CFA Prep

07/18/2011

What if You Fail the CFA Exam?

CFA Exam PrepSome readers thought I was being a little harsh when I advised candidates that they shouldn't expect to pass the CFA exam the first time around. But, sadly, it's a fact that most candidates will fail the Level I exam. The numbers improve slightly as candidates progress, with nearly half of test takers passing Level II, and slightly more than half passing Level III. It can be a real blow to discover you failed, but heading into the exams knowing that you might have to take them more than once will make it easier for you to bounce back.

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06/20/2011

CFA Prep Podcast: Eliminate Test-Day Surprises

CFA Exam Prep PodcastThere's nothing worse than walking into an exam unprepared. You've been studying for months and you know the material cold, but how will you be tested on it? Check out our CFA Prep Podcast for a look at the format of the CFA Exam Levels I, II, and III.

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CFA Level I Orientation


06/14/2011

Three Tips to Make Waiting for CFA Exam Results More Bearable

CFA Exam PrepFor those who took the CFA exam two weeks ago, the hardest part is over—or is it? Waiting for the results can be an excruciating process. After having poured months of effort into preparation (or years, if you’re taking Level II or III), candidates now have to wait 60 to 90 days to discover whether they’ve passed an exam with a notoriously high fail rate.

Over the past few decades, psychologists have discovered that our perception of time can be affected by a number of factors that can either mitigate or exacerbate our anxiety about waiting. Here are some simple suggestions to help ease the pain of waiting for the results of your CFA exam.

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06/01/2011

Three Stress-Reduction Tips For Acing the CFA Exam

CFA Exam PrepFrom an analysis for a client, to a decision about when to buy that stock you’ve been watching, your job tests you every day. If you’re taking the June exam to become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) the test is not just a figure of speech: it’s an impending reality. Even if you have figured out how to manage a portfolio, the prospect of three six-hour-long exams is understandably daunting. Are you nervous about taking tests? Are you wondering how you can turn test-taking stress into test-passing confidence? Our look at recent scientific research on test-taking and anxiety will help you manage your stress and get the test results you need.

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05/18/2011

Six Counterintuitive Study Tips to Help You Pass the CFA Exam

CFA Exam PrepBeing a Chartered Financial Analyst may bring honor and recognition from your colleagues and clients, but getting the “CFA” after your name is a long-term endeavor. Certification requires that you pass three six-hour exams that take years to complete and less than half of the candidates last year passed their tests.

If you’ve already signed up to take the test this June, you’ve probably already been studying. Lots of companies offer services to help you pass the test, and even more websites dole out advice on how to study. Much of what passes for wisdom in test taking, however, is wrong. Your high school teacher may have encouraged you to find a quiet, uncluttered place to study. According to decades-old research, your high school teacher was wrong. What seems intuitive might actually create more frustration for you on test day.

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04/06/2011

Anniversary Special: Top Ten Articles from the FPP

It's been one year since NYSSA launched the FPP, and the readers have spoken: hot topics include career development, landing a job (not surprising!), behavioral finance, emerging markets, and quantitative methods. Here are the ten most popular articles from the previous year in case you missed them the first time around. If you would like to suggest new topics for the FPP to cover, please take a minute to fill out our reader survey. (Everyone who completes the survey is automatically entered in a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle and a selection of e-books from the FT Press.)

1. Five Things NOT to Do if You Want to Pass the CFA Exam
With pass rates lower than 50%, the CFA exams are daunting for even the most seasoned financial professionals. Approach the process strategically and avoid these common mistakes.

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12/10/2010

CFA Prep Podcast: CFA Level I, II, and III Differences

CFA Exam Prep Podcast

With the December 2010 CFA exam fast approaching, it may seem like the perfect time to panic. However, you can put your mind at ease by listening to several recordings of experts from the CFA Institute and NYSSA explaining the CFA testing process.

The clip provided below is from the CFA Exam Orientation. William A. Trent, director of the exam development division at the CFA Institute, outlines the different requirements for CFA Level I, II, and III as well as how some questions (particularly essay questions) are graded.

