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Marc LeFebvre

If you took his bootcamp and studied your HEART out, you would’ve gotten every question in the PM correct (except for ethics and GIPs because those are always a crapshoot). 

I am unsure how i did in the AM, but i can confidently say that outside of GIPS and ethics in the PM portion, I’d be surprised if I missed anything more than 2 questions. 

http://www.levelupbootcamps.com/

now, here come the haters thinking im a paid promoter of marc…

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Completely agree and couldn’t care less if the haters call me a shill. Thank you Marc!

I took Marc’s class as well and can say that it was very effective, in terms of the material covered. I took level 3 last year and scored a band 4 and can say that I was far more prepared this year due to using Marc’s material compared to using  Schwesers.  I did not think the PM exam was that difficult, as I had seen almost most of the type of questions before. But I did find the AM portion challenging as I did last year.  Did notice the traps that Marc pointed out and can say I would have lost marks if I didn’t take his bootcamp.  

Agreed. Took Marc’s class and only started studying quite a bit in March. Marc knows what he’s talking about and if I pass, it is solely due to his class.

This is a common view. Unless there’s broad disagreement from others who attended the bootcamp, I believe you. 

Many of his videos are available online, and I became a big fan this year. Debated whether to attend the bootcamp. In the end, did not. But … perhaps not the right choice.

I took his bootcamp and video package. He’s such a great guy and amazing teacher. I emailed him to thank him right after the exam but don’t want to quite yet count my chickens until august. It’d look bad for us all to praise him then come back with bad news. 

Really wanted to attend the boot camp and was in touch with Marc early in the process. Marc went to great lengths to help me make up my mind and provided me with some tailored access to his stuff and to former boot camp participants who sang his praises. Ultimately I was unable to fly out to any of his bootcamps and while I hope to be “one and done” by myself, I, for one, am a big fan, and I hope he does well in the future.

Magnus

Completely agree. First time at Level III and regardless of my result, I know I would have done worse without Marc’s videos and BootCamp. His IPS session and prior exam book alone were worth the price! 

I worked his IPS book 3 times. Was great.

My only disappointment with the exam (not Marc) was that the IPS question on the exam was just way too easy… I wish it were as hard in previous years, because Marc definitely geared us up for it…

rollerbladerlevel3 wrote:

My only disappointment with the exam (not Marc) was that the IPS question on the exam was just way too easy… I wish it were as hard in previous years, because Marc definitely geared us up for it…

I ultimately decided not to use Marc this year, but I agree about the IPS question. I thought it was unexpectedly straightforward, but to be honest I was moving so fast I can only remember the basics about the set up. Still, I don’t remember struggling with it at all.

I hope I don’t come to regret not taking his class or buying his materials. If I don’t pass this year, I don’t think I could have done any more via self study and the two supplemental study providers I used to consolidate focus areas and for notes (GoStudy and IFT). If I don’t make it, Marc will probably getting some money from me.

Marc’s aces.

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I worked it too. Marc is a demigod 

Let’s not deify the guy yet, esp. with your handle oh patriarch …

I also took the bootcamp, the videos were also great.

No, Marc does not pay us to talk highly of him. But I have been struggling with level 3 and just couldn’t grasp the morning exam. He actually teaches Level 3 so that you understand the concept, where as other provider material I have tried, give easier questions to get you motivated or skirt over the harder material in hopes it doesn’t end up on the exam.

If you are stuggling with Level 3, I would use Marc’s videos and bootcamp before Schweser anyday.

I agree that Marc is a genius the guy has Mensa level IQ and apparently a very successful entrepreneur.. few people in the world have memorized the level 3 curriculum to his extent that he can recall specific page numbers and which years topics were tested in AM.. it’s scary honestly.

with that said.. my only criticism is that CFAI is aware of Marc’s “binder” and have changed the exam to the extent that looking at AM papers from +10 years ago have less and less value.

his review book is worth a few hundred $ on its own and better than any other 3rd party notes.. but taking his “Boot camp” is no shortcut to passing.. you still have to put in the hours and the work on your own

danv0330 wrote:

but taking his “Boot camp” is no shortcut to passing.. you still have to put in the hours and the work on your own

All truth. Its a review seminar/bootcamp. Any one who treats it as cram session has either genius level memory recall or is an idiot. Its like 35-40 hours of study total so you still need to do another 400 or so. 

