The suggested times on the UFE are not guidelines

You should be starting your UFE study period today. Congratulations! The next four weeks might feel unpleasant at times but you can also have a lot of fun and you will most certainly learn a lot. Hopefully you’ll see yourself improving through your tracking sheet sooner rather than later. Remember to stay balanced to to take weekends off to rest and recover.

Today’s topic is about UFE cut off times. Since we want you to have good habits from the start I’m going to encourage you to stick with whatever the exam tells you to do and never go over your allotted time!

While with the Comps you don’t have a choice since examiners will cut you off, with the multis, there is some flexibility. Simulations have ranged from 60-90 minutes each in past years but your total time will be four hours.

The time guidelines are not just there as someone’s suggestion as to how long they think the exam should take but they are one of the mechanisms used to test ranking, a very important factor on the UFE. The CICA wants to judge how you look at issues and whether you can determine what is critically important and what is less important. They do this through giving you, sometimes, a time crunch on the exam and forcing you to only tackle the most important stuff and leave behind the less important stuff.

So, if you happen to get a 60 minute exam, and it feels like you need another 20 to do it properly, this could be one of those cases.

The problem is, that if you take 20 more minutes on this one exam, you won’t score much higher since in their grading scheme the CICA only gives points for the top issues which you could have conquered in 60 minutes and not the additionally issues you did in the extra 20 minutes. You lose.

You lose because in the remaining two exams you’ll short change yourself. You won’t have the time to go into greater depth where marks are given because you spent your time talking more issues where marks were not given.

So get in the habit right now if you’re not already.  Always practice with strict cut offs and enforce them during the real UFE.

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