ADIT exam resit tips

If your exam results weren’t what you’d planned,

you might be considering an ADIT resit this summer?


We’re sharing our advice and tips for passing the ADIT exams to help you succeed!
*Please note – this article was edited on 27 April 2021 to include updated content*


1. Don’t be disheartened

Everyone can have a bad day!  In the exam, every second counts.  Anything that slows you down can affect your results.

It’s a good idea to think about what affected you.  Then work out what you can do about those factors, and get ready to try again.

If you weren’t familiar with the exam software, and got distracted trying to use it, then note down the things you struggled with and log in again to familiarise yourself with its features.

Perhaps you found it difficult to keep an eye on the time, and couldn’t attempt all the questions.  Or you spent too long on the lower mark questions, and had to rush through the more complex scenarios.  As part of your preparation, be sure to sit past papers in exam conditions – great time management practice.

Maybe you just had a terrible day.  If you had been ill, lost sleep, or were preoccupied with other pressures, you might not have been in the right headspace to draw on your knowledge and apply it to the questions.

Whatever the cause, if you know that you can succeed, then it is worth giving it another go!


2. Make a study plan

There is still time before the June exams, if your resit takes place then, and exam entries for the December 2021 sitting open on 30 April and must be submitted by 16 September 2021.

You might have already read our helpful guide for getting ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ to study again, published on the CIOT website?  If not, you can access it here.  It is full of practical advice and tips for getting into good study habits as you prepare for your next exam.


3. Find resources to support your study

You probably invested considerable time and effort in preparing for the exam, and are finding it hard to get motivated again.  Why not look for different resources to support your study?  You could find new and interesting ways to test the application of your knowledge.

You can access ADIT past papers on the CIOT website here, and scripts from some of the successful December 2020 candidates have also been made available.  There are discussion groups on social media, such as the ADIT Professional Group on LinkedIn, where you will find others in your peer group who are tackling the same issues and sharing their learning.

At Extratax Training, we publish a weekly ADITextra blog.  This summarises what’s been taught and discussed in our live online classes.  You’ll find updates from our sessions on Principles of International Tax (Module 1); UK Paper (Module 2.09); US Paper (Module 2.10); and the Transfer Pricing Paper (3.03). You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch parts of our classes covering key topics.

This is a great way to benchmark your own learning and check you’re progressing.  Follow us on Twitter @TrainExtratax and LinkedIn @Extratax Training to keep up to date with our blogs and advice.

4. Go for it

Commit to a regular study schedule and don’t get distracted.

Get used to typing as you think, rather than writing on paper.

Practice, practice, practice your exam technique by attempting past questions in exam conditions – timed, and with only permitted texts.

Spend time familiarising yourself with the Exam4 software (we’ll soon be posting advice from our past students on using Exam4, so keep an eye out for that!).

Most importantly, remember to take regular breaks from studying.  Step away from the books to go for a walk, catch up with a friend, even just to have a drink of water, and come back refreshed and ready to get to grips with the material again!

Good luck with your ADIT exam!


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