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1 MDI-01 EXAM PREPARATION & ADVICE DIPLOMA

2 1. EXAM STRUCTURE AND MARKING SCHEME The MDI-01 exam is 3 hours in duration and has a total of 200 marks available and carry a pass mark of 55% (110 marks to pass). Module MDI-01 Structure Part I: Answer 14 compulsory questions from chapters 1-12 Part II: Answer 2 out of 4 available questions from chapters 7-12 Marks available Part I: 140 marks available (70% of all available marks) Part II: 60 marks available (30% of all available marks) Questions in Part I of the exam (numbered 1 14) These are short answer questions but do require detail to obtain maximum marks They relate to all parts of the syllabus and to topics discussed in all chapters of the study text They are normally a mixture of K or U or A type questions but will predominantly be K or U type questions (see section 6 on Key Words) Among the 14 questions, a number of short scenarios / problems may be asked which will not be overly complex. In scenario / problem questions from Part I, you are required to apply legal principles to a given situation, such as a disputed insurance claim / advise one of the parties involved. The examiner is essentially looking for an understanding of the law and the ability to apply it to the particular facts given. Question in Part II of the exam (numbered 15 18) These are longer style essay questions They relate to insurance specific topics discussed in Chapters 7 12 of the study text The scenarios / problems presented to students are likely to be more complicated than those in Part I of the exam and could involve several issues. As previously mentioned, the examiner is essentially looking for an understanding of the law and the ability to apply it to the particular facts given. Study Tip Consult the III s Learning Style quiz by logging on to iiiconnect via the Member Area Login at to identify your preferred method of study. Stay on iiiconnect to read our MDI Study Skills support on study systems and styles, reading skills and time management. The Insurance Institute of Ireland

3 2. MAKING THE BEST USE OF THE SAMPLE/PAST EXAM PAPERS Sitting sample or past exam papers is a really good way of practicing your exam technique, building your confidence and highlighting areas you may need to focus on. The following points indicate how to get the most out of this exercise. Only attempt the sample/past papers once you have completed your initial study of the textbook. Handwrite your answers to practice writing over a sustained period of time, something you may not do very often. Pay attention to the structure and marking scheme of your exam when attempting these papers. Test yourself objectively, i.e. attempt these papers under timed exam conditions and see if you can complete all of the required questions to the standard you would like within the 3 hour limit allocated for your exam. Only refer to the exemplar answers once you've completed the paper. After you have identified areas for further improvement, ensure that you allow yourself sufficient time to revise any areas of the textbook which require further study. After you have identified areas for further improvement, ensure that you allow yourself sufficient time to revise any areas of the textbook which require further study. 3. PREPARING FOR THE ACTUAL DAY OF THE EXAM Be certain of the date and exact time of the examination. Know where your exam is going to take place and allow plenty of time to get there. Before an exam, list everything you will need on the day that you are permitted to bring (exam permit, identification, pencils / pens, calculator, watch, etc.). Make sure you bring all of these important items on the day. You should be aware that certain items, such as mobile phones, are not permitted into the exam centre. Be prepared to either leave these at home or hand them into the team of invigilators at the centre. At the exam centre, try to remain calm and confident - as you sit waiting for your paper, remind yourself that you know the exam, you know what s required and that examiners want you to pass. 4. JUST BEFORE THE EXAM After you have registered with the invigilation team at the centre, locate your assigned seat for the exam. Make sure you are comfortable and have all of the necessary materials you need on your desk. The invigilator will make pre-exam announcements-you should listen carefully to these announcements. The invigilators will then distribute the exam papers. As obvious as this may seem, you should make sure that you have received the correct exam paper at this point. Read the instructions on the paper carefully. This may help you to avoid careless errors. The Insurance Institute of Ireland

