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J10 : Discretionary investment management

The CII’s J10 exam is one exam that can be sat to achieve the Diploma in Financial Planning. It is a 2-hour multiple choice question paper consisting of 90 questions (70 multiple choice, and 4 case studies with 5 multiple choice questions in each), with a nominal pass mark of 65%. The CII recommend 60 hours of study for this paper, although this can vary greatly from person to person.

The exam syllabus includes key investment types, portfolio management, fund objectives and approaches, portfolio theory, performance measurement, financial and ratio analysis and more.

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Mock Exam Papers

3 full sets of 90 Q&A including 4 case studies, with cross references to the relevant CII study text.  All questions and answers are written by Brand Financial Training and kept up-to-date to reflect changes to the exam syllabus and tax year.


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Calculation Workbook

Focussing on the calculations within the exam syllabus, the calculation workbook provides calculation questions with full step-by-step answers, detailed explanations and cross-references to the relevant CII study text.


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Study Notes

Consider our study notes your condensed and more focussed take on the CII’s exam syllabus and learning outcomes. Our study notes put the exam syllabus into a sensible order, and eliminates any ‘padding’.

  • "I have just passed my exam first time, once again, relying mainly on your study notes. The calculation workbook was very useful, helping me to understand and work through the calculations, as were the mock exams giving me practice for the exam itself. Thank you!"
    Paul Jackson
    Paul JacksonPartner, Professional Practice Services, Worcestershire