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Your D-Day stories (horror, funny, inspiring)….

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      So the CFA exam day has come and gone, anybody here willing to share his or her war stories?

      Mine first:
      1) Before going to the test center, one of my colleagues spontaneously made a rousing speech 300-style while standing on the tabletop of our office space. The end was so epic, it’s a shame none of us recorded it. Something like:
      Friend: “… Tonight, we dine in heaven! THIS… IS… CFA!!!!”
      All: “AH UH!!! AH UH!!!”

      It’d be a lie had I not imagined he finished the speech by kicking one of the proctors down the endless pit…..

      2) At the test center, this one guy was being polite and friendly and seemed all well-prepared to ace the exam…. or so he thought, until the proctor told him that he should’ve brought his own pencils as they’re not going to provide any pencil to the test-takers. Never in my life I saw someone face turned blue in a matter of seconds just like that.

      3) Another colleagues of mine -a born-again Christian- spontaneously led us into prayers before the morning session began. As the door was still open and many test takers were still entering the classroom, he figured out that we would still have like 10 minutes to pray at the back-like there is no tomorrow, and for some us, indeed it’s true-. He also once again led the prayers before the afternoon session. And how I am surprised that people did come and join his spontaneous fellowship there.

      Let me read your stories now, 300hours-ers! 😉 

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      To add to it the guy sitting next to me finished the AM session in under and hour! Either that guy is a genius or just admitted defeat.

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      We had one guy finish at an hour in on the first session. He must have been studying hard for a year. We also had a line of 20 or 30 people that didn’t make the doors closing to start the session. (they were let in after the timed portion started, and had to catch up). I saw some people trying to sleep that looked obviously worn out from an all-nighter or two.  Poor folks don’t know what hit them. We had a few people doing stretches while waiting for the exam to start. The proctor in the bathroom giving everyone the “evil eye” was certainly creepy but understandable. We had nice stacking chairs that used suspended cloth as their seat and back! Very impressed when I was worried about folding metal, or old classroom stools or something. Things were smooth and everyone did a great job getting people in and out, etc.  I hope I pass!

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      haha somewhere in the middle of economics of the afternoon session I was so delighted the exam was going well I said a little prayer for like 3 secs for the rest of the paper to be this easy and then proceeded. Awkwardly after the prayer it all went downhill.

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      @wm247‌ hope #2 got a pencil in the end – should be able to borrow from the many over-prepared ones…

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      Nothing awkward on my end except for the large number of people that took the test in pajamas…

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      The guy sitting next to me literally bought around 50ish pencils and 10 calculators and a few dozen erasers. At one point he ended up accidentally knocking everything off the table. Try to imagine that in a room that’s deathly quiet. And I’m pretty sure I came to the exam looking like a homeless person, so there’s that (but I was comfy).

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      Scary experience for me actually, I borrowed my buddy’s calculator for a spare one cause I didn’t have the batteries nor did I want to bring a mini screwdriver. Checked the cover and there were the calculator instructions which are permitted. When going through calculator check, they turn the instructions over and there is a sticky note with a bunch of corporate finance formulas. This was my friend’s calculator who was a corporate finance and accounting major. Immediately was about to cry but they were nice enough to rip it off the calculator and let me go without any reports.

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      @wm247It’s a shame that your chap from point #2 in your post wasn’t sat next to the lady in the ABD test centre who obviously was significantly over-prepared. I kid you not, as I walked back to my desk from the toilet I only had time to count 20 pencils on her desk, there must have been at least 35 in all.

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      I had 3 and was willing to lend. Everyone had pencils though.

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      A guy left the test centre I was in without permission. The proctors gave him a stern talking to, I don’t know if he was allowed to sit for the rest of the exam.

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      Also! There was some sneaker fundraiser going on in or around my test center, so I kept seeing people running around with bags and bags of sneakers. I ended up helping this poor guy with four garbage bags of sneakers by carrying one, but I was so out of shape that my arms hurt the entire second half of the exam. I just wanted to take a nap after that since I was tired

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      @jmsatchwell that sounds so distracting. if i see people getting anxiety attacks/crying i would probably have a moment of panic. hope they were all able to calm down!

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      The concourse where we stacked our coats and bags turned into mayhem during the break and after the exam ended. I had one person yell me to move! Other than that, no real crazy things in my hall. Just a lot of people who looked like they got hit by a train while waiting for the second session to start. I also noticed quite a few people strolling in very late after the afternoon portion had begun and they prob had an hr to finish it off. No way they finished it. 

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      Man you guy’s had it easy. In my test center 3 people started crying during the AM session. A person got caught cheating and had his test removed during the exam (very distracting) and a couple people had anxiety attacks and had to get escorted out. All this combined with the fact that 58 people just didn’t show up for the test and another 30ish didnt even bother to return for the PM session.

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      I allowed my missus to pull my resources together from the list supplied via this forum, so was sent in with a full pack of 12 pencils, but ditched 8 of them in the belongings area and only took 4 in (which is overkill in itself in all honesty).
      The funny thing was that actually, most candidates were well prepared with exam materials requirements, but were under prepared with personal effects. I’ve never seen so many people wandering about asking if anybody had a spare smoke. The cigarette kiosk in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) must have had a rip-roaring days’ trade, once everyone found out where it was on Saturday.

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      I have never seen such an instance a guy at our centre didn’t market the answers in OMR sheet till the proctor came to collect the Sheet ,and was hurrying at the last minute .a clear violation .

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