The entire CFA exam process is quite a unique experience. It is challenging, long, but ultimately rewarding.
But sometimes it is frustrating. God, really frustrating.
Sparked from a discussion on people using CFA as a noun (“I have a CFA”), we got to discussing the tiny things about taking the CFA exam that really bug them.
The top 15 from the team are listed below. You’d bound to have run across them before, and we’d love to get more from you in the comments below. Enjoy!
15 Things We Love to Hate About the CFA Exams
#2: That you lose your weekends for half the year, and sometimes have to take time off as well from your vacation days.
#3: The models on the cover of your study notes. They start off looking attractive, cheerful and positive, and you spend the next few months getting to completely resent everything about them.
#5: That you sometimes can remember everything about a particular concept except the actual answer to the question.
#7: That your wrongly calculated answer will always also be magically included in the multiple-choice question.
#8: That your calculator just spouts different answers even though you swore you’ve done the exact same calculation. 3 times.
#9: The shit you can supposedly get away with, and still can be considered to not have violated Ethics. And in another hypothetical situation, proceed to violate Ethics and not have a clue why. (on a related note, make sure you check out our 3 Must-Know Tips to Nailing Ethics!)
#10: People around you that keep saying “Oh, I’m sure you’ll pass.“
#12: That you start having relationship problems due to your lack of attention to it.
#13: That between exam sessions, you have to queue for 30 minutes to spend a ludicrous amount of money to buy crappy food that you wouldn’t in normal circumstances ever touch with a 10-foot pole.
#14: Worrying about, and then actually having to tell people that you failed.
#15: That you start feeling annoyed when people say ‘a CFA’ and you start correcting them. For the rest of your life.
We’re sure you have many, many more from your personal experience. Add yours in the comments below!