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Name: Mr. Douglas Clayton
Position :  Chief Investment Officer, Seamico Knight Fund Management Securities Co. Ltd.
Year Pass CFA level 1 :  2006

How does it feel to pass the CFA exam ? 
It was a big relief to get that out of the way!

How was your experience taking classes at FSA?
The course helped us move through the many subjects covered in the CFA curriculum, in a systematic and orderly way.  On your own, you might end up getting bogged down and spending too much time on one subject.

What area of the course do you like most (i.e. Study Material, Classmate, lecturer, customer service, facilities)? 
The lecturers were intelligent and helpful, and offer useful suggestions on how to remember specific items (you won’t get that out of a textbook.) And I think the FSA team did a fine job of organizing everything.

Did you feel that taking classes with us contribute to your success in your CFA exam?
I don’t think I would have passed on the first try if I had not taken this course.

What is your strategy for success and what were toughest challenges you were facing? 
The hardest thing is finding the time to do all the required reading.  The course helps keep you on a schedule.

What would you recommend to the person who is going to take the level 1 exam for the first time?
(I) You don’t have to become an expert in every subject to pass the exam; just do very well on your strongest subjects and get some points in your weaker ones. (II) Get ready to give up six months of your free time!  But if you do put in enough hours, and take this study course, you will probably pass.

Name: Khun Trin Indra-Opas
Position :  Executive Vice President (Fund Management) MFC Asset Management Plc
Year Pass CFA level 1 :  2007

How does it feel to pass the CFA exam ?  
Awesome!

How was your experience taking classes at FSA?  
Very enjoyable to share frustration with your fellow classmates…

What area of the course do you like most (i.e. Study Material, Classmate, lecturer, customer service, facilities)?  
Everything is very good except the facilities.  Air conditioners sometimes do not function properly.

Did you feel that taking classes with us contribute to your success in your CFA exam? 
Very much indeed.  I took it twice before but could not make it.  With the guidance of FSA, the examination looks passable.

What is your strategy for success and what were toughest challenges you were facing?
Strategy for success is just pure hope, luck, and ‘let-it-be’ strategy.  Peer pressure and demand from the job requirement were the toughest challenges!

What would you recommend to the person who is going to take the level 1 exam for the first time?  
Take the course, it gives you a chance to pass.  Without the class, you could lose a valuable time doing something not productive or not getting to the right LOS