AuthorTopic: I passed:)
wulin
@2009-07-28 07:01:44
Wow it was the nervous-est moment of my life when I was about to click on the "View results" button...

I passed with 5 out of 10 sections in the >70% category. It was probably a close call.

The pass rate went up from 35% in Dec. 2008 to 46% this time. LOL what happened? Did they reduce the bar, or it was because of laid-off wall street veterans inflating the score?
nowornever
@2009-07-28 13:23:39
i did pass as well :
> 70 in all subjects but Alternative investments bet 50 and 70%.
gud luck to all .
mc
panvino
@2009-07-28 13:53:45
I also passed. I think having three instead of four multiple choice answers definitely makes a difference. And their mock exam was really very similar to the actual exam. I'm sorry to those who failed, but I am really surprised, if the pass rate was indeed kept at around 70%, at the still high number of failures. I admit I did a lot of preparation for the exam, expecting the worst - then when I did the exam was surprised at the level of difficulty, or not. And I suppose the study paid off...10 out 10 sections >70%! A lot of thanks goes to Analyst Notes...all those notes and practice questions eventually make things sink in ;-)
kula
@2009-07-28 20:15:29
CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT SORT OF PREPARATION ALL OF YOU DID. ESPECIALLY WANNA KNOW IF RELYING ON AN - NOTES AND ITS QUESTIONS IS ENOUGH??
cong
@2009-07-28 21:45:55
Kula,

I passed as well. My advice to you would be to do the textbook questions and CFA mock exams only for your exam preparation and focus on the basic concepts.

For the ethics section, follow your instincts and use the official prep questions as a rule and don't use third-party questions.

Given adequate prepartion, the exam day is not as stressful as most people think. You will have a lot of time to spare.

Good luck,

Cong
raymondg
@2009-07-29 00:11:08
To answer your question kula Yes it is enough. I also passed using analyst notes and mock exams. I would advise you to start early since there is alot of volume and do as much questions as possible. The mock exam on the CFA site was also helpful as to the level and type of questions you could expect.

Also remember to focus on where the bulk of the marks are. FSA, fixed income, quants, econ , equities and ethics .

Good luck!
richmondo
@2009-07-29 05:48:27
I passed too - all 70%+ except for Quant 51-70% - I had thought I was borderline so did better than expected, Kula I think AN - Notes and Questions is very helpful but not enough on its own. Use the curriculum too
mkhasan
@2009-07-29 05:54:06
Congratulation all who have passed.

I want have some suggessions from you as I want to sit for exam on June 2010. Hope you will guide me.
Donch
@2009-07-29 13:06:52
Congratulations to all who have passed. I want to sit in Dec 09 or june 10.

It would be very helpful if those who passed could indicate:

- overall preparation time (hours, days, whatever);
- background (e.g. years in IB or accounting, uni).

Thanks in advance
raymondg
@2009-07-29 22:37:54
I put in around 300 hours.

I have a MBA. Only used AN
BryanW
@2009-07-30 11:37:55
I spent about 250 hours using both the texts and AN.

I have a MBA, and my background is in engineering
aravinda
@2009-07-31 14:14:19
I passed also ... above 70 in all categories..

I put in about 400 hours and did a lot of questions from AN practice sessions...

Thanks you AN
Vong
@2009-08-02 05:02:08
Ya ;), have made it through with all over 70 except two of them. I recommend AN pro. You just have to read the CFA books and practice all questions in both the CFA books and AN pro. Before exams have a look at the summary of AN and its very important to have the pilot paper done.

Cheers,
Lee
kodali
@2009-08-19 08:23:06
I passed L2. Read mostly CFA books and practised all the end of the reading problems. AN also helped to review some concepts. I put in around 300 hrs

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I am happy to say that I passed! Your study notes certainly helped prepare me for what was the most difficult exam I had ever taken.
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