You will be surprised to learn that there are only 3 key steps you need to follow in order to be well prepared for CIPS exams. I have shared these many many times, and if you can manage to achieve them you will succeed. This time, i am also sharing the reason why for each:
- Read course material cover to cover
Why? CIPS will test you from any section of the course material. ANY. So you need a very brief idea because you can be caught completely unaware which would be the worst case scenario. Even if its basic reading through cover to cover, do it, its much better than not at all
Why? You will have sometime in the course of your day that you could use for catching up on your study. Lunch hour, traffic jams, waiting in line, many many chances that you are wasting time. Brag the short notes they will help you master key areas for CIPS exam preparation. I only have Level 4 short notes which are really at a minimal fee considering you have a whole journey ahead.
- Test yourself with past exam papers
Why? One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice taking past versions. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and if you time yourself can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section. Also, read the examiners assessments as those will add value to your study time.
CIPS May exams commence on Monday 14th May, I am sure many of you will be busy this weekend studying last minute. Yes, I have been there many many times, wondering why why why did I wait for last minute? Don’t overthink it, hit the books and get busy NOW no more time to waste.
Don’t panic… There’s still time, as long as you sacrifice this weekend fully. If you haven’t started going through past papers, this is the time.
Best wishes to everyone sitting for CIPS May exams this week.
Did you know…
CIPS plans to transform how they deliver exams for students worldwide by introducing computer based testing (CBEs).
For some time now CIPS have known that the world is digital and that paper is a thing of the past. In a recent CIPS student member survey 90% of respondents said they would prefer to take computer based exams (CBE) rather than on paper.
Following this feedback it is a logical next step for CIPS to focus on transforming exams to become fully computer based. Keep yourself updated here …
Preparing for CIPS can be tough but is doable. I never failed any exam because I understood that if I prepared poorly I would do poorly. So, what tips worked?
- You have to read each course book cover to cover don’t skip any chapter. Minimum read through is once. Meaning you need to read at least one chapter per day. You can take the short test at the end of each chapter but not necessary. Use study notes in between your day which you skim through during lunch break or when you have even 10mins – it helps you master key areas. Need help here? Drop a line
- Download all past papers you can get your hands on. Look at them only after you are done reading cover to cover. Do not look at them before you finish reading, it will stress you. The past papers are to test yourself, sit mini exams which you will score yourself against examiners reports. When you get questions wrong you must go back to that subject chapter and read that chapter again. You should do past papers 1-2 weeks before the exam week. Doing it sooner will confuse you and will stress you about how much you don’t know.
When you do more than 3 past papers you will begin to notice repetition of questions. However because CIPS can test from any section on the syllabus you have to do a cover to cover read.
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Happy CIPS study season.
I have often shared many tips to get you ready for CIPS exams. The process and strategy remains the same and sometimes all i tell people to do is just these tips:
- Read your CIPS course books cover to cover, exams can come from anywhere in the book. Don;t even use additional material stick to the CIPS course books
- Practice taking past papers questions. By now you need to have started using past papers. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and – if you time yourself – can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.
- Dont panic sacrifice time now to study. With only 1 week to go, this week CIPS needs to be PRIORITY1 in your life, no shortcuts.
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