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Exam Tips

Exams are a test not only of your knowledge but also your nerve. Panicking isn’t 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 what’s 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 you’re 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 there’s 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 you’ve 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 mistakes.

Study Skills

Get Organized
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 that’s 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 - that’s 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, don’t just write off that study period. Re-schedule it for another day to make up for time missed.

No Marathons
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 isn’t 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 you’ve passed the exams, you’ll want to have a few friends left to celebrate with!

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