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CFA Level III: Passed!

Yesterday I received the excellent news that I passed the CFA Level III exam. Since I have already gone through their application process and paid my dues, I am now officially a CFA charterholder. The entire process took five years so it’s a pretty big accomplishment for me. My score breakdown was pretty typical for […]

CFA Level III One Week Away

Next Saturday I’ll be taking the CFA Level III for the first time, and hopefully for the last. I think I’ve put in between 150 and 200 hours of studying by now, but I didn’t keep detailed records. Since I last posted, I’ve taken two in-person practice exams. One was a Boston Securities Analyst Society […]

CFA Level III Study Progress Part 2

I’m continuing to put in the hours studying for the CFA Level 3 exam, which is about a month away now. Of course, I feel like I’m pretty far behind and have a long way to go. I’ve completed all the actual past CFA exams (morning sessions only) from 2012-2014 and did very poorly on […]

CFA Level III Study Progress

I have been blogging about my progress through the CFA program for almost five years now. To give a short summary: I passed Level I on my first try, failed Level II twice, then passed Level II on my third try. This year I’m taking the Level III exam, which is in about six weeks. […]

CFA Level II Results: Passed!

This morning, I received my results for the CFA Level II exam. I’m very happy to say that I passed. This was my third time taking the exam. I’ve been blogging about my attempts to pass Level II for two years now. The first year, I wrote a detailed description of my study plan and […]

CFA Level II Retake

Yesterday I took the CFA Level II exam for the second time, and I think I have a good chance of passing this time. As expected, it was extremely challenging; out of the 120 questions, I would estimate that I outright guessed on about 12-15. However, on the remaining questions I felt good about my […]

CFA Level II Study Progress

In just under two weeks I will be retaking the Level II CFA exam. Last year, I studied about 150 hours and did not pass; I was in band 6/10. This year, I have put in a lot of additional hours studying, doing practice problems, memorizing formulas, and taking practice exams. I took the USC/CFALA […]

Retaking the CFA Level II Exam, June 2014

In June of this year, I will be retaking the CFA Level II exam. Last year, I studied for about 150 hours using just the CFA books themselves and did not pass. This year, I will be taking a CFA review course. It’s taught on the USC campus and is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles […]

CFA Level II Exam Results

I took the CFA Level II exam at the beginning of June, and unfortunately I did not pass. This is a common result – I’ve talked to many CFA charterholders and virtually all of them failed Level II on their first try. The exam is incredibly difficult because there is a huge volume of material […]

CFA Level II Test Day Experience

Last Saturday I took the CFA Level II exam, for which I’ve been studying intensely over the past two months. Overall I would estimate that I studied about 150 hours (although I didn’t keep careful track) and took 4 practice exams. After taking the real exam, I’d say that was probably not enough prep time. […]