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Hey, to my surprise, I found out that I failed level 1 after being so sure that I was going to pass... I kinda wrote about it two days ago:
Never thought I was going to read this (http://forum.300hours.com/discussion/comment/7701#Comment_7701) ... relaxing 1 month before the exam was really bad, I was so tired of studying and I just wanted it to end... I don't think I can study for that long time... I think my next strategy is start studying later but harder..
I started on february 1st, I reviewed all the schweser notes and made all the practice questions. about 90% of them were above 70%, some being 100% correct. I relaxed for like 3 weeks... and when I made my first test from the CFA webpage, I found out that I remembered almost nothing, WTF, it was incredible, I barely remembered if I studied the topics they were asking... I started reading some of the material again and found out almost 90% of that was stored in my short time memory... I was scared after being so confident... I started doing a lot of exams, and reading the hard topics again, the first week was bad and was still scared, but about 3 days before the exam I was feeling good again, getting 70%+ in some of the tests. I was so sure I was going to pass this, I really thought it was not that hard and I was getting 70%+ in 6+ topics...
65% average, band 10. In short the results were: all above 50%, 3 above 70% (alternative, equity, quant).
I have two options: retake on december or on june next year. On december has all the benefits but one: I'd have to travel to Miami because there is no dec exam in my country (I already have a VISA so there is no problem with that, it's just the 500+usd I'd have to spend extra)
I'm 80% positive on taking it on december, so I would like to make a study plan taking some thing in consideration: I'm going on vacations for 2 weeks on september through oct 6th. I want to start studying after this vacations (2 months study time).
So far I think I have several options I have been thinking:
1. Study like I did before but without the stupid break I took... reading all the Schweser notes, doing exercises and then doing some practice exams. (dunno if enough time)
2. Read Schweser notes, do the exercises from the CFA books, do practice exams. (dunno if enough time for this one too)
3. 2 months of practice exams
4. Study the end of chapter LOS summaries of strong topics, read all the notes from other topics, practice exams
5. Study form the Secret Sauce, practice exams.
If I study before my vacations I'm sure I will forget 80% of what I read before, just like when I took that 3 week break last semester... so I have from oct 7th to study.
What do you think?