I am a CFA level 1 retaker for June 2014 and I finally have some time to put more effort into studying. I am currently using Schweser 2012 books (1-6) and I also have the CFAI ebooks. I plan on relying more on the Schweser books.
It is the primary material that I used to pass. I also read CFAI Ethics and did all of the CFAI EOC questions. In the final month I purchased Elan’s 11th hour and read most of that to review. I took several mock exams, about 3 of AN’s (which as I mentioned were extremely hard, I started off by scoring mid 50’s on them, but they really helped me when I reviewed the answers). I also took the AM session of the CFAI mock and scored I think a 77. On the real exam I got >70 in all but Quant and Econ, where I got 50-70.
Yes I purchased the online package. The drawback is you have to read from your computer screen which I don’t like. But they give you a lot of review and practice questions along the way which was good.
Elan 11th hour was far more concise because it is not intended to be comprehensive - it is just for final review (like Schweser Secret Sauce). I thought it was very helpful, especially for topics I had covered earlier and mostly forgotten.
I don’t remember having trouble answering the EOC questions after reading AN’s notes (as in, the topics of the questions were covered in the notes. Some of them were still hard!). I think AN is very good, especially for the price. However, there were occasional spelling errors and the like. Though to be fair even my current $600+ L2 Elan package has a couple of spelling errors too. Another thing I liked about AN is that at the end of each section, there are user comments, questions and discussion. Chances are if you were confused by something, so was another person and they have asked about it the comments.