Preparing for Your Exam

There are several ways that you can ensure you are best prepared for your CIP examination.

Tips for CIP exam success

The following tips include some best practices that students can use with their existing study habits.

What to Study

Consider these best practices for deciding what material to study for your exam:

• Pay particular attention to the objectives for each study. They tell you where the emphasis is placed in the study material and what you are expected to know when you have completed it.

• Cross-refer the objectives of each study with the course material in the course text.

• Summarize and categorize the material in each study and examine how it correlates to the objectives.

• Use the study aids available to you, including the model questions, review questions and test paper questions in the Student Resource Guide, and the online tutorial.

• Aim to have a good general understanding of the material in all the studies, as the national exam may include at least one question from each study in the course text.

When to Study

Scheduling time for studying is an important component in increasing the chances of a successful exam result. When planning your study schedule, consider these best practices:

• Create a study plan. Include a list of what you intend to study in order of importance. When your plan is made, stick to it! This means committing to your specific time or task. For instance, if you are going to review Study 3, do not stop halfway through.

• Avoid making your study schedule too aggressive. You will become frustrated if you cannot meet your expectations. Remember, you are making a commitment to yourself. You may be tempted to book all of your free time for study, but you need some time for leisure to avoid tiring or burning out.

• Make use of spare time. Time during lunch or on public transit on the way home can be used effectively to study or review course material.

How to Study

Exam success is not only determined by how much you study but also the quality of study. Consider these best practices for studying for the national exam:

• When studying, know what learning is required of you. On the national exam, you are expected to learn the course material to the extent that you can perform the study objectives in the course text.

• Make study notes. Many students find they help to personalize the course material by putting it in their own words. Study notes also allow students to break the course material into separate points that relate to the study objectives.

• Use all the resources that are available to you.The Student Resource Guide, review questions, test papers, and online tutorial allow students to practise with the material. The more you practise with the material, the better chance you have of learning it.

• Develop your own questions. This will allow you to examine the objectives in the course text as well as provide you additional opportunities to use the course material.

Aim to form a good understanding of the material and not just memorizing the content.  Many of the questions on the exam assess for understanding and application of the material.

During the exam

Having the right strategy on exam day can make a big difference:

• Watch your time and pace yourself. Don't spend too much time on questions you're having trouble with.

• Answer the questions you find easiest first. With these questions complete, you will have more time to concentrate on the more difficult questions.

Aim for content, not volume. Present your answer in point form with short sentences. Pay attention to the total number of marks on the question as a cue for the number of points required to adequately answer that question. Answer the question to be best of your ability using our own words.