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FRM Exam Advice for Saturday

anandmishra453 wrote:
Last time for part 1… I was able to say that exam was not difficult my preparation was lower than expectation. This time for part 2 it was like I was asking to myself which preparation material cater these types of questions? I did not prep my self with Bionic turtle was that a reason? Salute to GARP for constructing such a difficult pattern. I am impressed although I did not do well.

So would you say part 2 is harder than part 1? Took part 1 last November and found it surprisingly easy….taking part 2 this coming November.

Which provider did you prep with? I think I’ll go Bionic Turtle again as they were so helpful for part 1.

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Part 1 was completely within Schweser range. For Part 2 I noticed about 30-40% were beyond Schweser and 20-25% questions were extremely difficult. In Nov 2015 I was uncomfortable of passing but I knew that exam was not difficult. This time for part 2, I will say exam was difficult.

I studied this time from Schweser as I did before. I am confident with topics, the only thing is that I was not prepared with question strategy of GARP. GARP practice exam was also not good representer of yesterdays exam. I would say difficulty was about 1.5 to 2 level higher.

S666 wrote:

anandmishra453 wrote:
Last time for part 1… I was able to say that exam was not difficult my preparation was lower than expectation. This time for part 2 it was like I was asking to myself which preparation material cater these types of questions? I did not prep my self with Bionic turtle was that a reason? Salute to GARP for constructing such a difficult pattern. I am impressed although I did not do well.

So would you say part 2 is harder than part 1? Took part 1 last November and found it surprisingly easy….taking part 2 this coming November.

Which provider did you prep with? I think I’ll go Bionic Turtle again as they were so helpful for part 1.

S666, you should definitely use BT again. I had both and didn’t really understand what was going on until i started the BT practice questions. Not sure if I started using them early enough, so we will see.

I do have better post-exam expectations than I did after leaving the PArt 1 exam. I finished this exam, and did not actually finish Part 1 whehn I wrote it.

dwheats, so you mean to say that BT was representing exam difficulty better?

This times Part I was way above schweser. I practised from schweser and Jorion handbook. Schweser was beginners mode while the real exam was God Level.

So I guess this time they made both the keveks very difficult.

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dwheats wrote:

S666 wrote:

anandmishra453 wrote:
Last time for part 1… I was able to say that exam was not difficult my preparation was lower than expectation. This time for part 2 it was like I was asking to myself which preparation material cater these types of questions? I did not prep my self with Bionic turtle was that a reason? Salute to GARP for constructing such a difficult pattern. I am impressed although I did not do well.

So would you say part 2 is harder than part 1? Took part 1 last November and found it surprisingly easy….taking part 2 this coming November.

Which provider did you prep with? I think I’ll go Bionic Turtle again as they were so helpful for part 1.

S666, you should definitely use BT again. I had both and didn’t really understand what was going on until i started the BT practice questions. Not sure if I started using them early enough, so we will see.

I do have better post-exam expectations than I did after leaving the PArt 1 exam. I finished this exam, and did not actually finish Part 1 whehn I wrote it.

Cheers for the heads up…looks like I’ll be using BT again. Worked well for L1 so hoping same for L2.

S666 wrote:

dwheats wrote:

S666 wrote:

anandmishra453 wrote:
Last time for part 1… I was able to say that exam was not difficult my preparation was lower than expectation. This time for part 2 it was like I was asking to myself which preparation material cater these types of questions? I did not prep my self with Bionic turtle was that a reason? Salute to GARP for constructing such a difficult pattern. I am impressed although I did not do well.

So would you say part 2 is harder than part 1? Took part 1 last November and found it surprisingly easy….taking part 2 this coming November.

Which provider did you prep with? I think I’ll go Bionic Turtle again as they were so helpful for part 1.

S666, you should definitely use BT again. I had both and didn’t really understand what was going on until i started the BT practice questions. Not sure if I started using them early enough, so we will see.

I do have better post-exam expectations than I did after leaving the PArt 1 exam. I finished this exam, and did not actually finish Part 1 whehn I wrote it.

Cheers for the heads up…looks like I’ll be using BT again. Worked well for L1 so hoping same for L2.

Also, keep in mind that this exam was much more qualitative.

anandmishra453 wrote:
dwheats, so you mean to say that BT was representing exam difficulty better?

I would say so.

General feedback across is that, the exam was very difficult for both the levels. I guess for part 1 cut-off should be 45-50% and for part 2 between 40%-45%…Lower cut off will not be surprise.

With this GARP should do a small justice with exam writers that the difficulty of practice exams should be matched with the real exam.

Hi Anand,

Didnt you joined any coaching institute ??

pankster wrote:

Hi Anand,

Didnt you joined any coaching institute ??

No brother..Due to long office hours and occupied weekends with family I had to opt for self study.

Hi Guys,

For Indian folks :  did anyone of you joined any coaching institute ?? If yes were it good enough for L1??

Bump.  Good luck on Saturday kids.

Thanks!!!! Your advises are extremely helpful! I didn’t even know about the carbon answer sheet thing until I saw your post.

Passed CFA Level I & FRM Level I

Hi Wendy –

I’m a CFA charterholder and was wondering if you’d compare and contrast the difficulty between the FRM and CFA. I see some conversations bandied about but very few from somebody that’s been through both of them. If you could describe, compare, and contrast all three designations (CAIA as well) from a test difficulty standpoint, i’d be greatly appreciative.

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Bump  +  Good luck tomorrow