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Time Management Strategy

Posted by David Gobeil on

On the last FPE1, the time for a technical question would have been 2.12 minutes, calculated as (240 minutes divided by (73 technical questions + (2 × 20 case study questions))). The time for a case study question would have been 4.24 minutes, calculated as (2 × time for a technical question of 2.12 minutes).

Using the above calculation, determine the number of minutes that you can spend on each technical question.

When you first sit down at the FPE1, write on your exam paper the times at which you should have completed each case study and each block of 10 technical questions. 

Suppose that the FPE1 has the same number of questions as on the last exam: 73 technical questions, 10 questions for the first case study and 10 for the second. Suppose also that you are going to answer the case study questions first.

At the end of question 10 for the first case study, write 9:42 am in large red letters. At 9:42 am, you should have completed the 10 questions for the first case study in 42.4 minutes, calculated as (10 questions × 4.24 minutes per question).

At the end of question 10 for the second case study, write 10:24 am in large red letters. At 10:24 am, you should have completed the 10 questions for the second case study in 42.4 minutes, calculated as (10 questions × 4.24 minutes per question).

Now you should do the technical questions at the rate of 10 questions in every 21.2 minutes, calculated as (10 questions × 2.12 minutes per question).

At the end of the 10th technical question, write 10:45 am in large red letters. At 10:45 am, you should have completed the first 10 technical questions in 21.2 minutes, calculated as (10 questions × 2.12 minutes per question).

At the end of the 20th technical question, write 11:06 am in large red letters. At 11:06 am, you should have completed the second group of 10 technical questions in 21.2 minutes, calculated as (10 questions × 2.1 minutes per question).

As you finish answering the 73rd technical question, it should be 1:00 pm and they will blow the whistle.


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