Candidates can sit the exams in a number of ways:

Remotely, via the Internet - secure, proctored (invigilated) exams can be taken wherever in the world the candidates are located, using Webex technology.

In person in the UK - by attending a scheduled examination at an authorised exam centre.

At your place of work - examinations can be run for groups of 6 - 20 candidates, all that is required is a suitable ‘classroom’ equipped with PC with Internet access.  MTP will provide an authorised proctor (invigilator) to manage the exam, at no additional cost to the host.

By using a simple web based interface the MTP exam system enables candidates to easily demonstrate their mainframe expertise. For more details on all these options, please e-mail

How does it work?

MTP examinations are made up of a number of modules, each module covering one subject area e.g. JCL or TSO. Each module is comprised of up to two question styles, multiple choice and complition questions.

Multiple choice

Each multiple choice question is made up of a statement giving the context of the question and then five further statements that must be marked as being true or false.

Marks are achieved for each statement marked true or false correctly.  Marking is weighted so that extra credit is earned for getting all five statements correct.


Completion questions are 'fill-in-the-blank' questions.  A typical completion question will contain a number of screenshots followed by statements that must be completed.  Each 'blank' must be filled, e.g. if the 'blank' allows five characters, the answer will be five characters long (this is prevent an abbreviation being marked as incorrect).

Multiple screenshots can be navigated by using a simple selector - this can be seen in the example shown.


Completion questions are also used in modules requiring the demonstration of programming skills, for example COBOL programming.