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Comparison of Review Courses CFA

Naren (Audit executive) (230 Points)

20 August 2010  

Hi everyone ,

 

This is a detailed analysis of review providers for CFA

The various review providers are

1.Kaplan Schweser

2.Stalla Pass Master

3.Allen Resources

 

Analysis

 

Schweser

Strengths:

1. Well-organized

2. Concise

3. Have Long History as Study Notes Provider.

 

Weaknesses:

1. The writers are pretty emhasize what topics they expected to come up or not come up in the exam. Their exam tips may be right and also may be WRONG.

2. Testbank is much easier than the real exam.

 

Rating of 2 on 5 for notes and qbank

 

Author note - Biggest advantage is you can either download these notes for free or get the same from xerox shops in mumbai for Rs 2000 inclusive of freight covering notes , qbank software as well as video coaching

 

Stalla

Strengths:

1. More Comprehensive - Every answer provides specific reference to their text and LOS

 

Weaknesses:

1. Verbose - "You feel overwhelmed and totally confused after reading through their notes for exam, but very enlightening if you use them for general background reading."

2.They are expensive .... They cost 700 $ for notes and software ....... You cannot get them cheap

 

Allen Resources

Strengths:

1. Good testbank - Lots of questions . Please however read the related weakness 

Weaknesses:

2. Study notes is too concise -

3.Questions have typo errors and they are not necessarily prepared by CFA Charter holders , Often Level 1 questions are prepared by Level 2 candidates

 

For people who are scared and prefer coaching . You can opt for PIRON , CONCORDE CPA and PRISTINE

I would however recommend not to rely on them solely and it would be better if you buy stalla and schweser instead , it works out to a slightly higher cost but more materials

 

Concorde CFA seems attractive because

RS. 18,000 + Rs. 1,854 (Service Tax) - https://concorde-cpa.com/new/cfa_concorde_fees.php

 

Which includes

1.

Concorde Academics will be providing one of the calculator as a complimentary gift to all its enrolling students.

 

2.

  • Comprehensive coverage of CBOK content specification outline (Syllabus)
  • Live interactive classes using latest educational techniques
  • Thorough grounding of all concepts by experienced faculty from international finance firms & multinational
  • Prepares you not only for the exam but also for the practical scenario.
  • All Faculties are CFA level 3 passed out and are placed in key positions in various MNCs
  • 160 hours of live coaching
  • 6 live mock test
  • 14 online mock test
  • Assistance / guidance for exam application & schedules
  • Doubt clearing sessions on one to one basis by our faculty

Please note the number of mock tests they offer , plenty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . But I think they offer coaching in Mumbai , for Delhi you can opt for ace3levels.com

IMPORTANT POINTS

1.Ensure classes are done by CFA Passouts (CFA Charterholders). For eg it is of no good if your economics in level 1 is done by a phd , because the requirements for this sort of exam are unique

2.Compare the LOS of the CFA Material with your review course provider and ensure you have an understanding of everything

3.For June 2011 candidates , please keep abreast of where you can take the exams , December 2010 level 1 can be given in India , If June 2011 cant be given in India , I would recommend Singapore , Dubai , Muscat etc over Colombo and Kathmandu even if they are more expensive

4.People who are pursuing and who have cleared many levels are encouraged to share their views to benefit the community at large . Please express your views and add to them

The method i am adopting for recommending a combination of Kaplan and stalla is a cautious approach which will assist , but others please participate , this is my request to everyone

People are also encouraged to tell me what they would want posted next , I am here to assist and am here to STAY !!!!! LOL

Cheers Guys , Good day and God bless everyone




 7 Replies

Rahul Gupta (Project Controller ACA MBA(Fin.))   (8004 Points)
Replied 20 August 2010

Very well informed. Thanks Naren........

It vl be part of my CFA (US) Discussion Community.

 

Thanks

Rahul Bansal (Finalist) (35924 Points)
Replied 21 August 2010

best post...........thanks

Kalpesh Chauhan, (Tax Assistant (Accounting Technician CA FINAL CS PROF. PROG. B.Com))   (8310 Points)
Replied 22 August 2010

Originally posted by : Rahul Gupta

Very well informed. Thanks Naren........

It vl be part of my CFA (US) Discussion Community.

 

Thanks

Chirag Shah (sd) (36 Points)
Replied 02 October 2011

I'd recommend Crash Course from prepmentor.com, fairly good pricing (Rs. 14,500/-) for 15 days crash course. They are only into providing prep unlike others such as schwser and stalla who are primarily into selling notes. I think for the price, if you are getting CFA charterholder as your faculty it is a no brainer

espionage (human being...) (769 Points)
Replied 03 October 2011

@ rahul gupta...
sir where  is ur cfa(us) discussion community.
can u post the link plz.

*PEACE*

shubhankar (Digital Marketing Analyst)   (28 Points)
Replied 03 December 2015

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 Personal

  • Practice at your proficiency level with an engine that adapts to you.
  • Don’t waste time doing questions that are either too easy or too difficult and discouraging.
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 Proactive

  • Practice daily to remember longer and enjoy the benefits of spacing effect.
  • Stay disciplined with bite-sized learning released daily in topics of your choice.
  • Deep-encode existing knowledge with automatic spaced reinforcements, as you move forward.

 Perceptive

  • Master concepts not just memorize them. Our confidence-based learning models dynamically address your knowledge gaps and align your confidence with your knowledge.
  • PrepSmarter continuously learns about you to inform, predict, and adapt the learning environment to fit your unique learning needs.

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shubhankar (Digital Marketing Analyst)   (28 Points)
Replied 03 December 2015

I would like to add another useful resources for CFA exam preparation. 

Adaptive preparation - smart, personal and free

PrepSmarter uses adaptive learning technology and cognitive science principles to quickly increase your knowledge retention and confidence so you retain everything you learn and can confidently apply it on exams and beyond.

Why use PrepSmarter

 Personal

  • Practice at your proficiency level with an engine that adapts to you.
  • Don’t waste time doing questions that are either too easy or too difficult and discouraging.
  • Sweat less, score more. We have over 10,000 questions for all levels. But with our adaptive practice engine, you’d never need that many, because it delivers question at the right level to optimize your learning.

 Proactive

  • Practice daily to remember longer and enjoy the benefits of spacing effect.
  • Stay disciplined with bite-sized learning released daily in topics of your choice.
  • Deep-encode existing knowledge with automatic spaced reinforcements, as you move forward.

 Perceptive

  • Master concepts not just memorize them. Our confidence-based learning models dynamically address your knowledge gaps and align your confidence with your knowledge.
  • PrepSmarter continuously learns about you to inform, predict, and adapt the learning environment to fit your unique learning needs.

 Pervasive

  • Learn anytime, anywhere. PrepSmarter is designed to look perfect in full range of devices so you have an impeccable learning experience wherever you are.

 

Get in now >

 

 


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