Does anybody else realise the actual costs for re-sitting this September? Say, you were to miserably fail all 3 strategic papers, you're desperate to finish Topcima this year and therefore the new September re-sits look a tempting option....... Well if you chose BPP you need to pay them a whopping £735!!!
I spoke to them on the telephone and the £735 is made up of £120 for the online course per paper and £125 per cima exam entry. The catch is you are unable to just take the exam in September at a BPP centre without booking the online course. Talk about EXPLOITING AN OPPORTUNITY! (I so hope I have passed P3!!).
In summary I think it is a good step in the right direction for CIMA but it is a shame that the tuition providers will be off-setting their "costs" on to the students.
Why can't BPP offer the exam entry alone! Are there any centres you can go to and just solely take the exam without all the fancy add ons! Also, why is the price for the exam suddenly jumped to £125 per paper? I have of course passed my thoughts on to BPP directly but would like CIMA's comments regarding this.
If I only fail one of the 3 exams then, although hefty, I might consider paying the £245 so I can move on to Topcima in November.
But my other worry is if I do pass the re-sit and you get the results on the 23.09.10 then is there enough time anyway for a full-time working, Mother of two to prepare for the TOPCIMA exam in November.
I know you can't predit the results but I think I failed the F3 paper taken in May and instead of spoiling my Summer with a re-sit and worrying about cramming the TOPCIMA in to this year then I might just re-sit in November (cheaper option too!) and in the meantime sit back and read everybody's complaints about all the drama surrounding this new exam sitting!
Good luck to everyone.