Why UWorld CFA®?

UWorld Finance leverages decades of high-stakes exam prep experience to deliver modern, data-driven CFA® study material designed for today’s candidates. With a preeminent focus on product quality and practicality, we’ve helped thousands of candidates take their first steps to becoming CFA charterholders. No matter how the CFA exam changes over time, we’ll be with you every step of the way to give you the greatest odds of passing on your first attempt.

Passion Led Us Here

What started as a passion project for Dr. Chandra Pemmasani in his college dorm room has blossomed into a thriving company that students and professionals turn to when they require the best learning tools to prepare for their pivotal exams. In 2001, while completing his medical residency, Dr. Pemmasani began writing case-based learning questions for the US Medical Licensing Exam. His reasoning was simple, he felt that the study resources at the time were poor quality and too expensive.

He initially attempted to publish the 250 questions he’d written as a book but received an overwhelming response and demand for more after posting them in online forums. He then recruited his brother and roommate, who were graduate students at Virginia Tech University, and USMLE World (later renamed UWorld) was born.

Today, UWorld is an industry leader in medical licensing, nursing, accounting exam prep, and college entrance exam prep. The hallmark of UWorld is an obsession with quality and premier answer explanations. This dedicated work of passionate educators and industry experts has helped Dr. Pemmasani create the most valuable educational tools for high-stakes exams.

UWorld's Provider Credentials

We have proven that our methodology, passion, and execution can work across multiple high-stakes exams and professions.

What Sets Us Apart

Call us geeks. Call us nerds. Call us overly obsessive. But make no mistake about it, when you have a make-or-break exam, we’re the company you can rely on.

Student Focus

Everything we do positively impacts student learning. We are trusted to deliver the highest quality, so
students will succeed.

Innovation

We innovate to serve students, drive our growth and win our markets.
We’re curious, try new things and
aren’t afraid of taking risk.

Simplicity

We reduce complexity in our
questions, our explanations and our
delivery. We make really hard stuff
easy to understand.

Collaboration

We work together to achieve shared goals to accomplish great things. We share ideas, collaborate, and respect each other.

Intellectual Honesty

Our work is challenging. We receive feedback, learn from our mistakes,
and continuously improve to achieve superior results.

Driving Results

We deliver amazing products. We prioritize, making the best use of our time and our team’s time to deliver
the greatest impact for UWorld.

Student Focus

Everything we do positively impacts student learning. We are trusted to deliver the highest quality, so
students will succeed.

Innovation

We innovate to serve students, drive our growth and win our markets.
We’re curious, try new things and
aren’t afraid of taking risk.

Simplicity

We reduce complexity in our
questions, our explanations and our
delivery. We make really hard stuff
easy to understand.

Collaboration

We work together to achieve shared goals to accomplish great things. We share ideas, collaborate, and respect each other.

Intellectual Honesty

Our work is challenging. We receive feedback, learn from our mistakes,
and continuously improve to achieve superior results.

Driving Results

We deliver amazing products. We prioritize, making the best use of our time and our team’s time to deliver
the greatest impact for UWorld.

Living daily by our core values allows us to deliver the most user-friendly test prep services on the market. We'll help you know what to expect and how to succeed on exam day. At UWorld Finance, we differentiate our products by designing them with a unique, innovative active-learning methodology that ensures you master the concepts being tested. You’ll be better prepared for your exams and a better professional from day one.

Merging academic excellence with digital innovation, we develop online learning tools of the highest caliber with the most significant positive impact on our users. Our question banks (QBanks) are built from the ground up by a dedicated team of content developers who were all top scorers on their exams. Our obsession with quality and singular focus on student outcomes compel us to produce only the best material, allowing us to become the global leader in online preparation for high-stakes exams.

No matter the exam, we ensure student success by using an active-learning approach to exam prep. With challenging practice questions that mirror the real exam and unrivaled explanations, you can efficiently and effectively prepare for every topic on your exams. By applying this proven methodology to our CFA exam prep platform, we are confident that we will improve your chances of success on the CFA exam.

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Superior Value

Everything you need to pass the CFA L1 Exam as low as $199*

All Digital Platform

eLearning built to leverage all digital devices providing everything needed to pass the exam

Culture of Innovation

We're an agile, data driven business committed to giving the most current, relevant content

Comprehensive Explanations

Detailed rationales for all answer options. Practical, professionally-produced illustrations

Calculator Keystrokes in Real Time

We show the calculator keystrokes for specific questions solving complex equations

Designed With You in Mind

Our intuitive digital interface includes advanced note-taking functionality and flashcards

An All-Digital Platform

In the digital age, convenience makes a difference. As a busy finance professional or student, you need the flexibility to study anytime and anywhere. Our proprietary all-digital interface lets you study at your convenience using your favorite device anywhere life takes you.

