Management schools: two preparatory students talk about the writings of the competitions

After two years of work, Victor and Rayan, economic preparation students, reach the goal. After the writing of the Ecricome competition, from April 25 to 27, they will soon pass the ECB tests. Preparation, organization, revisions, mood: the two CPGE students give us their feelings and their advice to succeed in the post-prep business school competitions.

A little superstition is always in order after a match where the outcome is unknown. When Victor is asked how the writings of Ecricome, an evidence base of five management schools, have gone, the young man prefers not to come forward.

“Our teachers told us you can’t really judge yourself. You can feel like you’ve succeeded, when you’ve failed, or vice versa. I feel like there has been no disasterbut I’m waiting for the results,” explains the student of the secondary school Carnot in Paris (75).

Two years of preparation before writing for the BCE and Ecricome competitions

With the BCE (Common Test Bench), which unites 19 business schools, the Ecricome competition the pinnacle of economic and commercial CPGE† Mathematics, economics, sociology, history, geography, geopolitics, letters and languages… The exams may relate to the two-year course.

For Rayan, classes were over in March. The teachers then supervised for a month to review “the whole program in accelerated versionThen each student organized their three-week review, with an accurate schedule.

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Victor rated first alone, every day, from 8am to 8pm. “I could insist on my hobbyhorse: mathematics. I was working with friends at the time, during a week. I could see how they worked. And if you have a social life, you can’t explode,” explains the candidate who focuses on the top 5 or top 10 schools.

A few days before the deadline, the two boys continued quietly. †Especially don’t burn the day before but think about something else, to forget the pressure a bit. In any case, we will not forget what we have been doing for two years,” says Rayan, eco-preparation student, ECT path (economic and commercial technological option), at Voltaire secondary school in Orléans (45).

Don’t burn out, that’s the advice that comes back† “The exam center was far from my home and I asked a friend who lived next door to lock me up. It saved me stress and I was able to sleep more,” says Victor.

The challenge ? Don’t ruin two years of effort. “When we’re tired, we make stupid mistakes, like forgetting an -s in the 3rd person singular, in English. But in a match, any mistake could cause you to lose your chances of integration into the school you aspire to‘, Ryan reasons.

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However, Rayan was surprised by these three days, as the subjects were less difficult than his predictions. “I don’t know the result, but I feel like it was easier than what our teachers always told us. In preparation, time management was a big problem, but I was able to answer all questions thereRayan notes. During the ordeal, the question of time is indeed the key to success

Stress management is a second key to this important moment. What reassured Rayan, who is aiming for a top-3 establishment, is that he passes the tests at the high school where he spent his secondary education. “I was in small rooms, with friends I know. It’s impressive to think that 8,000 students in France are competing. But seeing your friends struggle like us relieves the pressure.”

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During the lunch break, you can breathe a little, by exchanging with your friends to debrief the test, talk about the next one, but in a relaxed way.

It is also necessary save yourself every night† “At the end of the first day I exercised for 45 minutes, to relax. In the evening I immediately fell asleep. I planned to review, but I was tired and just read my sheets again !” Another “evening routine”, Victor’s, reading instances in which he was well noticed. “It restores confidence.”

After Ecricome, remobilize for another set of revisions

After a few days of hiatus, the ECB’s writings open on Wednesday, May 4, to be staggered to Friday, May 13.

This time will be used to relax and then attack revisions again† “For the ECB, the geopolitical test includes maps, I’m going to work on that a bit,” explains Victor, who would have liked to tie the competitions together. “This moment is a bit weird: you need to rest, while you work,” he notes.

On May 14, Victor and Rayan will decompress some. But very quickly, without waiting for the results that fall on June 14, 15 and 16, the 20-year-old boys will remobilize for the orals.

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