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Aug 12, 2007 9:30 pm

I thought that I would start a thread similiar to the July CFP thread. Who's taking it? How are you preparing? Any former test takers that wanna offer advice?

Aug 12, 2007 10:00 pm
lady_trader:

I thought that I would start a thread similiar to the July CFP thread. Who's taking it? How are you preparing? Any former test takers that wanna offer advice?


Why are you taking the CFP quiz?

Aug 12, 2007 10:34 pm

I started the July thread. Keep posting - otherwise the thread will get lost. If you keep posting, it will stay in everyones active topics, and eventually will catch on.


After taking the July exam, I'm still waiting for the results. Not sure what advice to give you. Not even sure I am qualified to give advice, since I dont know if i passed. But if you have specific question, fire away. The one thng I can say, is that I think I was pretty well prepared. You really need to do a lot of practice questions in the month or two leading to the exam. I personally wouldnt want to go into the exam without having taken a review course. I took Kier and was pretty happy with it.

Aug 12, 2007 10:53 pm

I am also waiting for my results, so I can't tell you how I did.

I did not take a review course, and in general was ok with that.  But, I think perhaps I could have gained some by doing so.

Get the KEIR test bank CD...it's not terribly expensive.  Take tons of practice tests. When you get anwers wrong, use the feedback to figure out WHY you were wrong, and try to determine which areas you are weak so you can go back and review them.

As the exam gets close, practice taking them under time pressure.

Aug 13, 2007 8:02 am
joedabrkr:

I am also waiting for my results, so I can't tell you how I did.


If somebody is truly qualified to have a title such as CFP they would know they passed the exam.


Would you want to be treated by an oncologist who walked out of their qualifying exams not knowing if they passed or not?

Aug 13, 2007 8:33 am

A CFP is an entry level exam.  It does not make someone qualified to do anything regardless of their score.  I would put a high CFP score on the same level as a high score on the MCATs.  

Aug 13, 2007 9:41 am
DAtoo:
joedabrkr:

I am also waiting for my results, so I can't tell you how I did.


If somebody is truly qualified to have a title such as CFP they would know they passed the exam.


Would you want to be treated by an oncologist who walked out of their qualifying exams not knowing if they passed or not?



So when did you pass the CFP board exam?

Aug 13, 2007 9:51 am
anonymous:

A CFP is an entry level exam.  It does not make someone qualified to do anything regardless of their score.  I would put a high CFP score on the same level as a high score on the MCATs.  


Isn't every professional exam an "entry level" exam?

Aug 13, 2007 1:54 pm
pratoman:

I started the July thread. Keep posting - otherwise the thread will get lost. If you keep posting, it will stay in everyones active topics, and eventually will catch on.


After taking the July exam, I'm still waiting for the results. Not sure what advice to give you. Not even sure I am qualified to give advice, since I dont know if i passed. But if you have specific question, fire away. The one thng I can say, is that I think I was pretty well prepared. You really need to do a lot of practice questions in the month or two leading to the exam. I personally wouldnt want to go into the exam without having taken a review course. I took Kier and was pretty happy with it.



See this is the kind of response this board was created for.  Good post.

Aug 13, 2007 3:33 pm
Devils Advocate:
lady_trader:

I thought that I would start a thread similiar to the July CFP thread. Who's taking it? How are you preparing? Any former test takers that wanna offer advice?

Why are you taking the CFP quiz?


Now come on, Bobby...you can't call it a quiz until you've taken it and passed...


Compared to your CPA, it's very passable...why don't you just knock it down...?

Aug 13, 2007 3:46 pm
maybeeeeeeee:
pratoman:

I started the July thread. Keep posting - otherwise the thread will get lost. If you keep posting, it will stay in everyones active topics, and eventually will catch on.


After taking the July exam, I'm still waiting for the results. Not sure what advice to give you. Not even sure I am qualified to give advice, since I dont know if i passed. But if you have specific question, fire away. The one thng I can say, is that I think I was pretty well prepared. You really need to do a lot of practice questions in the month or two leading to the exam. I personally wouldnt want to go into the exam without having taken a review course. I took Kier and was pretty happy with it.



