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Funny exam day stories

Guys and gals,

Rather than trading rants about the exam, which is now “in the books” so to speak, how about we trade some funny stories about exam day … loads more fun!

In my test center, about 45 minutes into lunch break I am sitting on a sofa and the guy who was sitting in front of me in the morning session comes over to talk, looking quite shell-shocked. Nice chap, told me he breezed through L1 and 2 using only Schweser stuff - never any CFAI materials - mocks or anything and that the AM punched him hard in the stomach - he barely got through 7 questions and left 3 blank. He really looked to be completely “out”. I tried to cheer him up and told him that he can make up for it on the PM paper and that I saw really horrible AM matrices that passed with a strong PM … so, we go back in and since it’s not a huge test center, we again sit with him right before me … then we do the PM … so when it all ends and we are released, I am curious to see how he will react …. we meet outside the center (we both went to get our bags)  and he just shakes is head in shock and puffs on a cig to relax …

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I arrived to the test center pretty early to get my head screwed on straight. Went to the men’s room to relieve myself of the 6am jug of coffee I had inhaled in my car en route. Overhear this guy just absolutely destroying the toilet in his respective stall. Nerves are murder on your GI tract, so it’s all understandable. I’m washing my hands and out of the stall strolls this small Asian girl who starts screaming and tearing up while running past the forming line of dudes hoping to get a piss in before lock down. 

Whole bathroom erupts in laughter while this poor girl probably just ruined her entire exam day. Rough way to start the day haha!

ya don't know what ya don't know until ya know it.

Was in the bathroom and heard a loud plop followed by a loud S**T. Apparently someone dropped their calculator into the toilet and he had to reach in there to grab it out. Luckily the calculator still worked. 

some1 gotten written up for not following directions before the test. he started filling in the outside of the book information while the proctor was reading. She gave 4 warnings to stop and he didn’t so they wrote him up.

you should know this by now

Heard an L1 Spanish speaker in ny center almost got thrown out for not understanding and following the instructions the proctors read pre-test … how the H@$L would he be able to take the exam?!?

A woman one row behind me asked the proctors to go to the bathroom while the instructions were being read and before the exam clock started. They told her no, and she started arguing with them, pointed to her watch and said, “But I still have five minutes to go before the test!”

Orange-vest proctor said “You must remain seated until the exam begins, but no one can force you to stay seated if you decide not to comply with instructions.” They took her exam book, answer sheet, and passport and she went to the bathroom and came back at 8:59.

I noticed that the spoken announcements about remaining seated were more detailed in the afternoon!

The proctor that was reading instructions did not know English. What a ****head. I was in the front row and wanted to throw an HB pencil to his face.

At the end of PM they collected all question books and it didn’t add up so they went round and round to find that missing one.

When they announced the dismissal a girl just ran away at max speed to save her life.

Other than that it was a sad exam day. Especially the PM section.

pffft

Krok - chin UP, mate! Your GIPS post, alone, is worth its weight in gold and you are forever now part of L3 lore … there are many lurkers, many who only write “3/3”, but few who have contributed, so I hope you pass and know that whether you pass or fail this year, you have done your best.

kevndc wrote:

Orange-vest proctor said “You must remain seated until the exam begins, but no one can force you to stay seated if you decide not to comply with instructions.” They took her exam book, answer sheet, and passport and she went to the bathroom and came back at 8:59.

What an idiot. At Level III? They basically told her “You are not being held prisoner, but if you don’t wait five minutes you’re violating the rules. Your call.”

One of the guys at our site was telling friends he was buying the beers after the exam.  

His car was parked near mine.  Full football game style tailgate, with beer.

By the way, our local society (a large chapter) does not have a happy hour this week.  I need to talk to them about that.

AlmostDoneIII wrote:

some1 gotten written up for not following directions before the test. he started filling in the outside of the book information while the proctor was reading. She gave 4 warnings to stop and he didn’t so they wrote him up.

Were you taking it in DC?

Level 3 is kinda like going to a buffet and getting more food than you can finish. Quitting and throwing it away hurts more than if you just sit down and finish it. - VWJETTY

Not really a funny story, but I got zero sleep the night before. Was just staring at the clock in my hotel room with my heart beating out of my chest. Didn’t happen for either L1 or L2. Was totally fuzzy in AM for the first hour and struggled to stay awake throughout. Managed to finish but didn’t feel great about my performance. Hit some coffee in the break and perked up a little for PM. Not feeling good about it overall though.

The guy next to me asked the proctor twice to bring someone from the examination as he couldn’t understand some questions. I was like ” are u kidding me?” We are not in school mate. No time for this 

The backdoor in the hall was completely open and waiters were walking around bringing glasses all the time and talking about Juve-Real football match.

Gone fishing...

Forgot to mention at the PHL testing center we were sharing the convention center with Comic-Con. Went out to the parking garage at break and the guy parked next to me was getting into his super elaborate Superman costume with the help of his girlfriend. 

Thought to myself, what a coincidence - here are the only bigger nerds than us CFA takers, in the same convention center.

