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Old 11-12-2019, 06:21 AM
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Default Experience with PAK Study Manual?

Hi, I would like to seek some advice on the study manual to use for QFI QF and QFI PM. I see that many are using TIA for these exams but due to:
1. my company doesn't pay for my study material
2. watching videos is not my best way to learn
I am leaning towards getting the PAK Study Manual for both QF and PM, in addition to the required textbooks. What are people's thoughts on PAK? Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-14-2019, 12:08 PM
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I took it when it was QFI Core - but for the quantitative material I thought PAK's supplemental questions were extremely helpful.

I'd say both sources are about the same for the qualitative/portfolio management topics (summaries of the key readings, practice questions).
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Old 12-13-2019, 01:01 PM
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I used PAK for QFI QF and thought it was pretty good. There were plenty of questions to supplement the learning and Bell was very responsive early on. I too do not care for learning through videos and the study manual seemed very suited for someone who learns by reading and writing down my own notes. My only complaints were that the flashcards were hardly digestible, as they were sitting in a pdf with no way to actually randomize them, and that instructor feedback kind of dwindled toward the end. I kind of expected them to grade the practice exam and offer some feedback but all I really got was "looks like you did well."

I think I'm going to go with TIA for PM mostly because of the flashcards and there seems to be more forum conversation.
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