4 5. SUGGESTED TIMINGS FOR YOUR EXAM Time management on the day of your exam is crucial. A suggested approach, that you may find useful, is outlined below. However feel free to develop your own timings when working through the sample/past papers. Task Time used Time left Read the exam instructions 5 mins 175 mins Read parts I and II of the paper 5 mins 170 mins Underline key words and make brief notes 15 mins 155 mins Expand notes and plan answers for Part I 10 mins 145 mins Answer all questions in Part I 75 mins 70 mins Expand notes and plan answers for Part II 10 mins 60 mins Answer 2 questions in Part II 45 mins 15 mins Review your answers for clarity 15 mins 0 mins 6. KEY WORDS - WHAT A QUESTION IS ASKING At least one of these key words feature in every question of your examination paper. They signify the level and type of detail you are expected to provide in your answers. Some key terms (e.g. State and List ) are asking you to demonstrate your knowledge to the examiner. Others (e.g. Discuss and Illustrate ) are prompting you to expand on your knowledge to show that you fully understand what you have learned and can apply such knowledge and understanding to real-life scenarios. The following key words are used in diploma level papers: Identify (K): Identify the facts requested in the question without any further elaboration. State (K): Write down the facts concisely. A brief factual report with no explanation or opinion. List (K): Write down bullet points not an essay. Brief. Define (K): State in precise terms (quote legal definitions if appropriate). A summary of all essential elements with no interpretation. Outline (K): Identify the key features don t elaborate. A concise description of the main features of a complex area. Explain (K/U): Give clear reasoning don t restate the question. A clear and comprehensive account of a subject area including the features, results and consequences in context. Describe (U): Give a detailed account of the main features with examples. Discuss (U/A): Give a considered view setting out both sides of the case. A full reasoned argument of both sides of a topic. Apply (A): Put a theory or framework into practical operation in a given situation; noting its relevance, applicability or when it would require modification. Demonstrate (U/A): Show how a theory manifests itself in a particular scenario. Illustrate (A): Give actual examples of a given theory in practice. Calculate (A): Solve a given problem by using a mathematical procedure. Differentiate (U/A): Identify the key characteristics of each concept and highlight differences. A contrasting explanation of concepts and topics. Justify (U/A): Discuss (as defined above) and choose one side of an argument, citing a justification for this. The Insurance Institute of Ireland

5 7. TIPS FOR APPROACHING DIFFERENT QUESTION TYPES Short Answer Questions Review the key word used in the question to see how the question should be answered Provide an answer which matches the requirements of the key word, i.e. if the key word asks you to list certain items, simply list these items without further elaboration; conversely, if the key word asks you to explain a certain point you should be aware that a more detailed response is required. Essay Questions Answer the question asked Plan your answer Provide analysis and fact Structure your answer appropriately, and Provide a conclusion i.e. summarise your arguments. Scenario / Problem Questions Read the question thoroughly Answer the questions asked Apply the law and insurance principle to the facts, and Structure your answer appropriately. 8. SOME TIPS ON STUDYING LAW Studying law is perhaps one of the most challenging areas that a student can embark on. This is because law is such a vast area with development on a regular basis. In law exams, there is not always a right or wrong answer. It is important that you show you know what types of issues you are being asked about. The examiner will want to see evidence that you understand the topic you are writing about. It is important for students to be familiar with statutes and cases as the Irish legal system is based on legislation and case law. One of the most important requirements for answering questions on insurance law is that you must be able to back up the points you make with authority, usually either through a case or statute. It helps to give the impression that you know your material thoroughly, rather than half-heartedly. Acquire the habit of identifying and grasping the essential points. You will only have a limited number of months to study and prepare for the examination. Having a time management plan will give you a means of allocating effort and using your time efficiently. You should plan the calendar of your study carefully. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail. Do I need to learn hundreds of legal cases including all the case names and dates? No. You do not have to learn cases as such. However, it is crucial and imperative that you build up an understanding of the principles that have been established through case law, and especially through the leading or landmark cases. It is not crucial to learn the exact dates of cases, though it is useful you know whether it is a recent or an old case. It is very much acceptable to state In an old case mere vulgar abuse and insults, however unpleasant, cannot constitute defamation, or In a recent case a person who suffers nervous shock which results in psychiatric illness may succeed against a person who caused the nervous shock. The Insurance Institute of Ireland

