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F3 results

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Here is a place for all students who sat F3 in November to talk about how they did once the results are released on Tuesday 15 January.

How did you do?

If you have not yet received your exam results please read this FAQ blog post about exam results before posting.

Jack

CIMA Community Manager

Pass

Just got the result! Pass it ...55..not high mark, feel relief...effort got paid off

F3 = 60 , P3 = 74 but E3 = 42 :(

F3 = 60 , P3 = 74 but E3 = 42 :(

failed F3

I passed P3 but F3 was a fail.

 

 

 

 

Passed

Passed F3 with 53 but failed the other two. Better than I was expecting :) 

Failed F3 :-(

But passed E3 & P3 :-). will try again in March for F3!! Good luck to those who passed and keep trying to those who didnt.

epic fail

Definately need more work on this paper, was no where near the pass mark on my second attempt. I stuggle with it as I self study and find the calculations quite difficult.

Any other self studiers who passed this paper, got any tips? 

Hard work paid off

Woo hooo.......results came thro at 3:16 tis morning - I was waiting for them!!

E3 = 66%

F3 = 64%

P3 = 61%

 Absolutely delighted! Now - for T4... 

Passed like a boss!

Woohoo - I passed with 67% sooooooooooo pleased!

 One more to go!

Passed

64% - and this was the one I thought I was going to fail.

Keep going

Hayley Green wrote:

Definately need more work on this paper, was no where near the pass mark on my second attempt. I stuggle with it as I self study and find the calculations quite difficult.

Any other self studiers who passed this paper, got any tips? 

I attempted it on self study and in the end I went into a centre sat the tutition and revision for F3 and finally things started to click!!!

Its not a subject you can just learn from a book, Sometime you need a tutor to explain it for a real world example!

Keep going ........ Don't give up ..... F3 is a beast! x

Hayley

Hayley Green wrote:

Definately need more work on this paper, was no where near the pass mark on my second attempt. I stuggle with it as I self study and find the calculations quite difficult.

Any other self studiers who passed this paper, got any tips? 

I took a revision course which was well worth the time.  I would never have passed without it. I was given the following tips which I did follow and am sure helped me -

Make it up! - if you are short of time, and can't calculate something, make it up and carry on.  You will lose a mark or 2, but get the rest of the marks in the question.

Leave the calculations until last (if you can).  There are often easy marks in the 2nd half of the question and you can do those first, get the easy marks, and then go onto the time consuming calculations. 

I was told the paper was designed to catch you out by making you spend all your time on the tricky calculations.  And that does seem to be the case.

Hope it helps.  Best of luck for next time.

F3

I agree with Je above - don't get bogged down in getting the calculations 100% right Hayley - time will just run away with you & you will miss out on the valuable written / theory (& easier?!) marks that follow. Very easy to waste 80% of your time chasing 20% of the marks...

If you're unsure of any part of a calculation, make your best guess for that bit  & move on with the rest. (remember there is no negative marking with CIMA, so if you get part of it wrong, you just miss out on the marks related to that one incorrect bit - you can still pick up the rest of the marks available)

I studied at home, with online videos - but my online videos were really of no help with F3 at all (I wouldn't recommend LSBF!)...I found the best way to get things right in my brain was to work through lots of previous exam questions (I had teh BPP exam practice book) - as many as you can manage....practice may not make you perfect, but it will make you competant & confident - & help with your time-allocation! :-) If you get completely stuck in a practice exam question, work through the answer in full detail, writing any calculations out for yourself as you go - so you understand how it should have been answered...& the next time you come across that scenario, you'll not be as uncertain. 

Good luck :-) 

 

Failed

Jamie wrote:
Passed F3 with 53 but failed the other two. Better than I was expecting :) 

Failed all three: 44,46,47. Never failed even one exam in my life until today. Was 100% sure that I passed P3 and E3.

Passed all 3.

E3 = 64, P3 = 62, F3 = 62.

Boom!

T4 prepare to get slaughtered!!!

F3 course provider question

Joanne Raggett wrote:
Hayley Green wrote:

Definately need more work on this paper, was no where near the pass mark on my second attempt. I stuggle with it as I self study and find the calculations quite difficult.

Any other self studiers who passed this paper, got any tips? 

I attempted it on self study and in the end I went into a centre sat the tutition and revision for F3 and finally things started to click!!!

Its not a subject you can just learn from a book, Sometime you need a tutor to explain it for a real world example!

Keep going ........ Don't give up ..... F3 is a beast! x

 

Could I ask what college/branch did you use for your tuition / revision course as I didn't rate mine very much & failed as a result? Thanks

AVOID LSBF Online!

Folks looking for tuition for resits / first time Strategic Level exams: & looking for advice from those who have had recent experience, I offer this bit of advice!

Don't use LSBF online (or LBT online, same thing)...complete waste of money!

E3 tuition was fair, in the interest of balance - & the tutor in charge of this seemed to add value to the subject....but the other 2 subjects?? Well thank goodness for my BPP study texts / exam practice kit, that's all I can say, or I'd have been completely stumped. The marks I got in my exams (all good passes) were down to my own hard work - & not anything that LSBF added.

The 'lecturers' for F3 & P3 in particular, were poor quality - added next to nothing to the notes; the videos had been cut & paste in places & ran out of sequence; the customer support was rude; & the revision part of the programme non existent. I would not recomend these to ANYONE, no matter how small your budget.

Do you know, I spent over £800 with them - & they never even sent an email wishing me luck in my exams - or asking how I'd done on results day...& I've just been on to check how my fellow online students did with their exams - & I can't even access the forums anymore! Huh - show's how much they actually cared about their students eh?!  Oh - & when I left feedback for them, it was never even acknowledged...

