About Us

Our Mission

Way beyond preparing exam candidates to pass (that's a given).

Exam Success is devoted to delivering the simplest path to a pass; by providing the most strategic, straightforward, succinct and engaging exam-focused courses and materials possible.

"I have one goal. Make it easier for you to pass."

Our Story

Brian needed to simplify his exam prep — it turns out, he wasn't the only one.

Early in 1999...

Brian Gordon, Bay Street banker, adjunct Business School Finance Instructor and Level III CFA candidate at the time, put his wizardry of finance, education and exam prep to work after recognizing that preparing to pass financial services industry exams the typcial way was too hard.

Home Grown in Toronto...

Brian founded Exam Success in January 1999, from a University of Toronto classroom, with the vision for making the journey to passing the notoriously tough high-stakes financial services industry exams a lot easier, even enjoyable. He began developing a study system and solutions that would help eliminate study stress, struggles and wasted time... and that grew into something incredibly useful.

Exam Success Today

Today, backed by a small (but devoted) team, Prof. Brian Gordon, CFA, CFP, CIM, MBA, FCSI, continues to be the key spark for Exam Success innovation. His signature no-nonsense study approach and solutions have made it easier for thousands of aspiring CFA, CFP, CIM, CSC credential holders to pass their exams and get ahead in life, fueling the Toronto-based exam prep company's international growth, and first-class reputation.

Meet Prof. Gordon and Team.


Chartered Financial Analyst®
Level I, II, III


Certified Financial Planner®


Chartered Investment Manager®


Canadian Securities Course®
Exam 1, 2

Our Way

The things we do for our students are rooted in our 4 core beliefs.


We know that our students are the heart of our business, and everything we do revolves around building their trust and success. Exam Success is honest and transparent and we embrace a one-team attitude and constantly strive to make a real difference.

We're about the people.


We spend time making things radically simplified — because we know that efficiency and ease resonates with those we appeal to. Most people think simplicity is about having less. We believe it's really about having "just enough of what you need". This is Exam Success' north star.

None other is as bold or precise.


Every Exam Success study solution is created by company founder and Canada’s own exam prep personality Prof. Brian Gordon, CFA, CFP, CIM, MBA, FCSI, with more than 20 years expertise — so we can guarantee they’re the highest quality and they work!

Our value goes beyond price.


Exam Success is incredibly impactful for savvy students who have an academic or professional background in the testable topics, or have failed the exam before and want a viable "Plan B" to confidently clear the passing score and move up — for good.

Better prep for the right student.

Our Numbers



We’ve been helping
financial industry
exam candidates
simplfy the path
to a pass since 1999.



We've solved
study stuggles for
exam candidates
from more than
thirty countries.



We've provided
exam prep training
to professionals from
hundreds of
top organizations.



We've helped
thousands of
Program candidates

Our Accolades

98% Student Satisfaction*

5-Star Google My Business Rated

Trusted by the World's Top Organizations

Top Choice Award-Nominated (Best Prep Provider)**

Canada's Longest-serving CFA Program Prep Provider (Since 1999)

Certified Educational Institution by the Canadian Government (ESDC)

Our students work at top firms:

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*4.9 / 5 Stars based on a 5-Star rating scale, 1000+ Exam Success student surveys (2014 - 2019). **Top Choice Award Nominee 2019.CFA Institute does not endorse, promote or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by Exam Success. CFA Institute, CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

CFA Program Prep

Made Simple

Levels I, II & III


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Chartered Financial Analyst

The gold standard designation in the financial services industry.

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CFP & QAFP Learning Resources

Study Notes
Learning Examples
Practice Questions
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Chartered Investment Manager

Provide discretionary investment management services for your clients.

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Canadian Securities Course

Advance your career in the financial services industry.

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"Your materials are clear, simple and strategically focused on exam-critical concepts and questions and kept me on track to a pass.

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"Your efficient, practical and strategic prep approach gave me the skills and direction I needed to reach the finish line."

Frederic Bouvier

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"A few hours with the Prof. combined with the test banks and I passed both IMT and PMT!"

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"Yippeee, I passed PMT- couldn't have done it without Exam Success! Your Q & A's by chapter, mock exams were extremely helpful!"

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"I just passed both IMT exams 1st try and credit your guides. They made it MUCH easier, helped me focus & save time."

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"Your materials and videos were reliable as a primary content source, succinct and easy to follow, IDEAL for time-deprived candidates like me."

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"Taking your program was the best decision. Your straight-forward, well-structured study notes & online videos helped me focus and hit the key points."

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"I'm certain that my chances of passing without your help would have been far less, or nil. I've been singing your praises..."

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"You truly have a superior ability to explain complex material simply, clearly and succinctly. I highly recommend Exam Success."

Ting Liu

"I passed thanks to your prep course and study material. I've recommended Exam Succcess to my colleagues."

David Addo

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"Prof. Gordon made it easy. His teaching style is simply fantastic. He provides concept clarity, is concise and yet detailed enough."

Tejvinder M.

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"Overwhelmed with joy to be awarded the CFA charter. It has been a very rewarding experience. I owe it to your guidance Brian!"

Pavel Kuperman

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"I passed! I found your review course incredibly useful, especially in helping me focus my efforts in the final few days before the exam.

Katie G.

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"Having written Level 1 twice before, I can confidently say I wouldn't have been able to do it without your classes."

Alex Suddard

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"I'm crying with joy right now... you are the very reason that I passed... You are amazing, professor. I'm speechless."

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"I don't think I'd have been successful without Prof. Gordon's CFA exam prep. I've recommended it to many candidates, and will continue to do so."

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