I passed wiht a score of 88. This was after many half-hearted attempts. The difference this time was that I spent a lot of time working on my typing speed and working on a number of mock exams. I never rolled on any of the courses but used mostly Astranti sample materials and went through these materials over and over. I spent some time researching the oil industry as opposed to buying an industry pack. This gave me a much better and intimate insight into the industry. I must say that I left the exam room rather flat...unsure of my performance!!
I passed - 86. close but I don't care. All done now...
This course was excellent, in particular Nick's assessment of the pre-seen. The classes were also useful too and thanks to all of those who contributed to the real world examples, I'm sure they got me a mark or two in the exam!
I passed the SCS and want to thank you all for you support. The revision masterclass that I took part in was a huge help - particularly with linking the preseen into the requirements and in giving me confidence going into the exam. The tips on how to write a good answer where also very useful, particularly as with the new OTs I haven't written a paper for a year.
i got 86,dont care how close it was but i amde it after 3 attempts...... what a relief now, time to enjoy my time now and work smart.......no more exams...... the info that i purchased from Astranti was useful as well as the videos.
dont give up guys just keep focused and keep your heads high.
I passed with a score of 98. Pretty chuffed to get it out of the way, this was my second attempt after failing in March and on both occasions I used Nick's preseen analysis which I think is great. I couldn't have got so close in March and passed this time without nick's analysis so a massive thanks to Nick!
I passed at first attempt. I give credit to Nick's pre-seen case analysis video series. That was great after writing my E3 end of April and making a last ditch decision to write Case Study in May. A big relief in deed!!! Thanks Nick.
Passed with 85 on 1st attempt! The key materials were Nick's pre-seen case analysis video series and 5 mock exams - 100% worth it!
Left the exam thinking it was pretty borderline not because of lack of preparation, but part of the 3rd exam question confused me and I started panicking. Thinking back, all I had to do was step back a bit and forget the theory, and just answer the question - which was simple enough "what were the risks of going into fracking"! Instead I just spewed out models and theory (which I knew exactly was something you shouldn't do) which didn't work very well. Luckily I killed the rest of the paper using alot of industry examples, eg BP deepwater Horizon and actually answering the question - Thanks Nick to drumming that in!
Another thing that I was worried about was toilet breaks! 3+hrs in a time-rushed exam is pretty horrible. They wouldn't even allow you water in the exam room or let you bring your own ear plugs, and didn't provide any either. Fortunately I think you can take a break between questions. As long as you don't click on "ok" to start the next question, you might be able to run off to the bathroom or get some water! Did anyone else find this? I gave myself a 2min breather break before moving on.
Really feel the case study teaches alot and I might keep looking at them now and then in future anyway to increase understanding of how the world and different industries work! Don't worry if you haven't passed yet, you will, and because each case study is different you will learn a lot from each of them.
I was not so lucky to pass first time. Congratulations to all that pass.
One of my big drawbacks during the course/mock exams and the real exam, was my typing skills/speed. I was just not able to put down enough during the time pressure mock- and real exams exams. How many of you that passed have the ability of touch typing? Is it good enough to do between 20 and 30 words/minute?
Chinyama mentioned that he/she spent a lot of time working on typing speed. Does it mean that you have to learn touch typing? I've tried to learn touch typing the past month but there is not enough time to learn that together with all the other work. Is there something between real touch typing and the "two fingers" method?
A big thanks to Nick Best and his entire Astranti team. You people are the best in this field. I passed the SCS case study in the second attempt with 85. Starting with the 1st failed attempt, I think I focussed too much on the theory and was taken by surprise at the exam where it was purely real life industry scenarios with very little theory. Tried my best but failed. I had taken the full course from Astranti with mock exam marking (thanks to Bethan Norman from Astranti for helping me with mock test marking) and found the entire course really helpful. In the second attempt, I again took all the videos, top 10 issues and industry insight which helped me a lot. I fully focussed on the industry with very little time spent on theory. I went through Annual reports of 3 oil exploring companies which really gave me a good insight into the industry issues. I feel Astranti is the best option for student for their preparation of SCS and wish everybody sitting for the next exam all the best.