Having done my last professional exams nearly 10 years ago, I decided to test the waters by self-studying for the ATT qualification with the aim of using this as a stepping stone to attain CTA qualification. It was tough as I have a young family but fortunately it all ended well in just over a year. The aim was always to study for CTA but my marks in the ATT exams (>60 marks) and further committment required has put me in a dilemma. On one hand, I know I will never get this opportunity again where I have to only sit for 3 exams (2 papers really-cosidering the Case Study is based on one of the AT papers) whilst on the other hand we, as a family, would have to possibly sacrifice another year of our lives to this.
I can only afford to self-study but I know that I would struggle considering I might not know the tricks of obtaining easy marks which could make all the difference at the end. I would love to study the practice route but would ideally like to just do CTA by studying for the easiest papers, any idea which ones!
How much of a jump am I expecting from ATT to CTA? ( I am aware that ATT involves easy answers whereas CTA involves advising clients in the form of reports). My question is more directed towards a direction in terms of study routine and time required to ideally secure a pass?
Any tips from other members who have been through the same would also be appreciated? Very difficult to get over the fact in 3 years time (when my ATT passes expire) that I was 2 subjects away from CTA!
Thank you for your answers. You have all been so helpful and I am ever so grateful.