The Final Stretch of the Final Level

How should you approach your exam preparation during the last few months before the Level III exam? Watch the below study advice video blog by Arif Irfanullah which contains a study game plan and how IFT materials can help you.  For more details about the Level III crash course click here Best of luck!

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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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Incoming: Level I Exam Result!

Dear December Level I Candidate, I am sure that you are anxious about your upcoming exam result. Level I is the first step on the road to the CFA® charter so everyone is hopeful for a pass email! You will either experience the thrill of passing or the agony of failure. Read my advice blogs on how to interpret your results and what to do next. If you pass read this blog If you fail read this blog Best regards, Arif Irfanullah, CFA

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Advice to those who Pass the Level I exam

Dear December 2016 Level I Candidates, In a day or two, the moment of truth will come.  I’m sure you have been anxiously waiting for your Level I result.  You will experience the agony of failure or the thrill of victory. If you have cleared the exam, this is indeed a milestone. If you are interested in my thoughts on what do next read on. I passed the exam.  What next? About this time every year I get the same question from successful Level I candidates: should I take the Level II exam in June this year? As with so… Read More

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Advice to those who don’t clear the Level I exam

Dear December 2016 Level I Candidates, In a day or two, the moment of truth will come.  I’m sure you have been anxiously waiting for your Level I result.  You will experience the agony of failure or the thrill of victory. If you have failed the exam; always remember failure is not fatal. If you are interested in my thoughts on what do next please read on. I did not make it. What next? For those who do not pass the Level I exam, the typical advice is to keep trying; however, I suggest a more thoughtful approach.  Put the… Read More

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Are IFT Practice Questions Enough?

Many students ask: “If I do the IFT Q bank, quizzes and mocks do I still need to work through the curriculum questions?” The answer is a resounding YES.  While IFT questions are a good source of practice, you must also do the questions provided by CFA Institute. This includes: Practice problems at the end of every reading Topic-wise tests on the CFA Institute website Mock exams provided by CFA Institute (also on their website) Remember. The exam is being made by CFA Institute. Hence you must do the questions they are giving you. Best of luck with your studies… Read More

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