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									                    How to Pass Diploma
Exam Techniques

                   and ACII Examinations
                               Len Wilkins FCII
                          Consultant, Wellington plc
                             & Chris Paine Dip CII
                   Independent Training Consultant & Advisor

                    Chairman : N. White, Senior Casualty Underwriter
                      St Paul International Insurance Company Ltd

                           Insurance Institute of London Lecture
                       First Floor Suite, London Underwriting Centre
                                   Monday 1st March 2004
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                         Insurance Institute of London
Exam Techniques

                   Website : www.iilondon.co.uk

                   Lecture Scripts
                   2003 / 2004
                   9th February 2004 How to Study and Revise
                   1st March 2004 How to Pass CII Examinations

                   Please visit website – we’ll save some trees !
                   Lots of other interesting information as well


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                  Basic Rule - No matter how good you
                  are, you still need the right technique
Exam Techniques

                   For those of you who have cracked
                    exams, hearty congratulations, but for
                    mere mortals, here are some thoughts

                   Exam technique is frequently the
                    difference between passing and failing

                   Every exam requires special techniques
                    multi-choice, short answers, essay
                    answers
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                        Basic Rule - Right Technique
Exam Techniques


                   Even well-prepared candidates can get
                    things wrong by misreading questions
                    or running out of time

                   Contrary to popular belief, the CII really
                    does want you to pass first time !




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                             So far it’s been studying
Exam Techniques

                   Objectives - not too many – maximum 2
                    exams per sitting

                   Study, Study, Study

                   Take course textbook apart and rewrite it

                   Complete all assignments especially
                    Continuous Assessments


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                             So far it’s been studying
Exam Techniques

                   Have you covered all main topics in
                    syllabus ?

                   Look at past exam papers - check style

                   Organise yourself - time for fun & time to
                    study

                   8 weeks before exam it’s revise, revise,
                    revise - but you can only revise what you’ve
                    already learned
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                                                        Hint
Exam Techniques

                   CII Examiners are sent a grid showing
                    syllabus points and when topics were last
                    examined

                   Carrying out same exercise is a great idea, so
                    get examination guides for the last four
                    examination sessions

                   £ 6.00 (+ VAT) from CII website : www.cii.co.uk
                    or by e-mail to publishing@cii.co.uk


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                                 Revision
                   Use techniques that work for you
Exam Techniques


                  Passive Revision - learning, reviewing
                   notes, re-expressing facts, concepts and
                   ideas

                  Active Revision - answer questions, use
                   memory ‘joggers’ - words, rhymes, tapes,
                   flash cards for key points and legal cases,
                   mind maps to link things together

                   Above all practise under exam conditions !
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                                                  Revision
Exam Techniques

                   Monitor your revision, make a timetable
                    by topic and syllabus and keep to it

                   Use CBT or On-Line help if available

                   Remember, you need somewhere quiet,
                    free of distractions and equipped with
                    storage space



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                                                   Attitude
Exam Techniques


                   Think POSITIVELY

                   Be CONFIDENT

                   Remember that you are going to get a
                    DISTINCTION !




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                             Know Your Examinations
Exam Techniques

                   Certificate, Diploma or ACII, they’re all
                    different – it’s a game of time versus marks


                   If you’ve 3 hours or 180 minutes to gain 200
                    marks, that’s just 4 minutes for each 5 marks
                    (after checking etc…)

                   CII Pass Mark normally 110 marks (55%)


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                    Know Your Examinations - Diploma
Exam Techniques

                  Diploma Compulsory (PO1 or 2, PO3, PO4)
                   20 short answer questions in 3 hours or 8
                    minutes a question (with checking time)
                   10 marks per question
                  Diploma Branch (P10, P11, P12, P13, P16)
                   14 short answer plus 2 essay questions
                   10 marks each - allow max 2 hours for short
                    questions (about 8 minutes per question)
                   30 marks for each essay – 1 hour for essays

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                     Know Your Examinations - ACII
Exam Techniques

