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Exams are a test not only of your
knowledge but also your nerve. Panicking isnt going to help, so just take a deep
breath and get started!
- Read through the entire exam first
before starting to answer anything. This will give you an overall impression of
whats required and may also help you to plan a strategy for answering specific
questions and allocating them different times.
- Before you start answering, read all
directions and questions very carefully, you may save yourself some work! For instance:
Answer questions #1, #2, or #3. (Note the or.) Check the answer(s). (There may
be one or more answers.)
- Do the easy questions first and mark
the ones that give you trouble. Only return to them when you are finished answering the
questions youre confident on.
- If you have to guess an answer, put
down the first one that occurs to you. When you check your answers towards the end of the
exam, only change those answers you are positive are incorrect.
- If you have a choice of questions,
try to do the ones that count the most.
- Unless theres a penalty for a
wrong answer, be sure to answer them all.
- Leave some time at the end of the
exam to check back over what youve written. This will allow you to spot (and answer)
any questions you may have missed as well as give you a chance to find and correct
The ACI Exams require a large time
commitment, so the first thing to concentrate on is compiling a workable schedule.
- You should start by jotting down all
time thats not your own (like work hours for instance).
- Then write in more flexible
activities like personal affairs, recreational activities and sleep.
- Finally, fill in the hours you intend
to study. Try to keep them in two-hour blocks - thats usually enough time to get
some real work done without tiring yourself out.
- Once you have your study hours
identified, prepare a time-table so that when you sit down, you know exactly what has to
be studied first and for how long. This will help you save both time and mental energy by
helping you to get down to business faster.
Choose your Moment
In planning your schedule keep this in
mind: Each of us has a best time of the day - a time when we are at our most
alert. Wherever possible, try to schedule your study for these times of the day and always
study your most difficult topic first - when you are freshest and most alert.
Stick to It
Stick to your study schedule and
hold yourself accountable. If something unavoidable comes up to disrupt it, dont
just write off that study period. Re-schedule it for another day to make up for time
Don't try to cram all your
studying into a massive session just before the exam. Study marathons are
counterproductive - they are tiring and ineffective. Three 2-hour sessions will serve you
far better than a single 6-hour session. Take a short break every hour and alternate
subjects when you feel your concentration waning.
All Work and No Play
Study hard, but be realistic. Life
isnt just about work and study - you need to schedule time for play. Work hard while
you study, but take time to relax and unwind. Besides, when youve passed the exams,
youll want to have a few friends left to celebrate with!