What is the Assessment Format for CDCS?

Assessment for CDCS consists of a 3 hour multiple-choice examination, designed to test knowledge and its application to practical situations. The examination paper consists of 70 multiple-choice questions, 3 in-basket case studies and 3 document checking simulations. The examination paper is split into 2 sections: 

  • Section A - 60 multiple-choice questions
  • Section B - 10 multiple-choice questions, three in-basket exercises each with five linked multiple-choice questions, and three simulation exercises

CDCS is examined in over 40 countries each year with examinations given in paper format at designated international centres.

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Test Your Knowledge

The CDCS examiners have designed a short online quiz to give you an idea of the type of standalone multiple-choice questions asked and the level of knowledge needed to be successful in the CDCS examination. CDCS mini quiz.