I didnt know he had his own program until the last week. I did watch his old Schweser videos on youtube and they helped a lot. I hope i dont have to take it again, but if i do I will look into using level up.

Thank you,
Pelumi Ogunlana

Marc used to work with Schwser earlier right? Some old videos of him probably 2013 in schweser i had seen on youtube 

I met Marc in Atlanta several years ago when he and I were teaching for Schweser: I taught the 3-day Level I course and he taught the Level III course.  We met again the next year in San Francisco under the same circumstances.

Marc’s a good guy, and he knows his stuff.

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Schweser still has his picture on their ads on their website ;)

Did the IFT videos and review session plus Marc’s LevelUp bootcamp and the curriculum of course. Schweser is a big NO for Level 3. IFT helped me understand a lot of the concepts i was not clear on plus it helped me cover all the blue box and white text examples, i didnt know about marc early on otherwise would have to decide between marc and IFT. I would highly recommend Marc’s bootcamp. If i pass this time, it would be due to IFT and Marc (LevelUp)!!

I find it strangely peculiar folks are already advocating for Mark before results have been released. I took Mark’s class, and here is my unbiased review. Mark does a great job pacing and trying to cover as much of the material as possible within the allotted time, however, this is both a positive and a negative, as he spends time covering some really low value areas in addition to easy concepts in which folks should already know this late in the game. Mark should spend more time covering more high value areas and areas in which most folks have a difficult time grasping. Mark spends a lot of time trying to be relatable and tying a lot of the material to his own personal life and occasionally jokes about his ex wife, I’d much rather Mark spend more time answering our questions than story telling. Mark spent very little time answering our questions and at times was very defensive in not wanting to be wrong or make a mistake. In our class specifically, he made a mistake in his discussion and someone came up to him during the break to point it out and Mark thanked him for not embarrassing him in front of the class. I’d much rather Mark own up to his mistakes and make sure the class got it right. Mark’s material is too cumbersome! Although, it is very detailed, with only a month left before the exam, Mark should spend more time creating an actual “boot camp” source that we can actually digest within the few weeks we have left. The material Mark uses for the bootcamp is the same material he uses in his weekly course, so if you didn’t take his weekly course you are surely to feel overwhelmed. Mark is still jaded from his experience with Schweser as they did not see him as a top instructor and he spends too much time trashing them, I actually like the Schweser material and I only took Mark’s class to hear the material presented from another perspective. All in all, you can tell Mark is trying his best to deliver a value added product, however, I wouldn’t go as far to say that he is the guru as some of you are advocating.

My Opinion - Long time lurker and not an active contributor (I wish I could contribute more). However I think this will help future L3 test takers who are deciding on how to approach L3.

This was my first time with L3 and before I commenced my studies, I looked through AF, Reddit, Blogs etc. and figured that I should rely on the actual CFAI material the most. For my L1/L2, I only relied on IFT/Schweser along with CFAI released topic tests and mocks.

I started with IFT (Arif is one of the few service providers out there who focuses on following the CFAi curriculum). In late March I started with essay mocks and I was doing a terrible job with IPS and other essay questions, both from a timing standpoint and quality of my answers. I was getting nervous with my preparedness and started looking around for answers/recommendations on AF. 

This is when I came across LevelUp boot camp. I saw some sample videos and decided to sign up for the immediate available slot. I am based out of San Diego and flew to NY to attend his boot camp in the last week of April. I agree with footb1 that it was overwhelming but irrespective of the outcome, I owe it to Marc.

LevelUp prepares you for the L3 exam which is what we care the most. The way Marc showed us how to do the IPS helped save a good 10-15 minutes of the time I used to take to work it out. I was too wordy with my answers, especially with the chapter on behavioral bias. He taught us how to use key words (which is what the graders looks for) and keep the answer very short. I had very conveniently neglected those key words and he was the reason I started paying attention and I am sure it will make a difference.He also highlighted common mistakes that we make which will make us lose a point or two. (Criticality of writing USD or GBP if the questions specifically asks you to do so).

These are things that no other test provider highlights so effectively, as did Marc. I am not trying to patronize or pontificate, but they say, the 3 cardinal rules of teaching are, “repeat, repeat and repeat”. This is what he did with regards to common mistakes/traps and how to avoid them while taking the exam. 

