Hello Everyone,

I just passed both levels in back to back sittings (with solid passes) and whilst I’m thrilled I thought I’d share some of my experiences in a few posts. I hope you find them useful (hopefully…).

In summary, I bought the CAIA book, read it once, bought a premium kaplan package which included classes, bought the Q bank and smashed through c.80% of the qs, did all the kaplan mocks, the official mock, all the CAIA handbook questions and read through the definitions.

It sounds like overkill but tbh it took 4 months pre exam of solid studying. This meant I rarely had a day off and studied before and after work most days. Did I need to do this much? Probably not… but i couldnt afford to spend another 4 months preparing for it so I went all in! 

Here is my PERSONAL ratings of the aforementioned studying materials:

CAIA book 3/10. Save yourself the time and buy a good study guide which covers all the objectives anyway with better examples…

Q bank 6/10. Great for as you are going along but repetitive and I didnt find it a good reflection of the exam.

Kaplan lecture series 7/10 brilliant for covering content and providing structure but I only used this for planning study time and covering key concepts.

Kaplan mocks 7/10 great to simulate time conditions and boost my morale but wasnt comparative to the exam. 

Official mock 9/10 no explaination needed just do it. Honestly I scored worse on this than what I can assume from the exam.

CAIA handbook qs 10/10. These were the most effective and extensive material I used in the last few weeks. Can easily smash out 3-5 chapters in a day.

I’ll follow up with some tips on how to tackle the CRITs, ethics and exam prep if anyone is keen. 

Happy studying!