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Does Wall Street Prep's Certification Matter?

Trainees that complete Wall Street Prep's Premium Package or live seminars, are eligible for Wall Street Prep's Certification in Financial & Valuation Modeling. Certification is issued only upon passing an online examination (70% is the passing score) which tests the concepts taught in the Premium Package and live seminars.

Why is certification important?

Wall Street Prep’s Premium Package includes foundational financial modeling courses and the Wall Street Prep Certification Exam.

Certification enables trainees to place this credential on their resumes, since simply enrolling in a program does not signal to recruiters that one actually completed the program.

Do recruiters really care?

In a nutshell, some do and some do not. The primary determinants of whether a candidate will get an interview are GPA, reputation of the undergraduate or MBA program, networking prowess, and past work experience.  If you do not have those things in place, a certification will not help you.

However, when those other elements are in place, the certification can help “round out” the profile.  The reason is that since Wall Street Prep works directly with corporate clients, the certification is a “seal of approval” of sorts that hinge on the reputations of the training providers.

At Wall Street Prep we consistently receive calls from employers to validate certification claims on candidates’ resumes – employers would only do this if the certification mattered. For international students and students that come from a liberal arts background, certification is a highly effective way to demonstrate basic competence in financial concepts and modeling.

Is there a downside?

It should be noted that some have argued that such a credential may potentially be counter-productive because it will expose the trainee to more challenging technical questions.  This is a red herring; it is true that the more candidates represent that they know during interviews, the more they will be challenged. But this is not unique to candidates who complete a program like this: A finance major will undoubtedly receive more challenging technical questions than a music major.  But stronger resumes are also more likely to lead to an interview in the first place. From our experience, if the candidate is careful about not “overselling” the experience, the advantages of using such a Certification as a credential far outweigh any perceived risk.

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Michael
Michael

I highly recommend WSP. I did their self study program and learned an incredible amount of information you would never see at the university level in such detail. It’s not a waste of time if you truly learn and figure out how to market the information. Basically, you have to… Read more »

Pranav
Pranav

Hello,

What is the average number of hours in total needed to complete the Premium Package?

Gagan Patel
Gagan Patel

Is training program is good or online program? Do both provide certificate

Matome Tsholetsa
Matome Tsholetsa

Can I sit for the online exam and if I fail, make another attempt immediately thereafter, say 6 hours later especially if my mark was very close to the pass mark

Kezia
Kezia

Please I failed the wall street prep certification exam, how do I retake it?

Paul
Paul

For the course exams it says there is "one attempt", what happens if you fail this exam?

Bandar
Bandar

I have 16 courses on my courses page, which ones are included in the certification exam? and can I know the weights for each course in the exam

Mridul
Mridul

Hello! Can I download the videos once I pay for the premium package?

Zaman
Zaman

Does the Premium Package access expire? How long do I have before I must complete the exam?

Es Kim
Es Kim

Would you recommend taking the online premium package course first and then also taking the boot camp in-person course for F & V modeling or is that essentially the same curriculum and redundant?

Gagan Patel
Gagan Patel

Hi,
How many retakes can we take in total?

James
James

I am intersted in Bank & FIG Model but I have some doubts.
What is the material provide it¿ how long is the guide provide it¿ how long it takes the course.
? Is there an exam or certification at the end of the Course?

Thanks

Patrick
Patrick

Which courses are the most important to pass the Excel exam? Will the test cover all of the courses, or only a select few?

Zaki
Zaki

Hi Haseeb,

Another question. Do you train on Interview Questions and Answers. If so , which program is that? I could not find it in any of the packages. Thanks.

Zaki
Zaki

Hi Haseeb, I have graduated from Masters in Economics in Canada and I went back to my country and it has been almost years since. But I want to find a job in Toronto. You can say I am not a recent grad. Do you think Wall Street Prep only… Read more »

Samuel
Samuel

Hi, Where can I have the re-take of the examination?

George
George

Would the Premium Package benefit someone desiring to go into corporate finance, or is it mostly geared toward investment banking?

Dylon
Dylon

Would you say obtaining this certification helps when I'm applying to a top tier MBA program? Especially for someone who is not a finance major.

