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Analyst Notes CFA Exam Prep Review

Most students use the official CFA Institute books as well as an additional source of preparation materials. You have a few options when it comes to selecting a test prep provider, and they are largely determined by your budget.

Analyst Notes represents a nice lower cost option for many CFA candidates.  Analyst Notes doesn’t work with Level III, but it may be a great option for level I and II.

The two packages on offer are $69 and $99, which is a significant discount compared with other providers’ premium packages.

Prep Course Options

First, regardless of your other options, I suggest you check out the trial version of the program.

Your trial account does not expire until 30 days before the exam and offers access to the same CFA question bank and notes as what paid subscribers use, with only a few sections locked on any given day.

The sections available for review rotate from week to week, and you need to keep a flexible study strategy, but there is still plenty of questions to practice on.

The maximum number of questions for trial members is limited to 10, but you can run an unlimited number of quizzes.

Using the Test Question Bank

Here is an example of a locked LOS (learning outcome statement) inside the Ethics section:

Analyst Notes Ethics Section

Analyst Notes questions seem to be on the harder side, which I think is a good thing.

There are a few vocabulary issues here and there, like in the example below.

Additional Tips

A side note: as a paid user, you can mark questions as ‘favorite’, and the questions you answer incorrectly will be saved as ‘failed’ ones. You can then create your own quizzes (not limited to 10 questions) by selecting or excluding these specific kinds of questions.

Features

Another unique feature which I found helpful on Analyst Notes was ‘global ranking’, which shows your progress (number of questions attempted and percentage correctly answered) relative to all other subscribers.

If you have a competitive personality, you will check this metric often and will work harder to keep up with the rest of the students.

Progress tracker is another nice tool – it is a dynamic graphic on the website, showing your overall progress in reading the notes, and number of questions attempted, number of questions answered correctly, relative to total questions in that section.

Available Test Packages

Now that we are familiar with the specific features from the website, let’s take a look at which features are included in the 2 packages that Analyst Notes offers:

QuestionBank Package

  • $69 cost.
  • Online access to the question bank.
  • Global ranking.
  • Progress tracker.
  • 3 mock exams.
  • Mobile version of the website.

AnalystPro Package

  • $99 cost.
  • All of the features included in the QuestionBank Package
  • Allows you to print study notes
  • The Ebook
  • 16 page formula sheet
  • 5,200 practice questions
  • 10 mock exams

For more information on the packages, click here.

Neither package offers live instruction or video tutorials and both are aimed at students who are self-starters and only need the bare bones instruction and lots of practice questions.

If you prefer a more comprehensive prep course bundle option, the Wiley CFA course represents a nice option.

Final Thoughts

Whichever package you opt for, it can be a great addition to your study strategy.

The best tip I could give you is to practice solving as many questions as you can and to solve every single end-of-chapter question in the official CFA curriculum, more than once if time allows.

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