Tuesday, 7 July 2015

D 2015 results for various types of candidates

The D paper of 2015 was taken by candidates that never sat any Pre-Exam ("from the old system"), and candidates that passed one of the Pre-Exam in 2012, 2013 or 2014 (the latter possibly after a correction of the results for statement 10.4 after successful appeals).

It gives the following numbers:

D 2015 Pre 2014 Never Pre All non-0
#sitting D (non-zero) 428 325 985
#passes D  322 110 554
#passes+comp fail D  353 151 667
#compfail D 31 325 113
#fail D (non-zero) 75 174 318
#fail D (zero) 8 27 44
#passes D  75% 34% 56%
#passes+comp fail D  82% 46% 68%
#compfail D 7% 100% 11%
#fail D (non-zero) 18% 54% 32%

Thus, of all 985 candidates that sat paper D in 2015, 428 passed the Pre-Exam in 2014 - this group had a pass rate of 75%, whereas 325 candidates from the old system has a poor pass rate of only 34%.

(The remaining 985-428-325=232 candidates that passed Pre-Exam 2012 or Pre-Exam 2013 and sat Paper D fir the first time, or -a few of them- sat paper D for the second time)

Any comments are welcome.

Roel, 7 July 2015


  1. You can pass "Pee-exams" (see second line of post), but that is a very different test to the EQE. ;)

    1. Oops. Typo. Corrected. Thx. ;-)

    2. The pre exam seems to have the desired effect!
      But it seems that the number of "compfail" candidates for "never pre" is wrong. there are more candidates in this column than the total number of "compfail D" candidates, resulting in compfail% of 100% for this group?

  2. StatsStatsStats9 July 2015 at 18:11

    I wonder how much this is really an effect of having the pre-exam? Those that sat the pre-exam in 2014 are first time sitters this year and the pass rate has always been higher for first time sitters. Candidates that never sat a pre-exam must first have sat the main exam several years ago (2012 I think?), hence they have most likely re-sat D several times by now, and the failure rate for those candidates is much higher.

    It would be interesting to compare the numbers above to statistics from, say, the 2011 paper D results: in 2011 what percentage of first-time sitters passed compared to candidates who first sat the EQEs in 2008. If it comes out with similar numbers then I'm not sure we can really chalk it up to the pre-exam!

  3. Speaking as someone who took the pre-exam and later sat and passed D on the first try: I can say that the pre-exam does have a positive effect. I sat the D paper the year after I passed the pre-exam. I had already gone through the articles and rules of the EPC when studying for the pre-exam and this greatly aided my preparation for the D paper. I believe the pre-exam can have a hugely positive effect (mainly for paper D) but you really have to sit the D paper immediately after passing the pre-exam. I think it is crazy that some candidates take papers A and B only after passing the pre-exam.