Technique Improvement Service. Feast on feedback.

Passing the ACA is not just about learning technical content: you need to know how to use good exam technique to ensure that your writing style is correct, that you manage your time correctly and that you do not throw away easy marks by doing anything careless.

This is even more important in the Case Study examination since the marking approach is unique, being based on a "closed-form" markscheme which means that if your point does not match anything listed on the markscheme, you get no credit (even if your idea was a very good one!).

After being a little disappointed by the very brief, often generic feedback that we used to receive on our Mock attempts when we studied with other providers, we decided to create our Technique Improvement Service (TIS) to provide a more detailed, personalised service.

With TIS, you really will feast on feedback as we'll provide a line-by-line review in which we'll typically write up to 5 pieces of advice per page of your script.

Our advice will also be personalised ... we don't just say "Check Q2" or "Work on time management" (not helpful!). We also won't just copy across our feedback from that provided to other students (our students regularly report that this is what happens at certain other tuition providers, which is really not on!).

Obviously, we will also provide you with a numerical marking and an indication as to whether you would have passed, but really the point of TIS is to provide you with the personalised advice on how to improve next time around.

So you should think of TIS as a form of distance-based tuition ... it is definitely not just a "marking service"!

To ensure that you can quickly implement our advice and start moving further towards a passing standard, we aim to provide our feedback within 5 working days of submission (provided that you submit on time!).

Scroll down the page to learn more about our Case Study Technique Improvement Service.

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Personalised advice, potential unlocked.

The ACA examinations are very time-pressured and most papers have their own unique "tricks of trade" to get the marks.

It is therefore vital that, in addition to learning the technical content, you know how to work quickly, efficiently and effectively to ensure that you pick up the marks you deserve.

With many of the available ICAEW model answers being extremely long and not achievable in the time available, it can be hard to evaluate your own work while some of the larger providers only provide limited and often fairly generic feedback, which is not a great return on your investment into the time required to sit a full ICAEW paper under time pressure.

Our TIS reviewers have expert understanding of the ICAEW markschemes and marking approach, based on attending numerous marking workshops with the examiners at the recent ICAEW Tutor Conference.

Our TIS reviewers are also tutors, so they know how to provide comments that will help students to improve ... TIS is not just a numbers or marking game for us!

Some stats on TIS.

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We typically provide at least 5 feedback comments per page of your script (often more!), following a careful line-by-line review. This ensures that you receive plenty of advice through our 2-3 page Technique Advice Report.

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Our tutor will generally spend 2 to 3 hours marking and reviewing each script, as well as preparing your unique Technique Advice Report with further tips to improve. So be assured that, under TIS, we put in the hours to help you personally.

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Personalised advice.

Our TIS reviewers take great personal pride in providing personalised advice because we have all had far too much experience of generic and bland advice when studying with other tuition providers.

TIS is also a very convenient form of tuition as you can sit the relevant ICAEW paper in your own time (provided that it is before the deadline!). You then receive a permanent record of our advice that you go back to as much as you wish before exam day.

Detailed Technique Advice Report

For each TIS submitted, we will provide you with a 2-3 page Technique Advice Report which is packed full of personalised advice on how to improve. This will include our "Top 5 Tips to Improve" to provide priority areas to address, but we will also provide further tips so that you have the best possible chance of success.

Prompt return of feedback

Provided that you submit on time, we will aim to return your marked files and Technique Advice Report within 5 working days so that you can quickly implement our advice on your next attempt (and also so you don't forget what the Mock was about!).

Flexible resources

For TIS, we can make use of the official ICAEW Mocks for the relevant paper, or we can use ICAEW past papers if you prefer. Some students prefer to have access to additional resources not in the Question Bank through the ICAEW Mocks whereas other students prefer to use real past papers. Whichever way, we will support you to achieve your potential.

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Fees
Case Study TIS is charged at £160 plus VAT per paper reviewed. No VAT is due if you are based outside the UK and outside the European Union.

