i only use the CFAI curriculum from level 1 i started this journey to learn not just to pass, and i don’t see the point of using 3rd source since the exam writers use the curriculum to write the questions, i literally digging the books, take my 45 paid days vacation and 33 unpaid days, read, practice, write, and review i enjoy learning and hope for the best, i didn’t practice any mocks since 7 new readings were added and 6 reading completely have major changes, i manage my time very carefully and find am really long, am and pm directly from the books
I’d say curriculum and EOCs (duh!) and the previous year mocks. Regarding 3rd party material…I think Schweser did really sh!tty job preparing for this exam. Having done few of their mocks, I can’t say that they helped me. However, the 4 mocks form Mark Meldrum were absolute life savers.
I passed last year but I only used Kaplan materials plus the one free CFAI mock. Overall I took 8 practice tests and passed with a decent margin. I recommend Kaplan to everyone I work with, but some of them are big fans of Level Up
A lot of mocks as well. I think IFT videos really helped to understand the core of the curriculum alongside reading especially while commuting to work. You can always pause, rewind, and double the speed to go at your pace.
Other than that all the AM mocks you can get hands on, IFT mocks, and CFA PMS, EOCs.
+1 on lots of mocks. First time sitting L3 so don’t know if it has worked yet (obviously!) but despite some surprises in AM content practicing the format and making sure I managed my time well felt really important. This meant mocks without any bathroom breaks or even water on my desk as in the exam you cant just swig away but need to waste precious minutes going to the coolers at the back of the hall. I share the view that the AM format is another study “topic” in its own right and doing mocks to prep is really important.