Am I ready to sit my exam?

In this article, Cambridge Tutor and Managing Director Ben Bullman looks at the dilemma facing many students over when to sit their exam.

Should you wait until you feel totally ready to sit your exam or trust in the process and attempt it, once you’ve completed your course and revision?

 

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Am I ready to sit my exam?

In this article, Cambridge Tutor and Managing Director Ben Bullman looks at the dilemma facing many students over when to sit their exam.

Should you wait until you feel totally ready to sit your exam or trust in the process and attempt it, once you’ve completed your course and revision?

 

I speak to a lot of students and in this blog, I’m going to discuss my response to a question I get asked a lot. When should I book to sit my exam?

This is usually followed up by lots of uncertainty. What if I fail? I don’t feel ready? Should I do more work?

My simple response is “no one ever feels completely ready! You need to trust in the preparation you and your tutor will have undertaken”.

So when is the right time to sit an exam?

I’m not saying you should rush into exams and sit whilst knowingly underprepared. I do however remind students our First Intuition courses are designed to start preparing you for the big day from the very start. Structured course notes and lectures to cover the syllabus areas in the correct level of detail. Assignments and questions completed throughout your course to identify and revisit key areas. Mock exams are marked and reviewed to develop exam technique. When I go through this, most students acknowledge they are ready. They just needed someone else to tell them and give them the confidence to attempt the exam!

In the last two months, the level of student uncertainty in booking an exam has obviously increased. Quite understandably students are worried about the health of themselves and family members. There are additional stresses from work in response to Covid19 and the new world of sitting remotely proctored exams from home. These factors remain important but my recent chats with students have been more positive. On the whole, people are settling into their new normal.

Looking for inspiration?

I have been really grateful for our on-demand TV subscription during lockdown. One of the highlights of my viewing has been The Last Dance series on Netflix. This looks at the success of the Chicago Bulls basketball team in the 1990s and I would urge you to check it out. Michael Jordan was an ever-present star of this team and has been quoted many times. If you are after a final piece of motivation I will leave you with one of my favourites.

 

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

Michael Jordan

 

A further positive was the announcement from CIMA last week. Any students sitting exams in June and July will be eligible to claim a free re-sit slot if unsuccessful. This is great news and removing the financial cost of re-sitting is another push to get an exam date in the diary. More details can be found here

Please contact me Benbullman@fi.co.uk or the team at FI if you would like help preparing for an exam.

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