I just wanted to be the first to congratulate you for another tough season of studying. You’re probably just a teensy bit nervous right now and thinking congratulations are a little soon but you’ve put in your time and I’m confident that you will do well.
I know it’s tough not to be nervous but I want you to go into the exam confident and proud of yourself, and there’s one reason why. Whatever may happen on Saturday, you’ve already tested yourself with upwards of 300 hours of studying. That’s 300 hours of sacrificing time that could have been spent with friends and family. Finding the motivation and persevering through this kind of a self-study program is not easy but you’ve made it and pass or fail you are now a better person and a better professional for it.
One last task…
If you haven’t already put everything you’re going to take to the test in a bag, go ahead and do it now. If you’re not sure, check out the Institute’s page on exam policies. Also, make sure you have your passport and admission ticket. Put everything together so you don’t have to search for it on test day. If you are at all unfamiliar with the city in which you’ll be testing, I would map out the route as well as where you might go for lunch. Doing it now just leaves less to worry about on Saturday.
Beyond that, SMILE. RELAX. Know that you’ve done all you can. If maybe you haven’t studied as much as you would have liked, don’t worry about it. There never seems to be enough time so just know that you’ve done what you could.
The test is just like the many others you’ve taken, pencil and paper and a few questions. Nothing more and nothing to get overly anxious about.
Good luck on Saturday.
Joseph Hogue, CFA