If you have failed an exam it is important to know that you are not alone - many students on CGI and other professional association examinations fail one or even a number of exams and then go on to reach their membership goals. These exams are demanding and it can really knock your confidence, not achieving the result you want or expect. But, be strong and persevere because there is no reason why you can’t be successful.
If you don’t pass an exam, then this is the time to exercise and build your ‘resilience’ muscle! And reflect, too, on the factors that may have contributed to not passing. The vast majority of students are entirely capable of passing exams but may fall short for a number of reasons, the most common being exam technique. When a student knows a lot but doesn’t use that knowledge to answer the question being asked, then they will not receive any marks. Examiners like to award marks and want students to succeed, but only for knowledge applied to a question or a specific problem.
So it is important to reflect on what went wrong when planning your next steps. And to help you with technique then use the resources on MyCG – model answers, sample questions, examiner feedback, revision webinars. There is a wealth of material on MyCG and, combined with your knowledge from studying the course materials, will help you get the result you want.
It is also worth considering the circumstances of your fail too. If there are circumstances which you feel have not been taken into account in arriving at your result you can review the appeals process in the ‘Enquiries about Results’ guidance. You will be able to submit an appeal through your MyCG. The deadline for submitting an appeal is Thursday 22nd February 2024.
There are 5 simple and effective things that can help steer you in the right direction to pass next time.
Failing an CGI exam doesn’t mean your dream is shattered. You have another shot at pursuing your career with the second attempt. Even better, this time, you will be even more prepared.