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How I Passed the CFA Level I Exam with Just 2 Weeks’ Studying

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    • Dan
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      Great read. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • ryandahlke
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      Thank you for your article.

    • MockTurtle
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      Oof! Just reading your post was overwhelming! 🙂 Well done!

    • CFAcharterwannabe
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      jeez that really is amazing! congrats on accomplishing that miracle seriously! but inwardly I am cringing a little trying to imagine how horrible all the last minute pressure must have felt. But I bet everything must have felt right once you saw that pass result 🙂

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      Not a problem all! Yeah I didn’t really felt I was entitled to a pass at all – figured I’d gamble on it and it paid off for me. Thanks for all your kind comments and let me know if you have any questions!

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      @scottsmist yeah I think a lot of things in life are dependent on us taking chances. I found your post really inspiring. Since I am self-studying for the exam, a lot of times the pressure really gets to me and I get very nervous. But then hey if you can do it in 2 weeks, well we shouldn’t really be complaining considering we have the time. So, thanks a lot for sharing your experience. Really encouraged me. And yes, will bother you if I have any questions 🙂

    • Chris1029384756
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      Wow that’s incredible. Your entire study prep was the length of my review. You must have gotten incredibly lucky with your guesses..I’m curious what your results look like. 50-70 in everything? Or some 70+?

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      I was completely at the edge. I can’t remember the exact score now (they didn’t email it to us then so I don’t have records) but I only had 1 70+, a few 50-70 and a few <50.

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      I found this link interesting and was wondering whether I could get advice. I recently passed Level 1 in Dec after also less than 2 weeks of studying – have to say I am incredibly lucky. I am now wondering whether I should perhaps wait until June 2015 to attempt Level 2 given the time constraints. Any thoughts and feedback on this?

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      I found this link interesting and was wondering whether I could get advice. I recently passed Level 1 in Dec after also less than 2 weeks of studying – have to say I am incredibly lucky. I am now wondering whether I should perhaps wait until June 2015 to attempt Level 2 given the time constraints. Any thoughts and feedback on this?

      You passed the level 1 in two weeks and you’re worried that four months isn’t enough time for level 2?

    • Sophie Macon
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      @Chris1029384756 – Level 2 is a different beast I suspect 😉

    • Zee Tan
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      @timewarps You should try for Level 2 immediately. We’ve written about this as well in another post: http://www.300hours.com/1/post/2014/02/5-critical-reasons-to-why-you-should-attack-level-ii-right-after-dec-level-i.html

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      I have only 27 days left for my exam. I do not have any prior knowledge or experience in finance. I will share my story too if I manage to clear the exam. 🙂

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      This is inspiring!
      I have only 27 days left for my exam. I am a full time student, so cannot take any days off. That means that I cannot study for more than 2 hours each day. Also, I do not have any prior knowledge or experience in finance. The probability of passing the exam is almost negligible but I will still give it a shot. I will share my story too if I manage to clear the exam. 🙂

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      @ShefaliMathur‌ As you say, just give it your best shot! Good luck.

    • jak5189
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      I’m curious why you didn’t include Portfolio Management in the list of topics to skip. It comprises less than 10% of the exam. 

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      How I Passed the CFA Level I Exam with Just 2 Weeks’ Studying

      By Scott My name is Scott, and in the summer of 2011, I passed my CFA Level I with just 2 weeks worth of studying.  I started two Saturdays away from the actual test having done no more than a…

      Read the full story here

    • alexd321
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      Hi, I was really interested in how you prepared. I am in a similar situation with only two months to prepare. Could you tell me where you find practice tests?

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