Over the last few years, the major accounting qualifications have all started to move to having more exams on demand (those that can be sat at anytime rather than during a specific sitting). Exams on demand can be fantastic for students – they allow for flexibility over where and when an exam can be sat.
Students can tailor their study and exam timetable to fit around all their other work, family and social commitments – brilliant! Unfortunately, the flip side of this is that it’s easier than ever for students to put off taking the exam. Take our advice and book them sooner rather than later. Here’s why:
1. You are more likely to guarantee sitting the exam at the exam centre and time that you prefer
The earlier you book your exam, the more choice you will have. The later you leave it, the less you will be able to be sure that you can take full advantage of the flexibility on offer!
2. Having a date for your exam increases focus and motivation
Having a fixed date that you are working towards can really help you plan your studies more effectively. It also will ensure you are more motivated and less likely to procrastinate when following your plan! From personal experience, I know that I am often much more effective (at work or at home) when I have a fixed deadline. If something I am working on doesn’t have a deadline, it is easy for that to fall to the bottom of the to-do list (even if it’s really important!).
3. You are likely to progress through your studies faster
Many students who put off agreeing a date for their exam often fall into the trap of waiting until they “feel ready”. Unfortunately, for some, it is easy for this to turn into a bit of a negative cycle. Not having a fixed date means that you don’t have the same motivation to study. This means you don’t feel ready, so you don’t book your exam, which reduces motivation to study. At First Intuition, we have a team of experts to help if you do feel a bit stuck. We can provide the personal, local support you need to build your confidence and pass your exam. So if this is you, please get in touch!
4. Booking your exam sooner can help reduce stress
By having an exam booked, you’ll have the knowledge that it’s in your calendar and exactly when it’s coming up. The benefit of this is, you’ll know exactly what you need to prepare for and when to be prepared by. This can considerably reduce the stress of last minute exam booking. At First Intuition, we completely understand the impact this can have on your mindset. Explore our resources for practical tips on planning your studies or dealing with stress on the lead up to your exam.
5. Increase the chances of achieving your overall goals
We all talk about action plans. When you started your study programme, you’ll most likely have had an overall goal in mind. For example: you may have told yourself that in 12 months time you want to have achieved your ACCA Advanced Audit and Assurance. By having your exam booked, you can create and follow an action plan to align with your overall goal. Makes sense, right?
What are your thoughts on the best time to book your exam?
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