Case Study. What to do to pass.

"Unique" is one word for Case Study. We have heard less polite words used, but let's go with "unique".

With zero technical content and a closed-form markscheme, Case Study is fundamentally different to all the other ACA papers. Which can be confusing after taking 14 broadly similar exams, and hence many students come unstuck when they arrive at Case Study.

Don't worry, we know what to do to pass! It is just that you need to shift your paradigm when it comes to preparing for this unique exam.

The most important point to know is that, in Case Study, there is no discretion at all for the marker. Nothing, nada, zip, niente. A Case Study marker is actually more of a "matcher" as he or she will simply work through your script and award marks if your ideas "match" the finalised ICAEW markscheme.

So even if you have a very good business idea which happens not to be on the markscheme, you will get no credit. Actually, it's worse than that: you will have wasted precious examination time on writing an idea which is perfectly good in the real-world, but which gets you no credit in exam-world.

Meaning that exam-world can be a whole world of hurt for the unprepared!

However, one of the good things about Case Study is that you can prepare well by learning the Advance Information (a 40-50 page document which is released by ICAEW 6 weeks before exam day) ... the Advance Information provides financial statements, industry background information, media articles, business plans and Ethics hints on the business which will form the basis of your exam. No other ACA paper provides quite this much detail ahead of exam day, so at least we know, broadly, what the exam will cover!

Making the most of this Advance Information, we will write a set of 5 full Mocks to ICAEW-standard to create our popular Mock Exam Pack, which is released ahead of each July and November sitting (obviously, entirely tailored to the July and November businesses, respectively).

Our Mock Exam Pack includes full question papers, ICAEW-style marking grids to help you perform the marking/matching process yourself and full student-standard model answers so that you understand how to structure your responses. Please note: our model answers really are student-standard, meaning that they can be humanly achieved (unlike your typical ICAEW SBM model answer, for example!).

If you would like to receive one-to-one feedback on your attempts at our Mock Exam Pack, as well as further technique training and access to all our Case Study on-demand and PDF resources, our One-to-One Feedback Course is the option for you. Our course is supported by a full Pass Guarantee so there is no risk to your investment!

We also offer a Case Study on-demand video course and our Technique Improvement Service (TIS), which provides personalised advice on your attempts at our Mock Exam Pack.

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Case Study one-to-one feedback course

Personalised feedback.

Case Study is not a technically-demanding exam, but without the right advice on exam technique, you are relying on luck to pass the exam.

As part of our One-to-One Feedback Course intake, you will receive highly detailed, personalised advice on your attempts at 4 of the Mocks from our live July 2022 Mock Exam Pack. Past students have described this feedback as "gold dust" because it is only through receiving expert tutor guidance on how you yourself are writing your scripts that we can pick up issues such as wasting time through a waffly writing style, inclusion of points which are just never going to be on the markscheme, insufficient or excess time allocated to particular areas, incorrect labelling of Appendices, and so on.

As we are so confident that our "gold dust" advice works, our Case Study One-to-One Feedback Course is provided with a full money-back Pass Guarantee. So provided that you attend all Zoom sessions (or watch the relevant recorded session in full) and provided that you submit proper attempts at 4 of the Mocks from our Mock Exam Pack, we will provide a full refund of your course fee if you do not pass your exam in 2022!

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Some stats on our Case Study One-on-Feedback Course.

>2,000

Since 2013 when we launched our business, we have helped over 2,000 students pass Case Study through our live tuition courses.

99.9%

Since 2013, the Big 4 pass rate for our live tuition courses has been 99.9% (with the only students who failed scoring 49 ... annoying!).

Case Study Masterclass on-demand course

Zoning out-free zone.

To keep you engaged with our discussion of Case Study exam technique and the live set of Advance Information, our Case Study Masterclass on-demand course includes interactive questions mixed into the videos. This ensures that you fully absorb the key learning points from each segment of the course.

Like all our Advanced Level on-demand courses, as we are so confident that our technique works, our Case Study Masterclass on-demand course is provided with a full money-back Pass Guarantee. So provided that you purchase the course at least 3 weeks before exam day and that you complete all content at least once (ideally more!), we will provide a full refund of your course fee if you do not pass your exam in 2022!

