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CFA in 18 Months, Part III – How I Survived Level III

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    • Zee Tan
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      CFA in 18 Months, Part III – How I Survived Level III

      Perseverance and diligence, familiar attributes we all need to face the CFA exams.

      Quite often we forget about the third and crucial one – thinking on your feet, especially in times of adversity.

      I never understood or knew of the importance of this until last year, when I made a rookie mistake and left 3 essay questions pretty much unanswered in the exams.

      Here’s how you can learn through my Level III experience to develop such positive spontaneity to defeat any challenges you face in your exams.

      Read the full story here

    • Marc
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      @sophie

      I applaud you accomplishing this in 18 months. That had been my plan, but then, well, life happened and it will have been 5 years between Levels 2 & 3.

      However, I’ve been thinking about this a bit more and I think that (should I pass Level 3 in June – knock on wood) I should be allowed to claim that I completed the CFA in 18 months. I cite the case of Rafa Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 (interestingly, shortly after I sat Level 2 in London) but was not able to complete in the championships in 2009 due to injuries. When he returned to play in 2010, he was allowed to call himself “defending Wimbledon champion” because he didn’t lose in 2009, he was just injured.

      I’m going to go with that.

    • Zee Tan
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      @Marc was that the one where he played Federer in the final? His first Wimbledon win?

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      @zee

      You are correct, although they did face each other in 2007 as well, with Federer winning that battle. 2008 was the one that ended in pretty much pitch black at something like 16 -14 in the fifth set.

      As someone who believes that Roger Federer is pretty much the pinnacle of sports (sorry, sport), this was probably the most excruciating sporting event that I have ever watched .At least of the non-hockey variety… and don’t go saying “ice hockey” because there is only hockey and it involves neither skirts nor grass (I am, after all, Canadian). Oh, and Chelsea v. Bayern in the 2012 Champions League final was also pretty excruciating, but at least that result was the one I was hoping for.

    • Sophie Macon
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      LOL @Marc, that’s a legitimate claim. After all you just took a long break in between so it’s not counted. So I shall await you to join the ranks, best of luck! 🙂

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      I remember I was rooting for Nadal that time – I just felt he deserved to get one too, Federer just had too many by then!

      The final set was crazy, as I recall.

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      @zee

      I was expecting to be ridiculed for my hockey comment. And I CERTAINLY expected to be lambasted for coming out openly as a CFC supporter.

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      @marc hey I’m with ya on the ice-hockey thing. I don’t watch either version of hockey, but a sport that involves flipping out and fighting sounds a lot more interesting to me!

      And I don’t follow football 🙂

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      @Marc we are a friendly bunch.

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      @marc hey I’m with ya on the ice-hockey thing. I don’t watch either version of hockey, but a sport that involves flipping out and fighting sounds a lot more interesting to me!

      And I don’t follow football 🙂


      @Zee
      you’re in London. And don’t follow football? [-(

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      @AJFinance yeah he’s a weird boy.

    • AjFinance
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      @Sophie Great post. I like the Optimist Prime and Negatron analogy 😀

    • shoaibkhan
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      Excellent post. I had the exact same experience. Except that I was on question 6 out of 11 when they said “15 minutes Left”

    • RoyD
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      Technically no one really finishes it in 18 months. People always start count from Level 1 in December but the fact is that you probably started studying for Level 1 4 months earlier at least so that should be the starting point.
      Anyways I’ll be eligible to be counted in this elite category if I pass Level 2 this time. Hoping to answer Level 3 next year.

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