The CFA Level 1 complete set is much like a “souped up” study guide. It is an all in one review tool that features every and any bit of information you’ll need to succeed on the exam. Because of this, you can expect the average complete set to contain quite a bit of material. Most of these resources come in the form of several volumes, and look more like a set of textbooks than a simple study guide. The size of this resource should be the first thing that tips you off as to whether or not a complete set is worth investing in. A single book is not likely to contain all of the information you want.
Of course, as the saying goes, “Quality over quantity.” Size isn’t, and shouldn’t be, the only determining factor as to whether or not to purchase a CFA Level 1 complete set. In addition to size, you should also try to explore the contents of the books in some way before you commit to buying it. This can be done by flipping through the book, if you’re shopping physically. However, for digital buyers, product descriptions and reviews (like what we’ve written here) are a great way to get to know what content is featured within the books. You’ll ultimately want something that is all-encompassing, as you’ll need a set of volumes that doesn’t just talk about the contents of the exam, but offers thorough advice on how to study for the test. You will also want to see data and example questions that give you a clear image of what you can expect to see on test day. Furthermore, the example questions should come with further explanations on how to arrive at the best and most accurate answer, providing you with a solid foundational understanding of how to approach specific questions and know what sort of answer they’re asking you for.