See this is the kind of response this board was created for.  Good post.



What did you learn that you did not already know?

Aug 13, 2007 5:54 pm

That not everyone is a giant dick?

Aug 13, 2007 10:09 pm
maybeeeeeeee:
pratoman:

I started the July thread. Keep posting - otherwise the thread will get lost. If you keep posting, it will stay in everyones active topics, and eventually will catch on.


After taking the July exam, I'm still waiting for the results. Not sure what advice to give you. Not even sure I am qualified to give advice, since I dont know if i passed. But if you have specific question, fire away. The one thng I can say, is that I think I was pretty well prepared. You really need to do a lot of practice questions in the month or two leading to the exam. I personally wouldnt want to go into the exam without having taken a review course. I took Kier and was pretty happy with it.



See this is the kind of response this board was created for.  Good post.



Yeah, unlike DAToo's idiotic response to Joedabrokers post on this thread. I would like to hear from DAToo as to his opinion about how his stupid post about the CFP being entry level, was constructive, or helped anyone at all on this board in any way at all. Like Joedabrkr said, DA, when did you pass the entry level exam you refer to. Now you might say you passed it, but anyone who has gone thru what it takes to pass it, would understand a lot more than you indicate you do, so if you did say you passed it, you would be lying. Its interesting to note that DAToo is listed as having joined the forum on August 8th, 2007, and is listed as a Senior Member, since in 1 week, he has posted 157 times. Question: Do you work for a living?


Aug 13, 2007 10:10 pm
DAtoo:
maybeeeeeeee:
pratoman:

I started the July thread. Keep posting - otherwise the thread will get lost. If you keep posting, it will stay in everyones active topics, and eventually will catch on.


After taking the July exam, I'm still waiting for the results. Not sure what advice to give you. Not even sure I am qualified to give advice, since I dont know if i passed. But if you have specific question, fire away. The one thng I can say, is that I think I was pretty well prepared. You really need to do a lot of practice questions in the month or two leading to the exam. I personally wouldnt want to go into the exam without having taken a review course. I took Kier and was pretty happy with it.



See this is the kind of response this board was created for.  Good post.



What did you learn that you did not already know?



Surely, more than we learned from your stupid comment.

Aug 13, 2007 10:22 pm
pratoman:

Yeah, unlike DAToo's idiotic response to Joedabrokers post on this thread. I would like to hear from DAToo as to his opinion about how his stupid post about the CFP being entry level, was constructive, or helped anyone at all on this board in any way at all.



I did not say that the CFP was an entry level exam.  What I have said about the CFP is that anybody who is truly qualified to be a CFP would not walk out of the test wondering if they passed it or not.


If you've got cancer do you want to be treated by an oncologist who was not sure if they made it out of medical school until they got their grades?


If you're charged with a significant crime do you hope you can find a lawyer who was not sure if he passed the bar until the grades were posted?


How good a finanical advisor can a guy be who is not sure if he passed the CFP exam or not?

Aug 13, 2007 10:24 pm
DAtoo:
pratoman:

Yeah, unlike DAToo's idiotic response to Joedabrokers post on this thread. I would like to hear from DAToo as to his opinion about how his stupid post about the CFP being entry level, was constructive, or helped anyone at all on this board in any way at all.



I did not say that the CFP was an entry level exam.  What I have said about the CFP is that anybody who is truly qualified to be a CFP would not walk out of the test wondering if they passed it or not.


If you've got cancer do you want to be treated by an oncologist who was not sure if they made it out of medical school until they got their grades?


If you're charged with a significant crime do you hope you can find a lawyer who was not sure if he passed the bar until the grades were posted?


How good a finanical advisor can a guy be who is not sure if he passed the CFP exam or not?



I feel sorry for you. Your brain just ain't regular. Also, I stole your name from you.

