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There are WAY too many awesome images to illustrate this metaphor so I included a couple more at the end of the article. I asked my friend and all-around Wonder Woman, Carly Burnham , to share the strategies she used in completing the designation.
I met Carly in when she was at a turning point in her career. She had an interest in underwriting but had no idea how to get there. I could clearly see she was bright and hard working and was looking for a challenge, so I asked her if she had heard about the CPCU. To make things even more interesting, I challenged her to do it in a year, while working full time and finishing a part-time MBA program.
To my surprise, she took me up on it. Even more impressively, she met the goal and finished all eight tests in just short of 12 months. On average, people take at least two years to finish, but many insurance professionals have been working on their CPCU for longer than that. Decide when you want to be done, and commit to it. If you are trying to finish to advance your career, commit to finishing the exams in a reasonable time frame, and then focus on finishing before you begin to apply for new roles.
If you want to finish in time to attend the Annual Meeting in a certain city,set your end date as the last month that you can qualify for that meeting. Having an end date and an understanding of your motivation will help you push through challenges along the way. He or she should be someone with whom you can share the reason for your pursuit of the CPCU. If he or she understands your motivation, it will be easier to push you to stay the course, and finish by your goal date.
Create a Spreadsheet on Google Drive to Share with Your Accountability Partner: On this spreadsheet, you will want to map out the dates that you will take each exam in order to achieve your goal date. Once you have mapped out exam dates, you can work backwards using the chapter summaries at theinstitutes. If you focus best at the beginning of the day, set aside an hour or two in the morning, and commit to showing up the same place each day to read the chapters that you laid out in your spreadsheet for this day.
As they mentioned, there is no single way to prepare. But, I found that reading the entire book first helped me establish a base level of knowledge.
Next, I would take a practice exam, as a sort of pre-test. The practice exam would let me know which chapters I was weak on. With this information, I could pinpoint the best way to spend my time. If I needed to, I could re-read chapters and test on those individual chapters until I felt comfortable moving on to the next chapter. Using this in any spare time you have will also help you feel confident with the information and the style of questions on the practice exams.
You can set it to run through certain chapters or the whole book depending on what you want to focus on. The questions on the app tend to be clustered, so question , , and might be the same question with only one word changed.
This really teaches you how changing a small part of a question can result in a different answer. The app is particularly helpful for the most detail oriented tests especially Pass the Practice Exams a few times: Leave at least at least 4 and preferably a full 7 days before the real test to take the online practice exams.
Passing the exams will give you the confidence you need to take the exam without feeling rushed or unsure of your answers. The practice exams are very similar and sometimes harder than the actual exams. You will also have the opportunity to research any questions you missed and make sure you understand the concept before test day. Nothing beats going into the real test feeling confident and nothing gets you more confident that the online practice exams.
The practice exams are the key to the kingdom! I am passionate about spreading the word about the CPCU, and I was glad to have met Carly at that turning point in her career.
This designation gives you a broad understanding of the industry, but it also gives you practical, technical information that is essential to being a successful insurance professional. He has worked in claims, underwriting, finance and sales management, at 4 carriers, 6 cities and 5 states.
Tony is passionate about insurance, technology and especially helping the insurance industry figure out how to retain and engage the younger generation of insurance professionals. Tony is a co-founder of InsNerds.
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Malarr Our e-bundle includes a number of tools to help you: CPCU is considered an intermediate course. You can still test on shudy 2nd edition book until December 15, These questions require you to fully understand every aspect of the main topics and require you to actually apply the knowledge, rather than just repeating a definition. Makes far more sense of the material and helps to focus your attention to what is truly important. Deepti Oak wrote a cpxu wall post. Which of the following statements are true in regards to reinsurers?
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