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Trade finance: top tips for passing your CSDG exam

26 March, 2021Mutahara Gofur

Are you preparing to sit your Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG) exam in April? If so, these tips on revising and preparing for the assessment will help you succeed.

Woman biting down on a pencil while studyingPlan your study time

Before you dive into the content, it’s important to get organised. Make sure you have all the materials you need before you get started.

You’ll have received your detailed study text covering the syllabus. This also contains review questions and activities, which will help you as you revise. You also have access to online study resources, so make the most of these too.

There’s a lot to cover, so plan your study schedule wisely with enough time to revise everything. Work back from the exam date in April to make sure you can fit everything in.

Make the most of past papers

Previous exam papers are a great way to prepare for your CSDG exam, as they give you an insight into the structure of the exam. You’ll find a specimen paper is available to download from the course website.

Time yourself when working on specimen papers to get a feel of how you’d perform under exam conditions. When you’ve completed the paper, you can identify areas where you need to do more revision.

Use the support available to you

If there’s any content you’re struggling with, reach out to your network and colleagues to get support and guidance.

If you’re in contact with other CSDG students, it might also be useful to discuss the content with them.

You could also catch up with our webinar on tips to prepare for your CSDG exam where students and tutors discussed the exam in more detail.

Demonstrate what you’ve learned in your answers

Don’t think of the CSDG exam as a memory test. Examiners aren’t looking for a regurgitated answer – they want you to demonstrate that you know how to apply your knowledge.

It is also easier to remember and retain information if you understand it and can apply it to context . Case studies will help you understand context better. You’ll also be tested on a case study in Section B of the CSDG exam, so it’s worth using these in your revision.

Good luck and remember that completing your CSDG brings you closer to taking the next step in your trade finance career.

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