I had a conversation with my father-in-law today. He is a CPA, but has never taken the CFA exam, and doesn’t see the value in it. (Where we live, there’s not a lot of demand for CFA Charterholders.) I mentioned that I was planning to take the week before the exam off from work so that I could study that whole week. He said that I had been studying since October, and that me taking a week off to study was “baloney” (not the exact term he used).
He posited a question to me: if you ask 100 people, how many of them will tell you that they took a week (or more) off of work to study? I told him that I bet the vast majority did. He laughed at me and said that we were idiots. (For the record–I’ve never liked my father-in-law a lot.)
So here’s the question–do you take off the week before the exam to study? I’m just curious whether I’m the only one or if this is a fairly common thing.
yes. most CFAs i’ve met took the week. i’m a crammer-type studier so the last week was essential for me. the week is more about mentally preparing yourself for a difficult timed exam than studying. i don’t see how its a waste of time and how you’d be considered an idiot if you take a week of holiday. i’d say using a week of holiday to study is far more efficient than taking a week to go on vacay. your FIL sounds like a roaring DB.
I take the week off because memorial day is a given holiday and I get a free study day from my company so I actually only use 3 days of vacation time. It just helps to get you on a good sleep schedule and have as much as possible be fresh for exam day.
Took 2 weeks off last year before L1, but the first week of that was spent playing diablo 3 since it had just come out. I am def a crammer though and need that time. Planning on taking 2 weeks off for L2 this June and actually study the whole time this time around.
Nope never taken any time prior to exams. My PM is one of those “I passed all 3 levels on the first try, and I only studied two weeks for each level” kind of guys. Me and one other analyst are taking the exams, and it would be difficult for both of us to use vacation at the same time, so we both just wear it and try to study around work hours.
took a week off before each exam, was beyond beneficial to me. For an exam offered 1x/yr, doing everything you can to make it a success is worth doing. That can be study time, relaxation, better sleep, exercise, etc.