RE 1 and RE 5 Question Placement

If you read the preparation guide issued by the FSB, you will know that there are four levels of questions:

  • Knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis

The first two are mostly shorter, requiring less time to complete, while the last two involve some thinking, and is mostly more time consuming.

The RE papers are all set in a specific layout, based on the fact that one’s concentration levels are higher towards the middle of the exam.

In RE 5, for representatives, questions 1 to 18 are made up of knowledge and comprehension questions, as are questions 35 to 50. The longer type questions are found from question 19 to 34.

The formula for RE1 is: questions I to 23 and 53 to 80 contain shorter questions, with the longer ones being found from 24 to 52.

All correct answers have the same value. There are no “long” questions counting 3 or five points – a correct answer gives you one point.

Many readers indicated that they elected to do all the shorter questions at the beginning of the exam. This has several advantages:

  • You get to complete all the questions to which you should know the answers, provided that you prepared properly.
  • Those who get stuck on the middle questions, find themselves rushing to finish in time, and not able to give a proper account of their real knowledge towards the end.
  • Knowing that you did well in the shorter questions, boosts your confidence in tackling the longer, more intricate ones.

This information is but one of many examples provided in the DVD recording of the FSB’s satellite broadcast on preparing for the regulatory exams. Please note that the DVD is not a training session, but rather an aid, with information like the above, to help you prepare for the RE in the right manner, and write the exam intelligently.

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