A lot of the questions we receive at this time of year ask 'what can I do now to prepare for the Case Study?'
Our Exam Technique Principles (ETP) programme is a great start (available as part of our Complete Classroom or Online programmes, or as a standalone resource), and is still relevant to the exam. We know some of you are waiting for the update to reflect CBE (available from March) so in the meantime - how fast can you type?
A passing Case Study script is generally 3,000 - 3,500 words according to the Examiner at the Tutor Conference. Our Illustrative Answers come in at the top end of this, around 3,500 words, for a high scoring answer.
So the very first question you need to ask yourself is - can you type an average of 3,250 words in 2 hours? Once you've done your reading, planning and appendices this is how long you have to type up your script. The arithmetic tells us this is an average of 27 wpm which doesn't sound like much. But that is a consistent 27 wpm, for 2 hours, including the thinking you need to construct a professional answer.
Stamina is a key element in this exam - 4 hours both whizzes by and feels exhausting. So, the first thing you need to know is if you can physically type 3,250 words in 2 hours.
If typing for 2 hours is a challenge for you, make sure you practise regularly to build your speed and accuracy. You have time now, use it - your future self will be glad you did!