CFA CFA General Experiment with Schweser’s Q-Bank

Experiment with Schweser’s Q-Bank

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  • Sarah

    I can comfortably say that I am sick and tired of studying and literally counting down the days when I don’t feel the need to study.

    I had some free time so I wanted to measure in a very non-scientific experiment how certain conditions and questions difficulty would affect my score. So far I only did 3 session (60 questions each) with different parameters. What I wanted to identify my exceptionally weak areas that I should spend time on in the last two remaining weeks and what stress did to my mark.

    Note: For each session I allocated myself an hour (to condense the time needed to do this, had I allocated myself the usual time it would have taken me a whole day to run through this).

    Different conditions:

    1. This was easy question and it took me 45 min to complete and I scored a 85% with economics and fra dragging my mark down.
    2. This had questions with medium difficulty and was a highly stressed condition with excessive background noise and I was at the brink of physical exhaustion. I scored a dismal 63% with even ethics dragging down my mark (also economics and fra nothing surprising about that, corporate finance, equity, alternative investment, and portfolio management).
    3. I repeated the last experiment again without the stress and my mark shot up to a 77% with quants, economics, corporate finance, and derivatives raining on my parade

    Clearly I need to dedicated a lot of time to corporate finance and economics. I’d probably score better if I gave myself more time to think. Of course since I was using Schweser Q-bank the questions weren’t in item-set style format. I’m not sure how much the vignette style would impact my grade. If you are wondering why I hadn’t tried with an advance itemset it is mostly due to time constraints. And I’m not sure it is worth it since I know what my weaknesses are. Another important takeaway is the exceptional grade difference between the stressed and non-stressed condition. So sleep well before the exam. Eat well, go easy on the caffeine and don’t to anything that will stress you out.

    Sophie Macon

    That’s an interesting experiment, and lots of good advice!

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