LSBF online....Avoid

Carolyn Forshaw wrote:

Folks looking for tuition for resits / first time Strategic Level exams: & looking for advice from those who have had recent experience, I offer this bit of advice!

Don't use LSBF online (or LBT online, same thing)...complete waste of money!

E3 tuition was fair, in the interest of balance - & the tutor in charge of this seemed to add value to the subject....but the other 2 subjects?? Well thank goodness for my BPP study texts / exam practice kit, that's all I can say, or I'd have been completely stumped. The marks I got in my exams (all good passes) were down to my own hard work - & not anything that LSBF added.

The 'lecturers' for F3 & P3 in particular, were poor quality - added next to nothing to the notes; the videos had been cut & paste in places & ran out of sequence; the customer support was rude; & the revision part of the programme non existent. I would not recomend these to ANYONE, no matter how small your budget.

Do you know, I spent over £800 with them - & they never even sent an email wishing me luck in my exams - or asking how I'd done on results day...& I've just been on to check how my fellow online students did with their exams - & I can't even access the forums anymore! Huh - show's how much they actually cared about their students eh?!  Oh - & when I left feedback for them, it was never even acknowledged...

Oh - & almost forgot the best bit! When I did the Mock F3 under exam conditions & submitted it to be marked (as per their timetable) - I had to chase them up to get my result / feedback when I had received nothing 4 days later...eventually, my result arrived on the morning of the last exam - lol - very helpful.......my feedback?

"Must be more accurate in answers"

That was IT............would be laughable were it not for the fact that it cost me so much money!!

Tutor

Steve'o wrote:
Joanne Raggett wrote:
Hayley Green wrote:

Definately need more work on this paper, was no where near the pass mark on my second attempt. I stuggle with it as I self study and find the calculations quite difficult.

Any other self studiers who passed this paper, got any tips? 

I attempted it on self study and in the end I went into a centre sat the tutition and revision for F3 and finally things started to click!!!

Its not a subject you can just learn from a book, Sometime you need a tutor to explain it for a real world example!

Keep going ........ Don't give up ..... F3 is a beast! x

Could I ask what college/branch did you use for your tuition / revision course as I didn't rate mine very much & failed as a result? Thanks

I went to Kaplan Birmingham and had Stuart Pedley Smith! He was brilliant!!

cimastudy.com

F3 marginal pass 50 :) Passed, but not satisfied.
P3 - 48 ..... so close. but anyway failed. blaming only myself!!!!

i used only cimastudy.com, previous papers and lots of lots of business cases.

cheers! 

F3 results

Did not pass f3, thought otherwise, any reason?

Strategic

I passed all 3, couldn't sleep after reading the email at 3.40am though, I have only 2 years experience in accounts, I think I managed it by not writing anything down during revision or spending hours reading over questions. I just looked at the answers in the study kit when reading that then the same in the exam kit instead of spending hours looking for the right answer. I just made sure I knew enough about the main subjects and a little on the others to try pick up half marks on every question. I studied via distance learning. Was probably lucky also that I knew a little on most questions in the exam, other subjects and maybe I could of failed.

f3

congrats james :) what were your marks?

cima fail

Donatus Bosuh wrote:
Did not pass f3, thought otherwise, any reason?

 

because cima love to watch people burn!

Sarah

E3 - 52, P3 - 57, F3 - 61

 

Just glad it's over, not a clue what T4 is all about though haha, just need a different job now 

the exams that I love to fail :)

all my exams went belly-up ... lol

is there any reason (besides the sake of money) of why I should carry on with cima? or perhaps I should take a break, cool my engine down, read some proper sophisticated literature and then give cima my left hook in its ugly face in a years time?

comments, questions / suggestions?

 

Break from study??

snaz wrote:

all my exams went belly-up ... lol

is there any reason (besides the sake of money) of why I should carry on with cima? or perhaps I should take a break, cool my engine down, read some proper sophisticated literature and then give cima my left hook in its ugly face in a years time?

comments, questions / suggestions?

 

I took a break from my CIMA 1st time around, after it consumed my life for over 3 years - having got within 1 stage of qualifying underthat syllabus....it took me 20 years to start again!  So take care...you can easily get out of the habit of studying if you allow yourself to have a life!! lol

It was a different world then tho: I never suffered for not having letters after my name, working my way up / being headhunted on the strength of my experience & achievements - & serving at least 10 years of that period in FD roles...now tho - you need every advantage you can gain, to get your CV to the top of the pile in a very tough market...hence my return to studying at the ripe old age of 46!

failed again

I failed this paper miserably (38%) and I don't even know why. I had a feeling I didn't past this paper when I came out of the exam but didn't expect to get below 44%. I've done plenty of practices of past papers etc yet it's not enough. 

This is my 2nd attempt (I didn't bother burying my head in the books in the first attempt). Past P3 & E3 in May so I don't have other papers to divide my time. 

Any tips with overcoming F3 papers?

 

the same story

I thought I will fail it or will receive marginal mark, but 64 is my result as well.

Who can understand the examiner's mind?!

 

J E wrote:
64% - and this was the one I thought I was going to fail.

pass, pass, pass

when I was leaving Exam hall after E3 I was thinking that I fail this exam. The reason is this tricky calculation  which I messed up in 1 question.

But today I have received the result. And it was 62 marks for E3. Such a wonderfull news. 

E3 62

F3 64

P3 53

By the way, I thought that I did P3 so well, so perfect, completed everything, had an answer plan for all parts. I thought I will have more than 70 and will become a prizewinner)))

But how was I confused when I have got 53 marks only..

still I went through! So, T4 is coming))

Exam results

Passed all 3 first time, thank goodness!

 E3 53

 F3 51

 P3 50

Hope everyone got the results they wanted.