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19 October 2018

Interpreting your Mock Exam results

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Marking key

It's mock exam season... everyone sitting the ICAEW Case Study, whether you're studying with us or another tutor, will be sitting multiple mock exams in the run up to the Case Study exam on 7 November.

You've done the work, you've submitted your script, your marking key has been returned - what now?

Our first piece of advice is don't try to turn your mark into an ICAEW mark. We know some other tutors do this using the raw mark out of 240, but it is not accurate (find out why not here) and does not help you understand where you need to improve - at worst it can give misplaced confidence.

To pass the Case Study you need a minimum of 50% competent grades (SC or CC) in each of the Requirements, and the Executive Summary, and the Overall paper. This is the first thing to look for. If you haven't met this criteria you have failed, no matter what your total raw mark is. Then you need to look into the detail of the marking key, see where you have been awarded marks and the areas you need to cover next time.

If you have met the criteria - great, you've beaten the first hurdle. But look carefully at your profile of marks.  How many CCs, how many SCs? You should be aiming at a minimum 1:2 ratio. If you have more IDs than ICs this might move you back into the danger zone. There isn't a set number of NA grades that causes an automatic fail, but if you have 3 or more you are not giving yourself enough of a chance to pass - why are you missing whole elements of the question? How can you make sure you cover these in future?

Neil talked through the grade profile of a failing Sequin (July 2018) script in our Exam Technique Masterclass. You can watch the 5 minute extract video here - who better to explain ICAEW Case Study competency marking than the man who led its creation?

Pass Assist

Our Pass Assist material is available to all now and includes:

  • AI Analysis material
    • FSA, AI notes, Business Issues, SWOT, Porter's, PESTLE
  • 3 x BM Mock Exams
    • Exam paper, illustrative planning sheets, illustrative answer, marking key
  • 2 x Masterclass videos
    • AI Masterclass - check your AI preparation using our classroom exercises
    • Exam Technique Masterclass - Neil shows you step by step how to answer the Case Study exam, using BM Mock Exam 1