Is anyone taking time off work in the final week or two before the exam – if so, how much and when?
I was thinking it might make more sense to taper off studying in the final week and work normally, but take a few days off in the penultimate week to put in as many CFA hours as possible – thoughts?
If you can afford to take some time off, do it. Not only might it save you another year’s study to re-sit the exam, but it will likely reduce your stress going into it.
Going into last year’s exam it was a particularly busy period for my company, so my final preparation for exams was crammed into the late hours of night and early mornings. Come exam day I was exhausted. My brain felt like it was operating at maybe 60%-70% capacity. As a result there were questions on the exam where although I knew the material, my brain was slow to retrieve the required information.
Consequentially I completed the exams with the expectation that I was probably a borderline pass/fail, but very disappointed that I had “dropped the ball” so close to the finish line.
Result was that I passed, but I am still not happy with my performance on the day.
I’m taking time off but this time I am doing it differently. Instead of taking the last two weeks off like I did for FRM exams. I am taking two days off each each for all of May and the last week of April.
So far I am finding it is working for me. When I am exhausted of studying 8 – 10 hours a day I can look forward to going back to work.
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