Advice for students studying Subject CP1 for the 2021 exams

Subject CP1 may well be the first later exam or indeed the first IFoA exam that you are sitting. We have produced a series of video units to provide you with some guidance on studying this subject which we hope will be useful, particularly if you are new to the IFoA’s exams.

The first unit covers Introduction and key concepts

The second unit covers Study skills

The third unit covers Exam skills

We have a range of study materials that you can use when sitting Subject CP1.  We have broken the materials down into those that we consider to be ‘essential’ and ‘highly recommended’ plus those products which can make your revision very effective.  Students learn in different ways so you will need to read the details of each product to see what will work for you.

For advice about which products to choose, please read our product guide.


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Combined Materials Pack (CMP)
Ideal for those sitting the subject for the first time.  It comprises the Study Guide, Course Notes and Series X Assignments.
This is available in eBook or paper format.  Please refer to our CMP page.

Highly recommended

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Face-to-face /
Live Online /
Online Classroom
Choose from a Regular Tutorial, Block Tutorial or Online Classroom.
Please click here for further details of the types of tuition and the Tuition Bulletin which details the courses available. 
Series X Marking / Marking vouchers
We are happy to mark your attempts at the X Assignments.  Objective, personalised feedback from a high quality marker will highlight areas on which to work and help with exam technique.
Marking is not included with the Series X Assignments or the CMP and you need to order it separately.  Please refer to our Marking page to get more details of how you can get your scripts marked. 
Mock Exam
An exam-standard Paper 1 and Paper 2 to use as a realistic test of your exam preparation.
This is available in eBook or paper format. Click here for more information. 
Mock Exam Marking
Feedback on your weaknesses and areas needing more attention is really useful as you approach the exam.
Marking is not included with the Mock and you need to order it separately.  Please refer to our Mock Exam Marking page for information such as deadline dates. 
Additional Mock Pack (AMP)
Consists of two further mock exams and it is ideal if you are retaking and have already sat the Mock Exam, or if you just want some extra question practice.
This is available in eBook or paper format. Marking is not included with the AMP and you need to order two Marking Vouchers if you would like the additional mocks marked by ActEd.

Effective Revision

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Revision Notes
A set of A5 booklets which are perfect for revising on the train or tube to work.  Each booklet covers one main theme of the course and includes: Core Reading with a set of integrated short questions; relevant past exam questions and solutions; plus other useful revision aids.
These are available in eBook or paper format. These can be particularly useful for retakers.  See the Revision Notes page to read more details about this product.
Contains ActEd’s solutions to recent past exam papers, plus comment and explanation.   
This is available in eBook or paper format. Click here for further guidance.
A set of A6-sized cards that cover the key points of the subject that most students want to commit to memory. 
These are available in eBook or paper format.  The Flashcards page has more information.
Sound Revision
A set of audio files, designed to help you remember the most important aspects of the Core Reading.
The recordings cover the majority of the course, split into a number of manageable topics based on the chapters in the Course Notes.

Advice for students studying CP1 over two sessions

As the materials are updated yearly, students who plan to sit the exam in September 2021 but intend to start studying before April 2021 will not need to update their 2021 materials.

The Subject CP1 Online Classroom provides access for 13 months and so can be used over two sessions without an additional purchase.

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