CFA CFA Level 1 EOC Questions are harder/easier than the actual exam?

EOC Questions are harder/easier than the actual exam?

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    • Nabeel
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      I am scoring consistently 66pc on the EOC Questions…should I be worried or happy or indifferent?

    • Sophie Macon
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      @Nabeel – It is just slightly easier than exams, your score is a good start. The difference is that during exams, with the stress and time pressure you may perform differently, even for questions of similar difficulty. Never underestimate time pressure! That’s why we are big proponents of doing practice papers under timed condition in the last month.

    • Zee Tan
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      I’d check practice exams (i.e. the full set of questions with all topics tested) before concluding anything. That said, 66% at this stage is pretty good.

    • Nabeel
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      What is troubling me is that I am scoring the same on topics I find difficult(FSA) as well as topics I find easy(Equity)!

    • vincentt
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      It’s pretty hard to say whether you are doing okay or not judging only from EOC questions. To get a better gauge of where you are, it’s best to hit the practice exams.

    • mitch895
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      Any opinion of the Investopedia question bank?

      After a solid day’s study on Sunday, I tested myself with a bunch of questions via the Investopedia’s CFA question bank. I bombed. I mean really, the score was crap. I could probably have managed a better result throwing darts blind. And on stuff that I intuitively know (in the real, non-multiple-choice world, that is).

      I will say that some of the questions were a bit confusing (the way they were written), but that also might have been a result of the “coffee+sleep deprivation+info-overload” cocktail that had melted my brain. Rubbing salt into the wound, I had spend a full day reading about mind-numbing stuff like the IS & LM curve, aggregate demand etc etc… and I got the questions related to these wrong… Man I was pissed off. Felt like such a waste of a day.

      At any rate, I put the books down for a few days and today jumped into a bunch of CFAI EOC questions on from equities (I haven’t read the notes yet, but figure I should be able to answer most if not all questions due to work in the area). Scored ok. Not awesome (<80%), but that's probably partly because I timed myself, allowing 40 seconds per question (which is pretty much time to read the question, then maybe 15 seconds to think about the answer; if I take my time and allow 3 x the time to think about the answer I should hopefully improve my result).

      Probably the best thing is it highlighted areas I need to brush up on. Moving forward I'll be testing myself on the EOC practice questions before getting too stuck into the CFAI books.

      Ok, enough ranting

    • PaulyPelz
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      Any opinion of the Investopedia question bank?

      After a solid day’s study on Sunday, I tested myself with a bunch of questions via the Investopedia’s CFA question bank. I bombed. I mean really, the score was crap. I could probably have managed a better result throwing darts blind. And on stuff that I intuitively know (in the real, non-multiple-choice world, that is).

      I will say that some of the questions were a bit confusing (the way they were written), but that also might have been a result of the “coffee+sleep deprivation+info-overload” cocktail that had melted my brain. Rubbing salt into the wound, I had spend a full day reading about mind-numbing stuff like the IS & LM curve, aggregate demand etc etc… and I got the questions related to these wrong… Man I was pissed off. Felt like such a waste of a day.

      At any rate, I put the books down for a few days and today jumped into a bunch of CFAI EOC questions on from equities (I haven’t read the notes yet, but figure I should be able to answer most if not all questions due to work in the area). Scored ok. Not awesome (<80%), but that's probably partly because I timed myself, allowing 40 seconds per question (which is pretty much time to read the question, then maybe 15 seconds to think about the answer; if I take my time and allow 3 x the time to think about the answer I should hopefully improve my result).

      Probably the best thing is it highlighted areas I need to brush up on. Moving forward I'll be testing myself on the EOC practice questions before getting too stuck into the CFAI books.

      Ok, enough ranting

      I’d like to bump, so hopefully somebody can answer the above question about Investopedia! Please and thanks!

    • kristin_cfa
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      Not sure about Investopedia questions, their content seems outdated. Wouldn’t standardized questions like the CFAI mocks and sample exams be a better bet?

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