- July 23, 2017 at 7:16 am
So on the 13th July I made a post here (CIMA E1 and P1) which I cleared and got pretty good marks. I wrote within the post that I’m going to start from zero and prepare F1 to attempt in a month for Operational Case Study exam. Case Study’s last date for registration is 25th July.
One month was a real short time and the fact I almost knew nothing in F1 but what motivated me was my teacher when he said ‘ Even 10 days are enough to prepare and clear’ and it all started. And I cleared very easily. Here’s what you need to know:
F1 is the easiest after E1 exam.
Kaplan text book is all I studied but made sure I’m not just reading but also understanding EVERY topic. (Google any sub topic if you get stuck)
Kaplan’s Practice kit is A MUST because it has very hard full length Qs compared to the exam and it prepares you well. I attempted all 400 and re-practiced ones I couldn’t attempt.
I revised the book again in two days to understand the concepts well, again.
Finally bought Cima Aptitude 2 and attempted about 200 Qs there.
After all this practice, which should take about 3-4 days, I revised the book again to get firm grip of all the concepts after 600-700 practice Qs.
It took me 28 -30 days to get fully ready and I attempted the exam. It was really easy and it can be easy for you too if you follow these key steps to pass:
Relax for the whole 15 mins of tutorial before exam starts.
Once you’re ready, the key is to start and do the Easy Qs first. I do not even read the Longer/numerical Qs instead quickly flag them and keep moving.
Find the short/theoretical Qs first and attempt which are easy compared to the rest
First 30 mins you’ve to attempt all short/easy Qs and flag rest of them
After 30 mins, you’ll notice you’ve done 15-25 Qs once you quickly reach the last Q and review the screen to check the left ones.
Last 60 mins, you’ll feel very relaxed since you’ve 45-35 Qs left in 60 mins.
There’s always 5-10 Qs that are long/hard and require some time so always leave it to the end and attempt the rest. Never waste your time on Q if you get stuck.
P.s Little hack: I couldn’t 6 Qs so I choose the option D for all of them and hoped least one/two of them could go right.
So in the end it was pretty easy and I cleared with 113 marks. One month preparation and this is all what I’ve done. Now the 10-12 days prep for my Casestudy exam. Hope it helps everyone.July 25, 2017 at 9:05 am
Brilliant, congratz and thx for ur help!!!
welldone again Madii 😉August 6, 2017 at 3:04 pm
do you work full time ? just wondered as you never mentioned in you post. As I am trying to gauge how long it would take to complete each paper, thanks.August 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm
No I dont work. However, if you do not work and study with pure dedication 1 and a half months are enough for each subjectAugust 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm
I cleared P1 in june and am planning to sit F1 in Sept. Is F1 more difficult than P1? And where can i search my pass mark? because i received just “pass” paper.August 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm
I just cleared P1 yesterday and I think that it was much more difficult than F1.September 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm
Congrats- and thank you for sharing… I have a month till I write my F1 paper and I was really not sure if it can make it happen…Thank you for the confidence boost…October 13, 2017 at 11:12 am
I passed my F1 exam few days back scored 107.January 5, 2018 at 1:42 pm
Any advice from you how to quickly prepare for the operational case study exam? ThanksFebruary 6, 2018 at 9:27 am
I have already Kaplan Kit,that I’ve bought with Study text, but what is about CIMA Aptitude 2? What is the difference between CimaAptitude 1 and 2?February 9, 2018 at 10:42 pm
Buna Elena :),
Aptitude 2 contains questions that are not found in the exam kit from Kaplan. That’s what Aptitude 1 contains.
Toate bune! 😉July 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm
I have deleted any posts asking for electronic copies of exam kits. This is copyrighted material and asking for copies of it is illegal, unethical and against the forum rules.September 1, 2018 at 9:51 am
hello, new student of CIMA
is learning CIMA F1 notes which are available on opentuitions website enough for exams?September 27, 2018 at 10:11 am
You would like so… They keeping repeating it is not.February 19, 2019 at 1:56 am
Loved it- option D! Usually B for me! ? Well Done to all of you ! !!!!!March 4, 2019 at 4:51 pm
Are the CIMA Aptitude tests supplementary to the Kaplan Practice Kit?April 1, 2019 at 4:54 pm
Madii77, you are right. i used a similar technique and i did it in three weeks though i had some knowledge from my previous studies . i thinks we lose a lot time trying to work on the hard and long questions. very inspirational, keep it up.
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