Good luck to those of you taking your case study exam this week! We hope your hard work pays off!
It would be great to hear how you found the exam, in particular we would be interested to know...
Did you find the exam easier or more difficult than you anticipated?
How did you do with your time management?
What exam techniques did you find worked well in the exam?
Which of our materials did you find most useful?
Do you have any advice for students taking the exam in the future?
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I found my variant to be very difficult. 4 sub sections in last question. Somehow managed to complete the paper. With regard to material I bought only the Top 10 issues and 2-3 sub section were close to the probable issues.
Looks like I had the same variant with Rakesh. The questions seemed weird to be honest. I wouldn't say they were difficult just strange and still struggling to find how one would have written enough quality points. I am preparing for March sitting as it stands.
The fact I was able to write anything at all was down to the mock exams I bought, the ethics pack also came in handy.
Just sat the exam this morning. I have to say that I wasn't fully comfortable with the paper as the questions as Nneoma said were very strange and I found it difficult to assess whether I was on the right track or not. Quite disheartening to have questions like that after all of the preparation work that goes in to this exam.
Oh well, I gave it my best attempt and what will be will be. Good luck to anyone who is still yet to sit this week.
For me the most difficult part was being unable to come up with enough (at times any) quality points on what to write. It was also not very easy to write answers based on your general knowledge since this was a unique and unusual industry with the majority having little or no knowledge...
So it is safe to conclude that the forestry industry took us for a ride.....................
I also wrote today. I agree with Jimmy. I feel I could have perhaps prepared a bit better - but I think thats always the case. All in all I thought a fair paper. Hopefully I did enough to pass with 60%!
I was so confused with plethora of information available for SCS be it be in CIMA portal or material/stuff in text books. I was totally lost. At that time I purchased Astranti’s Study Text both part-1 & 2 for 20 Pounds. I got confidence and sat for the first time for Aug’15 SCS. I got Biomass variant. I feel questions are generic which I felt tough as I hardly applied any text book knowledge or industry experience. To a great extent tips of Astrinti helped like time management, script writing Do’s and Do Not’s etc., Thanks to Nick and staff of Astranti for all the help.
As far as I understood, we can share exam questions now. I sat on Friday and in all questions theory was not too much useful. Pre-seen material and logical thinking...questions were often unclear with a lot of possible ways to answer. For example, last question was: Chairman asked CEO why executives were so aggressive when they were talking about the profit? My understanding was that we have to explain that our strategy is to provide stable, long-term profit to our investors...that they are under the pressure because of that, that their performance is mostly related to profitability etc. It was one easy question: do we need do use shareholder's funds in order to finance wildlife protection which is requested by law. Good luck to everyone...