CFA Podcast: Differences between CFA Level I and Level II

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11/19/2010

CFA Prep Podcast: Should You Take a Review Class?

CFA Exam Prep Podcast In this short clip, Jackie Rosner, a CFA charterholder working at UBP Asset Management, talks about the advantages of taking review courses for all three levels of the CFA exam.  “It's almost impossible to really get a complete understanding of everything, no matter how motivated you are,” he says.  Moreover, Rosner adds, review classes help build confidence.  

CFA Podcast: Should I take a review class?

11/08/2010

CFA Prep Podcast: What is Passing?

CFA Exam Prep Podcast In this week's CFA Prep Podcast, Nathan Ronen answers the commonly asked question: "What is passing?" Some students believe that they will pass if they answer 70% of the questions correctly, while others say that a minimum of 170 questions must be correct. But, as Ronen explains in this clip, there is no magic number. 

CFA Podcast: What is Passing?

11/03/2010

CFA Prep Podcast: The 60-30-10 Strategy to Passing the CFA Exam

CFA Exam Prep Podcast In this clip from Nathan Ronen's CFA Level I sample class, he teaches a unique strategy to taking the CFA Level I exam, which he calls the 60-30-10 game. "Sixty percent of the material gets asked over, and over, and over again," he says. Click to listen and find out what are the common topics in the exam.

CFA Podcast: IFRS Dominate CFA Curriculum

09/28/2010

CFA Prep Podcast: The 45-Second Rule to Test Taking

CFA Exam Prep Podcast

In this clip, Nathan Ronen, CFA instructor at NYSSA, recommends one of his test taking strategies referred to as the “45-Second Rule.” Ronen advises students not to remain fixed on one question, but to “get as many easy questions as you can, and then move on.” In addition to understanding the material, test-takers should learn tactics and strategies on approaching the exam. 

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09/15/2010

CFA Prep Podcast: IFRS Dominates CFA Curriculum

CFA Exam Prep PodcastIn this clip from the CFA Level I Sample Class, instructor Andrew Spieler addresses how the financial reporting transition from US GAAP to IFRS will have a large effect on the CFA Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 exams. “IFRS is now the dominate part of the CFA curriculum,” Spieler notes. CFA students will need to be prepared in order to manage this transition in the exam.

CFA Podcast: IFRS Dominate CFA Curriculum

08/30/2010

Five Things NOT to do if You Want to Pass the CFA Exam

eFinancialCareersSuffice to say, considering the relatively low pass rate, getting through the rigors of all three exams to become a CFA charterholder is not an easy task. But there are many ways you can shoot yourself in the foot.

Aside from not putting in the study time—recommended at around 300 hours per level—there are surprisingly common mistakes or assumptions people taking the exam make, which often make the different between a pass and a fail.

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08/25/2010

CFA Prep Podcast: Passing is a Matter of Perspective

CFA Exam Prep PodcastIn this clip from the CFA Level I Orientation, instructor Andrew Spieler explains that the key to earning certification is taking a holistic view of the CFA program rather than focusing on each individual exam. He also warns students that passing requires not only knowledge of the material but also the exam structure itself.

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Andrew Spieler, PhD, CFA, FRM, teaches CFA prep at NYSSA. He will be teaching a Free Level I Sample Class on August 31, 2010. His Level I Weekly Review Sessions for the December 2010 exam start on September 14, 2010.

08/18/2010

CFA Prep Podcast: Top 10 Tips for the CFA Exam

CFA Exam Prep PodcastIn this clip from the CFA Level I Orientation, William A. Trent, director of the exam development division at the CFA Institute, offers 10 essential strategies that every student should follow when preparing for CFA exams. Though Trent warns students that earning a CFA can be a difficult process–with the global pass rate averaging only 40% for the June 2010 exam–he noted that "more and more CFA designation is held in high regard by employers." 

Top 10 Tips for the CFA Exam

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