CAIA Uppermark: Pros and Cons

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CAIA uppermarkUppermark has been providing CAIA study guide for candidates since the inception of the exam. The company was founded by Dr. Padideh (Paddy) Jalali, CAIA, who remains as CEO and an important member of the faculty team.

Uppermark is headquartered in Massachusetts, USA. Its study prep materials are available for candidates around the world.

CAIA Uppermark Product Offering

There are three tiers of offerings: Suite, Premium Suite and Platinum Suite

1. Suite package ($499)

Includes study handbooks, testbank software and formula sheets, as well as  live and on-demand webinar series and study calendar.

2. Premium Suite ($599)

Includes the above plus exclusive lecture notes and final review.

3. Platinum Suite ($1,099)

Includes all of the above plus progress checker, faculty-student forum, access to faculty’s emails, interactive online course and on-demand videos.

You can also buy each product separately.

Pros

1. 100% Focused in the CAIA Exam

Uppermark publishes the first CAIA study guide for candidates. It remains the only review course provider that focus on CAIA qualification alone.

2. Impressive Faculty Members and Thoughtful Service.

Pady, together with two other faculty members (Natasha and Georgi) are all PhD in Finance.

Uppermark increases both staff and office hour during the two-week CAIA exam period. The email support is also provided to support customer service after US office hours.

3. Wide Product Offering

Apart from the review courses, Uppermark offers study handbooks, testbank software, flashcards, formula sheets, as well as live phone and email support.

This compares to the officially endorsed CAIA study guide which is essentially one big text book. Because of this, many candidates get the Uppermark testbank software (or Schweser Qbank) as supplement, or skip the text book and get an integrated package from either Uppermark or Schweser.

Cons

1. Not Official or Global Brand

The official CAIA study guide is now available and that is the only one endorsed by the CAIA Association. Uppermark’s other major competitor, Kaplan Schweser, is the biggest CFA exam review course provider and is a global brand in the test prep market.

If either an official endorsement or global brand gives you more comfort, Uppermark may not be your top consideration.

2. Delays in the 2012 Version

There has been delays back in 2012 when a new version was released later than promised, and quite a few customers were unhappy. I have to say it wasn’t a major delay and most candidates were not affected.

Conclusion

There isn’t an absolute “best” CAIA study guide, but there is one that suit you the best. Always pick one that fits your own background, study style and budget.

You can check out Uppermark in their official website here, or click here to learn more about the other CAIA study prep providers.

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