CFA CFA Level 1 Doing mock exams in the week of the 6th worth the time or not?

Doing mock exams in the week of the 6th worth the time or not?

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    • tingwuwang
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      Just a timing question, i have about 6 more mock exams to go for the next 15 days or so. was just wondering if it’s actually a good idea to do mock exams in the week of the 6th of december or should i try and cram the papers the week before and giving me some time to review it?

    • Anonymous
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      Definitely worth keeping one or two, but I’d advise against heavy-weighting it. Personally, in the last week I tend to redo an exam I’ve done before to boost my confidence. Figuring 15 days to go, I’d go full blast right about now.

    • jessmat
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      @tingwuwang thank you for this query!  I had the same one in mind!  

      I’d also like to know which date should be the last day on which we give a mock? How many days away from the exam?

      @mikey any suggestions on the above ? 

    • mattyc
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      Looking back, I did my last 1/2 mock the Tuesday before and finished reviewing it on Wed. I think you can go hard up until Thursday but relax the night before with some light review and/or watch a movie or something no CFA related.

    • FinancialExamAcademy
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      I would agree with the above.

      Also, try and imitate the exam conditions as closely as possible.

      This may be difficult unless you have got the last week off from work and/or other commitments, but ideally find a quiet area with a desk and a chair (maybe in a public library or somewhere else you cannot be disturbed) and sit the morning paper of your mock exam from 9AM to 12AM. Then take a break and sit the afternoon paper uninterrupted from 2PM to 5PM. I used to do this on the last couple of Saturdays prior to the exams (not fun, but it will help you get your life back sooner), but any day would be good really.

      Going through this process at least once before each test was super beneficial, when I was doing the exams, particularly for level 1 when you are new to the process. Most of us gets the pace wrong the first time (some people are too quick some people dwell too long on each question), you probably have a rough idea which category you fall in, but the only way to really figure this out and adjust your style is to try and reenact the exact exam conditions at least once, preferably more times prior to sitting the actual test. Also it is beneficial to know how your body responds to the entire process in advance. E.g. if like most of us you struggle to keep concentration in the second half etc.

      This is one of the little details that can really have a massive impact on exam day. Imagine if you have been studied hard for half a year and when you finally get to exam day you drop vital points simply because you didn’t pace yourself correctly… Not fun.

      All the best!

    • fabian
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      Whatever you do, don’t cram last minute. You’ll end up not having enough time to properly review and miss out on benefiting from the last papers. Good luck!

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