I passed the 5 Certificate level exams (4 first time + 1 resit) and sat my P1 exam yesterday which is the first Operational Level exam I've sat.
I have done a lot of work for this exam. I used First Intuition's study materials and bought the two Aptitude test's from CIMAstudy. I have studied hard since January 1st with a huge focus on question practice and mocks.
Yesterday in the exam I just became very disillusioned as the exam questions were completely different to the CIMAstudy tests. What is the point in CIMA selling these official materials to help you prepare for the exam when the questions are all completely different to what you actually face? I know they won't put the exact exam questions on the study material, but at least some sort of similar questions should be on there?
I don't know where I go from here, I know I will be told "just keep going", but after putting 3 months of solid work in to revise but still failing I don't know what to do next? It's impossible to know the whole syllabus inside and out but what do I do now? Getting 70% from 60 questions will be a miracle?
Cima exams now is becoming a sheer luck. You are right if the study materials have no resemblance with the real exam even no amount of so call official exam practice text from kaplan then passing the exam is just a luck. I failed this exam in december, failed again in this month(March 8th) have reschedule for saturday for the third time but just praying to let my luck shine on saturday otherwise I have to keep resitting till I give up. The questions I have been gotten is not all that difficult but still my provisional results came out failed and since I have not means of knowing what actually is the problem I have to accept it. Please the only solution now is keep trying but is too fustrating studying for three months for just one paper and still failed. Good luck on your next try.
This is to all P1 test takers who have not passed. I passed P1 with 117 (approx 47/60) on 1st Feb first time pass. Im not super smart by any means but i did study for 4 months and learned good otq exam technique from the Cima connect videos
My tips are: I would avoid BPP for P1. The study text is too detailed and with irrelevant material for the OT exam. Also the P1 exam kit is very lightweight with easy exams.if you can master these questions then you have the basics down.
Kaplan - highlu recommened as their study text and kit are in the style of questions in the P1 exam. About 8-10 questions in the exam were similar to questions in real exam. Pearson Vue exam,make sure to go though this at least 3 times - take screenshots if you have to, definately couple of q's there that are similar to exam. Also the acorn kit is very good and has lots of good standard q's.
In exam dont flag any questions unless you really hav to, i flagged 2 and changed 1 at the end to the correct answer.
Relevant costing - this is the main topic to come up with at least 10 questions. Good time management in the exam is the main advice for passing
After coming out of the exam, it did feel like a disastrous fail, but after checking my score online I got a scaled score of 98, where 100 is a pass. I was so close to a pass but this makes it even more frustrating!
I have tried to rebook my exam but the whole of April and May is booked up. I don't know if this is accurate or if the website booking system isn't working? I don't mind too much if I fail an exam but ideally I would want to resit within a week or two, which is impossible! The Pearson Vue test centre is usually full with Driving Theory test students - I'm always the only one doing a non-DVLA test! I wish there was somewhere else I could sit the tests with more availability!
I think once I get P1 done I am going to switch study providers to Kaplan. I have heard a lot of positive things about Kaplan.
I definitely agree with learning Relevant Costing inside and out. Also Variances came up a lot with Mixed Variances too. I felt I was confident in these areas but the actual CIMA exam asked the questions very differently to the CIMAstudy questions I faced.
It's looking like my next resit will be after May now which I'm very disappointed with, I really cannot afford to fail next time or I'll be resitting again around August time if the lack of availability continues like this.
It's unfortunate you don't have enough Pearson Vue centers in your area that very sad. One thing about this new syllabus is the ability to resit as soon as you are ready. Your story is exactly like mine I followed Fanatic advice above after failing my P1 exam I studied the kaplan practice book and the pearson vue mock for three days and took the exam this past saturday 4/1 and got 98.Even though I didn't got 100 to pass I was very confident of myself comparing my first marks and the second. I encounted many question similar to kaplan book so I am very convinced I will get it on my next try in two weeks going allover with the questions in kaplan and pearson vue mock. Good luck.
I also failed P1 back in April with a score of 96. So incredibly frustrating. I had self-studied with BPP at great expense and i agree with P1 Fanatic, far too much detail in the study text that only served to confuse the matter.
In the exam the time pressure was ridiculous, time management skills are crucial here. Whilst i agree you don't want to flag and skip over too many questions, if you're faced with a page of text and you know it's going to take lengthy calculations, just leave it. Especially so if you can see that it's a genuine multiple choice answer, at least with those the worst case scenario is you fly through them in the last minute and take a random guess, a 25% chance of being right by sheer luck is better than nothing.
