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How I passed my CIMA OT exams - Michael's story


The beauty about CIMA OT exams is that they are on-demand. This means you can book your exam and write whenever you are ready, no restrictions.

However, if your goal is to progress quickly and get to the next level of your studies you need to plan, study, write and pass your OT exams. So, where do you start?

We have discovered that the best study advice comes from the people who support and walk the CIMA journey with you (your college) and the students who have the same goal as you (to pass first time).

Michael recently wrote and passed three of his CIMA OT exams first time. This is what he had to say.

According to Michael, if you want to be successful at any CIMA exam and progress with the qualification quickly, you need to plan your studies very carefully.
"You've heard the saying 'if you fail to plan, you plan to fail', this is why I have a step by step planning process that I go through before I even start studying," said Michael.

"The plan is simple really. You first need to set your educational goals, having defined goals and objectives will automatically stimulate focus in you. Once you have a clear goal, you need to put together a study plan that will get you to that goal as quickly as possible. Luckily, IBTC has a study plan for each subject. It is easy to follow and has clear guides of how much time to spend on each chapter and topic.

"I strongly believe that time management is crucial when studying. You might have a good combination of study materials, a good study plan and a good tuition provider but if you don’t know how to manage your time then you will struggle," said Michael.
According to Michael, he has discovered a formula that works for him every time he studies.

"I have the same process every time I study for an exam. I study a chapter, do question practice after that chapter, analyse my answers and repeat until I am done with all the chapters within a topic."

"After each topic I do a progress test, which covers all the material in the chapters within that topic. I repeat this process until I have covered the whole book."

"Once I feel confident that I have covered all the material in the book, done all my question practice and progress tests, I then do the final progress test. This covers the whole book and is exam standard. I do not take this lightly and I always aim to achieve more than 70% on it. If I do not, then I go back and study again," he added.

We have discovered that some students start with their studies but never make it to the exam room. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and plans fall apart. However, when we do finally speak to these students and ask them what took them so long to write, we almost always get the same response, which is fear of failure.

Michael echoed the same sentiments.

"Four days before my last exam I was overcome with fear of failure. To the extent that l wanted to cancel my exam booking. I am glad I did not give into this fear because I wrote and passed with 115 marks."

"You need to do your question practice very well, pass your final progress test, trust the process and don't let fear cripple you and keep you from your goal, he added.
Michael has one subject left to write in his certificate level and we look forward to seeing him pass and progress to his Operational Level.

Every pass counts
The one true measure at IBTC is our pass rates. We stand and fall by our ability to make our students pass first time.

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