Fiance and I are thinking about doing seven nights in Cuba early April, but not sure if it’s too close to the exam or not. Went to Mexico last year in February and passed L2 in June. Studied 1-2 hours every day in the morning before hitting the beach and all was fine.
What are your opinions on the matter? Anyone taking a trip that close to the exam before?
Before you ask: No, I cannot go earlier or after the exam. Would have to wait until 2016 if I don’t do it.
I took a trip to Asia towards the end of April and got back to the U.S. early May. I told myself I would study during the trip, but I was jetlagged and wasted a lot of time drinking and being stupid. I passed level 1 in June. I don’t see how taking a trip early April would make a large impact. Couldn’t you just study while vacationing? You won’t be very jetlagged cause you’re from Canada…
Not sure if my situation should be compared to yours though because i’m sure a lot of people could have done what I did since it was only level 1…
Dont do it. You will regret it if you fail…which you very well might. April-May are the most crucial in my opinion. I think one can take up to middle of march off and still make it, but all of April should be hardcore studying. If your fiance pushes for it…you go…and you fail…you will resent her. Just pass L3 and then enjoy the rest of your life. I’m thinking of going in May for the long weekend…because now I can since I’m done with the exams
Thanks for the comments. I studied last year about 10 hours for the seven days we were there, plus 3 hours on each plane ride. Realistically that’s about how much I would study if I was working that week. Also forgot to mention that I would lose my vacation week if I don’t take it.
Yup. I took a week and a half from my vacation time to pass it.
Let’s be honest here. There is a problem here because a gf is involved. She seems to be putting pressure (whether directly or indirectly) to make this trip happen and the OP seems compelled (to the point of trying to rationalize reasons) to not dissapoint her.