Monthly Archives: December 2012

Last minute CKE advice

If you haven’t seen, some good questions about ways to study in the last week of time available for the 2013 CKE in the comments.

With a little over a week to go, you can check out some of the topics I’ve covered in the past weeks on the CKE. In case you missed it, the 40-60% range on mock exam is reasonable so don’t panic if you’re seeing those kinds of marks. Norgrove, of course, is an exception.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a fan of studying by doing mock exams so with just over a week left, and some holidays mixed in there, you should be writing practice exams now over sitting and reading technical which is, in my opinion, often an easier and less active form of studying. I also mentioned, do what worked for you in University, there are multiple ways to the same place.

I’ll be checking the comments, and others do too, so feel free to discuss any last minute stuff there. Otherwise, happy studying.

I’d like to just take a sec to say a big thanks to everyone who has been coming in, and often leaving positive feedback about UFE Blog. I’ll be around over the next year as we get closer to UFE 2013 so I hope you’ll keep finding this useful. Feel free to get in touch and let me know anything specific you want covered.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

A reminder about the Norgrove CKE questions

Unless the CKE has drastically changed in the last year or two (it hasn’t) then the Norgrove questions are much, much more difficult than the CKE level questions. They’re also not exactly designed to take the same amount of time to answer so you should not be surprised when you’re getting really bad marks on Norgrove exams. They’re very difficult.

As I mentioned before, they are great for studying and learning though. Norgrove provides excellent solutions and you can learn a lot from them which will give you a more solid base which is useful for the CKE. I think they are worth doing for that reason.

The Densmore, Dunlop and PASS exams are more representative with the Dunlop said to be the closest.

You should be at the point now where you’re writing mock exams everyday. Don’t forget to be reasonable about the marks you can expect.

Good luck!

What mock CKE marks to expect

As many of you will already know, the ICAO does not release information about what the passing score is for the CKE so you have no way to judge yourself. My opinion is based on an estimate of how many people pass the CKE and what I’ve seen in student performance the past few years.

By the time the CKE rolls around, in late December, you’re performance, on average, will be in the 40-60% category. This may seem low but it’s what I consistently see on the Densmore, Dunlop and PASS exams. The Norgrove are a different story and I don’t include this because they are at a higher level of difficulty.

I’ve known people scoring in the 50-60% category achieve 1st decile so I’m confident if you’re in the 60%+ area you’re in very good shape to achieve 1st decile.

If you haven’t already, check out the previous post on how to study for the CKE.

Keep working hard!

I failed the UFE. What do I do now?

Today we have a guest post from Kayla Switzer’s Blog: I Failed the UFE! Now What? You can also get in touch through her web site at www.KaylaSwitzer.comFeel free to contact Kayla if you have any questions or just want to vent! 

When I first failed the UFE it was mind-numbing. Failing the UFE wasn’t something I could forget over the weekend. I couldn’t just continue on like it was no big deal. I was devastated. But as time went on it got a little better, and by Christmas I was starting to feel normal again. But I didn’t really know what to do. I had so many questions! And I know you probably do too, so I will tell you that there’s not much to do now but there are a few things. In fact there are deadlines for appealing and ordering your PAR so you should think about that right away.

I appealed my results. I don’t necessarily recommend you appeal. I paid the (high) cost of appealing and didn’t get a pass, which everyone will tell you is the most likely result. I still wanted to do it though, just to be sure, so that when I was studying I was 100% confident that I had failed. But if you do appeal most people will say you’re crazy because they will likely think you are just putting yourself through failing again – and you are. In the spring you will most likely get an email that says that they have reviewed your paper and that you failed. But I didn’t let this bother me and you shouldn’t either. Whatever your decision is it is just that. Your decision.

In fact, there are a several decisions you should be making right away and planning will feel good because you will feel in control of your UFE destiny. Here are a few things you should be doing right now:
  1. Determining whether or not to appeal. Make sure you have a good understanding of your transcript to make this decision. I explain the transcript in detail in my book but basically it comes down to where you failed. If you failed at Level One with sufficiency level of 1, you have the highest chance of passing on appeal… and your chance is about 1%, at the most. So the likelihood of passing is clearly low, and becomes pretty close to 0% chance of passing on appeal with a sufficiency rating greater than 1.
  2. Determining whether or not to order your PAR. I talk about the PAR a lot in my book as well and this is of course a personal choice as well, just as much as the appeal. But the PAR is confusing, so if you are going to order it make sure you have someone who can help you determine what it is actually saying because it’s not obvious when you see it. You can actually hire someone to review your PAR and make it more manageable for you to understand. The PAR is not helpful for a level 1 fail, but is quite helpful at a level 2 and 3 fail.
  3. Sign up for an experienced writer’s course (if that’s what you want.) I provide mentoring one-on-one if you are looking for an experienced mentor/marker.
  4. Remember: “They can because they think they can.” Virgil (Classical Roman Poet) So stay positive! You can do this!

Happy Holidays!

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