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blackscholesvol wrote:

Was it this weird looking Asian chick around 308 area?

YES

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kevndc wrote:

blackscholesvol wrote:

Was it this weird looking Asian chick around 308 area?

YES

Yea, wasn’t sure what her problem was. I thought she got kicked out initially.

This happened to me in L2 last year. The exam hall was a huge hangar with nearly 1500 candidates (all levels) writing the exam under the same roof. While I’m busy sweating it out on my calculator I notice something near my feet moving about. I look down and I find a cat trying to make its view between my feet. I had such a rush of adrenaline at the moment but somehow managed not to let out a shriek fearing an ethics violation of some sort and managed to not startle anyone around me as well. I looked around and no one seemed to notice that cat either, everyone was working on the exam and the cat just glided across the floor discreetly like all cats do. Now at this point I had no clue what to do and I was surprised that so far no one among the 1500 or so people had either not noticed the cat or didn’t have any qualms about a stray cat apparently so interested in the CFA exam.

I remembered the instructions that they read aloud before the exams on how the area is being monitored for electronic activity and decided to make peace with the assumption that the cat was maybe trained to do just that. Maybe its the frantic nature of the exam but I thought I was being too paranoid about a cat when literally no one else could care less. I put my head down and went at it on the calculator again, while the cat disappeared between the sea of legs and furniture. And yes, no one else seemed to let out a scream or complain about it either.

I haven’t spoken about this incident to anyone else until now!

faye23 wrote:

Yes… How could you tell?

It’s Dave.

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

At the end of the PM session the lead proctor makes an announcement that the “Casio calculator that was confiscated can be picked up”….No one moved.  

Apparently a level I had brought in a Casio calculator assuming they could use it.  I believe they sat for the AM session, but either decided not to come back for the PM or was too embarrassed to collect their confiscated calculator.

I have no idea how people can read the 3,000 pages of material, but neglect to read the 1 page of rules on the CFAI website.

KAWFS wrote:

At the end of the PM session the lead proctor makes an announcement that the “Casio calculator that was confiscated can be picked up”….No one moved.  

Apparently a level I had brought in a Casio calculator assuming they could use it.  I believe they sat for the AM session, but either decided not to come back for the PM or was too embarrassed to collect their confiscated calculator.

I have no idea how people can read the 3,000 pages of material, but neglect to read the 1 page of rules on the CFAI website.

you think that person really read 3000 pages?

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.

This really cracked me up..LOL

I didn’t bring a pencil for the morning and had a 20 minute panic attack about whether or not I would need one to fill in the stuff on the cover page or… an extra sheet of the exam? I dunno - it was my first time at level 3 and I felt prepared so I had to panic about something! 

I eventually asked the guy beside me for one before the start just to calm t f down. Didn’t need it at all.

Not sure, but have to assume he at least put some effort in if he felt confident enough to sit for the exam.

That is the most devastating… they should probably do a final mandatory “check-in” before the exam, to update all the information before exam, like people who changed their name after getting married/ divorced…

NANA

mbjones21 wrote:

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

less funny story a girl in my section (milan g)  showed up with an expired passport. head proctor showed her to the door.

The guy next to me had like 8 pens and 10 pencils and two calculators for both sessions. What are the chances that 7/8 pens won’t work??? 

TooDavistated wrote:

The guy next to me had like 8 pens and 10 pencils and two calculators for both sessions. What are the chances that 7/8 pens won’t work??? 

i would like to defend that approach. I had two calculators, 7 pencils, and 3 pens.  

First, I don’t want to stop and sharpen pencils in the PM session.  

Second, I had several pens stop writing well during practice exams.  Note to future Level 3 candidates: don’t leave your Frixion pens in a hot car or next to the office window.  I had gotten new pens two days before the exam.

Third, I didn’t want to have to remember how to reset the beginning and end of period settings for annuities on my calculator.  I had been distracted with this on a mock.  I also didn’t want the possibility of forgetting to put the setting back to end of period.  I set one calculator for end of period and one for beginning.   

I use mechanical pencil and i use the same one as i did for my practice, and i bring maybe ONE extra mechanical pencil but that’s about it. i don’t see the benefit of bringing anymore than that, but if bringing more pens give you more confidence or if that’s your “ritual” why not! Personally i like to keep my desk very clean and organized, one calculator is fine, the battery doesn’t go out for 10 years!

NANA

Yeah i agree with NANA

I had my calculator, a schweser eraser, 2 mechanical pencils (for both AM and PM). Desk was clean besides the eraser-rubbish on the desk, passport and registration sheet.

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

I have nothing against too many pencils I hate to keep sharpening them. But over 4 pens is way too much… just saying 

About 3 years ago in L1 exam, an Asian girl sitting in front of me brought in a big cukoo clock, and couldn’t believe the proctors let her use it…. it was hard not to look at it occasionally because it was loud, tick-toc…. was aftraid I might get a PCP because of it…  just glad I had earplugs….

I’ve got two stories (not too funny, but still nice) from two of my colleagues:

Level 1 exam:

My colleague to another candidate: “Are you well prepared for the exam?”

Candidate: “Sorry, I am not allowed to talk about this due to the CFA Institute Standards of Professional Conduct.”

My colleague: “Was something wrong with your breakfast?”

Level 1 exam:

Another colleague to the candidate who was seated next to him: “Is this your first try? Are you well prepared for the exam?”

