EMAs: your insider guide

You’ve worked hard studying the module textbook and you want your End of Module Assessment (EMA) grade to reflect your commitment Example of a Certificate of Achievmentand knowledge. Get to know what the IET’s assessors are looking for.

In this section you’ll find:

  • Tony’s 12 Golden Rules for a distinction
  • A sample EMA so you know what to expect
  • The answers to the sample EMA, so you can see what the assessors look for

If you still have questions, please call the EDA team on 020 3141 7350 and we’d be happy to help.

Pass, Credit or Distinction

The EMA comprises:

  • 10 multiple choice questions
  • 5 short answer questions
  • 2 detailed research essays

Your EMA (which you should complete on a computer) is marked by the assessors at the IET. If you’re successful, you’ll be awarded a:

  • Pass (60% – 69%)
  • Credit (70% – 79%) or
  • Distinction (80% – 100%)

and receive a personalised Certificate of Achievement, confirming the programme’s City & Guilds accredited status.

10 weeks

That’s how long you have to work through your text book and to complete the EMA.  Typically, that’s 8 weeks to work through the textbook – which is yours to keep – and 2 weeks to work through the Assessment.

Here’s a reminder of the important points about the EMA:

  1. Your EMA is not sent to you automatically. It is requested by email by your manager at any point in the 8 weeks. Managers:  please keep checking in with the learner in your team to find out when they are ready to do the EMA.
  2. Your EMA is an open book assessment. You can refer to the module textbook, and to other resources both online and printed, during the EMA.
  3. Your EMA should be completed electronically. It is a fillable PDF. The IET will email the EMA to the Manager.
  4. Some questions require drawings or circuit diagrams:
    • Complete these on a separate sheet as neatly as possible;
    • Write your  full name, the module title and the question number on each separate sheet submitted;
    • Scan and attach to the e-mail when the EMA is returned for marking.
  5. Missing your deadline could mean a fail. If your EMA is not returned within the 10 weeks, and no extension has been requested or granted, it will be graded ‘Fail due to non-return.’
  6. You’ll receive the results of your EMA 4 – 6 weeks after you’ve returned it. Some EMAs go through moderation, which adds a bit of time. Moderation is no reflection of your Assessment performance, it is an extra benchmarking process to ensure that the marking process is fair for all.

Tony’s 12 Golden Rules for a distinctionTony Hicks of the IET

The IET’s Tony Hicks leads the assessors who mark your End of Module Assessments (EMA).

Here Tony gives you his top tips for aiming high and securing the 80% or more you’ll need to secure that top mark.

  1. Before starting the EMA, read the textbook at least twice and do the ‘Test Your Knowledge’ questions in each chapter.
  2. Only request the EMA when you are confident that you fully understand the textbook. You have 10 weeks to work through the textbook and to complete the EMA.
  3. You do not have to complete the EMA in one go, so take your time. Rush, and it will show in your answers.
  4. The EMA is ‘Open Book’, so you can use your textbook and other resources such as websites, manufacturer catalogues and so on. Consider each question carefully, then locate the subject in your textbook and read about the topic to reinforce your understanding.
  5. Type your answer (or complete a diagram) and check it against the textbook. Use your own words to further reinforce your understanding.
  6. Keep drawings or diagrams neat and tidy. Clearly label all components and complete any calculations as needed.
  7. If you don’t fully understand a question after referring to your textbook, answer as well as you can. You’ll get no marks if you leave it blank.
  8. Read and reread the question. Answer the question in the EMA, not the question you thought you’d read.
  9. Your textbook has all you need for maximum marks but any additional research that you complete will help.
  10. The answer space expands as you type, so you won’t run out of space. Aim for 100 words to answer the short questions, and around 500 words for the long questions. More or fewer is OK and you could get full marks if you hit the right words.
  11. Check that you’ve answered every EMA question. Have you done all you can?
  12. Your work is assessed by a suitably qualified person. If you put too much into your answer, go off track, or it is not set out neatly, it will be more difficult for them to award full marks and it might appear that you do not fully understand the question.

Download a sample EMA

Front cover of the sample EMAClick on the front cover and open the PDF file to see how the structure and sample content. Remember to complete your EMA on a computer.

Now view the answers

Once you’ve had a look through the sample EMA (the questions are pulled from a cross section of modules so don’t worry if you can’t answer them all), here are the answers so you can see what the assessors are looking for.

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