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Old 05-11-2019, 02:18 PM
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How much was the CA that you used? Do you think you could have passed with a less expensive option like Actex or ASM?

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Agreed. Quantity of CA exams around level 4-5 is more beneficial than progressing your way up in earned level. I passed this sitting (my second attempt) and actually never got above the default level 4 earned level on CA. I kept getting 19 or 20 out of 30 on my practice exams. I wasn't very good at the highly technical problems, but that didn't hurt me much on the exam. Seeing a wide variety of practice questions helped a lot, especially qualitative questions that helped me to really understand the finance concepts. Increasing earned level is of course more desirable but it doesn't need to be your focus to pass this exam. CA was an incredible prep resource for this exam. All the best to those taking the next sitting and congrats to the passers!
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:29 PM
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When is the transcript and grade updated everyone ?
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:51 AM
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When is the transcript and grade updated everyone ?
Today (May 13). The grades may have been released by now.
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:15 AM
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How much was the CA that you used? Do you think you could have passed with a less expensive option like Actex or ASM?
I used CA Adapt and Video Lessons, 360 day access with unlimited pass guarantees for $1k. EXPENSIVE, but my employer pays for it. I passed with a 6 and I don't think I'd have passed without CA (I got a 2 my first sitting after only reading the textbooks, granted I studied far less than I should have).

How you choose to study will depend on where you've found success in the past. The CA video lessons are a good fit for my style of learning (including that they are concise compared to reading text), but you of course can read the textbooks or a paper manual if you've had success with that before. Adapt would likely be a great fit for any learning style - I particularly found the Q&A below each practice problem to be extremely helpful in clearing up any confusion I had on how to work a problem. The CA coaches are very responsive and do a great job explaining the material as they answer student questions. Just buying Adapt is not cheap at a few hundred dollars but you probably get the most bang for your buck with it.

I hope you find a strategy that works well for you and helps you pass.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:18 AM
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How much was the CA that you used? Do you think you could have passed with a less expensive option like Actex or ASM?
I used the CA bundle as well, although not the 360 day version. Likewise, though, my company covered the cost for it.

I passed with an 8 (Woo! 6's on the first two), and felt very prepared after using CA. I was a big fan of the new coach, Mike, that put the lessons together. Not too dry, kept me interested, and was easy to listen to. All the content was covered very well in my opinion. I would greatly recommend it if you can swing the cost. They do have a student discount if you are in that boat. At the least, ADAPT was extremely useful as always.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:21 AM
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Curious to those who are moving forward, STAM or LTAM in October? Saw a mix in the brief mentions so far. Seems like LTAM may be pretty appropriate given the lengthy study window available...
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:57 AM
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Barely made it with a 6. I must say I got lucky, but I feel like I deserved it after getting a 5 on MFE last year when I thought I had a half-decent shot at passing. This score has finally broken my streak of binary scores, 9 and 5.
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Curious to those who are moving forward, STAM or LTAM in October? Saw a mix in the brief mentions so far. Seems like LTAM may be pretty appropriate given the lengthy study window available...
I'm looking to do LTAM in October. if I feel confident after that sitting, I'll start studying for STAM in February.
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Curious to those who are moving forward, STAM or LTAM in October? Saw a mix in the brief mentions so far. Seems like LTAM may be pretty appropriate given the lengthy study window available...
I think I've determined that STAM works better for my overall plan. More timing than anything else. It's also because I'm planning on knocking out a VEE this summer before I begin exam studying. Oct '19 - STAM, Apr '20 - LTAM, Sep '20 - SRM is my goal.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:26 AM
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I think I've determined that STAM works better for my overall plan. More timing than anything else. It's also because I'm planning on knocking out a VEE this summer before I begin exam studying. Oct '19 - STAM, Apr '20 - LTAM, Sep '20 - SRM is my goal.
Sounds like a great goal! Good luck! I'm going to move on to LTAM myself, just got the CA bundle for it.
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