Was taking the test in sharjah,  that is in UAE, and it is Ramadan , the time muslims fast… saw them eating, understand that they got the exception no one wants to screw the day.. We were dinning in the closed casket, food was bad, so good I brought my snack…After that I wanted to smoke, and you can’t do it … so lotsa ideas were coming to my mind and I decided to go outside to convince myself that i will not smoke and to my surprise I saw few fellow candidates smoking… I immediately joined them…safety in numbers I guess, managed to quickly puff 2 cigs before one arab dude in white dress was passing by and started shouting to the security guard why they are smoking… quietly the smokers went back, and the funny thing was that no one rushed as we all were thinking about something I bet it was the AM session…

FYI max that could happen to you given the circumstances is the fine so I guess folks needed the cigi to calm down even if it could have been their most expensive ones… aside from the one that kills you…

Ps same story took place after the exam but odds were better as it was almost evening…

I took exam in Riyadh and it was pretty well managed this time. Every two candidates were sharing a wide table. In the middle of the AM, this guy started erasing and was shaking the whole table I literally laughed out and he was punching his calculator as if he wants to break it. I said to myself he’s gone. Right when proctors took our sheets he asked me “Did you complete the test?”, I smiled and replied with a counter question “Is this your first time?”, he: Yes. He missed perhaps more than 1 whole question.

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.

The london test centre was strange. Normally once you are allowed inside the hall, you can use the bathroom within the exam hall itself up until the proctor says you cant use the bathroom. This year, you had to go back out of the actual hall itself. There were at least 5-6 candidates who had entered the hall legitimately, registered and sat down, but went to the bathroom just before 830am. Obviously the doors close at 830am so I wonder how many registered but were locked out for the start of the exam or had a strategy to go ince registered.

Revision is futile......

The Borg wrote:

The london test centre was strange. Normally once you are allowed inside the hall, you can use the bathroom within the exam hall itself up until the proctor says you cant use the bathroom. This year, you had to go back out of the actual hall itself. There were at least 5-6 candidates who had entered the hall legitimately, registered and sat down, but went to the bathroom just before 830am. Obviously the doors close at 830am so I wonder how many registered but were locked out for the start of the exam or had a strategy to go ince registered.

They tried this **** at my testing hall last year. When I came out of the restroom the line to get into the testing hall wrapped around the building. This year I ignored them and used it inside the testing hall.

Was it this weird looking Asian chick around 308 area?

Posted my exam day horror story here in a new post with pictures. My first time telling it on here and its up there with the worst of them…

https://www.analystforum.com/forums/cfa-forums/cfa-general-discussion/91...

In San Diego, they have the exam at the SDSU basketball arena, and only one bathroom is available for all 800-1,000 candidates.  About 8:25am, I walked to the bathroom and there was a line of about 10 guys, and I thought ok, this should move pretty quickly, but after a minute, I realized it wasn’t moving at all, and it was actually a line to the $hitter, and there were only two of them.  So, I moved on past to an open urinal.  But man, the hopeless look of those guys waiting in line was like OMG, I can’t FBTS.

@Pakwarroir, I sat for L2 in Riyadh back in 2014 and the setup was the same. Two candidates on a large table. Was the test centre Four Points by Sheraton time time too?

SMHKR wrote:

@Pakwarroir, I sat for L2 in Riyadh back in 2014 and the setup was the same. Two candidates on a large table. Was the test centre Four Points by Sheraton time time too?

No they changed from that crappy place to Marriott I guess for two years now. It is fine as its far less crowded area and large parking space and washrooms. Just that they don’t have good arrangement for lunch, can you imagine?

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.

CFA exams used to be held in Holiday Inn, Olaya in Riyadh. At least it was in 2013. Now they have shifted to Marriott. I think even the charter ceremony is held in Marriott. And in Riyadh, there is no concept of doors closing at 8:30am. Lol. you can show up at 8:59AM too, doesn’t matter.

I absolutely hate the chairs they give to candidates in Riyadh. Or maybe they’re the standard ones around the world. I have back pain and those chairs kill me especially when I have to sit on them for 7 hours. My wife is giving ACCA papers and her center is Holiday Inn and they provide ACCA candidates those comfy swivel chairs. Jealous.

The guy who sat on my 11 o’clock direction, came in with hoodie, shorts and slippers, poured his entire pocket onto the table. After taking out several mints from the box, he carefully displayed them into two rows which made me believe he must have gotten his time management system down(by matching questions remaining with his mints on table or other ways). His face and attitude was totally a “sure pass”.

Told my bf specifically about this guy during lunch. 

When I got back for PM session, he did not show up.

faye23 wrote:

The guy who sat on my 11 o’clock direction, came in with hoodie, shorts and slippers, poured his entire pocket onto the table. After taking out several mints from the box, he carefully displayed them into two rows which made me believe he must have gotten his time management system down(by matching questions remaining with his mints on table or other ways). His face and attitude was totally a “sure pass”.

Told my bf specifically about this guy during lunch. 

When I got back for PM session, he did not show up.

You take this in California?

Level 3 is kinda like going to a buffet and getting more food than you can finish. Quitting and throwing it away hurts more than if you just sit down and finish it. - VWJETTY

Yes… How could you tell?

Not a funny story but myself and my coworker go to the head table to register. He was ahead of me and having his passport checked…..of course the numbers on his passport do not match what was on his admission slip. I could see his heart just absolutely sink to  a new low. I asked him what happened and he had got a new passport in October and forgot make the change on the CFA’s website. At first they did not think he could write the exam at all but thankfully, after speaking to the head proctor, he was able to write the exam after filling out some sort of acknowledgement forum. Hopefully, his results are still valid

YES