By Morgan International Staff Writers
Nobody sets out to fail an exam – and the reality is that failure can be difficult to cope with. However professional certification exams are tough! Lots of candidates fail. If it unfortunately happens to you, the first thing to do is take a step back and put it into perspective - you will not be the first or the last to be doing a retake. We have helped many students pass after failure and these are our top tips for success:
Get your head straight
Don’t try and blame anyone or anything else for your failure. It has happened. Take a bit of breathing room and a bit of time to relax and reflect.
Review what went wrong
If you can access your exam script and marks, review that in detail. This will allow you to quickly and easily see you where you went wrong and the particular areas you will need to give extra focus to. Also address in your mind any specific exam technique issues you experienced – such as running out of time to finish the paper.
There are training companies out there who are incredibly experienced in coaching candidates through retakes, with impressive success rates. Furthermore, they typically have a huge bank of resources such as sample questions that you can access. Have a think about what additional resources you might need.
Make a plan
Now that you have considered what went wrong last time, and have hopefully sought some professional advice, you need to plan your study time. Be realistic in what you can achieve, bearing in mind you probably also have a full time role. Ensure you have time to cover all of the content – give more time to areas where you felt you were weak the first time around.
Do lots of practice papers
This in my view is fundamentally important. Even if you have done the papers before, do them again. Make sure you do them under exam conditions as this will identify any issues with your exam technique.
Failure can be very tough to manage but with some perspective you can get back on the proverbial horse and work hard to ensure it does not happen a second time around.