Note: This is an article particularly for the students of Accountancy i.e. those who are taking up CA, ICMA, ACCA or any other relevant exam. However, the techniques explained here can be used by candidates for exams other than accountancy as well. 7 tips to pass exams
Being a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Accountant (ACCA, UK), Management Accountant (CIMA, UK) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA, USA), I consider that passing exams require a particular skill set which is easy to learn. One of our teachers told us: You have whole life to study but only six months to pass this paper. So, concentrate on understanding what examiner wants. Here are 7 tips to help every student pass exams, based on my personal experience: 1. No limiting belief please
- Remove the limiting belief that you can’t pass. - If you believe you can pass or you believe you cannot pass, you are right. - I have seen students under the impression that examiner is their enemy. Please don’t think so. Pass percentage might be low, but students do pass their exams. So, don’t think that you will be in a failure category ever. 2. Understand the structure of paper
- First of all, understand the structure of paper – is there any marks allocation for a particular topic? - Secondly, if there is marks allocation, is examiner following it? The best thing to do is to review the past five papers. - What is the key topic i.e. examiner’s favorite? Is there any article by examiner in the Students’ Accountant or any other relevant student magazine? Study that topic and prepare for it, even if you don’t like it! 3. Taking notes
- Prepare for exams by way of ‘notes’ which you can recall quickly at the time of taking exam. This will help in two manner. First, when you write, you are in better picture of giving your mind instruction through written letters. Secondly, you can revise...