Although hiring an Assessor is often a cost effective solution, it does have its downside. The Assessor is often paid on a contingency basis, which means that the company offering the review and/or correction charges, will pay the person being tested for a fee. In some cases this is cheaper than paying someone else to do the test and correction.
So, if the company says they cannot offer you a free exam paper due to your circumstances, how do you get it done? Go to your Assessor and simply ask them to order the test from the company holding the exams. Most companies are more than happy to help you out. Usually this is no more than sending you a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with instructions to send it back via Registered Mail. Just make sure you complete it!
If you decide to pay someone to do it for you, there are some things you should be aware of before you do so. First of all, you should always pay someone in person. Some companies only allow online payment, but it is not uncommon for them to receive your payment via fax. Always ask these companies first before agreeing to pay someone to do a SASE for you. They should be able to explain in detail their process for receiving payments and making payments to you.
Second, even though they may be able to pay someone to do a SASE for you, it is a very good idea to have a backup paper just in case. Having a copy of your exam paper will let you keep track of exactly what you paid for it and exactly what the examiners have ordered it to be sent to. It may also give you the option of sending them a new copy of the exam paper without having to pay the full amount for it all over again. It might cost you more to get a new SASE, but it may save you money in the long run by being able to buy a new textbook or another subject book that you need for the semester.
A final consideration about paying someone to do a SASE for you is to make sure you completely understand all of their terms and conditions before signing anything. Most companies will require you to pay for the exam paper through your bank account and give you 10 days to return the completed exam paper with your payment. Make sure you thoroughly read this so that you don’t end up paying for something you didn’t expect. If a company demands that you pay for the exam paper through your bank, find out exactly what their policies are for accepting payments through that method.
If a company wants to help you with your finances and make sure you are properly prepared for taking your test, they should offer to send you the results via email. This is the most convenient way for a company to do this since you won’t have to wait for the mail to deliver it, plus it guarantees that they received the exam paper and will use it for the test. However, if a company chooses to send you the results by fax or email, you can always demand a postdated check with your payment so that you can go ahead and look at the exam immediately. The last thing you want is to get your test the day before it is due to be mailed out, and then find out that you can’t take it because you didn’t mail it in on time.
Don’t let a company bully you into letting them get your money without giving you a choice as to how you will receive it. Always insist on a method of delivery that ensures your exam paper is received the day it is due, or you may not be able to take the test. There are many other options out there, including online payment or mailing in the exam paper yourself. Ask your test centre what methods they prefer or do some research yourself to find a better option for your circumstances. There’s no need to suffer when you’ve made the right decision.