The CFA exam preparation with IFT exceeded my expectations. One of the standout features of their program is the highly structured approach to the lectures; the comprehensive coverage of every LOS and a blue box question ensured a thorough understanding of the curriculum, not simply learning how to pass the exam. What truly set IFT apart for me was Arif's insightful guidance throughout the lectures. He consistently highlighted nuanced concepts frequently tested during the exam, providing invaluable clarity on areas that often posed challenges for candidates. Moreover, Arif's ability to identify topics with a lower probability of appearing on the exam day proved to be a game-changer during my preparation under time pressure. The mock exams offered by IFT were instrumental in gauging my readiness for the actual exam, I found them to be an accurate reflection of the real exam, both in terms of content and format. This helped build Read More
Gil Martin Manalo
Abu Dhabi, UAE
As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) hailing from the Philippines with an extensive 12-year tenure at Deloitte in audit & assurance, IT audits, and data analytics, my professional path has been both diverse and challenging. In addition, my over 9 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, particularly in financial reporting and statutory audits, has further enriched my understanding of the financial world's complexities. Of the many prep materials I utilized while working full-time, I found IFT's completely comprehensive content unmatched—covering every reading, curriculum blue box examples, curriculum end of chapter questions, and abundant practice reflective of real exam items. IFT enabled deep mastery of the entire curriculum. I also appreciated IFT's talented instructors, whose teaching style aligned well with how I learn most effectively. Their guidance and infectious energy inspired me daily towards success. Ultimately, through hard work and IFT's fully complete training, I passed all three level of Read More
Abby W., CFA
IFT tutors are super helpful and their videos/notes/mocks have definitely helped clear my concepts! Would definitely recommend IFT! The team has been very professional and supportive of me during my whole CFA journey, e.g. offering me prompt replies whenever I have any inquiries on the materials.
Alex Smirnoff North, CFA
London, United Kingdom
For those students who want to ensure that they stick to the CFAI curriculum text, IFT is the perfect compliment. While you are provided the usual video lectures and study notes in a similar fashion to other study providers, what really makes IFT stand out is their rigor to go through every single EOC question and blue box examples. This provides you with a wider understanding of the actual question and what the examination is looking to test – you’ll be taught to actually understand the curriculum text, rather than just taught to pass. I also found 2 further products fundamental to reinforcing my learning. Firstly, the IFT High-Yield Videos were a superb addition for my train commute into work, having bitesize videos reinforce learnings over the past weeks, while for Level 3, IFT’s commitment to go through over 10 years of past papers and pull out relevant questions that Read More
Kujo Osei, CFA
Los Angeles, USA
If you really want to crush the Level 3 exams, especially, the morning session then please choose IFT. I had used 2 different prep courses prior to signing up for IFT and I can say unequivocally that IFT is the best in the world. By following their materials and study plan, I was able to finish the morning session 15 minutes before time. The Q&A with IFT Instructor is the finest on earth as IFT gives you timely and detailed responses. Many Thanks to Arif, Nabeela, and the entire IFT team.
My Challenge with CFA exam is time. Having a family and a full-time job, it is not easy to get ready for an exam that requires you to read 6 books for each level of the exam. IFT helps me a lot to save time, since the videos are very to the point, neatly summarizing what you need to know for the exam. The videos are also covering each topic/learning outcomes with Blue Box examples of the CFA curriculum. I also highly recommend to get solution videos of past CFA exams. IFT teaches you how to approach CFA questions and trains you on how to respond to essay type questions. Very valuable.
Marc Antoine Gendreau
When I first enrolled in the CFA Program I felt like the textbooks and practice tests provided by the CFA Institute were more than enough for my preparation. I didn’t understand why people would pay for a prep provider that creates its own textbooks because I believed that it could partly drive me away from the CFA Learning Outcome Statements (LOS). I also thought that taking a prep provider would only mean more reading, which although could be helpful, may not be the best investment of time to help me pass the exams. But once I had finished to go through all the chapters and wanted to review, I realised the depth of material covered was very large. It had taken me almost 200 hours and I didn’t want to go through all the material again to hunt through the thousands of pages for to revise and to answer the Read More
Rudy Soobaroyen, CFA
When I started the CFA Program back in 2013, I was not clear as to how long the journey would take me but I was determined to make the most of that journey. As a Chartered Certified Accountant and CPA along with practical accounting and finance experience, I already had some knowledge to effectively assimilate at least half of the CFA Level 1 curriculum. However, I felt the hurdles getting higher as I moved into unfamiliar territory. After rigorously researching and considering third-party CFA Program prep providers, I came across IFT. I think at the time IFT was still in its infancy stage but already I felt comfortable with the way Arif approached every concept. So I began by getting a couple of the training materials for level 1. After I found out I passed the December 2013 exam, I decided I would enroll in the June 2015 CFA Read More
Satheesh Jagannathan, CFA
I was working in an Investment Banking setup where I didn't have sufficient time to read through the entire CFA curriculum. The biggest challenge for me was balancing my commitments at work with the study schedule. I tackled them by planning things well in advance and making sure that I stick to the plan. I also made sure that I gave up other activities, hobbies etc during my course of preparation. IFT video lectures by Arif Irfanullah came as a blessing in disguise. Arif synthesizes complex concepts (or concepts that are presented in a slightly complicated way in the curriculum) and explains them in a simple way. Most importantly, his lectures were to the point and follow the flow in curriculum. His tips (Like importance of practicing curriculum examples, reading the curriculum summary, time-management, etc. ) turned-out to be crucial. Here are tips which others to consider while preparing:
Muhammad Asim Qureshi, CFA
I was in my late 30s, when I decided to upgrade my existing knowledge of finance and investments. I had an MBA degree then from LUMS with more than five years of work experience. I would say each of the level of CFA is difficult in its own capacity: level 1 has a lot of breadth, Level 2 has a tremendous amount of depth and material to master, and Level 3 focuses on application of finance and investment concepts, assuming that the candidate is a portfolio manager. Given I do a high pressure job and have two kids, a disciplined effort over a longer period of time - pre-requisite to pass the exam - seemed challenging. My modus operandi was to ONLY read CFAI curriculum, do grey box and EOC questions, do topic tests and then finally do mocks / past exams. I preferred to read the curriculum on Read More