Nearly 1,300 people passed the October sitting of the Mortgage Advice Qualification, taking the total number of qualification holders to 11,162.
A total of 2,352 candidates have sat the exam to date, with 5,220 entries planned for the two remaining exam sessions in 2002.
To help candidates to pass MAQ, administering body the Chartered Insurance Institute is offering individuals access at a special introductory rate of £50 (normal price £110) to its interactive MAQ training material, which is available via the institute's online education service ed.
CII qualifications director Lucy Courtenay says: “We want people to pass MAQ at the first attempt and we have enhanced our range of study options and revision aids in 2002 to provide advisers with the best chance of success. There is, however, no substitute for proper preparation. My advice to those who are sitting MAQ in December is to make sure your studies have covered all areas of the syllabus and that you are fully prepared for the exam.”
Applicants for the MAQ exam can download case study questions and model answers on the CII website (www.cii.org.uk) for £6+VAT.