Please note that you must separately purchase our Case Study Mock Exam Pack to obtain the materials required for Case Study TIS as we only review Mocks based on the live Advance Information.

Due to the time-intensive nature of TIS work, we have limited availability so please get in touch soon!

We operate standardised submission dates for each Mock in the Mock Exam Pack and these dates are as follows for the July 2022 sitting (by 23.59 UK time on the relevant date stated below):

Mock 1 - submit on Saturday 18 June 2022

Mock 2 - submit on Saturday 25 June 2022

Mock 3 - submit on Saturday 2 July 2022

Mock 4 - submit on Saturday 9 July 2022

Mock 5 - submit on Saturday 16 July 2022
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Testimonials

What our students say.

Just wanted to say a massive thanks for all your help with the Case Study exam. I got 86% which has enabled me to get the regional prize and the top mark within my firm. Once again, thanks for your help - I am very grateful.

Jordan R
case study TIS student

I just wanted to let you guys know that I passed Case Study!! There is a chapter in the Cracking Case book that advises students what to do in case they screw up their timing (like a Plan B). I employed Plan B in Requirement 3 because I did screw up my timing, and it saved my life, so thank you so very much. I have used almost all of your resources for SBM, CR and Case Study. I will be  more than happy to recommend your services to the students here in Saudi Arabia and on social media.

Muhammad S
case study TIS student

I am pleased to say I've passed both SBM and Case Study exams! Thank you very much for all the marking and support you guys gave! The TIS service was very useful for Case Study this time around and I was able to apply this in the real exam. I went from a marginal fail of 48 to a comfortable 62 pass mark.

Hoshel O
case study TIS student

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your help and materials over the last three exams, as I had some great news on Friday that I passed my Case Study exam first time!! I was delighted to pass with 63% and found your books, Mock Exam Pack and TIS scripts really helpful towards this result. I shall be thoroughly recommending you to my colleagues!

Daniel C
case study TIS student

I passed! This was my second attempt at Case after failing with another provider in November (48%) so I can't even explain how amazing it feels to  get over the line! Your materials were amazing and the tutor who marked my Mock Exams was equally as fantastic so please say thank you to him and all your team there. I got 64% in the end and I don't think I would've gotten close to that without all your hard work behind the scenes. Thanks again for everything.

Luke H
case study TIS student

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, having passed my retake Case Study exam in July 2018. I took your online course and I will definitely  recommend TIS to any student. I feel the feedback on a real time Mock Exam was very helpful. I got a good idea of how to hit points in the markscheme and how to write precise short points, in order to stick to the tight time window for this exam.

Mohammad A
case study TIS student

I passed the Case Study exam and now have no more ACA exams to take!! Thank you so very much for the Mock Exam Pack for all 4 of my Case Study exam attempts, as well as the very useful TIS feedback that you gave me for the July 2018 sitting. I learned so much about the Case Study exam technique from your Mock Exams and am very grateful for all the help you have given me. Thank you again.

William W
case study TIS student

I just wanted to say thank you so much for your Case Study materials/Mock Exam Pack/TIS marking & feedback and personalised help - I passed with 63, compared to the 38 first attempt that I had with [XXXXXX]. Many thanks again!!

Natalie H
case study TIS student

Sharing the good news that I've passed my Case Study exam after failing my first attempt in July. I couldn't have done it without your support. Cracking Case and TIS have proven to be a very effective combination and you guys truly are the best! Thanks for everything!

Ishtiaque S
case study TIS student

I just wanted to share the great news with you - I passed my Case Study exam in the November sitting after failing in the July sitting, so I am fully exam qualified now! I cannot express how happy I am now - thank you very much for all the useful exam techniques! I will definitely recommend you to other students!

Maggie L
case study TIS student

I passed Case Study 4th time around (1st attempt with you). Just wanted to say a huge thank you and well done on the course materials, in particular the Mock Exam Pack.

Peter L
case study TIS student

Thank you and especially to the tutors who marked my paper and the one who gave me the Mock feedback, I cannot thank you enough. I passed the Case Study exam with 68. I believe the feedback given was great and very helpful. Thank you once again.

