PUBLISHED: Aug 22, 2020
LAST UPDATED: Jan 15, 2021
2021 CFA® Exam Calendar Updates
NEW 2021 CFA EXAM WINDOWS OPEN
- 19 January 2021:
- That's when the registration for the July level 1 exam, August level 3 exam, and November level 2 exam starts. The new CFA exam March window is available only to select candidates. More details below
The CFA exam calendar has been changed oftentimes lately. Here you’ll find the most recent updates on the upcoming 2021 CFA exams. The emphasis is on the new dates and facts that emerged owing to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Looking for more detailed info? Here:
- all 2021 registration fees and deadlines
- all dates for the nearest 2021 CFA exams
- everything about new computer-based 2021 CFA exams
CFA Exam Calendar: What's New in 2021?
In 2021, CFA Institute is introducing computer-based testing for all levels of the CFA exam. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, more exam dates will be available to candidates of all levels than previously expected. The new exam windows include:
- for level 1: March* and July exam windows,
- for level 2: November exam window, and
- for level 3: August exam window.
* The March 2021 exam window will be open for select postponed Dec 2020/Feb 2021 candidates only.
ALL 2021 CFA EXAMS
|Level||CFA exam||Registration opens||Registration closes||Exam window|
|Level 1||February 2021||17 June 2020||28 Oct 2020||16 Feb - 1 March|
|March 2021||not given||not given||21 - 23 March|
|May 2021||20 Aug 2020||23 Feb 2021||18 - 24 May|
|July 2021||19 Jan 2021||20 Apr 2021||18 - 24 July|
|August 2021||20 Aug 2020||4 May 2021||24 - 30 Aug|
|November 2021||20 Aug 2020||10 Aug 2021||16 - 22 Nov|
|Level 2||May 2021||20 Aug 2020||23 Feb 2021||25 May - 1 June|
|August 2021||20 Aug 2020||4 May 2021||31 Aug - 4 Sept|
|November 2021||19 Jan 2021||10 Aug 2021||26 - 30 Nov|
|Level 3||May 2021||20 Aug 2020||23 Feb 2021||25 May - 1 June|
|August 2021||19 Jan 2021||4 May 2021||1 - 8 Sept|
|November 2021||20 Aug 2020||10 Aug 2021||23 - 25 Nov|
NEW STUDY PLANS AVAILABLE SOON
New CFA Exam Dates Briefly Explained
New 2021 CFA Exam Registration Starts, All Levels
It’s 15 January and we already know that the pandemic situation may not be good enough for the Feb CFA exam to take place everywhere as planned. That is why the Feb exam may be canceled in some locations. However, new exam windows are made available to candidates of all levels to help the situation.
On 19 January, the registration for the July 2021 level 1 CFA exam opens. That’s also when August 2021 level 3 and November 2021 level 2 CFA exam registration should start.
New Info for Deferred Feb 2021 Candidates
On 2 February, you may expect some new info to be released if your Feb 2021 CFA exam has been postponed. Candidates especially expect the information about the Online Proctored Testing available as a limited option to deferred Feb candidates. If the option is available in your area, you'll be contacted by CFA Institute (e.g. China is excluded due to government regulations).
Also, some more details about the exam deferral possibilities will be given on 2 February. What we know now is that if your Feb 2021 CFA exam has been canceled, you can defer your exam to any 2021 exam date at no charge.
Feb 2021 CFA Exam Window
The Feb 2021 CFA exam window starts on 16 Feb and ends on 1 March.
Hopefully, some Feb candidates will be able to take their exams as planned.
However, if you were registered for your Feb exam but now you know it’s going to be canceled, you can defer your exam to any 2021 CFA exam free of charge. This is regardless of whether you already scheduled your appointment or failed to do so.
CFA Exam Refund Request
On 1 March, the Feb 2021 exam window ends. That is when you can expect some more specific information about refunds. You are eligible for a refund if your CFA exam has been postponed twice. You need to wait until early March to find out what the refund request procedure is going to be like.
Be careful about the timing! After the Dec 2020 exam, the option to request a refund was available for two weeks only, beginning the day after the Dec exam took place!
Your CFA exam refund may take some time, e.g. Dec 2020 candidates were told their requests might be processed even until 21 April 2021.
March 2021 CFA Exam Window
The new March window (21-23 March 2021) is not available to everyone. It will be open for select postponed Dec 2020/Feb 2021 candidates and in particular for Feb 2021 candidates registered for their exam but unable to schedule their exam appointment because testing centers were at capacity.
That is why there are no registration dates given. To see if you are eligible to take your exam in March, you may check your CFA Institute account. Also, CFA Institute should contact you if this option is available to you.
July 2021 CFA Exam Window
The new July window (18-24 July 2021) is available to all level 1 candidates. The registration opens on 19 January and ends on 20 April. You can read more about CFA exam registration dates & fees here .
New Level 3 CFA Exam Window
This new exam window (1-8 September 2021) is available to all level 3 candidates. It is classified by CFA Institute under the August exam. The registration opens on 19 January and ends on 4 May. You can read more about CFA exam registration dates & fees here .
New Level 2 CFA Exam Window
The new November window (26-30 November 2021) is available to all level 2 candidates. The registration opens on 19 January and ends on 10 August. You can read more about CFA exam registration dates & fees here .
NEW STUDY PLANS AVAILABLE SOON