Announced yesterday, all (graduate or Associate) members are now allowed to sit the relevant IStructE exam prior to passing the Professional Review Interview. This is one of the most significant changes to the membership procedure in recent IStructE history. It has not been confirmed how this affects those following the Mutual Recognition Route, but logically speaking it should not make a difference as it only exempts applicants from the Professional Review Interview.
If you do plan to sit the exam prior to applying for interview, then we recommend purchasing our IStructE Exam Guidance Pack, written by Ralph Pelly CEng MIStructE and former Chief Examiner Bob Wilson CEng FIStructE, to maximise your preparation and understand tips and tricks behind the exam. as well as checking our must-buy items in preparation for the exam.
With the potential for more candidates to sit the exam, this may potentially cause a step change in the pass rates, but it will require a few exam sittings to fully realise its impact.