                  ACII Compulsory (510, 520, 530)
                   Part One 8 short or 5 minutes per question
                    (CII own suggestion max 45 minutes)
                   6 marks for each short question (48 marks)

                   Part Two 4 essays (510 has compulsory
                    question – no differential in marks)
                   38 marks each essay (152 marks)
                   Approximately 30 minutes per essay

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                     Know Your Examinations - ACII
                  ACII Specialist, Technical, Management
Exam Techniques


                   Part One 8 short or 5 minutes per question
                    (CII own suggestion max 45 minutes)
                   6 marks for each short question (48 marks)
                   Some have compulsory question (50 marks)
                   If compulsory question included, then 3 more
                    essays at 34 marks for each essay (102 marks)
                   If no compulsory questions, then 4 essays at
                    38 marks each (152 marks)
                   Still approximately 30 minutes per essay
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                                    Three VITAL points
                   NO marks for questions that you do not
Exam Techniques

                    attempt - never leave anything blank -
                    intelligent guess is better than nothing

                   You are not going to get more than marks
                    allocated to the question - if question asks
                    for three examples, you will get no extra
                    marks for mentioning a fourth

                   Rare to get 100% of allocated marks -
                    especially with essay questions – but you
                    are extremely likely to get some marks for at
                    least attempting a question
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                                    Other VITAL points
                   Examiners never assume knowledge
Exam Techniques

                   Students who ‘know’ subject often get low
                    marks - this is quite common
                   For some people, most difficult paper is one
                    where they have specialist knowledge
                   Perhaps they have worked in or studied
                    subject before
                   Please remember to tell examiner all facts -
                    especially ones that are so obvious that they
                    seem not worth mentioning
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                        So to the Examination itself
Exam Techniques

                   Do you know where Exam Centre is ?
                   Do a trial run
                   Can you park there if you need to ?
                   Have carbohydrate and protein-rich
                    breakfast or lunch to raise your energy
                   Get there in plenty of time
                   Remember to take necessary identification
                   Pens, pencils, calculators, erasers etc
                   Water or juice (if allowed)


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                                      Examination Itself
Exam Techniques

                   Be organised - as you sit waiting for paper,
                    remind yourself that you know the exam,
                    you know what’s required and that
                    examiners want you to pass
                   Deal with any distractions before you start
                    (wobbly table - too hot - too noisy)
                   Listen carefully to envigilator’s instructions
                   Use a watch/clock/stopwatch



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                                      Examination Itself
Exam Techniques


                   Read WHOLE PAPER FIRST !!!
                   Note what questions are compulsory and
                    how marks are awarded
                   Follow exam paper instructions precisely
                    and manage your time
                   Then decide in what order to do questions




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                                      Examination Itself
Exam Techniques

                   Pace yourself - don’t spend all your energy
                    on first few questions
                   Allow time for checking
                   READ and UNDERSTAND each question
                    THOROUGHLY
                   Look for KEY words or INSTRUCTIONS
                   Check and recheck your time allocation



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                                      Examination Itself
Exam Techniques


                   Plan your answers - write down lists of
                    dates, cases etc - use bullet points for short
                    answers and for planning essay answers

                   Jot down headings, sort into logical
                    sequence and CHECK ALL points have been
                    covered - let’s call them your ‘TRIGGERS’



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                                      Examination Itself
Exam Techniques


                   Inside front cover of answer paper,
                    brainstorm questions by writing down these
                    triggers you will use when answering in full

                   If you run out of time, there is now some
                    form of answer already there

                   If necessary, refer examiner to those notes


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                                            General Rules
Exam Techniques


                   CONSIDER whole questions
                   CONSTRUCT your answer relating to key
                    words and your knowledge
                   UNDERLINE key words
                   LINK your points to key words in question
                   PRIORITISE the points listed




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                                            Specific Rules
                   Short Answer Questions - use bullet points
Exam Techniques

                    or note form (CII own suggestion)
                   Essay Questions - use bullet points to plan
                    your answer
                   KEEP REFERRING BACK TO QUESTION
                   Write down first bullet point and then refer
                    back to question – cover your next bullet
                    point and so on
                   CHECK ALL your points have been covered
                   Develop your essay from there

