If there's one thing I learned about myself in University, it's that I absolutely need to do practice questions to prepare for an exam. Practice questions are more effective for me than reading the textbook in detail, writing cue cards, or memorizing formulas. So when it came time to write the Investment Management Techniques course of the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, I was on the hunt for a question bank.
I ended up spending about 5 hours skimming the textbook for bolded words and bullet lists; that's my version of an 80/20 for where I think the testable material is. After that, I bought the IMT Check question bank from CSI. I found it to be quite useful, but I find that 3rd parties often get access to some test questions that the testing organization isn't so willing to give away.
I did a bit of research, and discovered Exam Success and their lineup of exam prep courses. They have prep courses for all of these courses:
For $99, I was able to purchase the IMT test bank from Exam Success (but I could have bundled the IMT and PMT test banks for $149). I was a bit hesitant because I didn't want to get a carbon copy of the IMT Check questions from CSI. I was happy to see that the Exam Success course was more of a complement to the IMT Check. In other words, I don't think it's a matter of deciding between IMT Check and Exam Success - I think it's a good idea to buy both. Exam Success touched on a lot of material that CSI didn't even mention, and I found a number of the questions directly on the real IMT exam.
If you're looking for some help writing the IMT exam (or any of the designations I mentioned above), I would recommend giving exam success a try. One major advantage you'll get over the CSI course is that the gentleman who runs Exam Success (with his laundry list of designations) is very helpful when you have questions or concerns.
With Exam Success, you'll have access to hundreds of practice questions that give a realistic idea of the questions you'll see on the exam. I know practice questions are the best way for me to pass exams, so I'll be using Exam Success for all my future designations. It's tough to know what made me successful, but I passed both exams with minimal prep time, and that's all that matters.