CFA exam / CFA 2020 dates & schedule

CFA 2020 Exam Dates & Schedule

Below we present all CFA exam dates every candidate should find useful. Because the CFA calendar is full of important dates, we arranged our CFA exam schedule into categories. See which one you’re currently most interested in.

NOTE: The year 2020 is the last year when CFA level 1 exam is organized twice, in June and in December. As of 2021, level 1 candidates will have 4 months to choose from: February, May, August, and November. The registration for the February 2021 level 1 exam will open as soon as June 2020. You can read more about CFA 2021 level 1 exams here.

CFA 2020: Detailed Exam Schedule

June 2020

level 1, level 2, level 3

December 2020

level 1 only

START: 8 Aug 2019 | 5 Feb 2020

registration for CFA JUNE 2020 | CFA DEC 2020 exam opens

CFA scholarship deadlines

CFA registration deadlines

some additional CFA 2020 dates

CFA Institute study materials availability

exam admission tickets availability

substitution deadlines

CFA EXAM DATE: 6/7* June 2020 | 5 Dec 2020

CFA test day (NOTE: *7 June: Asia Pacific Level I CFA candidates only!)

FINISH: 28 July 2020 | 26 Jan 2021

CFA results available

Note: all the deadlines end at 11:59 p.m. ET unless stated otherwise.

CFA Scholarship Deadlines

15 September 2019

Access Scholarship for *CFA 2020* exams; for *CFA 2021* exams, see below

8 Feb 2020 | not yet given

Student Scholarships for CFA JUNE 2020 | CFA DEC 2020 exams

1 Feb 2020 | 1 Sept 2020

Women's Scholarships for CFA JUNE 2020 | CFA DEC 2020 exams (LIMITED! HURRY!)

Remember: if you want to apply for CFA Access Scholarship, the deadline expires in mid-September of the year before the exam you wish to take. That is why Access Scholarship application deadline for CFA 2020 exams passed. However, as of 1 March 2020 you can apply for Access Scholarship for June CFA 2021 exams (levels 1, 2, 3) and December CFA 2021 exam (level 1). The deadline expires in mid-September 2020:

15 September 2020

Access Scholarship for *CFA 2021* exams (START: 1 March 2020)

CFA Registration Deadlines

2 Oct 2019 | 25 March 2020

early registration for JUNE 2020 | DEC 2020 exam (registration fee: USD 700)

20 Feb 2020 | 19 Aug 2020

standard registration for JUNE 2020 | DEC 2020 exam (registration fee: USD 1000)

11 March 2020 | 9 Sept 2020

final registration for JUNE 2020 | DEC 2020 exam (registration fee: USD 1450)

Note that the second CFA registration deadline is the best with its most attractive price relative to the timing of payment. If you wait till the final registration deadline, you’ll defer your registration fee payment about a month but you will pay over USD 400 more.

Also note that newcomers to the CFA Program have to pay one-time program enrolment fee of USD 450. The amount is the same regardless of the CFA registration deadline you choose.

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CFA Institute study materials availability

upon registration

CFA Curriculum (e-book format) + Practice Questions + Mock Exams

You will receive an electronic version of your CFA Curriculum upon registration for free. Upon registration or at a later date, you may also purchase a printed version for USD 150 + costs of shipping and customs. You may also choose to print your e-book by yourself.

Practice Questions and Mock Exams are available after logging into the CFA Institute website and they are free of charge for all registered candidates.

Exam admission tickets availability

May 2020 | Nov 2020

Your exam admission ticket will be available in your CFA account about 4 weeks before the exam date. You must carefully check all the data written in the ticket and make sure it is correct. Notify CFA Institute in case of any inaccuracies. Before the exam, print out your admission ticket (check if all information is visible!) and bring it with you! Otherwise, you will not be admitted to the testing room and you will forfeit your registration fee.

Note that before you are allowed to view your admission ticket, you will be asked to agree to all kinds of terms and conditions. It is important that you read the CFA exam policies which explain everything you need to know about the exam other than the required material.

Substitution deadlines

7 Oct 2019, 17 Feb 2020, 16 March 2020 | not yet given

disability accommodations requests: 3 dates for JUNE 2020 (corresponding to registration deadlines) NOTE: standard registration deadline has been extended, see above

16 March 2020 | 21 Sept 2020

religious alternate date requests to sit the exam on 7/8* June 2020 | 6 Dec 2020

2 June 2020 | not yet given

test centre change requests (NOTE: deadlines pass at 12 Noon ET!)

CFA exam date is fixed. If, however, it is unsuitable to you for religious reasons, you may submit your religious alternate date request. Also, the disabled may count on support if needed. If your impairment prohibits you from sitting for the exam like other candidates, you may ask for necessary adaptation. You need to document your disability and fill in some forms available at the CFA Institute website. CFA Institute also offers a possibility of change to all those who need to alter their test centre location, e.g. as a result of moving to another city.

CFA exam date

6/7* June 2020 | 5 Dec 2020

* June 2020 CFA candidates sit their exam on 6 June 2020, apart from Asia Pacific Level I candidates who'll take their exam on 7 June 2020. Religious alternate exam date is 7 June (8 June for Asia Pacific, all levels).

CFA exam is held twice a year, in June and in December.

June is when candidates of all levels take their CFA test. CFA level 1 exam date and CFA level 2 exam date are the same and in 2020 it’s 6 June for the majority of candidates (exceptions: Asia Pacific L1 or all religious requests). Level 3 test is also on 6 June with the same exceptions as for level 1 and level 2 exams.

December exam is held only for level 1 candidates and in 2020 you can sit the CFA test on 5 December (religious alternate date is 6 Dec 2020).

Typical CFA Exam Day Schedule

The CFA test consists of two sessions. First, there's a 3-hour morning session taking place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Then, there's a break followed by a 3-hour afternoon session that starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Both sessions are obligatory.

CFA exam day schedule morning session afternoon session
check-in 8.00 a.m. 1.00 p.m.
doors closed,
announcements begin
8.30 a.m. 1.30 p.m.
CFA test starts 9.00 a.m. 2.00 p.m.
CFA test ends 12.00 p.m. 5.00 p.m.

If you are late more than half an hour after the exam starts, you will not be admitted. Also, you must not leave the testing room before the end of the session.

CFA results availability

28 July 2020 | 26 Jan 2021

You will wait about 60 days for your CFA level 1 and CFA level 2 result and about 90 days for your CFA level 3 result. Pass rates vary across levels:
CFA level 1 pass rate (December 2019): 42%
CFA level 1 pass rate (June 2019): 41%
CFA level 2 pass rate (June 2019): 44%
CFA level 3 pass rate (June 2019): 56%
CFA level 1 pass rate (December 2018): 45%
CFA level 1 pass rate (June 2018): 43%
CFA level 2 pass rate (June 2018): 45%
CFA level 3 pass rate (June 2018): 56%

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