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                                      Other Vital Points
Exam Techniques

                   If you’ve a choice of two questions and it’s
                    difficult to decide between them, jot down
                    headings for both and see which one can
                    be developed better to obtain more marks

                   Make sure you answer question the
                    examiner actually set, not question you
                    wanted him/her to set



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                        What the Examiner Means !!!
Exam Techniques

                   STATE
                   Write down clearly

                   OUTLINE
                   Identify main features or general ideas on
                    topic

                   DESCRIBE
                   Give a fuller account of something


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                        What the Examiner Means !!!
Exam Techniques

                   EXPLAIN
                   Give clear and detailed account to show
                    you understand philosophy of subject

                   ADVISE
                   Look at circumstances, identify possible
                    alternatives and provide reasoned solutions

                   LIST
                   Provide a series of bullet points

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                         Answering Style & Structure
Exam Techniques

                   Structure your answer – try not waffle,
                    repeat or pad - examiners get bored easily
                    and they’re not silly
                   Include an introduction defining terms and
                    stating how you will approach question -
                    then do main points
                   Remember key examiners’ terms
                   Remember to use paragraphs (examiners
                    get lost in long single blocks of writing –
                    like some of our slides – sorry)

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                         Answering Style & Structure
Exam Techniques

                   Presentation - you will not fail because you
                    do not write or spell well or that your
                    grammar and punctuation are not perfect
                   You will get better marks if your script is
                    easy to read and understand
                   If question involves figurework, it’s about
                    insurance principles not mathematics - if
                    answer is not working out very well, it’s
                    likely you’ve made a mistake

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                         Answering Style & Structure
                   CII examiners use a follow-through system -
Exam Techniques

                    if result is wrong but logic is right, you will
                    still get bulk of marks

                   If you run short of time, try to answer in
                    note or bullet-point form (or refer to folder
                    cover)

                   Even let examiner know that you are
                    running out of time

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                                   Marking Your Paper
Exam Techniques

                   Marking schedule is prepared at same time
                    as exam paper
                   May be amended if examiner sees fit
                   Marking schedule is designed to reward
                    correct but does not penalise incorrect
                   Papers will normally be marked within a
                    month of exam
                   Marks are moderated for fairness


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                       Why others are going to fail !
                   Failure to answer the question set
Exam Techniques

                   Inadequate understanding of main principles
                   Failure to answer enough questions
                   Waffling, repetition (including question itself)
                   Failure to structure an answer properly
                   No paragraphs, headings or underlinings
                   Setting out both sides of a discussion or
                    illogical and confused presentation
                   Poor standard of English
                   Poor (illegible) handwriting
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                                   Some Crucial Hints
Exam Techniques

                   UNDERLINE key words
                   LIST relevant points
                   LINK your points to key words
                   PRIORITISE points listed
                   CONSIDER whole question
                   CONSTRUCT your answer relating to key
                    words and your knowledge



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                               Why do some Fail ?
Exam Techniques

                   Because they are unprepared

                   Because they have not structured their
                    study and revision correctly

                   But mostly, because they use the wrong
                    techniques !



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                                      Remember !!!!!!
Exam Techniques

                   Be POSITIVE
                   Be ORGANISED
                   Use your MEMORY SKILLS
                   Use the RIGHT TECHNIQUES
                   Use BULLET POINTS if you run out of time
                    - better to say something rather than
                    nothing
                   Be PREPARED, do not rely on luck


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                      Remember the Golden Rules
Exam Techniques

                   When exam is over, try not to discuss it
                    with anyone else – only the examiner’s
                    personal opinion matters
                   One last task - when you have put books
                    away, reflect on what went right, what went
                    wrong and what you can learn from this and
                    give any useful revision resources to help
                    your colleagues
                   Most of all, do your best and GOOD LUCK !!


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