Lynnel is our new CIA exam blogger from the Philippines. She writes every Friday.
Hello everyone! I am officially done with the exam and felt very exhausted. For those who haven’t read yet my previous blog, I took the exam last January 18, 2017. I scheduled for Part 2 in the morning and Part 1 in the afternoon.
Weeks and days before the exam I am at peace and very relax. It may be because; I am well prepared to ace the exam.
My Exam Day
On the exam day, I woke up early in the morning to make sure I arrived at the testing center a little earlier than my schedule exam. I made sure that I had a clear mind, no worries and thoughts running through my mind to be able not to lose focus.
The exam was really tricky and I was surprised that it was a bit long. I thought at first that I wouldn’t finish the exam on time since I was taking too long in answering the questions.
Good thing during my practice exam, I managed to answer 30 seconds to 1 minute per question and left about 25 to 30 mins before the exam ended. I usually skip/ flagged questions which I really don’t understand what’s being asked and answer those short and easy questions. I maximize my extra time to those flagged questions and look for keywords, in order to choose the correct answer.
Part 1 and Part 2 Back to Back
I was brave enough to take parts 1 and 2 on the same day, realizing that I just had two hours to take my lunch and rest for a while for another exam. It was really tempting to check my first exam results but, but I stayed put because I told myself that it might affect the performance on my next exam.
In addition, it was a challenge to take the exam after lunch because it made me very sleepy. Meanwhile at some point, I managed to close my eyes for ten seconds during the exam just to feel refreshed. My brother advises me to take an energy drink , eat a few meal and also drink some tea after lunch.
By the time I finished my last exam, I immediately checked the results for both parts, and I really couldn’t believe my eyes! I was really teary eyed and I couldn’t contain my happiness to see “pass” on both exams. I called my mom and dad for the good news, they felt very happy too.
I cannot say that my part 1 and part 2 were easy; it was moderately difficult. You need a good preparation and a good grasp of the concepts. I believe that is the key to ace the exam.
I would like to thank Stephanie for this helpful website and to those who include me in their prayers and take time to send me good luck. And yes, finally the journey begins for Part 3.
Note from Stephanie
Lynnel, you are most welcome, and I am so happy for you!
It’s amazing to see how my bloggers overperform in their success rate — my CMA bloggers achieve an overall 80%+ vs the global average at 49%. I am expecting the same from my CIA bloggers 🙂
Why the outperformance?
Because bloggers hold themselves accountable in front of the entire community. They have the pressure to try their very best.
We may not met each other, but our bonding is strong. I guess bloggers like Lynnel feel our support.
Also, blogging helps one to reflect on their progress, evaluate own weakness and map out a solution — the solution has to be organized and clear enough to be presented in the post.
If you are too busy to blog, no worries, you can still take part by dropping a note to say hi, offering your congrats to Lynnel, and sharing your own progress in the comment section.
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