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Old 05-08-2019, 12:45 PM
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Default Waiting on FSA exam results/strategies for next exam

Hi all,

I just took my first FSA written exam in May. It really stinks that you have to wait so long for the results to be published. I felt good about it but I can see the results going either way.

So here is my problem. My employer wants me to get my FSA ASAP! Ideally I would sit for another exam in the Fall. I can't possibly know what to study for without knowing the results of the test I just took, which won't be released until mid-July leaving me with only 3.5 months to prepare.

If I failed then 3.5 months is plenty of time to prepare for a retake. If I passed then 3.5 months is not enough for the next exam. Would hate to disappoint my employer. I'm sure others have been in this situation. Curious what your strategies have been.
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If I passed then 3.5 months is not enough for the next exam.
Why? That is what most people are doing.
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:53 PM
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Why? That is what most people are doing.
Really? Just seems rushed. 400-450 hours of study time for an FSA exam seems like what people are saying to prepare. That is 3 hours a day every day for 4-5 months.
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Just start as if you passed and switch if you don't. It's not like it's going to kill you and will help when anyways when you get to that exam.
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Just start as if you passed and switch if you don't. It's not like it's going to kill you and will help when anyways when you get to that exam.
If your employer will pay for everything for you to start now, then go for it.
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Really? Just seems rushed. 400-450 hours of study time for an FSA exam seems like what people are saying to prepare. That is 3 hours a day every day for 4-5 months.
400-450 hours for an FSA exam is a comical amount of time imo, i'd question anyone that actually puts in that many hours of quality studying and doesn't get a 9+. i studied for 200 max for GH core and advanced and passed.
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If your employer will pay for everything for you to start now, then go for it.
That would be nice but I don't have that luxury. That's why I don't want to make a mistake here and bite off more than I can chew.
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Just start as if you passed and switch if you don't. It's not like it's going to kill you and will help when anyways when you get to that exam.
I will have to pay my own way so I don't want to get caught in a syllabus change if I end up not taking the next exam this sitting.
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One tip: Look at the syllabus for the next exam and see if there is anything interesting or perhaps useful for the work you are currently doing. Reading that now will be either helpful or easier to remember if you don't actually write that exam next.

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Have you passed your modules? Those are good to knock out while you wait for results.
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