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Some stats on our Case Study Masterclass on-demand course.

>20 hours

Our Case Study Masterclass on-demand course includes over 20 hours of video content, combining general lectures on exam technique with content specifically tailored to the live set of Advance Information.

100%

Students who used the 2021 editions of our Case Study Masterclass on-demand course had a 100% pass rate! So we have no problem offering a full money-back Pass Guarantee.

technique improvement service

Unlock your potential

Given the unique nature of the Case Study examination (and, in particular, the closed-form markscheme), it is absolutely vital that you receive detailed, personalised advice on writing style, time management and, most importantly of all, whether you are writing the correct types of point to have a chance of scoring.

Our Case Study Technique Improvement Service (TIS) provides detailed, personalised reviews of your attempts at our live Case Study Mock Exam Pack.

Writing style

You will receive advice on how to shorten or lengthen your writing style to ensure that you are picking up the marks you deserve.

We will also comment on whether you are writing the right style of points to have a chance of scoring on the closed-form Case Study markscheme.

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Time management

You will receive advice on whether you are allocating your scarce answering time correctly through our expert knowledge of the markscheme and how marks are awarded in practice.

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Technique Advice Report

To really drive home our advice, we will provide you with a 2-3 page Technique Advice Report on each paper submitted. This includes our popular "5 Top Tips to Improve".

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FAQ QUESTIONS
Discover the most commonly asked questions about our Case Study courses and resources.
What is the difference between your One-to-One Feedback Course and your Technique Improvement Service (TIS)?

It is probably easier if we start with TIS, which is a distance-learning service only. This means that you need to purchase the live Mock Exam Pack, sit the papers in your own time and email them in to us for our review. We will then provide a detailed Technique Advice Report on each Mock.

TIS is therefore a service where you largely work on your own, and react to our feedback. We do not provide any "teaching" or video content as part of TIS.

Our One-to-One Feedback Course is a full tuition course, so we provide various teaching sessions: 2 days of technical training, sessions on Mocks 1, 2, 3 and 4 from our Mock Exam Pack, detailed reviews of your attempts at Mocks 1, 2, 3 and 4, additional supporting video content and further exclusive sets of PDF resources.

As our One-to-One Feedback Course involves a lot more direct engagement and tuition of students, we offer a full Pass Guarantee on the course, whereas no Pass Guarantee is provided for TIS because while we obviously believe our feedback will be useful, we do not have any direct, live engagement with TIS students.

Please note that we do not include any marking services within the cost of the Mock Exam Pack: TIS is an additional service which must be booked in advance, in addition to purchasing the Mock Exam Pack.

What are the terms of your Pass Guarantee for the One-to-One Feedback course?

We like to keep things simple so we just ask that you attend all live Zoom sessions (or watch the relevant recorded session in full) and submit 4 genuine attempts at the Mocks which we review as part of the course (so that we can do a proper job of providing our personalised feedback, since this makes all the difference to your chances of passing).

We require you to submit proper attempts at all 4 Mocks because without doing so, we cannot advise you properly on your own personal challenges and ways to improve.

Many recent students have reported that having the Pass Guarantee in place was useful in the sense that it motivated them to fully complete all content and use our resources more than if they had no "skin in the game". So the Pass Guarantee is not there simply to protect our position - it really can be beneficial for students too!

What do you mean by a "proper" attempt at the 4 Mocks reviewed in our One-to-One Feedback Course? Do I have to pass the Mocks to qualify for the Pass Guarantee?

By a "proper" attempt, we just mean that you have made an attempt at all 3 main Requirements and the Executive Summary in each of your Mocks.

We ask this not to be mean or to create some kind of "get out" clause from the Pass Guarantee ... that isn't how we work at all.

We instead insist on submission of "proper" attempts as otherwise, if an extremely short or incomplete script (or not script at all!) is submitted, you will be missing out on the opportunity to receive our "gold dust" personalised feedback, which is the main purpose of our One-to-One Feedback Course as a whole. That would not be a good idea!

You are not required to pass any of your practice Mocks, particularly as we will deliberately make our Mock Exam Pack harder than the real exam to push you to achieve a high standard before exam day! We just require you to have made a genuine or "proper" attempt at all 4 Mocks, mainly because this is very much in your interests!

