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Time Management Strategy - AFP Exam 1

Posted by David Gobeil on

We have spoken to many candidates who had trouble with the AFP Exam 1 only because they ran out of time, spending too much time on questions that they could not answer and leaving questions at the end of the exam not properly considered.

There is no reason to think that some questions would require more time than others. The examiners would intend for all of the questions to be of about the same difficulty and require about the same amount of time.

The AFP Exam 1 is a paper-based, multiple-choice exam of 3 hours in duration that includes 100 to 110 questions; and the passing mark is 60%. There is an easy way to ensure that you do not run out of time.

On the AFP Exam 1, you have 1.8 minutes to answer each question, calculated as (180 minutes divided by 100 questions).

So, if you spend more than 1.8 minutes on a question, you will have to spend less than 1.8 minutes on others. If you spend more than 1.8 minutes on a question, you probably don’t know enough about it to answer it correctly or you are wasting time on a question that no one else in the exam room could answer either.

When you first sit down, write on your exam paper the times at which you should have completed each block of 10 questions. 

Suppose that you start writing at 9 am. At the end of question 10 for the first case study, write 9:18 am in large red letters. At 9:18 am, you should have completed the 10 questions.

Repeat this process, writing the time on your paper when you should complete each group of 10 questions.

At the end of question 20, write 9:36 am in large red letters. At 9:36 am, you should have completed the next10 questions.

As you get to question 10 and 20 and 30 etc., check you’re the time. If you are over the time, speed it up as you are wasting time on questions that are taking you too long and passing up questions at the end of the paper that you might more easily answer. If you are significantly under the time, slow down as the questions are probably not that easy and you have the time.

You should do the questions at the rate of 10 questions in every 18 minutes, calculated as (10 questions × 1.8 minutes per question).

As you finish answering the 100th question, it should be 12:00 pm and they will blow the whistle.


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