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Exam preparations

The CFA Program is designed to be self-study. But you are not on your own. We try to help you as much as we can to get the best possible result when you sit for your CFA exam. We work together with organisations, providing support with an offering of local activities and workshops.

The most important source of information is the websit of CFA Institute. Available are e-books, summaries, mock exam questions and other online tools. Head for the website of CFA Institute for an overview of all (free) sources.

Exam preparation workshops

Between 6-8 weeks before the exams we offer the CFA candidates in our region a free preparation workshop. You will receive tips and tricks to study as efficiently as possible and the optimal way to approach the content. We usually pick a topic that proves difficult at the exam. During the Corona pandemic, we recorded a number of workshops held online and posted them on this website to support the candidates in our region. These can be accessed at any time. We work together with Jonathan Bone (Kaplan Schweser) and Cees Harm van den Berg (APG Asset Management). Jonathan will make the most complicated topics easy to understand for Level I & II and Cees Harm provides valuable insights, tips and tricks for the Level III candidates.


Recordings of previous workshops

CFA Level I

CFA Level II



Jonathan Bone Cees Harm van den Berg

Online Society Mock Exam 

To help finalize your knowledge for the computer-based CFA exam, the CFA Society VBA Netherlands has partnered with Kaplan Schweser to put together an incredible opportunity offering our candidates a discount on the Schweser Online Society Mock Exam.

This realistic exam simulates the interface, format, difficulty, and length of the actual CFA exam -helping you develop your test-taking skills, identify your weak areas, and demonstrate your mastery of the CFA Program curriculum. Afterwards, view answer explanations, check your score compared to those of other candidates, and drill deeper into each question with our Mock Exam Tutorial. To optimize your success rate, you should aim for a score of more than 75% on the Online Mock Exam.

● Three modes: 
○ Exam Sim: Take the exam using the actual interface you’ll encounter on the computer-based CFA exam. 
○ Online: Take the exam using the standard Kaplan Schweser online interface. 
○ Print: Take the exam on paper and enter your answer choices in an online answer form. 
● Timed exam of 4 hours 30 minutes (consists of two sessions of 2 hours 15 minutes) 
● CFA Institute topic weightings 
● Printable answer key and online answer explanations 
● Online scoring and performance tracking by topic area with a comparison to other Mock Exam candidates 
● Answer explanations that include LOS and CFA Program curriculum page references for every question 

Register today for the Society Mock Exam (Mock Exam 2) via our Society Portal Select the CFA exam and the appropriate level and date, go to the study materials tab and choose Society Mock Exam (Mock Exam 2). Candidates in the CFA Society VBA Netherlands area receive the reduced price of $65 (normally $109). However, if you are a candidate member of our Society, participation in the Mock Exam is only $25 ! Read more information on the candidate membership of CFA Society VBA Netherlands. Access to the online mock exam is guaranteed until one month after you scheduled exam.

Preparation Courses at Universiteit van Amsterdam

Universiteit van Amsterdam/Amsterdam Business School offers a course for all Level I and II. The course takes 20 weeks and looks at the entire CFA content. A mock exam is part of the course. More information can be found on their website.

Resources at Kaplan Schweser

Kaplan Schweser and Top Finance offer intensive 5-day preparation courses for Level I, II and III. For more information head to Top Finance.

Also make sure to visit the website of Kaplan for more information on "live" and "online" courses and materials for optimal preparation for your exam.

CFA Society VBA Netherlands members and candidates are eligible for 10% discount on CFA®, CAIA®, FRM® and CFA Institute Investment Foundations™ Program exam prep materials offered by Kaplan Schweser. To receive the discount, create an account and state the code: NetherlandsCFA with your order or visit the website. You may also visit our  personalised  society portal on the Kaplan website  to learn more about  options  for Live  and Online  courses  and Study Materials  to help you with CFA exam preparation. Browse these free  resources  to help keep your focus and stay on track for exam-day success.

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