Anyone took CAIA before?

Discussion in 'About FRM' started by qin841121, May 10, 2012.

  1. qin841121

    qin841121 Member

    Heard FRM and CAIA is easier than CFA.

    From my experience, FRM is 150% harder than CFA at least. So taking part 1 and part 2 of FRM is like taking CFA 1 + 2 in one sitting. So the above statement is false (Maybe this is made by some CFA candidates who have high ego).

    Anyone took CAIA before? Thinking to take it but how is the difficulty compared to this FRM?
  2. David Harper CFA FRM

    David Harper CFA FRM David Harper CFA FRM (test) Staff Member

    I'd be interested in views on this, too. We tried to partner (affiliate) with Uppermark (a leading CAIA provider) last year; when we compared the curriculums (FRM vs. CAIA), I think we all found the FRM to be considerably deeper. However, I understand the CAIA curriculum just underwent an evolution (refresh? overhaul? ...), so it's possible it stepped up in difficulty, i don't know ...
  3. mohanvenufrm

    mohanvenufrm New Member

    CAIA is fairly different from a course like FRM or CFA, or at least that's what they'll have you believe. I got my Charter last year. The exam is conducted twice a year (March and September) and is an online exam. In terms of difficulty, it has the highest pass percentages compared to FRM or CFA. Level 1-68%, Level 2- 58%
    CFA>FRM>CAIA. It draws from both CFA and FRM in terms of portfolio and risk management but doesn't dig deep quantitatively. It is mostly theoretical but definitely grills you in the concepts in detail. Level 1 CAIA is fairly elimentary but level 2 is formidable. Especially because it contains nearly 40% in current events and research journals. They are overhauling the syllabus and reducing the pass percentages, now that they have 6000+ members and completed 10 years in 2012. Scope is wide too, Private Equity, Real Estate, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Credit Derivatives, Infrastructure, Timber, Forestland, etc. Maybe even Art and Wine as alternative Investments.

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  4. Krisztina

    Krisztina New Member

    Pros: study material is fun to learn (I totally enjoyed the preparation for the exams), 2 exam dates per year (you can complete it w/in a year), less quantitative ;) if compared to FRM and CFA, G.R.E.A.T. chapter events/networking possibilities etc
    Cons: expensive (exams fees and membership), recognition is pretty low at the minute/ not well-known, have I mentioned it that it's expensive, expensive, expensive? etc
    Check out the association's website for more info. I went for it because I liked the material plus I hope the association will work hard on enhancing reputation= enhance my value as well!;) Its getting harder and harder to set yourself apart from peers...Good luck!
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  5. coquin22

    coquin22 New Member

    the material is very interesting
    L1 ist so easy,i think they just let ppl pass the exam 70%??? i think it will get serious when its 30%
    L2 is pretty hard you basically have 100questions for 120 mins and 60-70% of calculation..

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