I took the exam in Sydney and had a similar feeling about the exam being more qualitative (but no less rigorous). However, I felt I was better prepared thanks to the BT's relentless focus on throwing real life examples and methods.
Original post in forumJagan GantiMay 25, 2021
I took the Financial Risk Manager Part 1 exam this morning and I want to publicly thank @bionicturtle for their preparation materials - amazingly comprehensive and useful. Thank you!
Original post on TwitterGraham NearyMay 14, 2021
The exam was VERY difficult and I thank the FRM gods (David Harper and Nicole Seaman ) and everyone else in the BT community for the prep materials, videos and discussions on this forum. I used a different prep company for part 1 FRM and switched to BT for the part 2 last year after a friend encouraged me to. I am happy I made that decision. There is NO WAY that the exam would have been doable without BT prep materials - especially the full length practice tests. BT material was without a doubt the best prep for the part 2 test in my opinion, since most of the questions involved twisting your mind backwards, upside down and then dropping an anvil onto it.
Original forum posts here and here.
Matthew EidingerFebruary 16, 2021
Today I received amazing news: I approved level 2 of the FRM and I am just waiting for them to validate my professional experience in order for me to be able to obtain the certification. I want to publicly thank Bionic Turtle. They have amazing materials (the videos, the exercises, the forum, the spreadsheets) and thanks to all of those I was able to fully understand the concepts. I highly recommend the FRM II course taught by David Harper, CFA, FRM (for me it was a key piece in being able to approve this level on my first attempt).
Original post on LinkedInCarlos Jimenez DiazMay 28, 2020
Dear David: With all my heart, I want to thank you for everything that you have done during the past 2 years to help me achieve my FRM certification. Rarely do I find the best return on my investment and for sure this was one of them. All the time that you spend to answer forum doubts and kind of explanation you provide clearly shows your effort/passion. This actually inspired me to work harder. Based on this FRM foundation will continue my learning of risk management and will start to learn R language as well.Jaskarn Singh GorayaJuly 22, 2019
Bionic Turtle provided an awesome learning experience. The FRM is a self-study program and the support/content makes it easy to plan out your preparation. The curriculum is eye-poppingly vast and the way BT lays out the content helped ease my anxieties.
The forum was by far the biggest help. If I didn't understand a concept, there was usually someone with the same question at some point in the past. If not, David (or Nicole) usually provided some feedback the same day. Additionally, the videos were key as I really liked having David breakdown the concepts before reading the notes. It felt like I was taking an online class. If you are reading this, you have probably already done a bit of research on other prep providers and know BT's questions are the best out there. David devises the practice questions to go deeper than you would need to on the actual exam, but this helps hammer home the concept.
I passed both parts on my first attempts in consecutive offerings (Nov 18 > May 19) and couldn't have done it without the targeted guidance.Greg PrisbyJuly 12, 2019
I passed FRM Part I with 1111 and FRM Part II with 11132. Many thanks to BT and Special thanks to David for support and help in my preparation. I cannot imagine myself going through actual readings from GARP given the time constraints and work pressures. Great job by BT in careful construction of study notes and practice questions which covers all the areas with emphasis on key topics and key points without compromising on comprehensiveness. Study notes provided very practical means of preparation.
The areas where study notes seemed to fall short of explanations, those areas were supported very well by the discussion forums. Discussion forums further strengthen your knowledge and there were valuable contributions to these subjects by various members and especially David. David was very responsive to any queries asked and provided further good and useful insights to various topics of FRM topics.
I was never part of any study group online or offline but always felt a part of one, just through the BT forums. I value and appreciate BT and David's support, thanks so much! I highly recommend Bionic Turtle for FRM preparation.Nancy VermaJuly 8, 2019
The FRM exam was the first professional certification exam I attempted, and I passed part 1 on my first attempt solely using Bionic Turtle prep materials. After researching available prep providers, I subscribed to Bionic Turtle for the repository of practice questions but left surprised with thorough study notes, a formula sheet containing every formula I needed to know, and an active forum community. I subscribed only for the basic package and found it sufficient for the type of learner I am, but I can see the videos and spreadsheets being helpful for other learners.
I personally liked that the BT questions are a notch above the exam. My philosophy has always been if you can lift 20 pounds, then you can lift 5 pounds. I recall there being at least 10 questions on the actual exam almost verbatim from a BT practice exam, so I can attest the practice questions are representative of the actual exam (even if some go a step further or require additional calculations).
I can confidently say the exposure and insight gained from BT materials will certainly pay dividends for years to come.P.S.July 8, 2019
With the help with David and the BT content, I've passed the Part I exam. BT will definitely be part of my arsenal to prepare for Part II. The FRM program has quite a broad scope and BT helped made the content much more approachable:
- Study notes, question banks, and videos are updated regularly, content is explained with illustration and spreadsheet and additional text and references.
- Engaging forum discussion allows for regular and two-way dialogue with other candidates and David. David is very responsive to forum questions and discussions and his explanations are clear and well thought out. I felt supported knowing that I can count on the forums for additional insight and guidance on tricky topics.
- David makes new questions all the time and continues to push for deepened understanding. The BT questions are more challenging and thought-provoking than any other provider's questions I've seen.
Having facilitated professional education programs before, I appreciate how much thought and patience goes into the preparation, creation, and administration of the content, as well as answering candidate questions and maintaining the forum. I am grateful for this resource and I admire the BT team for their outstanding customer service and commitment to education.Y.E. Peng.July 8, 2019
Bionic Turtle suited my way of studying perfectly. David's video lectures were ideal both for making the required concepts accessible and highlighting the ways in which we should expect these to be tested on the exam. What was most valuable to me was the extensive question bank available for each topic and the online community which discusses them. The level of difficulty in the Bionic Turtle practice questions meant that I could have a great deal of confidence going into the final exams knowing I could already perform well on questions more challenging than what I would be tested on.Stuart D MoncrieffJuly 8, 2019
I would like to thank you for all your help last year. I have cleared part 1 in first quartile for every topic. It would have been very difficult, if not impossible, without your prompt support and extraordinary videos and practice materials from BT. Looking forward to part 2 in November 2019 :)frm_prepJanuary 5, 2019
Nicole and David I would like to thank you for all the trojan work you have done. Bionic turtle is truly unique. With your excellent notes, detailed lectures and questions I thoroughly enjoyed Part 2. Your products are simply superb and I greatly appreciate all you have created. I want you to know that you both made a positive difference in my life, and I would like to acknowledge that. So well done. I passed Part 2 comfortably thanks to your help.Bob Costigan, CFA, CAIAJanuary 4, 2019