Post by jenniferyoung on Sept 19, 2015 18:06:57 GMT
I was wondering at what stage you were at with preparing for the SCS exam in November?
Also...in the following points...what do you think?
- For revision of theory, how in depth should this be? I sat strategic level three years ago so a lot of it is forgotten and under different syllabus. Is theory in Astranti SCS theory textbook 2 enough? Or is more in depth necessary?
- Also in regards to theory how much of the lower levels is necessary to revise? Do we need to know it for SCS?
- For mocks - has anyone done one of these yet? Also is it recommended to do any mocks for past exams or wait for pre-seen and do mocks based on that? My concern is that I would spend a lot of time on analysis of pre-seen for past papers and it would be of limited value.
I have been working through Astranti SCS textbooks part one and two, Kaplan SCS textbook and also theory from Kaplan E3, P3 and F3 texts and have a course for next month.
I just don't know if I am finding balance of theory and question practise. I haven't done any mocks yet, just questions from Astranti/Kaplan SCS textbooks.
I get the feeling the real work will start when pre-seen released...all the analysis of it with assistance of Astranti theory textbook and the Astranti mocks based on actual pre-seen.
Would be interested to hear the thoughts of you all.
I sat for the August SCS. I realised you need to be well prepared. Have your theory at your fingertips as well as the practical. I was surprised to see a question on mentoring which we did in E2. So basically you need to have an idea of everything you did in the past. Best wishes
I was in a similar position as you and I have just passed the August 15 case study with a mark of 97.
I completed the Strategy level over a period of 4 years as I kept stopping and starting. When I eventually sat the August 15 case study it was 2 years after passing my last Strategy paper and 4 years after my first!
I found the Astranti textbook sufficient and I used my old Kaplan books for areas where I needed more detail. Theory is not as important in the SCS and you do not need to do calculations so don't worry about re-learning them!
I found the pre-scene analysis and Masterclass 1 very helpful but the most important was the marked mocks. I bought 5 papers in total and got 2 marked and it helped identify weaknesses in my answer technique which I think was key to helping me pass. It is going to be hard after a gap of 3 years but if you are able to think on your feet you have a fighting chance. Good luck!
Thank you for your advice. I have also purchased the 5 papers from Astranti and having 3 marked. It is good to have your feedback on that! It is also encouraging to know you felt the Astranti theory text was sufficient...it certainly feels comprehensive after going through it all. I initially bought the three Kaplan texts on the strategic level but they're so detailed...I went through some to start and quickly realised it wasn't a good use of time.
I will think about the masterclasses however I have another course already booked elsewhere, sorry to say it was where I studied before and before I knew about the enormous success of Astranti students!
I have also got the pre-seen analysis video pack and await the release of the pre-seen tomorrow.
Thanks again for your advice and again well done on your achievement.
Your welcome and thanks! I forgot to answer your question fully (lucky I did not do that in the exam)! With regards to revising topics from the lower levels, The SCS text 2 also covers E2 in the last chapters as Astranti identified that its topics tend to feature in the SCS. I found the E2 chapter very useful and some of it did feature in the paper I sat.