This could be the last few days I ever have to cram this much knowledge in my head. I can’t tell you how excited that makes me.
This past weekend, I missed two events – a summer kick-off BBQ at Erin and James’ place, and a Scotch Tasting. Clearly, going to either would have been a terrible idea, as much as I would have had fun at both. Can you imagine me failing my exam because of points I could have been studying in my final weekend, and didn’t get to? As it was, I studied for 9 to 10 hours each day over the weekend, and still felt guilty for quitting at 8 or 9pm each day.
So, here I am in my final stretch. The last of the review is before me. I should be learning absolutely nothing new at this point, and that seems to be the case, although the review is tweaking my memory on things I’d let lapse in my head over the past several months.
For those of you studying for the PFP or CFP, I can’t stress this enough: The CSI materials don’t cut it. They don’t deal with any implementation or really help with recommendations or factors you should be considering. One big tip I’ve come up with last week? When the tests ask for factors or items to consider, DON’T give recommendations. This is true for both the AFP2 and the FPE2. Apparently, that’s where most go wrong.
The other important item I’ve learned in preparing? If the examiner is looking for three points, give ONLY three points. Not four, not six. Three. They will only look at the first three, so you are wasting precious time writing more anyhow. Make sure the points are unique, and not a slight duplication from the previous point you made.
Finally? Don’t be wordy! Even if the FPE2 exam asks you to write an email or letter to your case study client, use point form. Start the “email” off with a basic intro… “here are three points you need to consider when…” and then list point form points. Don’t forget to include to suggest gaining outside expertise from a specialist where necessary.
Good luck to all those also writing the FPE2 Saturday morning! Drop by and say hi in the comments afterwards!
YOUR TURN: Are you studying for the CFP or PFP right now? Drop me a comment! I’d love to hear from you!