Do you offer a payment plan for the One-to-One Feedback course? £1,320 is quite a significant outlay for me.

For administrative reasons, we obviously prefer for students to pay their course fee as a lump sum, but we appreciate that this is not always possible.

We are therefore happy to reserve your course place for a non-refundable deposit payment of £200. The balance can then be paid in May, shortly before the course starts (on Saturday 4 June). Please email us at hello@paradigmshift.training if you would like to take up this offer.

Please note that if you are based outside the UK and outside the European Union at the time of receiving the tuition, no VAT is due, so the course cost is reduced to £1,100.

We realise that our course does carry a premium price point, but unfortunately our course is normally oversubscribed so the basic laws of economics mean there is no reason for us to offer a lower price, sorry! We do include a lot of value in the course materials, which retail separately at over £700 plus VAT. And don't forget that, under our money-back Pass Guarantee, if you don't pass, you don't pay!

What is the release date of the July 2022 Mock Exam Pack?

We always phase the release of the 5 Mocks in our Mock Exam Pack so that we do not rush the process and so that we can have some time to work with our tuition course students to see what will be beneficial for students to be tested on.

Mock 1 from our July 2022 Mock Exam Pack should be available by 23.59 UK time on Friday 17 June 2022. Mock 2 should then follow on 24 June 2022. Mocks 3 and 4 are due for release on 1 July 2022 and, finally, Mock 5 is due for release on 8 July 2022.

Please note that all dates are indicative and are provided on a "best endeavours" basis: we have never previously failed to meet a deadline but as we do not know how complex the Advance Information might be, please note that the above dates cannot be absolutely guaranteed. You can always email us for an update if the precise dates of release are important to your studies (for example, if you are allocating time off work to take the Mocks).

£299 seems a bit expensive for your Mock Exam Pack?

It takes a huge amount of tutor time to write, check and publish 5 full Mocks ... the total content in the Mock Exam Pack is the length of a medium-length novel and it all has to be put together within a few short weeks, meaning many late nights and weekend working to get the content produced to the very high standards that we demand of ourselves. Once the exam is over, the publication then becomes worthless as no one wants to do past paper Mocks! We do therefore have to recover our costs here.

Don't forget that the Mock Exam Pack is supported by 5 full Tutor Debrief videos hosted on our online learning platform, as well as a bank of over 400 quick-fire questions to help you learn the Advance Information inside-out. It does take time to produce these additional resources, which will hopefully give you the very best chances of success (thereby saving the hefty cost of an ICAEW retake fee!).

Testimonials

What our students say.

Just to let you know I passed CR with score of 75 (was 48 with another provider) and Case Study with a score of 65. Thanks for all the help!

Dev V
Case study one-to-one feedback course student

Your tutor was the best tutor that I have encountered in my ACA studies. He presented the information in a very clear, concise and calm manner and focused on what students forget to include in their answers. He is by far the best tutor when compared to my bland experience at a previous tuition provider and I went from 43 at my first  attempt to a mark of 77.

Alex F
Case study one-to-one feedback course student

Your tutor went beyond the extra mile for the Case Study tuition course. From the outset it was clear that he had invested an incredible amount of time into preparing the tuition course and this showed because his understanding of the examination and its markscheme was unrivalled. His expert knowledge of the markscheme helped him instil confidence in myself and the other students: we just knew that if he followed his advice, we would pass. I am grateful for his expertise and support.

David W
Case study one-to-one feedback course student and regional prize winner (july 2014)

Thank you for taking the time to prepare the Mock Exam Pack and Cracking Case resources, I found them very useful.

Connie F
purchaser of case study mock exam pack and cracking case e-book

Both  of the exam scenarios were in your Case Study Mock Exam Pack which was really helpful.

Ben A
Case study one-to-one feedback course student

I just want to say a massive thank you!! I failed Case Study last December only scoring 34, even though I took a full course at a top provider, it was only when studying your course that I realised how little they focused on technique and the smaller details to help get the pass. I bought the Cracking Case book, Cracking Case on-demand course, TIS on two papers and the Exam Room Pack ... absolutely fabulous. I wish I had come to you guys sooner for some of my earlier papers to avoid all the frustration and fails.

Steph A
case study one-to-one feedback course student