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 CFA Exam Preparation

The CFA Exam is designed to be self-study. CFA Society VBA Netherlands cooperates with external organisations to offer you a selection of local preparation opportunities to help you on your journey. 
Your first and foremost resource for preparing for the CFA Exam is the CFA Institute website, where you can find a multitude of eBooks, outlines, practice questions and other online resources. Visit the CFA Institute website​ for an overview of all of the study sup​por​t​ available to you (for free).  ​
For more information on CFA Exam Preparation activities and offers send an email.

 Exam Preparation and review courses

Sometimes you need a bit of extra support, or classmates with which to share knowledge and efforts.  We offer a couple of local options.

Our partner University of Amsterdam/Amsterdam Business School offers a 20-week review course, starting the second week of January, for Levels I and II.
Level I – starts on 8 January 2020 (19:00 – 22:00). 20 sessions on Wednesdays.
Level II – starts on 4 February 2020 ​​(19:00 – 22:00)​.  15 sessions on Tuesdays.
The course covers the entirety of the CFA Levels I and II programs​ and includes a Mock Exam (TBA). For more information and to enroll visit their website.  You can also sign up to receive information about their Informatios Session.


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Kaplan Schweser and Top Finance have partnered to offer a 5-full day intensive revision workshop for all three levels. There are still spaces open for Levels II and III.​
5-Day Intensive Review Workshop Dates:
Level I: 3-day online Review only (for more information contact Top Finance)
Level II: Live workshop 6 to 10 May 2019​ 
Level III: Live workshop 6 to 10 May 2019 ​
Time: 9:30 to 17:30
Location: Park City Hotel Amsterdam​, Stadhouderskade 25, 1071 ZD Amsterdam
For more information and to register download this flyer CFA Flyer In​tensive Amsterdam 2019.pdf, submit this registration form  CFA Registration Form Intensive Amsterdam 2019.pdf or visit the Top Finance website​.​

Candidates who register for the Live Workshops receive a 10% discount when they use this promotion code at registration: CFANL-IRW19.
Visit our personalised portal on the Kaplan website to learn more about options for Live and Online courses and Study Materials to help you with exam preparation.  

Vrij University offers a year-long review course, in Dutch, for Levels I and II of the CFA Exam, starting in September. For more information visit the VU website​.

 Live Mock Exams

Facilitated by Kaplan Schweser and hosted by CFA Society VBA Netherlands, a live mock exam is held twice annually; in May/June for all three exam levels and in November for Level I only. The Live Schweser Mock Exam is as close to the actual CFA exam in format, difficulty, and length as we can make it. The Mock Exam helps develop your test-taking skills, identify your weak areas, and demonstrate your mastery of the CFA curriculum. After the live mock, view answer explanations, check your score compared to those of other candidates, and drill deeper into each question with the Mock Exam Tutorial.

The next Live Mock Exam will be held on Saturday November 16th for CFA Level I.  
Date: Saturday, 16 November 2019
Time: 9:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00
Registration starts at: 8:30
Location: Aristo Amsterdam​, Tempelhofstraat 2​​, 1043 EJ Amsterdam
Cost: USD 65.00 (Become a Candidate Member for € 80 and access is FREE!!!, more information here)
Registration and payment: Visit the Kaplan Schweser website to register​.
For more information visit our website agenda​ or download this flyer (TBA).
Registration for the December Level I Live Mock Exam will open shortly.  To pre-register please send an email to
Space is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible for the live Mock Exam. Registrations are accepted until Wednesday November 13​th or when maximum capacity has been reached.  ​
If you cannot attend the Live Mock Exam Kaplan also offers online mock exams for Level I, Level II and Level III.

 Study Materials

In addition to the many resources available for free on the CFA Institute website, candidates of CFA Society VBA Netherlands can purchase, at a 10% discount, additional notes and study materials from Kaplan Schweser and make use of many of their free of resources as well.

Kaplan Schweser is a long-time trusted partner of the society, providing CFA Program exam materials, courses and support for over 25 years.  Kaplan Schweser is also a CFA Institute Approved Prep Provider. ​The range of exam prep options is extensive and content is delivered in every imaginable format: from traditional books and flashcards to online courses, in-person courses, internet applications, and mobile device technologies.  
CFA Society VBA Netherlands members and area candidates are eligible for a 10% discount on Kaplan Schweser CFA exam prep products. Learn more . . . ​
​​CFA Society Netherlands also gives away six scholarships annually to cover the costs of the Kaplan Schweser study materials.  Scholarships recipients are chosen based on financial need.  To find out more visit our Scholarships page.

Visit our personalised portal on the Kaplan website​ to learn more about options for Live and Online courses and Study Materials to help you with exam preparation.  
Kaplan Schweser Free Resources
Schweser offers free resources to those interested in earning the coveted CFA® designation. From a daily email with CFA questions to eBooks and a mobile app, there is something for everyone. Learn more here.  

Free Question of the Day​:  Sign up to receive a level-specific CFA practice question delivered directly in your inbox each day!
Free Adaptive CFA® Review App:  Take your study plan on the go…and get the practice you need on your time. And best of all…it's free!
Free eBook: Before You Decide to Sit for the CFA Exam:  Get advice from CFA charterholders​ who have successfully gone through the program and learn what it takes to earn the charter and succeed in the investment industry.


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 Calendar of events

December 2019​ Level 1
11 September  Last day to register
8 October  Exam Prep Event
16 November  Live Mock Exam​
7​ December  Level 1 Exam and Post Exam Drinks

June 2020​​​​ Levels I, II, III
15 September  Deadline to submit scholarship applications​​​
2​ October  ​Early-bird fee registration deadline​
TBA February  Exam Prep Event
12​ Febr​uary ​Regular fee registration deadline
​​11 March  Last day to register
16 May  Live Mock Exams
6 June  CFA Exam Levels I, II, III and Post Exam Drinks​

 Exam Prep Partners

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Disclaimer: Kaplan Schweser follows the CFA Institute Prep Provider Guidelines. Neither CFA Institute nor CFA Society VBA Netherlands reviews or warrants the accuracy of the products or services offered by Kaplan Schweser, nor verifies or endorses the pass rates claimed.