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By Mike

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Analysis on our latest sample from the December 2014 CFA Level I shows that candidates that selected 

  • The 300 Hours blog
  • The 300 Hours Forum, or
  • CFA Exam Insights book 

as part of their study prep had significantly higher pass rates compared to our entire sample.

So quoting doctor-looking types in lab coats across TV screens all across the world, we are clinically proven to help CFA candidates. Read on to see just how much!


As we’ve reported previously, the overall pass rate of all December 2014 CFA Level I candidates as released by CFA Institute was 44%

Our sample, which is collected from submissions to our CFA Results Analysis tool, has its inherent biases and at our time of analysis, has a pass rate of 73%, out of a sample size of about a thousand candidates. For our analysis, we therefore regarded 73% as our ‘standard’ pass rate.

As we’ve reported previously, the overall pass rate of all December 2014 CFA Level I candidates as released by CFA Institute was 44%

Our sample, which is collected from submissions to our CFA Results Analysis tool, has its inherent biases and at our time of analysis, has a pass rate of 73%, out of a sample size of about a thousand candidates. For our analysis, we therefore regarded 73% as our ‘standard’ pass rate.


300 Hours Forum – free practice questions and live help

For candidates that indicated that they use the 300 Hours Forum for their preparation, the pass rate increased to 80%. A 7 percentage-point improvement. 

Being a forum member, you can practice for free on our CFA Practice Questions, currently provided by one of our partners, Passed Tense. You can also ask for help if you have any trouble understanding anything – we and forum members are always ready to help!


300 Hours Blog – the right advice at the right time

Candidates that indicated that they use the 300 Hours Blog showed a pass rate of 83% – a 10-percentage-point improvement over the standard pass rate. 

As 300 Hours is written mostly by charterholders, and the rest by seasoned current candidates, it’s no surprise that regularly reading our blog (or you can just sign up to be notified when we have a new post) improves your CFA performance! 

Simple, powerful advice is what we’re about, so make sure you sign up to get notified when new posts are up.


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Our CFA Exam Insights book – focused advice from us and thousands of other past candidates

And candidates that used our CFA Exam Insights book showed a pass rate of 85%. A whopping 12-percentage-point improvement! We’ll let our book review on the Financial Professionals’ Post say it for us:

“For a candidate looking for every available advantage, this 70+ page tool is an effective way to better understand your enemy and prepare for the challenge ahead.” – Matthew (Financial Professionals’ Post), Level III candidate

You can get the latest version of CFA Exam Insights using the buttons below. It’s a short but extremely useful read – the best kind!


Not bad for free, online resources. Well, you’ll have to buy our book, but it’s still cheap compared to the average CFA material prices!

How involved are you with 300 Hours – just passing by, casual acquaintance, or seasoned reader? Let us know in the comments below!
Zee Tan
Author: Zee Tan

300Hours founder

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