PASSMAX is unlike any of the mainstream CFA® Prep providers that are out there.  

For instance, note the following differences:


  • PASSMAX: provides over 100 hours of class time, thus ensuring maximum coverage of all examinable material.
  • Mainstream Competitors: do not provide nearly half as much class time.  


  • PASSMAX: classes are led by a full-time professional instructor, Krikor Ghanaghounian, CFA, who has many years of experience in teaching finance to both MBA and CFA candidates.
  • Mainstream Competitors: For many of their instructors, teaching is simply a part time activity, and thus not necessarily an area of expertise. 


  • PASSMAX: provides a complete training program, which is strategically structured to maximize a candidate’s chances of passing the CFA exam. Furthermore, we use a ‘ground-up’ teaching method to ensure that candidates develop a firm understanding of the underlying concepts.
  • Mainstream Competitors: offer a menu of products and study gadgets that are largely uncoordinated and thus likely to overwhelm a candidate. Such an approach can prevent a candidate from achieving the focus that’s necessary in order to pass the CFA exam. 

Duration of Prep:

  • PASSMAX: Our prep program, and thus the support we provide, runs to the day of the CFA exam! We ensure that our candidates receive all the prep and support that they require in order to successfully attempt the CFA exam.
  • Mainstream Competitors: Most mainstream prep programs end weeks in advance of the CFA exam, leaving candidates with little or no guidance during those critical weeks leading up to the exam. 

Backing our Prep:

  • PASSMAX: allows candidates to attend the first 2 sessions for free (for the Complete Prep Programs) before deciding to continue with the remainder of the prep program. Furthermore, with our ONE-FEE-TILL-PASS Policy, candidates will never have to pay PASSMAX again until they pass the CFA Exam for the level in which they are registered for. That’s how confident we are in our prep.
  • Mainstream Competitors: Payment is required before the commencement of the prep. Furthermore, upon failing, re-enrollment with most mainstream prep providers can run into the hundreds of dollars.


  • PASSMAX: For a prep program this comprehensive and this successful, our fees are the most affordable in the industry.
  • Mainstream Competitors: Most charge unsubstantiated premiums.