- Includes CFP Practice Test Questions
How to Pass the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP) Certification Examination, using our easy step-by-step CFP® test study guide, without weeks and months of endless studying...
On a beautiful late spring afternoon, this past year, a young man received the devastating news. He had just gotten back his result on the CFP® test. It was not what he had hoped for. In fact, it was not even close to the expectations he had considering his past experience and educational background.
He had failed.
Then he remembered his friends and felt even worse. He did not look forward to having to tell them the embarrassing news, especially after he had boasted that it was no big deal. He had been procrastinating about taking the exam because he hated standardized tests, and this only confirmed his hatred.
"What will I do now?" he thought with dismay, slowly realizing the harsh reality of his predicament and its upsetting implications on his future.
How to Solve the Problem
Unfortunately, this hypothetical situation occurs all the time. Someone thought they were going to breeze through the examination, told all their friends, made plans for their future, and then got an embarrassing reality check from the CFP® test.
The Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP) Certification Examination is quite simply an objective assessment of a test taker's requisite foundation of knowledge and skills.
CFP® test scores are used by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) as a uniform standard of qualification. While it may not be fair, all of a person's plans for the future may be dependent upon needing a certain CFP® test score.
That is the whole purpose of the Secrets of the CFP® Exam study guide: to give test takers the keys to understand how to succeed on the CFP® test.
Our CFP® Test Study Guide Is Unlike Any Other
If you'd like to get the CFP® test score you deserve, to quit worrying about whether your score on the CFP® test is good enough, and to beat the test taking game so you can become a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP) Professional, then this might be the most important message you read this year.
Our comprehensive study guide for the CFP® Test is written by our test experts, who painstakingly researched the topics and the concepts that you need to know to do your best on the CFP® test. Our original research into the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP) Certification Examination, offered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board), reveals the specific content areas and the essential skills that are critical for you to know on the CFP® test. We've taken the information and developed a study guide that is guaranteed to help you be successful on the CFP® test.
One reason some test takers do well on the day of the test is that they have made the critical connection between the material they learned and how to use the material to succeed on the CFP® test.
Now, we know you may be skeptical, so let us give you three good reasons we can back up what we claim:
The Three Reasons To Believe What We Say
The First Reason:
Our company's name is Mometrix Test Preparation, and we have a team of standardized test researchers who have worked on developing our study guide for the CFP® test. The standards for who gets to work on the team are very strict. We demand the best for our customers, and only those who met our exacting standards made the cut. The dedicated research staff have years of combined experience in mastering the content and skills necessary to succeed on the toughest exams.
The Second Reason:
Some academic studies have revealed that test takers do not really benefit from the traditional test preparation process. But we knew there had to be a solution. If test takers were not doing well on the CFP® test despite high intelligence, there had to be a set of secret keys to the test that would open the door of success for these test takers.
We believe we have succeeded in finding the secret keys of the exam. What we found was surprising, and in some cases ridiculously simple once explained to the average test taker.
We put the findings together in a thorough, concise study guide that we believe allows any test taker, at any skill level, to improve his or her results dramatically with a minimum of effort.
The Third Reason:
We created the product in part because we were frustrated by the options available to test takers who really wanted to do well on the CFP® test.
A common approach is to TEACH the material, instead of TEACHING THE TEST. That's not necessarily good enough for the CFP® test. You have to know how to apply the knowledge. Most test takers already have a general knowledge of the material that will be covered on the exam.
One reason some test takers do well on the day of the test is that they have made the critical connection between the material they learned and how to use the material to succeed on the CFP® test.
Our guide addresses the difference between merely knowing the material and knowing how to use the material to perform on test day.
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- The research of our team of test experts is 100% independent and original.
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- The 5-step process we've developed, what we call the phased approach, concerning the use of the various study aids and practice tests.
- How to structure your preparation to avoid the problem of procrastination that can kill your chances of success.
- The most important things you should take care of within 24 hours of taking the test. Make sure you've taken care of the little things in addition to studying hard.
