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CII AF3 Exam: Pension Planning

The CII’s AF3 exam is in the third exam in the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. It is a 3-hour exam using case studies with 3 compulsory questions and a nominal pass mark of 55%. 150 hours of study is recommended by the CII for this paper.

Note that AF3 will be withdrawn by the CII from April 2018.  It will be replaced by : AF7 Pension Transfers and AF8 Retirement Income Planning.

The exam syllabus covers HMRC’s tax regime for pensions; legal framework; features and risks of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions; state benefits for retirement; early leave choices and transfer issues; features, risks and taxation issues surrounding taking income; needs and solutions for both personal and corporate customers.

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Mock Exam Papers

3 full sets of 3 multi-part questions and answers including 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. They put the exam syllabus into a sensible order, eliminate any ‘padding’ and come with self-test questions.

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