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Secrets of the CFP Exam Study Guide: CFP® Test Review for the Certified Financial Planner Exam (Mometrix Secrets Study Guides) Paperback – February 14, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1609713140 ISBN-10: 1609713141 Edition: Pap/Psc

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If you'd like to get the CFP<span class="sup">®</span> test score you deserve, to quit worrying about whether your score on the CFP<span class="sup">®</span> test is "good enough," and to beat the test taking game so you can become a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP) Professional, then this might be the most important message you read this year.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mometrix Secrets Study Guides
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Mometrix Media LLC; Pap/Psc edition (February 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609713141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609713140
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana Clinton on February 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
If you have to take this test, you need to use this study guide. The study guide has all of the content in it that you need to review and study for this test. The material is well organized in sections that really help you understand everything in a thorough manner. All you have to do in order to get through the test is know the guide. It’s so nice to have everything you need in one location so you only have to take the book around with you and not lots of books and notes. You can write your thoughts in the margin of the guide and go back to the places that trouble you the most. Make sure you go through the guide several times and you should be good to go.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. Hutson on April 8, 2014
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The test info and strategy section was good but the content was outdated. Once I discovered they didn't have the current CFP code of conduct version I lost confidence in its accuracy and didn't open it again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Portfolio Manager on May 23, 2014
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My copy has been supposedly "updated" for the year 2014, but absolutely all the information is out of date. Do not take into account any numbers used. Also, some of it is just flat out wrong. I initially wrote them an e-mail asking for an "errors" page on their website, which does not exist. I am in the financial industry and was well aware when I caught errors and just overlooked them. After the 900th one, I had to login and post a review. This is the line that did if for me: "There is no reason to create a GRIT with a term extending beyond 2009, since this is the point at which estate tax is repealed." As everyone knows, it was temporarily lifted in 2010, but put back on thereafter.

Do not buy this book if you truly want to be informed. Some of it is relevant as it hasn't changed, however this book was clearly written four years ago and never updated. Falsely advertised as an updated version, but I can assure you it is not.

Do not buy this book. Look for another exam prep. I have yet to get to their one practice exam, but it would be pointless to take as it will also be out of date.
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