Is it Wise to Switch Subjects after Failing?

Hi Tutor MJ

I failed P1 twice now. The last time was back in April with a score of 95. It was extremely frustrating to know that I got far but just not far enough. I self-studied with **bleep bleep** (another tuition provider), whose material was too detailed, it added to much confusion on my part.

In the exam, the time pressure was also crazy-ridiculous. Some of the questions required concentration and lengthy calculations that I had to flag them so that I could get to them later. Unfortunately, later never came for me. At best, I flew through the flagged questions in the last minutes, taking random guesses.

I am now seriously considering switching to F1 or E1 because they seem a lot easier than P1 (if I base my finding on the recent CIMA pass rates). My other option is to give up.

What do you think? Is this a good plan? Or should I resign myself to the fact that it’s never going to happen for me and CIMA?


Dear Darren

I’m sorry to hear about your results. While failing a subject twice is a cause for concern, it hardly warrants giving up on CIMA altogether. You will have to determine how much do you want to succeed. You’ve made the decision to take up CIMA. For me, most students do not take this decision to study CIMA lightly. A lot of time, money and effort go into this investment.

On the matter of failing the subject twice, I’d ask that you look at the reasons you’ve failed. Each failure provides a lesson to learn from. While time management issues may be the bulk reason, you may find that there are other areas that could be improved.

As for switching subjects, well, that’s something else.

Personally, I don’t see the harm in switching. I don’t believe F1 and E1 are easier subjects than P1 (more on that on another blog post), but once in a while, you really do just need to take a break from a subject that’s demotivating you to no end.

The issue of course, is that this is just a detour. Ultimately you will have to come back and face P1. After you get F1 and E1 under your belt, there will now be more at stake to pass P1 to continue on to the next stage.

Having said that, who knows? Maybe after you pass either F1 or E1, you may gain the confidence back to take P1 on again. Something could also be said about just continuing on and wading through the P1 material until you pass.

Sometimes all you need is that – motivation to continue and never give up. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck on your next sitting.

Your tutor

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