AuthorTopic: My Level 1 Review Plan
@2019-09-14 23:03:56

I recently read through the entire curriculum - it took a little over 300 hours. Since May, I have studied at a steady pace of 15 hours per week, but now I am prepared to double my efforts in Oct and Nov. After each reading, I worked through some practice problems (but not all) and made flash cards for important concepts. My formal education is in economics and statistics. With the exception of FRA, the entire curriculum feels like it is within my grasp. I will take a week of PTO in late Oct to address the FRA deficiency.


I will devote at least 3 hours per day to practice problems and take at least one practice exam per week. I will spend an additional hour each day reviewing weak areas and / or committing formulas to memory. My review will begin with a comprehensive overview of the curriculum and grow increasingly difficult until it peaks in mid-Nov with the official CFAI mock exam. Two weeks out, I will downshift and focus on addressing deficiencies and building confidence.


Week 1 - AnalystNotes Basic Questions

Week 2 - AnalystNotes Basic Questions

Week 3 - EOCs / Blue Box Examples, Review Exams SS 1-6

Week 4 - EOCs / Blue Box Examples, Review Exams SS 7-10

Week 5 - EOCs / Blue Box Examples, Review Exams SS 11-14

Week 6 - Review Exams SS 15-18

Week 7 - AnalystNotes Mock Exams 1-3, CFAI Mock Exam

Week 8 - AnalystNotes Mock Exams 4-6

Week 9 - AnalystNotes Mock Exams 7-10, Exam Day


An additional 200 hours of review in Oct & Nov; a Level 1 Pass in December (obviously)

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@2019-10-17 12:13:31
This sounds like a good plan. The only caution I would throw out to you is that putting in an additional 200 hours in 2 months might lead to some burnout by mid/end of Nov. It obviously depends on the person, but that burnout can be more detrimental to your success on the exam than the additional hours put it will be a benefit. If you notice you start burning out, I suggest cutting back on the planned 200 additional hours (which is approx avg of 5 per day to the exam). If you feel no burnout, then by all means do as much as you can. I jsut know from my experience, doing another 200 hours after already doing 300 hours, in a 2 month span would have made me go crazy.

Best of luck

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