The most critical time for the UFE is your August study schedule which leads up to the UFE on September 11, 12 and 13 of 2012. During this time you should be focusing on writing simulations, marking them with a study partner or group and then debriefing them yourself. We’ll tackle all these things individually in the future but for now, I’ll just throw some stuff at you to consider when making up your study schedule.
Today’s topic is which exams to write and in what order.
From what I’ve seen, most people tend to stick to the last three years of cases but a completely full schedule could allow you four years which is up to 24 multis and up to 3 comps which is around the ideal maximum amount that you would want to write in your study period. Writing 3 comps can be a bit daunting so I might replace one of the comps with another couple of multis which you can draw from the 2008 pile of cases. I think if you are planning on writing any more than this you risk peaking and your performance sliding so do so with caution.
My recommended strategy for which cases to write in order has to do with which competencies you feel you need the most work on. For most students, I think their weak areas tend to be tax and PMR so therefore, if this applies to you, I would develop a study schedule that is heavy on those two competencies early on so that you focus and improve right away. As time goes on you’ll gradually reduce the amount of PMR and tax (if this applies to you) and see more of the other competencies. I would also save the PQs for as late as you can as I recommend it be the last thing you try to master.
That said, I’m including below info about which competency is tested on each exam so you can use it to help devise a schedule. You can also find an Excel: UFE Competencies Tested By Exam – 2007-2011, which goes back all the way to 2007. What strategies do you have for building an exam schedule?
x = tested once; xx = tested twice.