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Level 1 help? Non Finance Background

  • This topic has 5 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated Mar-18 by rsparks.
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    • dude_bro
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      Hello all! I am new to the forums here on 300 hours and would appreciate all the feedback possible.

      I plan on registering for the December level 1 exams in the upcoming week or two… registering for the June Level 1 exam with no in depth finance background would be disastrous. Anyways, I double majored in International Relations and German and took roughly 20 credits of economics/accounting classes. With this information my question is-is there any reading or studying material I should undertake that provides the foundations necessary to pass this exam? Or would the CFAI Level 1 study material achieve that goal. Does the study material start from the ground up, essentially.

      Any help would be much appreciated.

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      anyone? 

    • mattyc
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      I think the level 1 materials are all you need to pass the test.  There is a fair amount of calculations so if you’re decent at math you should be fine.  The real challenge is the amount of information to retain.

    • fabian
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      yeah agree with @mattyc. You don’t need extra stuff – the curriculum or study notes have all the information you need.

    • googs1484
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      No finance background here either. I read Direct Path to the CFAA Charter by Rachel Bryant. Also read CFA fundamentals by Kaplan.

    • rsparks
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      CFAI starts from the ground up; however, they do not show you how to calculate on a calculator as an FYI. Watch YouTube vids to help you with that. 

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