Sample Questions - The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Sample Questions


Sample questions with a range of learning outcomes for each unit are below. They show you the format and style of questions that you will encounter in an assessment. 

Indicative answer content is designed to show you how to best answer the questions. The answer content also provides references to CIPS course books where applicable and the relevant unit content reference.

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The exam format for each unit is listed: 

  • Diploma qualifications: three hours duration
  • Certificate qualifications: two hours duration.

    Certificate in procurement and supply operations

    NC1 - Principles
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    NC2 - Functions
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    NC3 - Processes
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    NC4 - Administration
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    NC5 - Stakeholders
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    Advanced certificate in procurement and supply operations

    AC1 - Environments
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    AC2 - Operations
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    AC3 - Workflow
    Practical written exam
    Answer content

    AC4 - Inventory and logistics
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    AC5 - Relationships
    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Sample MCQs

    Diploma in procurement and supply

    D1 - Contexts
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
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    D2 - Business needs
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    D3 - Sourcing
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    D4 - Negotiating and  contracting
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    D5 - Managing contracts and relationships
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    Advanced diploma in procurement and supply

    AD1 - Management
    Unseen case study
    Sample questions
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    AD2 - Managing risks
    Unseen case study
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    AD3 - Improving competitiveness
    Pre-released case studies
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    AD4 - Category management
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    AD5 - Sustainability
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
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    AD6 - Operations management
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
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    Professional diploma in procurement and supply

    PD1 - Leadership in procurement and supply
    Unseen case study
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    PD2 - Corporate and business strategy
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    PD3 - Strategic supply chain management
    Pre-released case study
    Sample questions
    Answer content

    PD4 - Supply chain diligence
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
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    PD5 - Programme and project management
    Exam questions
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    PD6 - Legal aspects in procurement and supply (UK)
    Exam questions
    Sample questions
    Answer content

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