IFT has helped thousands of candidates successfully prepare for all three levels of the CFA Program exam since 2011. IFT provides a complete learning experience and preparation strategy. All IFT materials remain close to the CFA Program curriculum. We help students develop a thorough understanding of fundamental concepts via active learning and worked examples. In a nutshell: IFT video lectures help you understand, study notes help you retain, and practice through question banks, quizzes and mock exams get you closer to the passing score!
With the exam just around the corner, I want to share some advice with Level I candidates, especially those who are taking...
As I have mentioned in earlier blogs, Level II is significantly more quantitatively intense relative to the Level I. Specifically, there is...
The Level III Structured Response or ‘Essay’ Exam is very different from the exams you have seen at Level I and II....
When I registered for my CFA Level 1 and got the books designed by the CFA Institute I was overwhelmed with the course content. The level of detail the Curriculum goes through is just staggering. I thought I could never complete the course in time, let alone pass. Close to about a month before the actual exam a friend referred me to the videos presented by IFT. Although the videos seemed long at first, I was amazed how quickly I completed a chapter as compared to self-study. The best part? We never skipped a learning objective. I highly recommend these videos to anyone sitting for the exam, especially students who are working full-time. Time is a precious resource, and the IFT videos make the most of it!
I started studying for Level I in March 2015 after enrolling for the December 2015 examination. It was very time consuming using the Curriculum. I had only covered three topics by August 2015 (Quantitative Methods, Equity and Fixed Income). I then stumbled upon IFT 2011 Level I Videos from You Tube. That entirely transformed my approach. The videos helped me quicken my pace and my understanding of the Curriculum significantly improved. I passed Level I in Dec 2015, thanks to these videos. I purchased Level II time saver while waiting for Level I results. When the results came out, I started using IFT videos after purchasing the Basic package. I passed Level II on my first attempt in June 2016. A key distinctive feature of the videos is that they closely follow the structure of the curriculum, highlighting areas that are likely to be tested and explaining key sections of the curriculum. I have now purchased Level III videos and will be taking Level III in June 2017. I recommend IFT videos to anyone who is pressed for time but desires to pass on the first attempt. Tafirenyika Masvore - Midrand, South Africa
Using IFT's prep course I was able to pass all 3 CFA levels on my first attempt in an 18 month period (December 2014 - June 2016) while working full time as an international tax attorney for KPMG. Despite having no background in finance, the IFT videos made the difficult concepts easier to understand and then helped me analyze the types of questions I was most likely to see on each level of the CFA exam. While each level is different, IFT did an excellent job of helping me understand the concepts which were likely to be tested and the most efficient manner to practice and use my time efficiently. In writing this testimonial I am not trying to brag. I just want other students in my position (full time job, limited time) to understand that combining the IFT videos, notes and practice problems with hard work and dedication will allow you to pass each CFA level. Thank you
Arif Irfanullah is an excellent instructor! He has an outstanding command for the subject matter, both in breath and in depth -- Impressive! He really explains concepts well. He is both careful and precise with his explanations. He has an enthusiasm for teaching. He real cares about helping students learn. I can't say enough good things about Arif and IFT!
Arif’s unique pedagogical skills makes you feel that you are present in the classroom. He was very receptive and keen to address my problems whenever I had any. I have heard many lectures from other instructors but after listening to Arif I feel he is the only one who gives you value for money.
I purchased prep materials from your website after watching some of them on YouTube and I was convinced that it is indeed a value addition to my preparation. Honestly, I just did whatever you told me to do. If I still couldn't understand something, I've again gone back to your lecture videos or IFT notes to ensure I get the concepts reasonably well. Finally, for the last one month I worked out more and more questions from other sources as well. I still couldn't believe that certain topics on which you insisted us to get the concepts (as they were more testable) and they were indeed. Essentially, I put almost 400+ hours of effort and surely it does help me to cross the finish line. Sincerely thanking you to made this a smooth ride for me. I will surely come back to get my level 2 prep materials shortly. Sincerely appreciate on your best effort to teach us.
Mr. Irfanullah, I just wanted to send you a quick message that I very much appreciated your video lectures, including your crash course which I did in May. I took the Level 1 exam today, and don't know if I passed yet of course, but there was more than one occasion when I could hear your voice in my head reminding me on certain concepts!I am a full time IT consultant, and have decided to pursue my passion of equity analysis, and the CFA program is the first step I'm taking towards a career switch. Needless to say I currently work more than 40 hours a week in my non-Finance job, have a 3 year old busy little girl at home, and spend about 2 hours a day in the car commuting. Putting it all together and I don't have the traditional time available to study like I did back in my full time student days. So being able to listen to you "on the go" wherever I was at the moment has been extremely valuable for my preparation over the past months and it definitely got me on the right track. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your course to any other perspective candidates.
I flung myself into the Level I Curriculum full of hope and with the enthusiasm of the beginner. One month into my study I became discouraged by the lack of progress and the realization that, in spite of putting in a lot of time and effort, I could not make head or tail of many topics. I was stuck. I consider myself very lucky to have hit upon IFT at that point in my exam preparation. As soon as I launched the first video on FRA I knew I was at a turning point: as Arif went through the reading I could see the concepts unfolding before my eyes. Notions that up to that point had been obscure and confused became accessible and easy to grasp. More importantly it seemed as though Arif knew exactly what words to use, what examples to give, how to build my confidence and, with that, my understanding of each Study Session.From that moment on, thanks to the videos and the hand-outs, I found myself enjoying the curriculum once again, I was able to learn at a healthy pace and eventually I passed the CFA Level I exam at the first attempt. I am deeply grateful to Arif and his excellent Team for their support. Teaching well is an art. Trust IFT to help you achieving your goal.