GARP FRM Frequently Asked Questions – Part 5

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We resume looking at some of the most frequently asked question in the GARP Financial Risk Manager course. You may read our previous entries by using the following links: (part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4).


Test site familiarization

We always encourage everyone to know exactly where to go and how to reach the test site before the actual day for their paper.

Familiarity will help ease some of the pressures on the day and will help you to be relaxed. The last thing you want to have happen is getting lost or constantly stopping unnecessarily and asking directions.

These actions will take up valuable time and this will not help you mentally. The exams are already difficult, why make it even harder on yourself?

We recommend you to:

  • Visit the site 1 week before exam
  • Plan your travel routes
  • Plan to get there 1 hour before the start of the exam
  • Make a contingency plan for travelling
  • Carry extra funds just in case you need a taxi


Leaving the exam room

During the final 30 minutes of the exam, no candidate will be allowed to leave the room until all materials have been collected and everyone has been officially dismissed.

However, if you are finished with over 30 minutes remaining, you can signal to an invigilator that you are willing to leave before the official end.

Please note that you will NOT be allowed to re-enter the room once you have signaled and left!

We really encourage everyone to reconsider this action if you find that there is time left. We recommend that you use this extra time and revisit all answers, double-checking as much as you can (even the “easy” ones).

Leading up to this day, you would have spent many hours in intense preparation- why leave early? Relax, take some time to re-check everything.

Please do this even if you’re feeling extremely confident.


Taking a cellphone

Please do not be one of those persons who walk into the room with a cellphone in their pocket…and the thing starts to ring.

Please ensure that all your electronic devices are turned off. Yes, off. Not on vibrate or even silent (certain app settings can override this setting and still make an audible alarm).

So, do the right thing and turn it off.


Being searched

It is actually a possibility that you may be asked for a quick search to be done. A security officer may ask you to reveal your belongings to him or her before they allow you to enter.

Don’t get upset or freak out about this – it’s just how things are these days. That extra layer of security can be vital for everyone.


What to bring

So, what can you actually take in to the room with you?

  • A PRINTED admission ticket
  • Government-issued photo identification
  • An approved GARP calculator

Additional items allowed

  • Medication
  • Eye glasses
  • Money
  • Wallet or purse
  • Ear plugs
  • Calculator batteries


Eating in the exam

GARP strictly forbids anyone eating during the course of the test. All foods or drinks must be consumed before or after the session.

Of course, be careful that you drink so much before entering the room that you’ll need to go in the middle of everything. This wouldn’t be the end of the world but it can have a negative impact on your concentration levels.

It’s always great to be “in the zone” and hyper focusing on the task to be completed.


Forbidden items

Please do NOT carry any of the following:

  • Electronic items
  • Wearable technology
  • Any form of alcohol
  • Any form of tobacco
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Study materials or notes


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