by ACCA student Hafeez Adeboye
There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to sitting exams. All your hard work in the run-up to the exams is compressed into three hours where you try to prove to the examiners that you know what you’re talking about. This could tip your emotions over the edge, especially if you are not adequately prepared. Remember, the importance of study is not the acquisition of facts, but learning how to apply the facts.
My three steps to adequate preparation are practise, practise and practise. Practise past exam papers in simulated exam conditions, continuously. This is my ‘silver bullet’ to achieving confidence during the exams and by extension, exam success.
Feel confident on the day of the exam by doing the following:
1. Check your route to the exam centre the day before and plan your journey adequately.
2. Go to bed early the night before the exam to ensure you have a good night’s sleep.
3. Wake up early and be at the venue before the exam starts.
4. Check that you have your proof of identification.
5. Keep an extra calculator and an extra black ink ball point pen (only a black ink pen is allowed for writing in the ACCA exams).
Whilst some of the topics in a number of the exams can be relatively predictable, there will always be surprises that can crop up. But one thing you should definitely do during the exam is to remain cool, calm and collected.