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Good for you if you’ve been taking a bit of a break the last few weeks. Assuming you got good results from SOA earlier today then no doubt you are thinking about what’s next. It’s time to dust off the laptop and get to work again (after the celebratory weekend, of course!).
Before you fall into a UFE panic, the good news is that we’re going to ease into things. Always remember, the goal is to be at your best on the UFE writing days, not after, not before. Many of you will be going on UFE prep courses over the next few weeks. Use those well as they’re solid learning opportunities, and also a great place to have some fun after classes before the full-time study in August.
Speaking of August: the typical UFE intensive study period will be the four week prior to the UFE when you will start doing UFE case writing 5 days a week, full 8 hour days. Before this, don’t go too crazy with the cases. Do what your prep courses recommend or do the 1-2 (max) per week of the older UFE cases to get into the groove of things and learn how they differ from SOA cases if that applies to you.
Some additional suggestions for next week:
- Get an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. If you wrote SOA you’ll get feedback about where you performed well and where you performed poorly. This is a good basis, but remember that you wrote a bunch of other cases during June so go back and look at your marks to see any trends. Most people should have a good understanding where they need work. This is what you’ll focus on first in your UFE study period. You want to target your weaker areas first with cases that test them.
- Make sure you download and print out the full set of UFE cases for the past three years at least. UFE cases are found in the UFE Report for each year which can be found on your Institute’s web portal.
- If you’re an Ontario writer, open up an old UFE cases and see how it’s different. Look at the marking guide/solution. SOA cases are marked different from UFE cases.
That should keep you busy and get you a good start to this year’s UFE season.