eEQE - Venue of the EQE

eEQE - Venue of the EQE

by - Anonymous -
Number of replies: 1

The proposal in eEQE is to continue with writing the EQE at home or in an office, monitoroed by webcam, as has been done in the last EQE 2021 on pandemic reasons. Although this might save a lot of money, the question is how reliable monitoring is and if reputation of the examination could be damaged by that. Is there any other serious final examination in the contracting states where sitting at home is possible? The other question is if cost-benefit-analysis can have the lead for changing an examination that is the key for our profession.  

In reply to - Anonymous

Re: eEQE - Venue of the EQE

by - Anonymous -
In my view, the downsides of writing exams at home are currently big and do not outweigh the upsides thereof.
According to the author(s) of the discussion paper, sitting an exam under constant supervision of AI tools is very stressful for the candidates so that each part of the exam should not be longer than 2 hours. However, in my view, a 2 hour exam reduces much of the complexity of possible questions and is not suitable for real life problems.
In addition to that, when writing at home the organizational burden of the exam is fully on the candidates and increases the stress level.
For this reason, going back to exam centers or other suitable locations seems to be appropriate for maintaining the standards of the EQE and reducing the burden on the candidates.
Apart from that, I think writing the EQE electronically is a huge step forward. Candidates are used to typing and sitting in front of a computer screen for 8 hours a day at work. They are in fact not used to writing long handwritten texts.
Overall, I think the electronic form of the EQE should be kept but the exam should be written in exam centers again.