The examination is three hours long and takes place in May/June and October/November each year at the student's place of work or at RNIB in Peterborough.
Students need to be responsible for ensuring that the Perky Duck software is installed correctly, with the specified settings and page size. Students will also need to find an invigilator to monitor their exam and to whom RNIB will send the exam papers (unless the exam is being taken at RNIB).
The pass marks are A-E. Grades F and below are a fail, but students can pay again to retake the exam as many times as they wish.
On passing, students will be accredited with an RNIB Unified English Braille course certificate.
The examination comprises two papers:
- Part A tests reading and comprehension skills on a passage of braille.
- Part B involves transcribing a passage of printed text into braille.
If, for any reason, the final examination cannot be taken on the date specified then it can be deferred to the next available exam date. If the desired grade is not achieved then the examination may be taken again for an additional fee.