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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