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Almost There

By Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA | Posted on March 03, 2014


The CAIA® exam window officially opened today, which means anxiety is running high. Many of you will be tempted to study all day and cram late into the night before your exam. I advise against this. Cramming late into the night is unlikely to significantly increase your knowledge, but will likely cause you to be tired (mentally and physically) on exam day. Instead, stop studying by late afternoon and take the evening off. Have a relaxing meal with your family and friends. Take a long…

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Final Review Exam, Final Review Workshop, and Secret Sauce

By Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA | Posted on February 17, 2014


The CAIA® exam window is only a couple weeks away. That means your final review should begin soon. For those of you who purchased the PremiumPlus, EssentialPlus, or Final Review packages, the Final Review Exam is now available in your online account under the Online Instruction box in the left-hand navigation menu. Treat this exam as if it were the real thing. Take the exam under timed conditions to simulate the pressure you will experience on exam day.

Also coming up is the Final…

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Final Review Season is Almost Here

By Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA | Posted on February 03, 2014


The CAIA® exam window is about one month away. That means it is time to begin your final review. Do you have a study plan for the final weeks before the exam? If not, we have a few suggestions.

In the time between now and exam day, your goal should be to accomplish the following: practice what you have learned, assess your strengths and weaknesses, review key topics in the curriculum, and simulate the exam experience.

You likely have already been using concept checkers,…

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The CAIA Candidate Handbook

By Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA | Posted on January 13, 2014


For the March 2014 CAIA exams, the CAIA Association has put together a Candidate Handbook for both Level I and Level II candidates. The handbook contains useful information related to exam preparation, the exam day experience, and what to expect once the exam is over. Below I have summarized a few key items that we often get questions about. However, I recommend you download and read the entire handbook, which can be found on the CAIA Association website.

Scheduling the Exam
The…

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CAIA Association Errata

By Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA | Posted on December 09, 2013


I hope everyone is progressing well in their CAIA® preparation. If you haven't yet started studying, now is the time to begin. There is plenty of time between now and the exam to study the entire curriculum and still have time to review the material thoroughly. By starting now, you will also be prepared to ask questions during our Weekly Online Program, which begins December 30. This 9-week live online seminar is an excellent tool to learn the curriculum and interact with our expert…

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Final Review Exam, Final Review Workshop, and Secret Sauce

By Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA | Posted on August 26, 2013


The CAIA® exam window is only a couple weeks away. That means your final review should begin soon. For those of you who purchased the PremiumPlus, EssentialPlus, or Final Review packages, the Final Review Exam is now available in your online account under the Final Review Tools section in the left-hand navigation menu. Treat this exam as if it were the real thing. Take the exam under timed conditions to simulate the pressure you will experience on exam day.

Also coming up is the…

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Final Review Season is Almost Here

By Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA | Posted on August 12, 2013


The CAIA® exam window is about one month away. That means it is time to begin your final review. Do you have a study plan for the final weeks before the exam? If not, we have a few suggestions.

In the time between now and exam day, your goal should be to accomplish the following: practice what you have learned, assess your strengths and weaknesses, review key topics in the curriculum, and simulate the exam experience.

You likely have already been using concept checkers,…

Read More


The CAIA Candidate Handbook

By Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA | Posted on August 12, 2013


For the September 2013 CAIA® exams, the CAIA Association has put together a Candidate Handbook for both Level I and Level II candidates. The handbook contains useful information related to exam preparation, the exam day experience, and what to expect once the exam is over. Below I have summarized a few key items that we often get questions about. However, I recommend you download and read the entire handbook, which can be found on the CAIA Association website.

Scheduling the Exam

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