Level I CFA® Program Exam Prep

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Level I CFA Exam Dates

In 2021 CFA Institute transitioned the CFA exams to computer-based testing (CBT), offered in proctored test centers worldwide. For the Level I exam, there is a choice between 4 test windows per year:
February, May, August and November.

Level I CFA Exam Format

The Level I CFA exam is divided into two 135-minute (2-hour and 15 minute) sessions, with a 30-minute optional break in between. Both sessions have 90 free-standing multiple choice items consisting of a question, a statement, and/or table as well as 3 answer choices (A, B, or C). Only 1 of the 3 given answer choices per question is correct. There is no penalty for choosing the incorrect answer.

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The Level I CFA exam (basic knowledge exam), is a "time-pressure exercise of learning a little about a lot of topics".

Exam Success provides winning study solutions that cut the fat, teach you how to tackle the overwhelming volume and breadth of material and give you the keys to answer the questions (standalone Multiple Choice) the "CFA" way.

Level I CFA Exam Top FAQ

You must register and enrol for the Level I exam directly with CFA Institute at: https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/programs/cfa/register.

There are are 5 requirements for registration:

1. You must be either a university of college Bachelor degree graduate or equivalent or in your final year of the program or have a combined work experience and/or higher education of 4,000 hours that was acquired sequentially over a minimum of 3 years.

2. You must have a valid international passport.

3. You must be prepared to take exams in English.

4. You must meet the professional conduct admission criteria.

5. Living in a CFA Program participating country.
The amount it will cost you to sit for the Level I exam depends on how early you register with CFA Institute. You will be required to pay CFA Institute a one-time enrollment fee. And, each time you register to sit a CFA exam, you must pay CFA Institue an exam fee.

CFA Institute offers two tiers of pricing: one for early registration and the other for standard registration.

You should check CFA Institute's webiste for specific prices.
As of 2021, CFA Institute the Level I exam is being offered 4 times per year. The 4 exam windows are:
February, May, August, and November.
Since 2010, the historical CFA pass rates for: Level 1 ranges from 36%-49%.
The 10 year historical pass rate is 45%.
According to UK NARIC (the national agency, managed on behalf of the UK Government responsible for providing information, advice and opinion on vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from all over the world), the CFA exams have been benchmarked individually by Level under UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF):

CFA Level I's difficulty is comparable to a Diploma of higher education (Level 5 qualification under RQF).

In other words, the Level I CFA curriculum is fairly straightforward if you already have an academic background in finance — the content covers the same undergradate introductory material (accounting, finance stats...). If you don't have a prior educational background in finance and the curriculum topics, your preparation will be tougher. By in large, the biggest Level I CFA exam difficulty most all candidates have is with the memorization of the many definitions and formulas and lack of time management skills, discipline (there are over 3,000 pages in Level I CFA curriculum).

The topics and topic weights on the Level I exam are subject to change on a year-to-year basis.
Here is a breakdown for the latest exam weightings:

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Topic Modules
CFA Institute
Core Curriculum Exam Topics
CFA Exam
1 Quantitative Methods 8-12%
2 Economics: Micro & Macro 8-12%
3 Financial Reporting & Analysis 13-17%
4 Corporate Finance (Corporate Issuers) 8-12%
5 Equity Investments 10-12%
6 Fixed Income 10-12%
7 Derivatives 5-8%
8 Alternative Investments 5-8%
9 Portfolio Management 5-8%
10 Ethical and Professional Standards 15-20%

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