Your Essential Eight-Point Checklist for the Final CFA Exam Month

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By Zee Tan

What should you be doing in the last month of CFA exam prep? Here’s an 8-point checklist to go through.

Among all the chaos, prioritisation and focus are key in the last month. To keep things simple for you, here are 8 concise pointers to take note on to utilise your last month effectively to maximise your chances of passing the exams.

1. Check that your studying progress is on schedule

If you’re using our free study planner, you’ll be fully informed on your progress and know if you’re on track. In general you should be aiming to finish your studying by the last month and transition fully to review and practice.

If you need help to speed up your studying, here are some tips to blitz through the remaining material.

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2. Make sure you know your CFA Ethics

If you’re new to the CFA exams, you may have made the mistake of not having studied Ethics yet, or even assumed it’s like a company compliance test – just choose the obvious ‘ethical’ choice and voila, free points.

It’s not like that. At all.

Ethics is significantly weighted in all 3 exams, highly transferable between CFA levels, and may be the tie-breaker for your pass/fail grade. And the questions are hard.

Need help? Here are some helpful tip on how to master Ethics.

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3. Know how to pass the CFA exams

Learn from others’ mistakes. You can most of our research results for free from this website, but if you fancy supporting us and what we do, get the latest CFA Exam Insights for a detailed topic-by-topic breakdown of historical CFA performances, Minimum Passing Scores, and what you should watch out for.

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4. Complete all the practice exams you can find

Practicing for the real day is the best way to prepare for the exam, especially in the later stages of your prep.

When you’re attempting practice exams, you should aim to stick to exam time limits as well to simulate exam conditions.

And how many is enough? A good rule of thumb is to complete for 4-6 sets of practice exams in the last month.

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5. Increase your study effectiveness

Achieve a  higher absorption and understanding of the material per unit of time. Try out different study places and observe your ability to focus, stick to the ones that you can concentrate best, switch to something new once you get tired of it for a boost. 

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6. Boost your motivation

7. Improve your health. It’ll improve your exam scores.

Eat well, nurture your concentration and cut out processed, sugary food. Take the occasional break, catch up with friends or go for a run – these reduce stress and you’ll come back refreshed and raring to go! Most importantly, improve your sleep quality to make up for more intense study sessions.

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8. Remember to take a break too

When it all gets too much, remember that there’s a limit to what even you can do. Have a laugh to take the pressure off. Do something relaxingYour friends and family may not get it fully, but you need support from others who understand, drop by the 300 Hours Forum.

Any questions? Not clear about certain concepts? Share and discuss it in the comments below.

Zee Tan
Author: Zee Tan


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