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Pass rates for adviser exam see drop in October sittings

Lachlan Maddock
26 November 2020 — 1 minute read

First-time pass rates dipped for the October exam, while second sitters saw slightly more success.

About 80.6 per cent of candidates sitting the exam for the first time passed the October exam, compared with 85.8 per cent across all exams. Sixty per cent of the advisers re-sitting the exam passed on their second attempt, compared with 57 per cent across all exams. The exam saw an overall pass rate of 76 per cent, compared with 83 per cent across all exams.

“FASEA congratulates successful candidates on completing an important component of their education requirements under the Corporations Act during the current extraordinary circumstances,” said FASEA chief Stephen Glenfield.


“The overall pass rate of 76 per cent may be attributed to several factors. Firstly, the October exam attracted a much smaller cohort of advisers in general, combined with a higher than usual proportion of re-sitters. For first-time exam sitters during October, the pass rate remained at the 80 per cent average.

Areas for improvement among unsuccessful candidates were concentrated in the sections “Financial Advice Regulatory and Legal Requirements” (including “assessing whether the adviser has appropriately scoped the advice” and “assessing whether advice recommendations meet the client’s best interests)” and “Applied Ethical and Professional Reasoning and Communication” (including “applying the Code of Ethics to advice scenarios identifying compliance and non-compliance” and “demonstrating an understanding of an adviser’s ethical obligations when advising on complex family structures”).

Over 1,000 advisers have registered for the January exam.

Pass rates for adviser exam see drop in October sittings
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