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5 Tips to Help You Pass Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 [2022 updated]

1. Put in a lot of practice time!

Because the CFA exams are so long (6 hours for each level), time management is essential. It’s one thing to absorb information; you’ll also want to put it into practice so that you can improve your recall and ensure that you’re understanding the questions. Start with the CFA Institute’s books, which contain a plethora of mock exams and practice questions. Then, identify your weakest subjects and concentrate on reviewing them. Then, at least two months before the exam, begin taking mock exams. Free mock questions can be found at the end of this blog.

2. Don’t waste time.

About 285 hours of study is recommended by the CFA Institute. However, depending on your background, time management skills, and prep course, you can make the most of each hour, reducing wasted study time significantly. For example, with The Princeton Review, you should be able to put your distractions aside and complete your Level I CFA exam preparations in under 120 hours.

3. Develop a study plan

Setting aside that time and committing to staying on track is critical. By spreading the required work out over six months, you not only establish a solid routine that allows you to digest all of the material, but you also give yourself some leeway to reschedule your study sessions if you fall behind.

4. Focus on concepts

The CFA exams are becoming more conceptual, particularly the Level I exam. Concentrate on the most important formulas for the exam and provide a formula sheet that highlights common-sense applications and how to derive any additional information you might require. Finally, you’ll want to figure out which formulas you can skip if they’re consuming too much of your time.

5. Know your financial calculator

You’ll be able to bring one of two calculator models to the tests. Practice with your chosen device ahead of time so you know exactly how to use it. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you should be able to rack up some quick points right away.

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5 questions will be shown from a total of 30 free practice questions to prepare you for CFA level 1 exam. Enjoy!

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1. You are provided with the following information on a non-callable, non-convertible preferred stock:

Face value: GBP65.00
Annual dividend: GBP6.35
Maturity: Perpetual
Embedded options: None
Required rate of return: 8.75%

The intrinsic value of this stock is closest to:

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2. Which of the following statements relating to Z-spread, Option-adjusted spread (OAS) and option cost for callable and putable bonds is/are most likely correct?

I: For callable bonds, Z-spread is greater than OAS and option cost is greater than 0
II: For callable bonds, Z-spread is less than OAS and option cost is greater than 0
III: For putable bonds, Z-spread is less than OAS and option cost is greater than 0

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3. The percentage returns for a stock for a 5-year period are provided below:

2008: 12%
2009: 9%
2010: -2%
2011: 12%
2012: 8%

What is the standard deviation of the stock returns? You should treat the 5 year period as the population, not as a sample.

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4. Meta Corp. sells 15,000 units of its product at a price of USD10 per unit. The company’s fixed costs are USD12,000 and interest expense is USD3,000. The variable cost per unit is USD7.

Meta Corp’s degrees of operating leverage and financial leverage are:

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5. A portfolio manager has a tight tracking error of 50 basis points. The manager expects to be within this tracking error for a given quarter 85% of the time.

If that expectation is correct and each quarter is independent, the probability that the manager is within the tracking error for at least 7 of the next 8 quarters is closest to:

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