How my car fine of £150 can help you pass your exams

I don’t want to ever hear that I don’t go the extra mile (no pun intended) to help you in your CIPS training.  This week I have gone so far as to get a car fine of £150 to teach you all a very valuable lesson for your exam.

Basically, I parked in a car park which used to be free for up to 3 hours.  However unbeknown to me, this had changed and it was now no longer free.  I saw the sign and assumed it was the same sign I had read before and when I glanced it looked like it was saying 3 hours free, so locked up and ambled on my way down the street to a meeting.  Three hours later I returned to my car to see the aggressive red and yellow letter stuck on my car.  I opened it up and saw that it was £150! Private land means that they can charge what they want, but if I paid within the first 24 hours I could pay only £65.

I went to read the sign again, and it very clearly now said parking is no longer free for 3 hours, you must pay or you will be fined.  I wanted to kick myself for being so stupid and for now paying ten times the amount that I would have if I had just taken the time to read the sign properly.  I was stressed, worried about being late, and thought I just need to get out of here it’ll do.  I paid for that – literally!

I’m taking one for the team to learn this lesson, so you do not pay for it in your exam.  My not reading the sign properly = you not reading the question properly in the exam.  Either failing to see the context and examples required, or simply answering the question you want it to be – not what it actually is.  Another issue is being stressed and just wanting it done, so not checking over everything properly.  Therefore my two pieces of advice this week are

  1. Read the question at least twice before answering.  This stands for both OR and CR exams
  2. Do not leave early and rush out.  Take your time and double-check everything you have written to make sure it is coherent and you have answered everything.

Remember, everything you write in your exam is a chance to get mark, and could be the difference between a pass or a fail.

A resit will also cost you, just like my parking fine – make sure you do everything you can in that exam time.

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July