Aug 13, 2007 10:40 pm
DAtoo:
pratoman:

Yeah, unlike DAToo's idiotic response to Joedabrokers post on this thread. I would like to hear from DAToo as to his opinion about how his stupid post about the CFP being entry level, was constructive, or helped anyone at all on this board in any way at all.



I did not say that the CFP was an entry level exam.  What I have said about the CFP is that anybody who is truly qualified to be a CFP would not walk out of the test wondering if they passed it or not.


If you've got cancer do you want to be treated by an oncologist who was not sure if they made it out of medical school until they got their grades?


If you're charged with a significant crime do you hope you can find a lawyer who was not sure if he passed the bar until the grades were posted?


How good a finanical advisor can a guy be who is not sure if he passed the CFP exam or not?



I stand corrected. My comments should have been directed at Anonymous, who did call it an entry level exam. With that said, I think your comments, while not as off base as anonymous, who in this case is clearly an idiot, are misinformed. Have you examined the depth and breadth of the material? If you did, you would realize that the exam is extremely difficult, and anyone who knows 50% of the material, already knows a lot more than the average Joe, and in fact, more than many MANY successful Financial Advisors. But still may not pass the exam. This is one case of you cant judge the guy if you havent walked in his shoes. As I recall, the MCATS are tests you take that if you do well, will qualify you to go to school and learn more. Trust me, that aint what the CFP exam and course of study is all about.


Aug 13, 2007 10:46 pm
DAtoo:
pratoman:

Yeah, unlike DAToo's idiotic response to Joedabrokers post on this thread. I would like to hear from DAToo as to his opinion about how his stupid post about the CFP being entry level, was constructive, or helped anyone at all on this board in any way at all.


I did not say that the CFP was an entry level exam.  What I have said about the CFP is that anybody who is truly qualified to be a CFP would not walk out of the test wondering if they passed it or not.


If you've got cancer do you want to be treated by an oncologist who was not sure if they made it out of medical school until they got their grades?


If you're charged with a significant crime do you hope you can find a lawyer who was not sure if he passed the bar until the grades were posted?


How good a finanical advisor can a guy be who is not sure if he passed the CFP exam or not?



Precisely what is the source of your expertise on the CFP board exam?

When did you pass the test?

Aug 13, 2007 11:03 pm
pratoman:

I stand corrected. My comments should have been directed at Anonymous, who did call it an entry level exam. With that said, I think your comments, while not as off base as anonymous, who in this case is clearly an idiot, are misinformed. Have you examined the depth and breadth of the material? If you did, you would realize that the exam is extremely difficult, and anyone who knows 50% of the material, already knows a lot more than the average Joe, and in fact, more than many MANY successful Financial Advisors. But still may not pass the exam. This is one case of you cant judge the guy if you havent walked in his shoes. As I recall, the MCATS are tests you take that if you do well, will qualify you to go to school and learn more. Trust me, that aint what the CFP exam and course of study is all about.




My question is simple.  If you were diagnosed with cancer would you want to be treated by a doctor who was not sure if he had passed his board exams?


If you were needing a lawyer would you want one who was not sure if he had passed the bar or not?


If you have money to be managed would you want a CFP who was not sure if he had passed the exam or not?


People who are truly qualified know if they passed their exams.


Apparently you disagree.  It would be fun to read how somebody who was truly qualified would not know.


As for my own experieince with it--I took, and passed, it in 1984 as part of a study as to its relevance to our firm.  We were trying to decide if we should buy a huge package and have the producers all over the world take classes via a phone link.

Aug 13, 2007 11:12 pm

We understand your question, DA. Congrats on having taken and passed it in 1984. Do you think you could take and pass it today?


In 1984, you took the first module, than sat for a two hour exam. Then you take the second module., then sit for a two hour exam. There was very little depth to the material, and no review courses needed. I took the first module in 1984, did very little studying and passed the exam. Did it for fun. At the time, I was the owner of a Textile Import sales agency. Believe me, it was a very different experience than the current one, which requires 1 1/2 to 2 years of study, plus a four month review, and a 2 day exam, with much more depth. You have no idea what the current experience is, so you shouldnt denegrate the accomplishment.