We’ve previously discussed which exams you should choose in your writing. Today you can get a copy of a sample study schedule which covers 3 comps and 24 multis. In my opinion, as I’ve previously stated, this is the absolute maximum you should write. When I wrote in 2010, I only ended up doing two comps properly from start to finish and probably around 20 multis so this is on average what I’d recommend. There are, of course, people who wrote both many less and many more, who passed and did not, so it’s not an exact science. This is a similar study schedule to what some of the large accounting firms use and also implements some ideas I’ve picked up from my Densmore Course a few years back.
Here is a pre-filled calendar template you can use to setup your schedule: UFE Study Schedule – 2012
Here’s some additional tips and thoughts:
- Comp day is flexible – I like Monday because I’m the freshest and have the most energy so it’s easier to plow through a 5 hour exam on Monday for me. I’ve known many who also like Wednesday to break up the week. I also think that Thursday is a valid alternative since you could write thursday and finish debriefing on Friday and take the afternoons off. I don’t recommend Friday because you cannot complete the full write and debrief without going into the weekend or coming back two days later. Which brings me to…
- Weekends off – Your brain and body need time to recover.
- Use “Flex Days” if necessary. You are, at some point, going to get sick of writing, find your performance diminishing or just can’t stand writing another exams, these are all signs of burnout. Monitor this carefully and adjust. Plan to write 24 and 3 comps but understand that you may only be able to write 20 or even 18 multis and 2 comps. Do some light review those burnout days or even better, just take the afternoon or day off. You need to be healthy and not burned out on September 11, 12 and 13.
- Stick to regular hours. Although it’s ideal to match the 9-1 or 9-2 exam writing times I don’t personally find this to be a big deal but stick to something consistent and know yourself best. I wouldn’t be risking starting at 6 or 8pm everyday at this point.
What’s worked for you in the past? What are your plans for setting up a study schedule?