Digital works, and we know it. Here are some additional benefits of our digital interface:

  • Conveniently track your study progress
  • Compare results with your peers across UWorld CFA
  • Start where you left off from any device
  • Leverage smart digital flashcards
  • Customize your practice tests
  • Take as many tests as you need
  • Cross out wrong answers
  • Bookmark questions to come back to
  • Access calculator keystrokes
  • Download our user-friendly mobile app

Online education has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, allowing us to capitalize on reliable research into e-learning best practices and develop the most beneficial online CFA prep course on the market. By pairing two staples of online learning, active learning and visual learning, we help CFA candidates stay engaged, retain more, and save valuable study time.

Content Quality - Key to Mastering the Concepts

You should always choose quality over quantity when deciding on CFA prep material. There's no need to study 5,000+ CFA practice questions when 2,000 quality questions get done. Reaching this level of quality isn't easy, but we consider it essential. Other CFA prep providers focus on quantity because it's less time and cost-intensive. At UWorld CFA, we continually invest in our content to keep it up to date and of maximum utility.

The key to your success is in our QBanks, but they're not like typical QBanks you see with other providers:

  1. Full-time content writers create all of our CFA content at UWorld Finance. Together, they combine over 200 years of experience in finance and leading CFA content development.
  2. Our proven content development process focuses on quality and depth. Each question goes through a meticulous 17-step refinement process.
  3. Our unique active learning platform focuses on practice and repetition. Each question features an associated rationale that explains the concept in great detail and why each answer option is right or wrong.
  4. As a CFA Institute (CFAI) Approved Prep Provider, UWorld Finance has a strong working relationship with the CFAI. Our content is required to follow CFAI guidelines and standards, meaning our products will always reflect the most recent CFA exam LOS.

Below is an example of UWorld Finance content compared to that of another leading prep provider:

High-Value Pricing

You may wonder why UWorld CFA products are priced more competitively than traditional CFA prep providers. The reason is simple: we strive to offer the best value on the best products to benefit candidates of all backgrounds. No matter where you come from, we believe you deserve access to a world-class education.

One way we achieve this is through a subscription service. Instead of forcing you to buy a massive study program with more material than you'll ever use, we allow you to choose how long you need access to our platform based on your personal needs. We also streamline our content to complement, not replace, the CFA Institute's materials. This allows you to master CFA learning outcome statements (LOS) on your schedule and within your budget.

Scholarships to Elevate Finance Education

As mentioned before, at UWorld Finance, we strive to make world-class education accessible to everyone. In addition to affordable CFA prep pricing, we offer ten annual CFA scholarships. This scholarship aims to assist academically advanced college students who face financial difficulties. No matter your location or background, we encourage you to apply and take the next step in your finance career.

We Are Finance Experts

We recognize that not all finance experts are created equal. We search worldwide to find the right team members to build you the best overall content. Our CFA content development team comprises charterholders and industry professionals with diverse teaching experiences. Some members have been instructors for companies in the CFA Institute's APP Program, while others bring international teaching experience to the team.

  • 100% charterholders with senior roles in the finance industry or as CFA prep instructors or professors
  • Decades of CFA-specific teaching experience, content creation, and financial training for leading CFA prep providers
  • Extensive CFA exam-development experience at leading CFA providers, including exam development for the CFAI

UWorld's CFA Content Developers Include

CFA charterholders with senior roles in the CFA prep industry

Decades of CFA experience in teaching and content creation

Exam development experience, including for CFA Institute®

Having created leading exam prep material for over two decades, the UWorld content creation process is well refined. At the heart of it all are our content creators. On the finance side, we draw from the experience of respected industry professionals, educators, and CFA content developers (all active CFA charterholders). This is critical to your success, given that the CFAI does not supply approved prep providers with unique questions or mock exams.

Everything you pay for outside of the CFAI’s study material is proprietary and subject to varying standards. Our dedicated team of experts ensures that UWorld CFA content is of the highest quality, is up to date, and leverages the CFA blueprint based on the LOS. As the focus and format of the CFA exam change, so do our QBank and mock exams. No matter where you are in your candidacy, UWorld CFA is here to give you the tools to obtain the CFA charter.

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