The examination is analysis-oriented that measures the candidates’ knowledge of important basic concepts and skills in relation to the areas mentioned in the syllabi.
Each part consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and two essays or long problems. A total of four hours is allotted to complete the examination, but in no case will the MCQ part go beyond the first three hours. As the candidate closes the MCQ part, (s)he will proceed to the essay part only upon garnering at least 50% correct responses in the MCQ part. Otherwise, the candidate shall be considered to have failed the exam part taken.
The essay part consists of two long problems and normally have about 4-5 subset of questions each.
The passing mark is 360 out of the possible 500 points.
The exam parts may be taken in any order. If the candidate so desires, (s)he may take both parts in one testing window, but each exam part may be taken only once per testing window. Candidates must register to take one exam part within the first 12 months of entering the program and must complete both exam parts within three years.