I admit I started late (around end of March) and since I was having my final semester of MBA and later job hunting at the same time, I was not able to devote as much time to study as I could have and this is entirely my fault.
I got a Band 5 and I’m not sure if I should sit in December or postpone it till next year. With over 4 months to go and the fact that I now have a full time job, I might only manage about 2-3 hours a day and about 5-6 on weekends.
If I sit in December, I know I will have less time but I’ll retain most of the concepts since I’d already done them 2 months back.
If I sit in June, I will have a full 10 months to take it slow, but will probably be too demotivated at that time to start studying again.
I’m thinking of studying as much as I possibly can till the second deadline (21 Aug) and then judge whether I can do it December or not. Is it ok? Or should I change my approach?
I’d say the best option is to examine not just how much you studied, but HOW. If you weren’t answering questions constantly, you weren’t doing it effectively. There’s a lot of evidence from academic studies that quizzing yourself is the best form of review.
So get access to a good question bank and drain that sucker.
Is your full time job the ONLY thing keeping you away from sitting the December exam?
well… what do you think you will be doing for L2 and L3? are you going to quit your job?
Come on it’s only July and most people who have NOT taken the L1 exam probably ahven’t registered or start studying for it. the fact that you already HAVE the books in front of you for the December exam you can start right away and it’s more than sufficient time to pass the exam.
And if you don’t think it’s sufficent time, it’s because you are not studying HARD enough, there is no rule that you need to have 6 months of undivided attention in order to pass the exam.
Check again with your dedication before registering for the exam.
^I agree with S2000. If you’re determined to take it again, then you might as well take it again in December. If you pass, then great! If you fail, then you haven’t really lost much (except the exam fee).