CFA® Exam Prep Provider Sets a New Standard for CFA Exam Review Gives CFA® Candidates More Study Options Down to the Individual CFA Program Curriculum Topic Area

Cengage Learning, one of the leading providers of print and digital instructional and reference materials for the academic, professional and library reference markets, today announced the launch of, a highly customized study and preparation program that allows candidates studying for Level I of the CFA® exam to tailor instruction to their specific needs.

Interest in the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation continues its fast paced growth. According to CFA Institute, it has been particularly strong since 1990, with the number of candidates increasing at a compound annual rate of more than 16 percent. is now available for the record number of students preparing for the June 2008 CFA exam and is also currently offering free access to a number of helpful resources to support CFA candidates, including: Professional Exam Review “Getting Started” videos ( ), valuable online Level I CFA exam study resources ( ) and free download of Professional Exam Review 2008 Catalog brochure ( ).

“As the world’s largest business and economics educational publisher and the market leader in finance education, Cengage Learning is proud to launch now offering Level I CFA exam review materials for 2008,” said Dave Shaut, vice president for Cengage Learning, Career & Professional. “The company has a long legacy of providing students of all levels the most effective learning tools and resources for all business disciplines. The CFA exam is a highly competitive one, and we are pleased to be providing candidates the tools they need to succeed.”

The content for was developed by a highly qualified team of authors comprised of university finance professors, CFA charterholders and recognized subject matter experts.

“Many of our authors have won awards for teaching excellence and have international teaching experience with over 70 years combined experience preparing candidates for the CFA exam,” noted Shaut.

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation, awarded by CFA Institute, is a mark of distinction that is globally recognized by employers, investment professionals, and investors as the definitive standard by which to measure serious investment professionals. To become a CFA charterholder, candidates are required to meet the professional and ethical requirements of CFA Institute and pass three levels of examinations covering areas such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management and security analysis. The CFA Level I exam is offered twice a year in June and December consisting of 240 questions with 120 questions in the morning session and 120 questions in the afternoon session. Each session covers the same ten CFA® Candidate Body of KnowledgeTM topic areas:

  • ethical and professional standards
  • quantitative methods
  • economics
  • financial statement analysis
  • corporate finance
  • portfolio management
  • equity investment
  • fixed income investments
  • derivative investments
  • alternative investment gives CFA candidates a wider range of study solution options, enabling them to build a personalized study plan for Level I of the CFA exam,” says Mark Linton, senior marketing manager, Cengage Learning. “Now candidates have the option to choose only the specific topic areas they need with our CHOICE Advantage Solution package to help them supplement the core CFA Program curriculum. By concentrating more on specific areas of weakness, students can improve their overall chances for success on exam day.”

The full range of Level I CFA exam review materials in both print and digital formats from in a variety of Advantage study solution package options includes:

  • Comprehensive Candidate Study Notes
  • Topical Review Study HiLites
  • Topical Review Study Pilots
  • Topical Review Sound Bytes
  • Topical Review Flashcards
  • Sample Practice and Final Exams
  • Video Study Sessions

“With the number of registered candidates for Level I of the CFA Exam continuing to increase and pass rates steadily remaining at 40%, new study options are clearly needed,” said Nancy Roberson, executive vice president and publisher for Cengage Learning, Career & Professional. “Cengage Learning is excited to be providing these candidates with the tools they need to achieve their goals.”

About Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications and services that foster academic excellence, professional development, and measurable learning outcomes. Cengage Learning’s existing company and imprint brands include Heinle, Gale, Wadsworth, Delmar Learning, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, among others. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit

Professional Exam Review

Professional Exam Review offers proven exam review solutions and industry leading technology for professionals taking the CFA Level I exam. By combining the market leadership position of Cengage Learning with the vast experience and expertise of our authors, Professional Exam Review has created unparalleled choices for CFA Level I exam prep. The Professional Exam Review philosophy is about choices and candidate success. We understand each candidate has unique learning requirements and different educational backgrounds. That’s why Professional Exam Review delivers user flexibility and choice setting a higher standard of excellence for professionals striving to advance through education.

For more information on Professional Exam Review and its new CFA exam review Advantage study solutions for Level I, visit

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