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We still receive many enquiries from candidates who are at their wits ends, having attempted to pass the exams on several occasions. What is particularly sad is when they share what this does to their self-esteem.

Most of what we share with them, was covered on several occasions in our newsletters. In case you missed it, here it is again.

  1. You cannot keep doing the same thing, and expect a different result: If you have written three or four times, using the same preparation material, it probably means that you need to do something different.
  2. Start at the very beginning: the basis for the exam (or the syllabus, as we like to think of it), is the qualifying criteria. There are 8 tasks for representatives, and 16 for key individuals. This tells you what you need to know. If you study those provided in the FSB preparation guide, it will also tell you where to look for it in the applicable legislation.
  3. Use the actual legislation: The questions in the exam were drawn up from the legislation, not the Inseta or any other study material. Your final, focused preparation should be to use the qualifying criteria and the actual legislation. If you require guidance in this respect, please e-mail Nerine for more information.
  4. Know what to expect: If you have already written, you are well aware of what the papers look like, yet there are ways in which to approach the exam more effectively. The FSB published an extremely useful guide is this respect. Look particularly at the different tasks portrayed in graphic format. You will see, for instance, that tasks 1, 2, 3 and 7 in the Rep’s exam make up more than 80% of the total. By concentrating on this, you are bound to focus on what is required. We have also published an article containing Tips on Writing the REs which should be very useful on the big day.
  5. Get the bigger picture: Our website contains a wealth of information. Please spend some time on the Regulatory Exam section to see what else there is to help you make it, the next time you write.

Our best wishes for a successful, final visit to the exam centre! 
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