6 Knowing the names of cases makes you look more knowledgeable. If you do forget a name, referring briefly to principles / facts will identify it. Obviously, you may obtain additional marks for the name and date of relevant cases, but you will not lose many marks if you cannot. How much of the facts of a case do I need to remember? The most important aspect of any case to remember is the principle(s) which the case established or illustrates. The precise facts of the cases are not much important in themselves. However, you may need to know the facts of certain cases in some detail in order to explain the principle of a case and in order to judge whether it applies to a scenario in a question from Part I or Part II of the paper. Examples of these types of cases are Rylands v. Fletcher (1868), Donoghue v. Stevenson (1932), Leyland Shipping v. Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society (1918). You will need to describe the facts of a case in the exam only when this is necessary in order to explain properly the underlying principle of law, or when you are specifically asked to do so. 9. IMPORTANT EXAMINER FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS EXAMINATIONS We've collated examiner reports and feedback from previous written exams to highlight key pieces of exam technique which can prove the difference between success and failure. Be focused and stay relevant Don t waste time by writing out the question before the answer. This is unnecessary and will not attract any marks from the examiner. Clearly numbering the answers will be sufficient and will save time. Familiarise yourself with the key words so that you can easily identify what is being asked of you and how you should frame your answer. To focus your mind on what's required in your answer take the time to underline the important concepts/ information in the question. Keep referring back to the question as you work through your answer to ensure that you're providing all of the information requested-answer the question asked, not the question you would have liked to have been asked. A long response to one element of a question will not compensate for another being completely overlooked. You don t have to answer questions in the order they appear on the paper just be sure to clearly label each answer. Manage your time effectively Correctly managing your time within the exam can have a dramatic effect on your final result. Stick to your plan and bear the following points in mind: Only answer the required number of questions on the paper. If you've time to complete extra then you haven't achieved the quality required in your answers. Only spend the allocated amount of time on each question, then move on to the next one. By spending too long on any one question, you are losing the opportunity to gain marks that could be earned on another question. The Insurance Institute of Ireland

7 If a question simply asks you to state, list or identify certain pieces of information, this can be quickly presented in bullet point form without the need for elaboration. If a question asks you to explain, discuss or describe a particular point or theory it is likely that this will have a higher mark allocation and require a more detailed response from you. If you find that you are running out of time, use bullet points to record as much of an answer as possible. It is better to say something rather than nothing at all. Plan, structure and review your answers A good plan and structure to your answers will allow you to showcase your knowledge and understanding to the examiner. The following points are worth practicing and keeping in mind on exam day. For questions which require elaboration or discussion, note the different parts of the question, sort these into a logical sequence and then check that you have covered all relevant points. Ensure that you include rough work and / or notes in your exam script. If you run out of time at the end of an exam, you may refer examiners back to these notes to show that you have at least covered the main points and marks can be awarded for this. Where a question asks for a specific number of points, you cannot obtain full marks if you fail to provide the number of points requested. For example, if a question asks you to "List five standard market exclusions", ensure that you provide the five exclusions. Examiners can't assume knowledge so you should remember to write down all facts, even ones that may seem so obvious that they aren't worth mentioning. If a question involves a calculation, remember your exam is about insurance not mathematics; if your answer doesn t make sense, it s likely that you ve made a mistake. If you feel you may have made a mistake in a calculation, do still complete the question in full. If the final calculation is wrong but your logic or method is right, you will still get the majority of the marks available. Don t worry about what others are doing e.g. if someone is asking for more paper very often - don t panic - the size of people s writing differs, some people only write on every second line or every second page. Presentation Examiners welcome answers which make their work simpler. This can be achieved by neat presentation, short sentences and a different paragraph to illustrate each point. Headings are also very helpful. Make sure that your writing is legible so that the examiner can award marks if relevant. Don t use tippex as it takes too long to dry. Instead, simply cross it out clearly. The Insurance Institute of Ireland

8 You will not lose any marks for things such as grammar, spelling or punctuation. You don t have to answer questions in the order they appear on the paper but you should carefully and clearly label each question so the examiner can easily identify which response is related to which question. Use the grid on the front of your script to signify the questions answered to the examiner. 10. EXTRA SUPPORT If you have any queries on anything you've read in this guide, or in any other learning support, please contact Member Services at (01) or and they will be happy to assist you. The Insurance Institute of Ireland

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