*By Zee*

*[Tools for all 3 levels can be found here]*If you're expecting your CFA results, good luck!

As you may know, the CFA Institute only gives a rough estimate of what your score was - all they definitively give you is a pass or fail grade, and a categorization of your score in various topics.. So although you know your pass/fail grade, you only have the vaguest idea of how well (or badly) you did.

However, with the results email and some additional geekery, we can have a bit of fun and additional insight into your results. Use our Analyze Results tool and you'll get:

**Your 40/60/80 score****Your theoretical minimum and maximum scores****Your approximate percentile ranking within our candidate sample****A topic-by-topic breakdown of the sample's aggregate performance, so you can see how you compare**

And it's all awesomely free. Just enter your results online here, and you'll get all the stats compiled into a nice email, sent automatically and privately to you.

**All submissions are private. We will only ever use aggregate data for our calculations - i.e. there is no chance anyone will find out your individual CFA results from us.****The 40/60/80 score**

Past candidates have used the information given by the CFA Institute in the results email to very roughly estimate their ballpark score, using the '40/60/80 rule'. As the CFA Institute breaks your results down by topic & weighting, and gives you a categorization of your score (less than 50%, 51% to 70%, more than 70%), the 40/60/80 rule roughly estimates your score with this methodology:

- If categorization is less than 50%, assign an average score of 40%
- If categorization is 51% to 70%, assign an average score of 60%
- If categorization is more than 70%, assign an average score of 80%

**Note**: The exact 40/60/80 weighting can be changed to be more 'accurate' depending on the topic. For example, for a topic in Level II or III that has 18 points, this means it comprises of one item set of 6 questions. This means that the 51%-70% category can only consist of one solution: 4 correct answers out of 6, or 66.7%. In this case, 66.7% instead of 60% should be applied (if you want to be as accurate as possible). But for convention, we will always refer to this score as the '40/60/80 score' even though our calculation tools will incorporate the more accurate methodology.**Minimum & maximum scores**

Another set of metrics that's easily calculable is to estimate your theoretical minimum and maximum score. As the categories have a minimum and maximum theoretical value this is fairly straightforward to compute.

**Percentile ranking**

Additionally, with our large candidate sample, we are able to also automatically calculate your percentile rank, allowing you to see where you stand compared to the rest of our sample. A high rank would be a pretty good achievement - our sample is better-performing than the overall CFA candidate pool (e.g. we have a much higher sample pass rate). You'll also be able to see our candidate sample's current curve.

**Topic breakdown**

Using our aggregate candidate sample, you'll be able to see the performance distribution of the candidate sample by topic. Comparing this with your own result will show you what your strong and weak performances were.

**An important disclaimer**

*This is meant to provide you with an additional, fun insight into your results, and not intended to be a reliable data point in any way. Please use this analysis as a basis for retabulation requests or objections -*

**they are**. In any case retabulation only rechecks your exam results for technical errors - there are very, very few cases where candidates have passed after retabulation.__not__endorsed by the CFA Institute

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