That may seem like a ridiculously obvious statement.
However, speaking with registrars who have failed the exam, sometimes multiple times, they often say they should not have attempted the exam when they initially did.
I realise that there is an imperative, real or implied, to sit the exam as soon as possible in your training. For the majority of people it is completely feasible to prepare for, and sit the exam within the first two years of Basic Training. However as far as I can see in Regulation 37, which details the requirements for training, you actually have at least 4 yrs to attempt it.
If you end up at a point where you really don’t think that you are ready to sit the exam, please think twice (or three or four times) before “just giving it a go”.
Now I am not talking about the feeling we all get, where you don’t feel 100% ready to sit the exam. However, you have: put in a very concerted effort with your studies; covered the syllabus; done lots of exam practice; had people review your questions and all the signs are looking good. It is normal to have the heebie jeebies.
I am talking about the situation where, for one reason or another, your exam preparation has been significantly compromised. Perhaps there was more work to do that you realised and you just didn’t leave yourself enough time. There are a myriad of other social and work related issues which can derail an attempt. You may have been avoiding giving people practice questions to look because you don’t want to look silly ( that to me is a sign you are not quite ready – much, much better to get the feedback which helps you improve before you sit the exam, not after you fail)
I would counsel you to NOT just give it a go for the experience. Wait until you are properly prepared.
We are all highly achieving individuals. It is not in our nature to fail and a lot of you will never have failed anything up until this point of your lives. Do not underestimate how psychologically devastating it is to fail something, even when you have convinced yourself you were not going to pass in the first place. I do not know one person who has felt ok with it….
Statistically, your first attempt at the exam is the one where you have by far the greatest likelihood of passing. Make it you best posssible shot – sit the exam when you are ready.
( A little birdie told me that the applications for the next exam open on Monday ……)
And finally, today’s photo is from my garden. Hope you have a lovely weekend….