So IDA doesn’t stand for International Development Association – and my break even chart wasn’t perfect, but by god what a nice exam. After such an exhausting few days – doing business this morning was somewhat relaxing! The ABQ on Units 2,3,4 were a little bit dodgy after question 1 as you’d struggle to quote from the text for question 2 and question 3 , but all in all – “its only business” and as predicted “twas grand”.
There was a lovely International Business Question on Question 3 – simply looking for us to demonstrate some basic knowledge on the benefits and disadvantages of TNCs in Ireland , while the People In Business Question was lovely – Performance, Agreement , Frustration Breach, a half a page on the NCA and a pretty basic question on Unfair Dismissals .
The Breakeven question carried a lovely 40 marks for basic understanding of the topic, I think I pulled in the majority of marks here but the second break even point might have cost me a high grade over all, as I couldn’t figure out how they should intersect which was a bit of a knock (honestly though at this stage I don’t care I’m too bloody tired).
Finally, the question on Planning Organising and Controlling was lovely – as predicted in the mocks – Matrix came up after that, I can hardly remember, but it was nice.
The Short Questions weren’t too bad either – I struggled with Job production (didn’t touch that chapter) and I think the European questions might have had a wee trick in them but overall they were pretty nice – soothing, even.
As a pointer for anyone who god forbid finds themselves reading this next year having to do French, History and then Business the next day, it’s actually quite soothing. Today was a walk in the park compared to yesterday – safe to say the worst is over now!
Business was an absolute lovely paper! Not what I was expecting at all. The short questions took me a bit of time to see what they actually wanted but I managed to get 9 done leaving out question number 1. I then went onto the ABQ and did the first part but realised I’d spent WAY too long explaining the skills, so I moved on to the long questions and left 4/5 pages to come back to the ABQ. The long questions were lovely but extremely long and they were asking for a lot in each part. I did 1, 4, 5, 7. I stayed away from anything financial or the break even chart because they take me forever. Once I finished those I had 25 mins to spare and I went back and did the rest of the ABQ. I’m lucky I write extremely fast but from reading others reactions, it is evident that not everyone has the ability to complete the paper in the given time. The business exam is a timing game, because most of the information is straightforward enough once you know it. 3 hours to write a booklet and 5 pages really really doesn’t suffice and my fingers are still killing me!!
But overall the paper was kind and I was extremely pleased leaving the exam, which is always a good sign! (I hope!) 2 more left!
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