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The home stretch - those three critical weeks before your exam. Here's some help


We're not unsure about how you should tackle the three weeks before the exam. What is your plan for those golden three weeks?

Plan to pass
You've heard the saying 'if you fail to plan, you plan to fail'. The good news is that there is still time for you to work out a plan that will guarantee a pass. In short, you will drastically improve your chances of passing if you plan to finish studying the syllabus content at least three weeks prior to the exam and then spend the remaining three weeks focusing on question practice.

Shorter period, more often

Students leave most studying until the last two weeks. Many take study leaves now and try to cram in as much theory as they can into two weeks. We advise against this. Study for shorter periods more often and ensure your study process consists of learning and question practice.

Variety is key

Chances are your study material is filled with Practice-and-Apply Questions and your college is providing you with Progress Tests and a Mock Exam. There is a good reason for this. The practice-and-apply questions are designed to check for knowledge gaps before you move onto the next chapter. They are not exam-standard questions, by design. Progress Tests are closer to exam-standard, but are really designed to build up exam fitness and focus more on time management and question familiarization. Relying on your performance in these two types of tests to determine whether you are exam ready is giving yourself false hope.

Your Mock Exam is designed to get you exam ready. This is because they closely simulate the exam and enables you to try out different answer techniques and time management techniques. The golden rule is, "Do as many mock exams as you can lay your hands on".

Everybody who sat the mock, passed. There's no grey here.

"It is imperative that students attempt the Mock Exam we give in our Exam Prep classes, say Ivan Donson, IBTC's top lecturer and a firm favourite amongst the students for his remarkable pass rate and commitment. The Mock Exam results will give students a very good gauge of how much more preparation is required before they tackle the exam,” explains Ivan.

"In the last CIMA exam Ivan saw a direct correlation between the students who passed and those who sat the mock exam. "It's fairly straight-forward - everybody who passed, also sat the mock exam. Those who failed, didn't.  There's no grey here," added Ivan.

But doing the mock exam isn't everything. The real work starts when you compare your answers to the model answers. Only when you analyse why you got it wrong, are you able to avoid the mistake in future.  We advise that if you spent 1 hour on your mock exam, you spend 2 hours analysing your answer.

Attend IBTC exam prep classes in August
The IBTC exam prep classes are popular amongst self-study students. Students will be exposed to the type of questions they're likely to see in the exam and exam techniques that work. The classes allow you to spend three weeks on intensive question practice under a more pressured environment "This makes this type of questions practice more effective as we aim to recreate a simulated exam environment as opposed to working through questions at home," concluded Ivan.

CIMA exam prep classes start on 20 August 2018. Seats are limited. To sign up go to and click on the book now button and secure a seat in one of our classrooms.

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