The results email came yesterday and since I couldn’t muster courage to look it up myself, A did it for me. After about 400-450 hours of studying, I felt confident that my preparation for the exam was the best of all the levels. However, the whole exam experience itself was one of the most stressful things I have ever done. So much so that I had a blinding headache for a couple days after the exam. I wasn’t very happy about my performance in the essay-type questions format. So, the last two months' wait for the result was very painful. I know there’s always another shot but it would have been such a shame to flunk after slogging for months together… and what a joy it is to pass all the levels in the first attempt!
I took the level 2 in 2009 and there was a long gap of 3 years before I took the level 3 this year. My hurting hand, work related troubles and our moves all came in the way. I worried if I would have to start from scratch, what if I no longer had the drive needed for the exam. When I took off from work at the beginning of this year one of my goals was to be done with CFA. Thank God, that’s accomplished.
2 days before the result came out I told my mom that maybe I should think of changing my field of work, maybe I was done with financial advisory/investment industry. Haha, that was before the results! I’m not done, yet! The thought of seeing the letters CFA next to my name once I get back to work is so delightful, so thrilling, so sweet!
Ha! It will take a few days for me to get back to normal. Every now and then, I smile to myself and think in disbelief, wow! Did I just pass level 3? To those who are thinking what’s the big deal, it's just an exam - I'm sorry, but you will not get it. To those, let me just say, why don’t you see for yourself. :p