CFA test-day horror stories?
Well I guess “horror” is a strong term but I remember when I took level I they had assigned me to some community college deep in Harlem. The neighborhood drunks and teenagers hanging on the street corners were eyeballing the long line of white and Asian yuppies in the morning and probably running some quick analysis on how to exploit this arbitrage opportunity before the proctors let us in. I had come down with a horrible cold two days prior but it wasn’t until the exam started and my nose ran like crazy that I realized I forgot to bring tissues. I don’t think it would’ve mattered anyways because the desks were literally the size of half a sheet of paper, I couldn’t even fit the answer sheet on it, let alone the test booklet, pencils, calculator, ID, or tissues. I had to rotate all the items between my lap and my 6” x 6” desk throughout the entire exam. During the lunch break it started pouring and I did not have an umbrella, so I took the afternoon section in soaking wet clothes with the air conditioner at full blast. All this and I still ended up passing for reasons I am still unsure of today.
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