- How to predict the right answer before you see the answer choices, and how to prevent the wrong answers from polluting your mind and tempting you into a trap designed by the test writers.
- Why answers that sound correct are often the very ones that are wrong and how to tell the difference between the right answer and the many clever-sounding traps set for you by the test writers.
- Our benchmark method for deciding which of the answer choices you should pick.
- How some of the random bits of information in a question often give away the right answer choice.
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- How to avoid panicking when you don't know the answer to a question. We offer a systematic method that will serve as the lifeline you need to minimize the time wasted on the test questions that leave you stumped.
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- Do you know what a hedge phrase is? Learn why looking for the key weasel words in the question can help identify the correct answer.
- The secret to using the contextual clues in the questions and the answer choices to make important distinctions between the right and the wrong answer choices.
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- Learn how to group your answer choices into families that often narrows down the pool of correct answers. This is a quick way to immediately eliminate one or two of the answer choices and increase your odds of getting the question right.
Now, you're probably wondering how and why we can do all the things we claim.
Let us explain.
Before we go any further, let us clarify what Secrets of the CFP® Exam is not. It is not a stale rehash of all of the things you have already learned in the past.
Secrets of the CFP® Exam is our exclusive collection of the tips and the information that we have specially selected to give you the best results on the CFP® test for the least time spent studying. It's written in everyday language and is easy to use.
We cover the essential skills necessary to do well on the CFP® test, plus comprehensive reviews covering all of the essential test sections individually.
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Warning: Always Look for These 6 Criteria
There is a lot of confusion surrounding studying for the CFP® test, and standardized tests in general. In our opinion, these are the 6 criteria you should always look for in a study guide for the CFP® test:
One: The guide must be written by writers who have painstakingly researched the topics and concepts needed to succeed on the CFP® test. The blind cannot hope to lead the blind.
Two: The guide must be written in easy-to-use everyday language so all test takers can access the information.
Three: The guide must be to-the-point, with no fluff to distract the test taker from the truly important information.
Four: The guide must address the test first, the material second. If the material was the only thing that was important, then every test taker that understood the material should get a perfect score. That doesn't happen because there's a difference between simply knowing what's on the test and the way you perform on the test. You want a study guide to close that gap.
Five: The guide must motivate the test taker to actually study for the exam. If the guide is hard to read, the time spent studying will be slow and painful, and the results will be meager.
Six: The guide must be guaranteed. If you don't pass with flying colors, you get your money back, no questions asked.
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When you consider what's at stake with the exam, we believe the value of our study guide gives you at least ten times your money's worth.
In summary, here's what you get:
When you buy Secrets of the CFP® Exam, it includes:
The 5 Secret Keys to Exam Success:
- Plan Big, Study Small
- Make Your Studying Count
- Practice the Right Way
- Pace Yourself
- Have a Plan for Guessing
The comprehensive General Strategy review including:
- Read Carefully
- Contextual Clues
- Hedge Words
- Switchback Words
- Face Value
- Answer Selection
- Eliminate Answers
- Avoid Fact Traps
- Extreme Statements
- Predict the Answer
- Tough Questions
- Check Your Work
- Pace Yourself
- Don’t Rush
- Keep Moving
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- Hope Credit
- Balance Sheet
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- Capital Assets
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- Traditional IRA
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- Life Insurance Trusts
- Gift Taxation
- Liquidity Needs
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- Calculation Of Applicable Credit
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plus all of the other special tips and secrets we have included to help you prepare for the exam.
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Detailed answer explanations are included for the questions. It may sound obvious, but you have to know which questions you missed (and more importantly why you missed the question) to be able to avoid making the same mistakes again when you take the real test. That's why the practice test questions we include for the CFP® test include answer keys with detailed answer explanations to each question. The in-depth answer explanations will allow you to better understand the questions that were difficult for you or that you needed more help to understand.
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This Page Last Updated: 05/10/2021