Why CA/CS/CMA/ACCA Students fail?
"I failed in exams and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I studied from ICAI's book and dedicated ample time to all the material. Still, I failed, please help me. I don’t know what else to do?"
This is one of the most common messages I receive from CA, CS, CMA, and ACCA students (who obviously studied from their relevant materials).
If a student has genuinely put in the effort, in terms of the number of quality hours of classes and self-study, there are only a few reasons which could lead to unfavorable results.
The first question I pose to students when they ask me this question is about the number of mock tests they've attempted.
Typically, the answer is either zero or one.
This is akin to a cricket player going straight into a world cup match or final without practicing a single ball in a match-like environment.
Consider how many tests or exams you took before your class 10th or class 12th exams.
And what comes after Mock tests?
Proper feedback is the next step. Many students self-evaluate their mock tests, but there are numerous issues with this approach. In auditing terms, you lack independence. Your judgment is biased, and furthermore, you are not an expert.
Always get your mock tests evaluated by an impartial, expert third party so that you can receive constructive feedback and work on your specific weaknesses.
Keep in mind, not taking a mock test is essentially taking a chance with a high probability of not passing your exams. Similarly, a mock test without proper feedback is just as ineffective as not taking a test at all.
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I remember advocating the advantages of mock tests to my students, and one of them countered that the results of mock tests demotivated them. This surprised me, as I had never considered this perspective.
For those who feel that taking mock tests could be demotivating, here's my response:
While a properly evaluated mock test might feel demotivating in the short run, it will undoubtedly boost your score in the actual exam.
1. It will help identify your weaknesses. Yes, confronting our weaknesses can be uncomfortable, but think about the satisfaction you'll feel once you overcome them.
2. It will help you to simulate the exact exam environment, mentally preparing you for your exams.
3. It will certainly assist you in completing your exams on time.
Remember, no one can give you a 100% guarantee that you will clear your CA/CS/CMA or ACCA Exams in one go. However, through mock tests, we can increase your chances of passing, or at the very least, reduce the risk of failure to an acceptably low level."
A word of caution for all students: The source of the mock test is as important as taking the mock test and the subsequent evaluation. Always opt for authentic mock test sources.
In the first instance, it's the responsibility of the teachers whose classes you have taken to provide you with properly evaluated mock tests. However, if this is not available, please be diligent in checking the credentials of the entity providing your mock tests.
You definitely don't want to take low-quality mock tests or rely on less credible checking of your tests. The quality and authenticity of the mock tests and their evaluations are crucial in genuinely preparing you for your actual exams.
All the best. God bless you!
❤️ Neeraj Arora
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