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.