Candidate: “I didn’t learn for the exam.”

Colleague: “Why?”

Candidate: “I live in the city where the exam takes place and I refuse to invest any time to learn for the exam. When I fail I’ll come back next year and try again.”

Colleage: “?!”

Alex74 wrote:

I’ve got two stories (not too funny, but still nice) from two of my colleagues:

Level 1 exam:

My colleague to another candidate: “Are you well prepared for the exam?”

Candidate: “Sorry, I am not allowed to talk about this due to the CFA Institute Standards of Professional Conduct.”

My colleague: “Was something wrong with your breakfast?”

Level 1 exam:

Another colleague to the candidate who was seated next to him: “Is this your first try? Are you well prepared for the exam?”

Candidate: “I didn’t learn for the exam.”

Colleague: “Why?”

Candidate: “I live in the city where the exam takes place and I refuse to invest any time to learn for the exam. When I fail I’ll come back next year and try again.”

Colleage: “?!”

hahahaha… oh man… Level 1 rookies, those were the days. The cream of the crop.

TooDavistated wrote:

The guy next to me had like 8 pens and 10 pencils and two calculators for both sessions. What are the chances that 7/8 pens won’t work??? 

I have never once had a mechanical pencil or calculator not work, not during the actual exam, nor during practice exams.  I still bring 2 calculators (with 2 backups in the car), about 6 mechanical pencils with extra graphite and 2 pens, even though I don’t use them in the morning session (I use pencil).  Why?  Because the peace of mind it gives me and knowing that if something did go wrong I would not have waisted 5 months of studying.  The inconvenience of having to retake the exam because my only pencil broke or my only calculator died FAR outweighs the inconvenience of having my pockets filled with extra stuff.

Last year I wrote Level II and part way through the afternoon session the guy next to me just put his head on the desk, and remained that way for a long time. At the end he looked pretty defeated…. Felt bad for him. 

This year at Level III, after the morning session I looked over and saw a guy had completely shredded up an entire eraser. It was in small chunks all over his desk and floor with erasing every where. I felt bad for the person who had to share a desk with someone erasing that intensely.  

When I wrote Level 1 an asian girl sat next to me, hammering her calculations in the calculator. Thought she hit it through the desk. Disturbed a lot in my concentration.

As I was standing in line waiting to get checked in, a guy behind me was recalling a story about an incident he witnessed last year when he sat for Level 3.  Apparently, someone at his test center had an expired passport.  They allowed the individual to sit for the AM session, but when he came back for the PM session, they wouldn’t let him sit because of his expired passport.  He made an extreme scene and was absolutely livid.  Ouch…

not a funny one, but the room did not have a clock really to my horror- First time in an examination hall without a clock.They had these flipping sheets with 15 mins interval reminders-which doesn’t meet the purpose in the AM sections.

Lost track time int he second hour. had to complete 71 marks in 60 minutes, so literally I was harassing the proctor every 5 mins to tell me how many minutes left for the exam.

Managed to complete the paper although I did not know 2 -3 mark questions.

Enigma1011 wrote:

not a funny one, but the room did not have a clock really to my horror- First time in an examination hall without a clock.They had these flipping sheets with 15 mins interval reminders-which doesn’t meet the purpose in the AM sections.

Lost track time int he second hour. had to complete 71 marks in 60 minutes, so literally I was harassing the proctor every 5 mins to tell me how many minutes left for the exam.

Managed to complete the paper although I did not know 2 -3 mark questions.

I can’t remember but do they remind people to bring their pencils, calculator and watch on the exam ticket? if they don’t, they SHOULD!

NANA

Enigma1011 wrote:

not a funny one, but the room did not have a clock really to my horror- First time in an examination hall without a clock.They had these flipping sheets with 15 mins interval reminders-which doesn’t meet the purpose in the AM sections.

Lost track time int he second hour. had to complete 71 marks in 60 minutes, so literally I was harassing the proctor every 5 mins to tell me how many minutes left for the exam.

Managed to complete the paper although I did not know 2 -3 mark questions.

I’ve been taking the tests in Philadelphia and all they’ve had are the flip boards, thought that was normal.  Didn’t realize that other locations had an actual clock.  I don’t always wear a wrist watch but that’s one of the things I make sure I have along with all the other stuff before I head out on exam day…

i wore  a diaper and thought it was great how it didn’t leak too much ok a little but whatevs ;) That night I got really well hydrated on ale and I spent the night with a strange woman with dreadlocks and an appetite. I also have a high net worth (financial assets, excluding both my primary residence and vacation home) and have had hundreds of chess partners.

NutsAM wrote:
When I wrote Level 1 an asian girl sat next to me, hammering her calculations in the calculator. Thought she hit it through the desk. Disturbed a lot in my concentration.

This happened to me last year in L2…. a Chinese girl next to me was punching her calculator so hard it sounded like a woodpecker pecking an oak tree… really threw me off for a while…. I gave her a nasty look, and she finally got the idea, and held it in her hand, and it was quieter. 

calvol wrote:
… I gave her a nasty look …

… whereupon I became the subject of a PCP investigation for cheating.

wink

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S2000magician wrote:

calvol wrote:
… I gave her a nasty look …

… whereupon I became the subject of a PCP investigation for cheating.

wink

hahaha wouldn’t that be the icing on the cake haha laugh

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