By: Rebecca Langdon
I am going to guess that as you approach your CFA exams, you are nervous, apprehensive, and worried about the possibility that it won’t go well. The main way to ease some of these pre-exam jitters is to be really well prepared, and follow these 8 commandments to get you exam ready.
- Focus on the curriculum
Learning wider than the curriculum is always encouraged as it provides the learner with a richer experience and makes them a well-rounded candidate as they enter the world of work. However, the exams are based on the curriculum so do not forget to have that covered.
- Keep up to date
Ensure that you are following the latest curriculum. This is a basic one, but be aware that the curriculum does change and you need to know about it if it does.
- Practice writing
This is one of the common issues students don’t envisage they will face, and it becomes a painful downfall on the day of the exam. We don’t use a pen very often anymore – most of us use a computer for the work we do. So when it comes to trying to write for hours on end, our hand may not want to comply. Practice writing and get your hand used to it.
- Be familiar with the exam format
Take a look at the exam formats and ensure you know exactly what will be required. This will allow you to work on time management before you take the real exam.
- You aren’t psychic
Do not attempt to guess at areas of the curriculum that will and will not be covered and use that to guide your revision. There is no way for you to predict what will be on the exam, so do not even try.
- Time Management
If you run out of time you are going to feel pretty upset with yourself, as those are points you have no hope of achieving. Work out in advance of the exam how much time you have for each question, and do your best to stick to it.
- Pay attention to the detail
The exam will have instructions and perhaps scenarios to read. Give yourself ample time to read these. Do not rush this part.
- Take a deep breath
Exams are pretty stressful for most candidates. Give yourself time to relax and be mindful of your stress levels.
We hope that you found these tips useful, and all the best if you have an upcoming CFA exam.