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RICS APC Lifeline - Top 5 Proof Reading Tips

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

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What is today's blog about?

This week, we will be looking at our top 5 tips for proof reading your RICS APC or AssocRICS final assessment submission.

Essential reading for AssocRICS and RICS APC candidates.

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1. Concentrate

Don't try to write your final assessment submission in one go. Leave yourself plenty of time to work through several rounds of drafts and definitely don't leave it until the last minute.

You need to be in the right headspace to concentrate on getting your final assessment submission right first time.

We recommend only spending 30-60 minutes on it at a time and ensuring you have a quiet space to work in. Turn off your phone or put it on 'Do Not Disturb' and close your email and any application notifications.

Go back to your last draft after a few days - a fresh pair of eyes always helps to ensure you pick up any minor (or even glaring) errors.

2. RICS Guidance

Make sure that your final assessment submission complies fully with the RICS guidance, e.g. word counts, formatting and using the most up-to-date template.

Your assessors will check this prior to your interview, so make sure that you give yourself the best chance of success with a fully compliant final assessment submission. This essentially shows that you are able to follow and adhere to your client's requirements!

3. Punctuation and grammar

Make sure that your punctuation and grammar are spot on. Some of the most common errors include:

  • Misplaced apostrophes

  • Your/you're

  • Its/it's

  • Could/would/should have (not of!)

  • There/their/they're

You can read more about common punctuation and grammar errors here.

4. Use spell check

There's absolutely no excuse not to use spell check! However, be aware that some technical jargon might be auto-corrected and read through your final assessment submission line-by-line as well.

5. Ask others

Finally, ask as many people as you can to proof read your submission, e.g. friends, family, colleagues and Property Elite.

Having a lay reader proof read your submission is often a helpful 'sense check' - if they can comprehend your examples and experience without any prior property knowledge, then this will help to make sure that your submission is clear and concise.

Finally, why not sign up for your Submission Review from Property Elite?

We cover all RICS APC, AssocRICS and FRICS routes and pathways.   This will be structured in two rounds; the first being our feedback on your draft submission, the second being our final proof read following your amendments. Our turnaround time is 5 working days for each round of your review.

You can sign up online via our eShop.

How can we help?

  • Head to our blog archive to access even more free CPD and AssocRICS and RICS APC training and support.

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  • Find out more about our bespoke AssocRICS and RICS APC training and support, before booking your free 15 minute consultation and signing up for your services online.

  • Not sure about signing up? Make sure you read what our recent successful candidates have to say in our Testimonials.

Stay tuned for our next blog post to help build a better you

N.b. Nothing in this article constitutes legal or financial advice.


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