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11 days to go! Are we there yet?

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    • jessmat
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      Hello Everyone!

      Surprisingly, in this post, I am not looking for any advice. It isn’t even a rant post! Just wanted to connect with the Level 1 test takers!

      How is everyone feeling? Any pre-exam jitters or are you guys confidently wading through the CFA Level 1 Syllabus pool? 

      I’ve been doing okay, I guess. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, where I shall reach only on 6th December 2014, as soon as the clock strikes 5 pm, for now at least! Then there’s a level 2 tunnel, but let’s not get into that, just yet!

      How about everyone else? What are your thoughts? Are we there yet?

      Jessica 🙂  

    • maboi_1da
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      I too am at break even point just wanna find myself at the end of the day (6 Dec) as confident as I am

      All the best

    • simply_complex2
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      i just want this to be over lol. i miss having a life and not having to come home from work to study. but id say im also at a happy medium. still revising but not pulling my hair out (anymore). that being said….I CANT WAIT FOR DECEMBER 7TH 🙂

    • Sophie Macon
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      what may motivate and keep you guys going is thinking of (as @simply_complex2‌ said) Dec 7th plans 🙂 

      Mine (years ago) wasn’t that eventful. I knew my brain was tired and all I could muster was ordering Dominos pizza and wasn’t mindless tv (i.e. X Factor) 🙂

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      http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/frozen/images/36662743/title/im-free-gif-photo

      i can see it now…if i had talent, i would cover a CFA version of let it go

    • Phil8289
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      Not feeling so confident… Don’t want to make any excuses, but I have had some tragedy in my family life and work piling up at the same time so I am not where I would like to be in my studying. Just wanted to get the thoughts of some of the people reading this post. I finished with my notes and practice questions and now I’m on the the practice exams. I have Thanksgiving and all of next week off. If I spend that time wisely taking practice exams do you all think I’ll be ready for the exam on Dec 6? I took the first practice exam and did not do as well as I hoped (61%)…

    • WesMantooth
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      @Phil8289 If you can work on CFA through Thanksgiving and the entire week off, you can pass this exam. Keep working at it!

    • Phil8289
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      @Phil8289 If you can work on CFA through Thanksgiving and the entire week off, you can pass this exam. Keep working at it!

      Thank you, that’s reassuring. I plan on spending as much time as possible!

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      @phil8289, dont get yourself too discouraged. someone correct me if im wrong, but it is highly unlikely that the minimum passing score is a 70%. my guess is that its maybe more towards mid 60s which would mean your not that far. definitely just keep practicing and reviewing. you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish when you set your mind to something

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      @Phil8289‌ 

      Hi Phil! According to me, 61% in your first mock is a great score and definitely not far from the safe seventies. 

      You have gone through all the readings,  you still have 10days and your first mock scores are decent. That’s not a bad place to be in.

      All you need to do in the coming 10 days is:
      Focus, revise and do practice problems!
      Give a mock, identify weak areas on the basis of the mock, spend some time on the identified weak areas, do a quick run through of the strong areas and then give another mock. Repeat this process.  
      Spend some time on Ethics.

      Stay calm, stay focused and don’t lose your confidence. You are in a good place and with a little more practice,  you’ll be on your way to the safe seventies! 

      Also, intense CFA prep may help to take your mind of the hard time that you are having at home/at work. So it’s a win win, I say! 

      Hope this helps, 
      All the best, 

      Jessica 

      PS : I got a low 47% in my first mock. The score jumped to a 76% in the second mock. So yes,  you can do it!

    • aylouis13
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      I just got my first over-70% mark in a mock exam, so finally feeling like the study is paying off! Can’t wait til the 7th though… mindless TV sounds good @Sophie!

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      Almost there guys and gals keep it up. Just by being tuned in enough to post on a CFA forum to talk about study techniques and get questions answered you are already ahead of a majority of your counterparts. Im convinced that people who use 300hours have a much higher passing rate than the general candidate pool.

      As for the night of Dec. 7th, if you can muster the strength going out to party really lets you blow off a lot of steam. I had a wedding the night of L2 and I barely left the dance floor, unless it was to get another drink 😉

      Good luck everyone.

    • NickQAnalyst
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      I’m running out of steam : /
      Feeling psychologically weak.

      After 470 hours of studying, 2,700 QBank questions (averaging 85% without notes), 3 Schweser Mock Exams (scoring in the low 80s), and nearly every question/example completed from Schweser and CBOK, I’m simply burned out.

      I need a fire under my ass to keep this stuff fresh!

      Last note:  I still haven’t taken the CFAI Mock Exam and I am terrified that it’ll make me panic.  I’m planning on taking it this Saturday.  Very, very anxious.

      Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated!

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      @NickQAnalyst‌ 

      You’ve been scoring 85%? You don’t need any motivation! You should motivate us instead!

      Also, we have 6 days left… plenty of time to complete the CFAI Mock. Split it over two days,  if you can’t bring yourself to write it at one go. But please do at least 2 mocks as per the timeline – 9 to 12, break, 2 to 5. 

      Honestly, since you’re already hitting the 85s, you’ve covered everything. So just keep on revising and ensure that you find a way to distract yourself every time you feel that you’re freaking out or that you’re losing confidence.

      You’re going to be fine, seriously! 

      Hope this helps, 

      Jessica

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      @jessmat – Thanks for the kind words.  Just to clarify, I had been scoring 85s on the QBank and scoring high 70s / low 80s on the Schweser Practice Exams.  Just took a Schweser exam (morning session) and scored a 73 : / Hopefully the afternoon session goes smoother…

      As much as I don’t want to, I’m going to take your advice and knock out the CFAI Mock tomorrow (this shit is gonna be rough!)

      I don’t know about all of you, but I’m cursing everything that has to do with the CFA at this point.

      Good luck to all!

    • simply_complex2
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      good luck @nickqanalyst! and don’t be bummed out by a 73, its still a good score!

    • NickQAnalyst
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      Thanks @simply_complex2 !

      I rebounded with an 82 on the afternoon session, so feeling a tad better again… What a roller coaster!  There won’t be enough beer in Washington, DC for me when this thing is all said and done…

      I’m truly grateful for yall’s continued support and advice.  I’m absolutely humbled. 
      I’ll be sure to pay it forward! Thanks to @jessmat as well!

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