Many of Bionic Turtle’s subscribers have provided feedback with suggestions on the best practices FRM exam preparation. Whether you use Bionic Turtle’s materials solely for your FRM exam preparation, or as a supplement to the GARP core books, depends on your individual FRM education and experience.
Exam Study Hours
- Exam study hours vary depending on your individual knowledge of the FRM concepts. For some guidance, a GARP survey conducted in May 2013, FRM Exam Part I candidates indicated that, on average, individuals devoted about 275 hours to exam preparation. Individual figures, however, varied from less than 100 hours (6%) to more than 400 hours (11%).
- Don’t think that you can “wing” it with your FRM exam preparation. If you put the time in to study, you will get the results. There is no magical way to skip parts or cram your studying into a month and pass the exam. Take the time to study. Start reviewing the material as early as possible. You can register 6 months prior to the exam and Bionic Turtle gives you a year of access so why not start early. There is no harm in being prepared. The worst thing you can do is just leave it all until 2 months before the exam. Start early and you will have flexibility.
Maximizing the Value of Your FRM exam preparation
- Study all of the materials available. Bionic Turtle offers excellent study notes, practice questions and videos that cement the course AIMS. Read the core readings from the FRM books and read the study notes. The study notes do their best to “explain” the concepts. However, for a qualitative exam, there are bound to be some questions, the answers to which are “direct quotations” from the original books. Notes provide a good summary, which is necessary for your FRM exam preparation.
- Complete all of the Bionic Turtle practice questions. David’s questions are a higher level than the exam questions, and will teach you the fundamental concepts necessary for your exam. Bionic Turtle posts a daily practice question each week Monday through Thursday. These practice questions are then compiled into the full question sets that are in the study planner.
- Watch the Bionic Turtle videos and take your own notes as you listen to them. Bionic Turtle offers PowerPoint slides for each video that can be printed out so you can keep notes.
- Take all of the interactive quizzes after you have reviewed each topic during your exam preparation. This will help you better understand where you are having difficulty (if any) with the concepts.
- Watch the focus review videos to make sure you fully understand the concepts that you have studied during your FRM exam preparation.
- Take the mock exams that Bionic Turtle offers under the Topic Review section in the Study Planner.
- Prepare your own “quicksheet”/”formula sheet”.
- Utilize the forum as much as possible!! Bionic Turtle’s active forum consists of 30,000+ members who interact daily. There are discussions on each topic in the GARP curriculum, and the forum is an excellent way to make sure you fully understand the concepts that are tested in the FRM Exam.
Other Study Recommendations
- Create a weekly study plan. Due to the sizeable amount of material covered in the exam, it is suggested that you create a weekly study schedule that will help you learn the material over an extended period. Bionic Turtle offers a complete Study Planner to help you organize your study plan so you can keep track of the topics, readings and materials that you have completed.
- The FRM Study Guide contains a full listing of all the readings that are recommended for your FRM exam preparation. Key concepts appear as bullet points at the beginning of each section of the Study Guide and are intended to help candidates identify the major themes and knowledge areas associated with each section. The FRM Study Guide can be downloaded on the GARP website.
- The FRM Program Manual was developed to assist FRM candidates in their exam preparation by outlining learning objectives and suggesting strategies for completing the reading material detailed in the FRM Study Guide. The manual also contains a sample 15-week study plan and can be downloaded from the GARP website.
- Practice Exams. Candidates are strongly encouraged to download and take the FRM practice exams during their preparation, which are available for free on the GARP website. Practice exams will provide candidates with a good sense of the question types to expect when sitting for the actual FRM Exam, and will allow the candidate to estimate how much time they can expect to spend answering individual questions. Each practice exam contains multiple-choice questions, and the downloaded file includes candidate answer sheets, exam questions, exam answer keys, and detailed explanations for all answers.
- FRM Books. While there are no requirements for a candidate to acquire the readings listed in the Study Guide, it is strongly recommended for their FRM exam preparation. Proper preparation for the exam without the information contained in these readings would be extremely difficult. To facilitate candidates’ exam preparation, readings listed and described in the FRM Study Guide are available in the FRM books. Some of the readings, including all the readings in the Current Issues and Regulatory Reference sections, are freely available on the GARP website.
Each and every FRM candidate will have different techniques geared toward their specific individual needs during their FRM exam preparation. All of the suggestions that are listed here provide an excellent start to candidates who are beginning their studying, as it has been stated many times, by many FRM Exam candidates, that in the beginning it can be very overwhelming to figure out where to begin and how to organize their FRM exam preparation.