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20 Things I Wish I Knew Before the CFA Exams

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    • Zee Tan
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      20 Things I Wish I Knew Before the CFA Exams

      6 years ago, I signed up for my CFA Level I as a sprightly, wide-eyed innocent. I wish at the time I had someone who’d gone through everything to point out the potholes of the journey I’m on. For…

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      @Matty J. Actually, in point 18, “the CFA exam” CFA is being used as an adjective.

    • Zee Tan
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      @Matty J. Actually, in point 18, “the CFA exam” CFA is being used as an adjective.

      I did a backcorrection – @mattyj was right first time 🙂

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      That still makes me chuckle!

    • JKfreedom91
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      I am a B.com (Hons.) final year student.What is the minimum eligibility and procedure for CFA? Is it possible to start CFA in India and after clearing level 1 while in India..Can i continue to level 2nd in some other country..because i’ve some plans for abroad for further studies…?? I hope u’ll reply me soon.Thanks!

    • Sophie Macon
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      @Jkfreedom91 – yes you can do it in different countries, it shouldn’t matter as it’s an international certification. To enroll for the CFA, please refer to this for eligibility info

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      Lol, thanks for the heads up!

    • Zee Tan
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      No problem @JayR!

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      Wow.. Great stuff… I should have read this post or atleast the 16th point before my L1 exam… Thank God… i just made it to the exam hall… :)>-

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      Lol @HPK glad it all worked out anyway!

    • vincentt
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      @hpk same here! I almost missed my level 1 exam, walking so calmly from the station to the hall, not seeing many candidates thinking i must be early to realised the staffs were shouting “you have 2 mins left to get to the hall or the doors are closing”.

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      @vincentt i guess there’s also a good side to it… we were not intimidated by the materials/notes that other candidates were reading just bfore the exam….. :-bd

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      @hpk same here! I almost missed my level 1 exam, walking so calmly from the station to the hall, not seeing many candidates thinking i must be early to realised the staffs were shouting “you have 2 mins left to get to the hall or the doors are closing”.

      That happens a lot more than you think – see this post and pic: http://www.300hours.com/1/post/2012/06/exam-day-game-plan-fail.html#.UlkrtmTg3Y4

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      I was fidgeting during the exam (second part) may be even gesturing to myself. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. What if that was misinterpreted by the proctors. Yikes!!!

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      ralu14 said:
      I was fidgeting during the exam (second part) may be even gesturing to myself. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. What if that was misinterpreted by the proctors. Yikes!!!

      It’s probably fine @ralu14‌ – if you were singled out for PCP action you would have received an email. 🙂

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      I wish I knew….so many hours wasted. 1.5 year unemployed despite being a CFA charterholder and 12 years of experience. CFA does not help. I am studying accounting now, back to studies, luckily it is easier, despite 14 exams long….. I am so desperate for a job, any job, even internship.

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