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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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1. A company had equipment worth USD50 million on 1 January. During the year, they purchased equipment for USD10 million. On 31 December, the equipment account showed USD40 million. All figures are shown at cost, before depreciation.

The amount of equipment sold during the end of the year, at cost, would be closest to:

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2. A stock priced at GBP35.73 is projected to pay dividends of GBP1.50, GBP2.00, and GBP2.50 at the end of the next three years. At the time of the third dividend, the stock is expected to be worth GBP36.23.

If the required rate of return for this stock is 10%, the intrinsic value of the stock is closest to:

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3. 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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4. The commodity market initially grew due to producers desiring a hedging vehicle. Recently institutions like pension plans and hedge funds have looked to commodities as a way to diversify and grow, respectively.

Which of the following least describes the impact this institutional money has had:

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5. Medialink is an American company specializing in business intelligence consulting. One of Medialink’s current project is a 2-year commitment with Isotics, with a total estimated revenue of USD2.0 million and estimated cost of USD1.0 million. Costs are expected to be spread out evenly over each month.

After the first month, under IFRS, Medialink’s recognized revenue is expected to be closest to:

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