- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Intellitwist, LLC (January 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941074014
- ISBN-13: 978-1941074015
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top customer reviews
I found out about the book through the 300hours.com forum, and since it was just newly published, I figured it would be a good investment. I was right.
The author gives a very brief outline of what to expect from the CFA as far as test format and exam procedures go. The best part of the book regards the general study tips that Rachel developed (she passed each exam on her first try) through her own trial-and-error process. She outlines elements that were most time-efficient in her own study plans, including her expert opinion on the different 3rd party providers she's used.
I particularly value the author's analyzing of each level's topic weightings, and how to interpret which topics to focus on.
Additionally, she includes a calendar template for each CFA exam level for overwhelmed candidates (like me) who don't know where to begin.
I spent the weekend reading and highlighting the book as soon as it arrived in the mail; it didn't take very long to get through thanks to the author's concise writing.
I had spent hours reading various CFA blogs before buying the book, so I was hesitant that I'd learn anything new. To my surprise, I believe that the biggest dividend I've realized is the confidence I've gained through developing a strategy from Rachel's guidelines.
I definitely recommend buying this book to anyone who is interested in taking the CFA exam. Read it early and develop your own plan well in advance.
Finally, I will come back and edit this review after I hear back from my L1 December results.
This book brings everything together in a clear manner, no drama, no superfluous details, it's straight to the point. It provides an overview of the exam, a study plan, and effective strategies. The author doesn't sugar-coat and through her writing I see her logic and reason as to how she gets to her conclusions. I.e., the real passing rate for the exam, the magic number is not 300 hours per exam, how to approach LOS statements, etc.
If a friend tells me that she's considering taking the CFA...I will say you HAVE TO READ this book...I can even loan it to you via Kindle.