I left his boot camp with renewed vigor and changed/enhanced my test taking strategy in the last month. I was able to finish my am section with 3 minutes to spare (earlier I always left about 15-20 points where I did not even manage to read the question). Even while taking the exam, I could recollect the traps and also use the right key words where applicable. 

In retrospect, I wish I had taken his entire course and not just the boot camp. 

Marc was vocal about us recommending his boot camp to other fellow L3 test takers. It may seem odd to a few, but I take no offense in that. He is a professional running his business and needs to get the word out there. The best people who can get the word out there are people who took his course and either liked it or disliked it. I for sure was completely floored by his ken.

I owe it to AF for being my support system over the last 1.5 years and believe that my feedback will help people make a decision on their own.

Good luck to everyone on the results. 

\m/

footb1 wrote:
Mark …  spends time covering some really low value areas in addition to easy concepts [in] which folks should already know this late in the game. Mark should spend more time covering more high value areas and areas [in] which most folks have a difficult time grasping.

As someone who has been teaching CFA review courses for more than a dozen years, I can assure you that for every candidate (such as yourself) who complains that Marc covers too many topics, there are ten candidates who would each scream ten times as loudly if Marc failed to cover even one topic.

footb1 wrote:
Mark is still jaded from his experience with Schweser as they did not see him as a top instructor … .

I disagree.  Marc knows why Schweser dismissed him; I know why they dismissed me.  I’m pretty sure that it’s for the same reason: neither one of us parrots the party line.  If Schweser has errors in their materials, Marc and I would each let them know what the errors were and advocate that they be corrected, but if they weren’t, we wouldn’t hesitate in our classes to say that the materials contained errors.  I see this to this day, as there are classes I teach in which I have to use Schweser’s materials.

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All “bootcamps” or review courses are overwhelming and very fast paced. I’ve been to 2 review courses for each level including Windsor Week twice. I agree with s2000magician about there are plenty of candidates who would complain if he skipped “low value” topics people should know. You’re in the minorit I’d imagine. If you are prepared and have been through the material in depth with a couple mocks under your belt, as I was, his Bootcamp is not overwhelming or too fast paced. It’s a review course to get things flowing through your head again and to learn a few tricks. Someone mentioned things as silly as labeling answer right. People who took the 2015 AM exam and failed, whom also attended his Bootcamp this year admittedly said they wrote the answer to that IPS calculation with a $ sign in front of it rather than USD. For anyone who was band 10 very well could have passed that test with three silly letters in that answer. I for one found his course coupled with the weekly videos very helpful. But you cannot rely on one instructor. He can point you in the right direction but it always comes to self discipline and being able to hit the books on your own. Besides, tell me where you can find an instructor who give you his personal cell phone number and ALWAYS be willing to help. Oh, and he would do it even if you didn’t buy his products. He was helping me before I gave him a dime. His commitment, dedication and willingness to help me is told me he actually cared. 

I think my review was pretty balanced, you folks responding to my critiques just proves the bias that is rampant in this thread, not everyone will have all positive comments.

In the bootcamp class, Marc stated that Schweser didn’t view him as the “A” team when he asked to teach Windsor. So this wasn’t my own comment or something I made up.

footb1 wrote:

I find it strangely peculiar folks are already advocating for Mark before results have been released. 

You have every right to your opinion but you’re missing the point. We’ve stated how his class has benefited us. Regardless of how I score on the exam I know that  having sat through the level-up class, working the old AM exam questions in the binder and practicing in the IPS book helped me do better on the exam than I would have without the bootcamp resources. 

My (subjective and biased) opinion (aren’t they all??) is that Marc and his class were incredibly helpful and will recommend it to anyone I know taking L3. 

googs1484 wrote:

People who took the 2015 AM exam and failed, whom also attended his Bootcamp this year admittedly said they wrote the answer to that IPS calculation with a $ sign in front of it rather than USD. 

what question are you referring to?  They honestly would not give points for $ rather than USD when they effectively communicate the exact same thing?  also, assuming the question only deals with USD, does USD actually need to be written out?

It was the return calculation for the endowment I believe. The question specifically said something “calculate the endowments required return (in USD) to meet their spending needs.” 

Many, as I, are so naive as to believe the $ sign is synonymous to the USD but it’s also used as the Canadian $ or the Australian  $. I understand people typically associate the $ sign with the USD but CFAI doesn’t apparently, it’s a global exam. Marc told us that as a former grader he knows points would be deducted because CFAI specifically asked for the answer in USD.