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Record Number of Candidates Sit for CFA Exam This Weekend

  • Chartered Financial Analyst test held in 95 markets worldwide
  • About 250,000 candidates signed up; 11% rise from last year
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CFA Exam Attracts Record Number of Candidates

A new crop of chartered financial analysts is in the making this weekend. A record number of more than 250,000 candidates was registered to take the exam.

The Level 1 test, the first of three needed to earn the designation, involves 240 questions over six hours on topics ranging from equity investments and market psychology to fixed income and derivatives. Last year, fewer than half of the candidates passed the first level, according to the Charlottesville, Virginia-based CFA Institute.