Updated Advice: Level I December Candidates

Dear Level I December 2017 Candidates, With two and a half months left for the exam, some of you might be panicking.  If you started your prep on time (let’s call you candidate ‘A’) you might have the feeling, that are you are forgetting material that you’ve studied. If you are the sort who likes to leave exam prep for as late as possible (let’s call you candidate ‘B’), I’d say you’ve hit the ‘as-late-as-possible’ point.  If you don’t start slogging now, the probability of passing is very low. I have some advice for both types of candidates. Advice for Candidate ‘A’ (you… Read More

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Failed the Level III Exam? Sorry To Hear That…

Level III is a strange exam. In fact this is the only exam where I come across some very smart and hardworking people failing. This has to do with the format for the exam. Those who study a lot, know a lot and end up writing a lot.  The problem with this approach is that a candidate might do half the paper really well but scramble through the rest… possibly leaving a few questions all together. The most you can get on a good response is 100%.  If you leave an answer blank you get 0%.  Bottom line is that… Read More

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Just Passed Level III? Congratulations! Some Parting Words

You have cleared Level III which is a huge accomplishment.  At Level I and Level II there might be an element of luck in passing the exam; however, at Level III the role of luck is diminished because of the structured response format.  You have to know your material to pass the exam… which you did! It is an honor and privilege for me that you used IFT as part of the study process but I know this was only part of the equation.  The much larger reason for passing is your hard work and practice. No matter how good the prep… Read More

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The Magic Number to Pass Level I

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell asserts,“10,000 hours is the magic number of greatness”. After reading the book I began to wonder whether there was a ‘magic number’ in the context of preparing for the CFA exams. Though most of you do not have 10,000 hours left to prepare, it is tempting to say that if you study more than x number of hours, you’ll pass. However, after many years of preparing candidates I’ve realized that there is no magic number of study hours. This is particularly true with Level I. The number of required study hours varies from candidate… Read More

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Preparing for Level I with IFT

We know how daunting it is to start preparing for the CFA exams. To achieve success, you have to organize, schedule, study and practice, all in the most efficient way. That’s why we have made a simple How to Prepare for the CFA exams series to guide you through the process of beginning your studies.  After you watch the below video, make sure you watch this video carefully : How to Prepare for your Level I CFA® Exam with IFT  Watch this video next!  

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Preparing for Level II with IFT

We know how daunting it is to start preparing for the CFA exams. To achieve success, you have to organize, schedule, study and practice, all in the most efficient way. That’s why we have made a simple How to Prepare for the CFA exams series to guide you through the process of beginning your studies.  

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2018 Level III Program Changes

For details on what has been added, removed or changed please see the chart here: Level III 2017-2018 Program Changes by IFT If you have any comments or questions please visit the   IFT Help Desk Why should you choose IFT to pass the exam? Watch this video! Best Regards, Arif Irfanullah, CFA

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2018 Level II Program Changes

For details on what has been added, removed or changed for Level II between 2017 and 2018 please see the chart here: Level II 2017-2018 Program Changes by IFT If you have any comments or questions please visit the IFT Help Desk To learn more about the Level II exam and make your study strategy… Watch this video!   Best Regards, Arif Irfanullah, CFA

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