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The 12-week competition sets the candidates through a gruelling series of tasks and the first prize is the job of Sir Alan Sugar's apprentice, with a six figure salary.
I would like to wish all of you taking exams this week, the very best of luck.
You have worked hard for these exams so try to stay calm and give them your best shot.
Remember - you have got to climb the mountain if you want to see the view. And ... the view is well worth it when you are an ACMA!.
The final weekend before the Nov 2013 examination means that you are very near the finishing line. For those of you who have been working hard since exam registration opened in August, this is the end of the tunnel.
You may have noticed that we have not been publishing as many exam count down blogs as we used to do in the past. One reason is that we feel we have pretty much said all we have to say and your future is now in your own hands. You alone is going to decide the outcome of this examination.
As Exam day approaches, you will probably be beginning to feel a bit nervous. That's only natural and it can actually be quite helpful as it releases adrenalin which can give us a boost. However, if your exam days get ruined by nerves and you worry it may affect your performance, here's some things you can do to help.
With just over a week left in your exam it is time to perfect your exam techniques
Countdown has begun to the next CIMA examination diet. How prepared are you in regard to the Code of Ethics and applying ethical thinking? Being familar with the Code and how you apply it is an integral part of both studying and practicing as a management accountant. Through the syllabus questions will arise on how you apply your understanding of the Code as well as your understanding of financial regulations and the law.
How are you feeling with four weeks to go until the November exams? Are you in need of advice and support? Well, luckily for you, October’s edition of our student e-magazine, Velocity, is packed full of tips and support to help give you the best possible chance of exam success.
Want to ask for help on that that difficult question from a high-quality tutor? Now you can, by attending our online ‘ask a tutor’ sessions.
Sitting T4b this November? Congratulations! You're now just one paper away from being "exams complete".
And...the good news is that there is no set syllabus for T4, it is simply a great opportunity to apply all that you have learned before, especially most recently at Strategic level, to a ficticious business facing real world issues. Of course, it's still a very challenging and time presssured exam but with plenty of preparation and lots of practice on past cases, you will pass.
Here they are...the dates you have all been waiting for. The live Ask a Tutor sessions for the November 2013 examinations will be held via Facebook on:
Tuesday 29 October for Operational Level;
You may have heard it said that "you never get something for nothing" and whilst this is a rather negative view of life, sadly, it does tend to be true!
However, for those of you studying for the November CIMA exams, Kaplan are about to prove the opposite - by offering FREE CIMA Masterclasses across a range of topics and papers plus some general exam advice sessions, too. What more could you ask with less than 7 weeks to go???!!
STOP PRESS - read on for an update on our Examiner's Question Time
Thanks to those of you who submitted questions for the CIMA examiners, they have been reviewed and the examiners have provided their responses. Some of these will be revealled on CIMAsphere, linked in to my original blog. Others will be covered in articles in Velocity and/or examiners' podcasts so keep reading Velocity, visiting CIMAsphere and the Student section of cimaglobal so that you don't miss out on any top tips!
Congratulations on being courageous and wise to register for your CIMA exams. You have taken yet another step towards the journey of your success.
Advice from the lead marker and examiner for P2 to set you on track for success in November
P2 is a bit of a marmite paper - some students love it (lots of calculations, that's what management accounting is about isn't it?) and some hate it (it's sooo hard and the syllabus is sooo big) but love it or hate it, it has to be passed and for future management accountants it's a fundamental building block.
Today is my last day at CIMA. I have truly enjoyed meeting all of you, giving advice, answering questions and generally trying to assist you in passing your CIMA exams.
So in the words of Baz Luhrmann’s wear sunscreen, here is my last piece of advice for studying CIMA exams. (PS. Some of you may be too young to remember but this was a classic song for school graduations)
Ladies and Gentleman, the class of 2013. Study hard.
I have met some students who have been resitting for the same exam times after times. They tend to use the same approach in every sitting and became very frustrated and disappointed after failing continuously. Failing an exam isn't a good experience but it is important that we learn from our mistakes so that we can get through in the next sitting.
Some students may be too young to remember this but there was a great song in the 80's called Making your mind up by Bucks Fizz. It was a cheesy classic but it did get people on the dancefloor.
So how has this any relation to CIMA. Well some of you may need to humm the lyrics to figure out why;
"dont let ur indecision take u from behind
trust ur inner vision
dont let others change ur mind"
Download this must read resource to help you to success in T4B.
Here it is, the resource you have all been waiting for, the Adrian Sims analysis of the T4B pre-seen material for September and November. Find it here:
In the UK we have a saying "practice makes perfect" and in terms of the the CIMA exams, I would say this is oh so true.
But don't take my word for it, in a recent survey of CIMA prize- winners from the May 13 exams, their top study tip time and time again was "practice past examination papers". I regularly ask examiners for their top tips, too, and apart from "read the PEGS!!!", their most common advice is "Practice, Practice, Practice!".