Kasim T
case study TIS student

I would like to express to you my gratefulness and appreciation for your excellent guidance on the True Taste Case Study, which helped me to a great extent to fulfil my dream of qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. I would like to say a special big thank you to my tutor who was the key to my improvement in Case and his guidance throughout the course was inspiring and lead me to passing this examination. I managed to get a mark of 63%. I will recommend you for the Case Study course to students I know in Cyprus.

Vassilis S
case study TIS student

I'm delighted to say that I passed my resit with the result of 65. I purchased your Cracking Case book, Exam Room Pack, Mock Exam Pack and TIS service for 2 Mock papers. Many thanks for your very helpful study materials and advice! Your methodology is indeed far superior to what I have seen previously.

Anna L
case study TIS student

I passed Case Study (73) after taking part in your Masterclass session, getting the book and having my scripts marked by you. Huge thanks: what a relief! Your Plan B came in super useful for R3 as the exam was horrendously time-pressured, and I had just 55 minutes for R3. I can't thank you enough.

Jessica S
case study TIS student

Thank you very very much for your amazing tuition! I passed all three exams in one go! Your carefully prepared approach and materials are so helpful to make my study efficient. Just as the name suggests, I shifted by perspective on my studies and managed to save and balance my study time and pass all three exams in one go! I will remember how you helped me all the way through and definitely recommend you to others!

Flora G
case study TIS student

Many thanks for your help. The Mock Exam Pack and the TIS was very useful.

Sally N
case study TIS student

I wasn't really sure if this was the right place to email but anyway I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and resources for the last Case sitting. I had failed twice previously at 43 and 45 (with a different provider) and have just passed with 64!!!

Hannah F
case study TIS student

I just wanted to send a massive thank you for helping me with the Case Study exam - I passed with 73%! Thank you so, so much for all your support. The TIS was very, very helpful. I think the feedback from the TIS is key and I love how it’s done for each requirement line-by-line and it helped me so much to identify my weaknesses. I have already been suggesting to my juniors to definitely reach out to you when their Case Study exam time comes!

Nikita A
case study TIS student

Would just like to say a massive thank you for all your help over the past 3 years! I really don't think I would be sitting here having passed all three of my finals if it wasn't for your help.

Amy T
case study TIS 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 TIS student

I passed! Your feedback really helped and made me realise how having the correct exam technique is key to passing the exam.

Natalya H
case study TIS student

I just wanted to send a massive thank you for helping me with the Case Study exam - I passed with 73%! Thank you so, so much for all your support. The TIS was very, very helpful. I think the feedback from the TIS is key and I love how it’s done for each requirement line-by-line and it helped me so much to  identify my weaknesses. I have already been suggesting to my juniors to  definitely reach out to you when their Case Study exam time comes!

Nikita N
Case study TIS STUDENT

I just wanted to share the great news with you - I passed my Case Study exam in the November sitting after failing in the July sitting, so I am fully exam qualified now! I cannot express how happy I am now - thank you very much for all the useful exam techniques! I will definitely recommend you to other students!

Maggie L
Case study TIS STUDENT

Thank you and especially to the tutors who marked my paper and the one who gave me the Mock feedback, I cannot thank you enough. I passed the Case Study exam with 68. I believe the feedback given was great and very helpful. Thank you once again.

Kasim T
Case study TIS STUDENT

I passed Case Study (73) after taking part in your Masterclass session, getting the book and having my scripts marked by you. Huge thanks: what a relief! Your Plan B came in super useful for R3 as the exam was horrendously time-pressured, and I had just 55 minutes for R3. I can't thank you enough.

Jessica S
Case study TIS STUDENT

Would just like to say a massive thank you for all your help over the past 3 years! I really don't think I would be sitting here having passed all three of my finals if it wasn't for your help.

Amy T
Case study TIS STUDENT

Many thanks for your help. The Mock Exam Pack and the TIS was very useful.

Sally N
Case study TIS STUDENT