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CII AF4 Exam: Investment Planning

The CII’s AF4 exam forms a part of the CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. It consists of 3 case study based compulsory questions and lasts for 3 hours. It has a nominal pass mark of 55% and requires a CII recommended 150 hours of study.

The exam syllabus covers the economic environment and how it impacts investment performance and decision making; the features, risks and returns of investments; company performance and accounts; how to measure and manage risk and returns; how to construct an investment portfolio; investment management services, their performance and regulation.

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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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E-Learning (from R02)

Our modular e-learning package from R02 is relevant for your AF4 studies. It provides you with 24/7 online access for 3 months to videos, a workbook including handouts and self-test questions for each module, and PDFs of the slides used in the videos.

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MP3 Audio Masterclasses

Learn by listening with our MP3 masterclasses. They allow you to absorb and understand the material in digestible chunks. You can listen at home, in the car, at the gym or wherever you may be.

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