should be able to:

level1 Know the ten steps to complete the process and be able to discuss each step from a knowledge and process perspective.  Know the principles, parameters and key criteria without having to go back to the books or codes of practice etc.

level2 You should be able to discuss YOUR real life experiences from a range of different project types explaining how you have actually done each of the steps.


level3
If and when discussing with a client about a relevant solution to a problem / challenge they have, you should be able to discuss with them and advise a suitable (CORRECT) solution to cover each step.  This advice should be based upon and taken from your experiences you have had at Level 2. Assessors are also looking to see how YOU will conduct yourself and therefore presentation, communication and professional conduct also feature high in the assessment.

If you treat your panel as if you were attending a progress meeting with a Lay Client and that you are on your best professional behavior with your client’s interest foremost in your mind and able to explain and discuss yourself professionally and succinctly you won’t go far wrong.

So you can see the APC Final Assessment is a simple process of a candidate convincing a panel of professional Chartered Surveyors that they are a ‘Safe Pair of Hands’ and should they achieve their Chartered Status and wish to set up their Interviewown practice they know their business and they understand how they are expected to conduct themselves and not bring themselves, the institution and all other Chartered Surveyors into disrepute.

Assessors DO NOT expect candidates to be experts in every competency they declare but they DO expect candidates to have made the effort to have fully understood and taken steps to experience the depth and breadth of their declared competencies.

The APC Final Assessment is NOT EASY, it is not meant to be, it is a professional interview which for the successful candidate demonstrates to other Chartered Surveyors and the world of business that you have met the grade and can be trusted to be professional in all that you do.

Unfortunately candidates get referred at the Final Assessment because of a lack of understanding of the process, competencies and a lack of experience so they are unable to demonstrate their ability. If this is brought into question during the final assessment interview because a candidate is unable to discuss the exam positiveitybasics as laid down in the competencies then the assessors will not be willing to pass the candidate as you would expect.  You would be surprised how many candidates come forward for assessment who think they can demonstrate a Level 3 competency by just having the outline knowledge without any real experience of it!

In the 15 years I have been assessing this is a constant issue and I often say that about 50% to 60% of candidates I see at the interview are poor.  This percentage is much higher at the mock interviews I provide, but thankfully they are mocks and demonstrate to these individuals the gaps they have in their knowledge and experience.

druids_stonehengeI sat and achieved my APC Final Assessment and Chartered Status nearly 20 years ago and I am as proud today as the day I achieved it and I believe that is what it is all about it is a mind-set that should always be growing and developing ensuring that everything we do is done to the best of our ability.

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the gaps they have in their knowledge and experience.

I sat and achieved my APC Final Assessment and Chartered Status nearly 20 years ago and I am as proud today as the day I achieved it and I believe that is what it is all about it is a mind-set that should always be growing and developing ensuring that everything we do is done to the best of our ability.

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