Practicing is just the first step in a 3 step process for improvement. The second step is just as vital and often the part of the process which is not always done properly, you must review your own answers carefully.
Here is the full 3 step process:
1) Practice a mock exam under exam conditions using your acquired knowledge -
2) Review your attempt - (See a guide to doing this below)
3) Work on your weaknesses that have been shown by in the review - e.g. Revise theory and practice how it can apply to the preseen
Of course, you can get someone else to review your script. If the reviewer is highly experienced then the feedback will be more detailed and helpful.
If you are marking your own script, here are the main questions you must ask yourself:
- How well did you apply the case to the unseen scenario - are you scoring enough application marks?
- Your application to the preseen - are you using preseen information enough?
- Is the balance of your points under the technical, people, business and leadership areas even? If not and where you need to improve?
- Your exam technique - are you focusing on what you need to do to score more marks or are your answers unfocused and unstructured?
- Your writing style - is the way you make points scoring good marks? Often people don’t do this in the right way and lose easy marks.
- Are your points long enough and your explanations detailed enough?
- Are you writing enough to pass?
- Do you need to make more points and in which sections?
- Are there any key areas of technical weakness that you need to revise?
- How do you rate your overall performance compared with the solution? (Our mock exam solutions are the equivalent of an 90%+ exam script so do not expect to write in as much detail as these)
Nick Best and the Astranti team