Level I CFA® Exam
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Over the last 30 years, we’ve mastered how candidates earn the CFA® charter and have designed a program that works. No guessing where to begin, what to study next, or how you’re progressing. CFA Level I candidates who prep with Kaplan Schweser are more likely to pass than those who prep with other providers
Proven Strategies for Each Stage of the Study Cycle
Find no surprises on exam day. Research shows it takes more than 300 hours to properly prepare for the Level I CFA® exam—partner with the provider who knows how to maximize every minute of your study time.
A Complete CFA Level I Study Plan
You don’t need to spend valuable time searching for CFA Level I study strategies. Over the last 30 years, we’ve mastered how candidates earn the charter and have designed a program that adapts to every learning style.
You’re in Control
You set your study dates. Our adaptive Activity Feed breaks down your 300 prep hours into bite-sized weekly tasks, while our Performance Tracker and Checkpoint Exams give you an in-depth analysis of where you stand.
Don’t Disrupt Your Daily RoutineMaintain your life and still earn the CFA charter. With a wide range of print, online, and mobile study tools, and an assortment of exam-simulating prep for CFA Level I, you can seamlessly fit a study session into your daily routine.
A Partner You Can Trust
With an extensive global network of CFA charterholders and content experts, you’ll get the guidance you need to pass. More CFA candidates consider Kaplan Schweser to be the most respected and trusted prep provider.
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Level I CFA® Exam FAQs
Some candidates also consider a Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) as a way to prepare for the CFA® exam. Certain curriculums, like the MSFA offered by the College for Financial Planning®—a Kaplan Company, are aligned to the learning outcomes of the CFA® Institute’s CFA® Program, enabling students to earn an MSFA while concurrently preparing for the CFA® exam.
Topic Weights by Level
For the Level I exams, the topics are weighted as follows:
- Ethical and Professional Standards: 15-20%
- Quantitative Methods: 8-12%
- Economics: 8-12%
- Financial Statement Analysis: 13-17%
- Corporate Issuers: 8-12%
- Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning: 5-8%
- Equity Investments: 10-12%
- Fixed Income: 10-12%
- Derivatives: 5-8%
- Alternative Investments: 5-8%
These topic weights were used to develop a Level I study plan you can follow to ensure complete coverage of the material. The study plan is included in all of our packages.
More Likely to Pass: These are the findings of a quantitative survey conducted by Kaplan between June 30 and August 30, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 313 U.S. CFA Level I and Level II candidates was interviewed online. The survey was fielded to subscribers of 300Hours.com and AnalystForum.com.
Most Respected and Trusted Provider: These are the findings of a quantitative survey conducted by Kaplan between June 30 and August 30, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 313 U.S. CFA Level I and Level II candidates was interviewed online, of which 271 CFA candidates answered this question. The survey was fielded to subscribers of 300Hours.com and AnalystForum.com.