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It’s possible to reach a trading evaluation profit target in just 1 or 2 days. We at have done it many times.

What you see here are tests where the profit target was reached and a single trade was taken for a 1 tick profit or loss for each of the test’s remaining days to minimize risk.

While there’s no point making much more than the required profit target, this approach doesn’t mean the trader has any long term, consistent trading skill – although it’s fun if you can do it. 😈

To discourage this type of test pass, evaluators may implement some form of consistency rule, e.g.:

  • No single day can be more than 30% of your overall profit.

This means that on a test with a $3000 profit target, if your daily profit ever exceeds $900 ($3000 x 30%), you’ll need to make more than $3000 overall in order to pass. For example, if you made $1200 on a single day, you’d need to make a total profit of $1200 ÷ 30% = $4000 in order to pass the test! This can lead to the situation where if you’ve accidentally made more than is necessary on a single day, you need to take some losses in order to not make the test harder!

Sometimes there are more complex versions of this type of consistency rule, for example:

  • 80% of your best day’s profit cannot be higher than  the total of your next 3 best days.

Here, if your best day was $1000 profit, your next three best days would need to total at least $800.

In some cases, these Consistency rules override Minimum Day rules. For example, an account may have the following rules:

  • achieve minimum $3000 profit
  • best day cannot exceed 30% of overall profit
  • no minimum number of days

In this case, you could have four winning days of $750 and qualify because $750 ÷ $3000 = 25%.

You wouldn’t pass if you had the following P&L:

  • Day 1: $900 (total profit $900)
  • Day 2: $1000 (total profit $1900)
  • Day 3: $900 (total profit $2800)
  • Day 4: $250 (total profit $3050)

Because day 2 represents $1000 ÷ $3050 = 32.8% of total profit.

These rules are designed to discourage “YOLO” traders. They have the strange side effect however of encouraging you to constrain your profit to an arbitrary figure when you are having a good trading day. Good trading is about executing using a process and a playbook of setups that have a statistical edge.

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