Something else I've done is to take another exam before re-sitting P1. If you haven't done them already, E1 and F1 and a lot easier than P1 (just look at the pass rates CIMA release). Having already done E1 prior to P1, I had a go at F1 with a total of 6 weeks to study and prepare for the exam just using Astranti free materials. I passed in June with a 103 ( a pass is a pass, right?). Now whilst I've forgotten a fair chunk of what I had learned for P1 now that I'm revising for it again, what this has done has introduced a feel good factor about this exam and a bit of momentum. I've passed E1 and F1, so I must be able to get past P1.
My resit is in August, I'll report back with my results. Best of luck guys
I feel your pain Terry C, after I failed with a score of 98, I passed a couple of weeks later. After my usual test centre closed down, I found that there was another test centre about 10 minutes from my house! The only problem was they don't have any tests beyond 3pm so I couldn't do them after work and have to use my holiday allowance.
Seems like knowledge wise, you weren't too far off passing P1. I agree completely regarding the time constraints, that really took me be surprise. I sailed through the Certificate level exams and after doing the exams and spending about 20 mins reviewing my answers, I would still have about 10 minutes remaining. Whereas for P1, the time ran down to 0:00 for the first time ever!
I have since passed E1 which I found pretty easy and I'm now studying F1. Nice to hear you think F1 is one of the easier exams! Ideally I would like to pass F1 in time for me to take the November case study so could do with passing by late August/early September to give me a chance! Life seems to be getting in the way of studying recently so I need to get my head down!
Reporting back as promised, delighted to say that i passed P1 last week with a 111, my best score to date!
For anyone reading this who's about to sit a P1 exam, here's what worked for me on my second attempt. I completed loads of mock exams working up to the exam, alongside all the usual studying of the text and calculations etc. Even though i felt more much confident going into the exam, time pressure was still a problem. You've got to keep moving in the exam, you don't have time to get bogged down re-reading the same question several times, and you certainly don't have time to let your mind wander for a moment (happens to me quite often, i have the concentration span of a 4 year old). If you get stuck, leave it and move on, if needs be you can take a guess when reviewing at the end.
Appreciating that all exams are different, I got a lot of variance-based questions. The questions are really straight forward when you know which bits of info you're looking for within the questions to calculate the variance, sounds obvious really, but ensuring you know all the variances inside-out and back-to-front will save gain you plenty of marks and save you precious time. If you're lucky you'll get a good quantity of the short, theory based questions. We're all different but to me these were like gold, short questions that you can answer confidently in 15 seconds and move on. Hard to say what's going to come up in these questions, but if you know your theory you'll whip through these in no time.
If you're only using Astranti materials to get through this exam, pay special attention to Chapter 16, as this is the ONLY chapter that covers the Risk and Uncertainty area of the syllabus (15% of the exam and, for me at least, questioned often). I got a lot of EV and High-Low and Regret matrix questions in my exam, if you haven't mastered chapter 16 then it's unlikely you're going to score proficient in this area.
Whoever you are, and wherever you are, i wish you all the best of luck in your exams, I'll see you in November for the OCS!
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Terry C - when you say you completed lots of mock exams, where are you getting these from?
I study via Kaplan distance learning and they only provide you with 2 mock exams, plus the Pearson Vue exam (which just regurgitates the same questions but in a different order) so I'm stuck with where to find others.
I'm losing interest in CIMA after failing P1 twice now (to be fair to myself, the 2nd re-sit was 98 marks so I was close) but repeating what some other users have said, my PV centre is always booked up with student drivers so I have to wait 5 - 6 weeks to get an appointment.
Astranti provide another 3 mock exams, the wording is a bit different from that in the real exams but I don't mind that so much.
Don't give in, you've scored 98 already so you're pretty much there. Have you passed E1 and F1 already? If not it might be worth tackling one of those as they are easier (in theory, looking at pass rates). Passing another might just give you a bit of a lift before re-trying P1.
Also, Astranti offer free study texts when you sign up (which is also free). The wording and style is more informal than Kaplan and BPP, so for me it helps when reading through it to absorb; the cold, grey, boring texts of Kaplan and BPP means i shut off after about 10 minutes. With it being free you really can't lose, it's worth a look.
I'd like to tell you that it gets easier after P1, but i;ve just scraped through the OCS and it's one of the hardest things i've ever done! Best of luck!
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