Never go over your allotted time

Simulations have ranged between 60 minutes and 90 minutes. It’s tempting sometimes to cheat a little both in the mock simulations you write and in the real thing when you have three exams in a row and what’s a few extra minutes to finish that quant or add a couple more procedures.

Don’t. Don’t do it in your mocks and don’t do it on the real thing where you only get one chance.

Suggested times are there for a reason. Each simulation is trying to test something and the exam designers force you to be concise and test your ranking ability through this mechanism. Each exam is worth the proportion it is worth even if you go over the allotted time. Take 5 or 10 minutes per exam and your last exam is short 10-20 minutes. If it’s a 60 minute exam you’re toast. And maybe that’s the simulation full of assurance or maybe it’s the one with the one governance indicator that you need to get an RC on. You’ll likely be stressed out in the exam and you won’t be thinking about these things.

So don’t. Always practice with strict cut offs and enforce them during the real thing.


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