Cathy
Cathy

How many hours the exam and do I needs to pay the course and exam?

Nicholas
Nicholas

Hi,

I was curious as to what happens if you do not pass the exam? Whether it be on your first attempt or additional attempts.

Thank you,
Nick

Amaan
Amaan

Hi. I would like to know the format of the exam. How many attempts we get and is the exam taken online? Thank you.

Lin
Lin

I've purchased the 3-day Financial and Valuation Modeling Boot Camp package - will this give me access to the exams? Thank you.

hasmit
hasmit

Thanks Haseeb

hasmit
hasmit

Can we only appear for the examination without enrolling for the premium package?

celia
celia

I am willing to work with the team . thank you

Rola
Rola

Hi, guys

Once i fall the exam, would the second exam be same as the first?

Yu
Yu

so how long is the exam , how come some says 3 hours some says 90 minutes ?

Stacey
Stacey

I didn't receive the excel shortcuts PDF. How do I get that with my premium package order?

Bashar
Bashar

Hi, im planning on taking the wallstreetprep exam , how should i prepare myself? i just finished watching the financial modeling lectures and was wondering do i have to watch the entire video listings ? LBOs etc ... should i prepare myself by watching the videos or i should also… Read more »

Ali
Ali

Hi Just had a few questions about the exam:

1. Is the exam timed?

2. Will I be able to view the correct answers once I complete the exam?

Your response is eagerly anticipated

Rania
Rania

How many questions will be asked in the exam? and what is the expected allocated time? is it 50 MCQ questions or 24??
and how will the exam will look like one or few cases? and will there be theoretical questions?

Alaa
Alaa

Hi,

Can you elaborate more on how the exam is going to be like? what kind of questions should I expect? Will it be based on a case? Will I be tested on concepts or will I have to build a model?

George
George

How much financial knowledge is required before starting the Wall Street Prep course?

Matome Tsholetsa Malema
Matome Tsholetsa Malema

Hi. I am based in Botswana in Southern Africa and would like to know if you have practice tests that one can use to prepare for the exams upon finishing the course.

Kshitij
Kshitij

Dear Team,

Will i lose access to all the videos and materials of the premium (online) package if i pass the certification test?

Thank you for all the hard work you are putting into this educational platform.

Mukaddas
Mukaddas

hello i would like to know how much is it cost?

Manuel Canario
Manuel Canario

What previous college or technical knowledge in finance should I have before enrolling in your program?

Nikunj Sharma
Nikunj Sharma

I am working with a Broking House as a dealer from past 3 years and I have done my PGDM in Marketing. I have very good knowledge about stocks, commodities and derivatives. Do you think this certification will help me to take my career globally. And what is the fee… Read more »

Aris
Aris

Hello everyone. Just one question. I am a chartered accountant in an audit firm and i want to break in the financial sector, mainly the investment banking sector. I do have a BA in Economics, a Msc in Development economics (a mainly theoretical degree) and, of course, proven expertise in… Read more »

Rania
Rania

1-Once I pass the exam, will you send me the certificate by express courier if I am outside US?

2- Do we get access to cases so that we practice modelling and keep improving our modelling skills?

g2go1818
g2go1818

Two questions:

1. Can I access the premium package on multiple computers (ex, work and home?)
2. Do I have to already be a CFA Charterholder to receive the 35 PD credit hours, or can these be applied prospectively once I receive the Charter?

Thank you

Amit Jain
Amit Jain

Hi,

Can I write my certification exam in India?

Is it online or offline?

Thanks.

Aakash Kumar Gupta
Aakash Kumar Gupta

What is the validity of a premium package account once I register? I mean is there a maximum time limit for course completion once I enroll?

Usman Ayub
Usman Ayub

Is there a fee for taking the certification exam or it's included in the course fee?

Fahmy Cader
Fahmy Cader

Could anyone enlighten me whether we can have more than one attempt to complete/pass the Certification Exam ? just as a matter of precaution .

Daniel
Daniel

Is an MBA necessary to break into the industry? Would the combination of sell side experience and being a CFA charter holder/candidate suffice?

guru
guru

HOw many questions will be asked in the exam?

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