Five top tips for R0 exam success – part 2


Five top tips for R0 exam success – part 2

Some notes from a student who passed his CII R0 exams

In my last blog, I started looking at my 5 key tips on how to achieve R0 exam success. These are lessons that I learned the hard way and I share with you so you might not do the same! I covered three of the top tips in my previous blog:

One – Make a plan
Two – Get your work/life balance right
Three – Mix up revision techniques

If you want to read these tips first, click here

So here I go with my final two tips that will help you on your journey to R0 exam success…

Tip Four – Broad Ideas

• Most people are looking to do as little revision as they feel they can get away with. Get used to picking up the broad ideas.
• Examiners don’t usually ask you a question where the answer is a single line on page 187 in the book, for example.
• As you well know, the amount of content within each R0 study text is vast. This means that the exam will often test your knowledge of general ideas. So concentrate on understanding the concepts within each chapter as much as the specific detail.
• This is not to say you should skim over parts of the book. Relying, for example, on just a summary of the key conetent of each chapter in a study text is unlikely to be enough. It might be if you have a few years of experience, but it wasn’t enough for me.

Tip Five – Revision Questions

• I have touched upon this in both Tip One and Three, but I really can’t emphasis enough the importance of doing practice questions.  The CII RevisionMate questions – the one’s that you get online when you purchase the CII study text, were a good test. Most people do these at the end of their study. I was encouraged to use them at the start (or perhaps after I had skim read a chapter) and this really worked. It reinforced what I did know and identified what I didn’t. I then used the CII study text as a reference tool rather than reading it from cover to cover.
• What I found useful was to do a past paper, mark it myself, and then go through the paper again, making notes on every question I got wrong.
• I would always aim to have 5 or 6 practice exams, and do each 2 or 3 times; repetition is key, as it not only forces knowledge to stick in your memory, but also use it as a way to identify areas which require more work.  The CII RevisionMate questions were very useful but perhaps a little harder than those in the actual exam.

I hope that these help you to pass your exam first time.

Sam Patterson


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