Getting ready for your RICS APC Final Assessment session 2? Need help ?

Its a tough process and gruelling for some people with jobs that demanding time.
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With weeks to go and not years or months, we must focus on the reason your here at this post.
I’m going to give you some advices, pinched it from Jon Lever FRICS and Assessor of the actual assessors.
Take the week off or ask for study leave. Seriously this is a milestone in life.
Treat the final weeks as a job, work 7-8 hrs a day and 5 hrs at a weekend. With a job you expect a break. Pick something you like, good outside and get some air.
Practise in this time, Jon recommends at least nearly 40 times run through of the presentation. I know I was shocked.
Don’t blag it, it’ll not cut. They have seen and heard everything. There is no short cut.

What else can you do to get help ?

You can get a revision pack from Delever
USB resource with how to do…. NO Brainer. You also get an Jon Lever approved A4 presenter flip chart. Personally I’d upgrade and get the A3.
More about the presentation pack

Mock Interview

This will tell your weakness and give you time to brush. These are given by licenced assessors.

Take a look at what dates are available

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APC Final Assessment Presentation: Timing

My final assessment presentation is only 8.5minutes – I’ve practiced a few times – should I make it longer with the risk of over running??

My initial thought is that candidates deliver quicker in the ‘real’ assessment than they do in preparation.  Mainly due to stress!  I would be worried that you will probably finish it in 6 to 7 minutes.

So…  I would see if you could develop some more into it.  Often spending 30 seconds to a minute explaining the project in question and your role (with the aid of photos and plans,if available) is of huge benefit to your assessors and an invaluable way of setting the scene.

Also take a watch with you on the day, to pop on the table in front of you, and time your presentation so you can effectively manage the 10 minutes.

If you are near any of my RTA Surgeries, come and deliver it to me for FREE.  I can give you some direct pointers then…

Also I provide mock interviews: (new dates for session 2, 2013 will be published soon)

Also Also, see my Online Masterclasses on APC Process and Presentation  (there are some free Masterclasses there too)

I hope this helps

Kind regards

I am currently running my APC presentation at 11 to 12 minutes… Will I fail…?

Welcome to this weeks ‘Question of the Week’

qow2Question: “I am currently running my presentation at 11 to 12 minutes. Will I fail if it goes over the 10 mins. Should I cut my presentation down as I am covering the two key issues?”

Answer : The RICS APC Candidate guide clearly states that your presentation should be 10 minutes.  Assessors are trained on this guide and follow and read this guide to the letter so you MUST NOT present longer than 10 minutes.

If you choose to ignore this guidance then it is likely that your APC Final Assessment Chairman initially will inform/remind you in the interview opening statements that you have only 10 minutes and should you run over the Chairman will, politely, cut you short and ask you to conclude in 30 seconds.

This does not do much good to your general well being and stress levels, as not achieving one of the first milestones in the interview can have a drastic effect on the rest of the interview and increase your stress levels so that mistakes start to be made.

Therefore, I cannot stress strongly enough that you MUST NOT run over 10 minutes and if you do this could go against you in the final PASS or REFER decision.

If you simply consider the APC Candidate guide to be a literal representation of the client’s brief, then you will have exactly the right mind-set as you need to follow the RICS APC requirements to the letter.

In effect you are proving to your assessors that you can follow a basic client’s brief, so failure to do so will be looked upon as incompetence or negligence, two scary words that no one likes to hear used against them

Kind regards

Jon Lever FRICS


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