Is it unrealistic of me to sit for the CFP exam in March if I start studying next week? I have three years of experience as an FA and I plan to study 2 hrs/night Mon-Thurs and all day on Sat/Sun

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Yes. I just passed in September and your timeline is super tight. I doubt it. I’m 5 years in the biz

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Did you complete the education requirement?

No not yet

From start to finish it took me 8 weeks to complete all education requirements, study and pass the exams. I say yes if you are dedicated. I was working full time and had two small children so I could only do classes at night and on the weekends.

Oh that’s awesome! I wonder if it changes from when I took it. I was told I had to complete and pass the exam within two years.

I don't think it is unrealistic.

That was roughly my timeframe, so I’d say that’s plenty. I’d only adjust that upwards if you don’t test well.

Based upon what I have seen, figure most people need 150-200 hours to study for the actual exam. Hint: it’s all about the practice questions.

It's possible if you stick to that and give up your social life. I ended up completing the whole thing in 6 months ( with tiny break in between education and final exam). Recommend using American college or Dalton. GL

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