According to Mr K. Raghu, President ICAI ‘to pass CA exams, you need to put a lot of hard work and only putting hard work you will be able successfully to qualify this exam. ’ So, one can easily figure out the amount of effort one needs to put in for qualifying the foundation examination of Chartered Accountants course. The thumb rule for every candidate who wants to qualify in the foundation examination or Common Proficiency Test of CA course is ‘Practice, Practice, and Practice’. The more you practice, the more you increase the possibility of scoring marks in the CPT. However, not everyone is able to plan a perfect schedule for studying. Studying without proper planning and solving questions without preparation is of no use. So, this article is dedicated to helping you in planning a systematic schedule for practising and some tricks which can be of use during the examination.
1. Preparation of a Time Table
The first and foremost thing to do is prepare a time table so that your study time is organised. Preparation of a timetable prevents you from studying just anything and helps in having a daily routine for studying purpose. The timetable must include routine study plan, time assigned for solving CPT practice test papers, time dedicated to revision and other essential works to be done.
2. Focus On Learning Concepts
The objective is not just scoring marks, the objective is to learn. Take one topic at a time and understand all important concepts. Firstly, read the chapter spending not more than 5 minutes on one page. Secondly, go through the conclusion and get a clear picture of the key points mentioned in the chapter. Do not be too fast in reading. After completion of reading try answering questions given in the book. It is advisable to check the answers once all questions are attempted.
3. Revise The Topics
Revision is an essential part of preparation for any exam because it is hard to remember everything by just reading it once. Multiple quick revisions are very important to have a grip over the topic studied. Follow the timetable for revision too.
4. Solve Test Papers
As said earlier in this article, one must practice as much as they can for examination. Practising mock test papers must be the next step followed after revising all the topics that you have studied. Solving CPT practice test papers are suggested by all experts and CA final year aspirants to get an idea as to what kind of questions are asked in the exam.
5. Study in Groups
Studying in groups facilitates in discussing queries and getting a better comprehension of the topics. It is beneficial to get in touch with those aspirants who are also preparing for CA CPT exam and form a group (you can form online groups for meeting virtually) to discuss problems faced or for any updates regarding the examination.
6. ‘D-Day’ of Exam
The thought of exam day automatically sends chills down the spine. You must not feel pressurised and give your 100% in the exam. Carry all your stationaries with you and attempt questions wisely. You have prepared hard for this so do not let some silly mistakes ruin your hard work. Students are advised to maintain the decorum of examination hall and do not cheat. This examination is the first step for building a flourishing career in Chartered Accountancy so act wisely and concentrate on the question paper.
Common Proficiency Test is an important exam for all those aspirants who dream of adding ‘CA’ to their name. Do not forget that this examination focuses on evaluating fundamental knowledge of accounting, economics, law, mathematics and statistics. Just relax! You have appeared for many examinations till now and are capable of qualifying this exam too. This is no rocket science and can be qualified with proper planning and practice. Practice all mock test papers and previous year papers to create a hold on each and every topic of the syllabus. Remember! Toppers are also students like you all, only the difference is the way they study. So, release yourself from nervousness and pull up your socks for the upcoming battle.