Posted By: Kaplan Schweser
Published: October 15, 2019
If you’re planning to sit for the CFA® exam, one of the first questions you need the answer to is “When is it going to be offered?” Because CFA Institute recommends a minimum of 300 hours of study, the CFA exam data and schedule are critical for anyone who wants to make the most of those hours. This article has the information you need, no matter which level you’re taking, so you can start preparing your study plan. It also includes big news about changes for Level I of the exam in 2021.
Level I of the CFA exam is offered twice a year in June and December. Levels II and III are offered once a year in June only. Here are the dates for December 2019 and June 2020.
Exam day for the December Level I CFA exam is Saturday, December 7, 2019. The religious alternative exam day is Sunday, December 8, 2019.
Historically, the June exams have been offered in the first week of June, although it deviated slightly from this trend in 2018. However, for June 2020, the dates have returned to that first week as follows:
If you’re interested in more details, including registration dates and deadlines, CFA Institute has a useful exam calendar. At this time, CFA Institute has not determined the December 2020 exam day for Level I.
CFA Institute has announced big changes for the Level I CFA exam day in 2021. Instead of being offered twice a year, it will be offered in four 7-day windows per year. The change in schedule and the exam window is to offer more flexibility in scheduling and sitting the exam, which will be computer-based for the first time in its history. The announcement also indicated that the exam windows would occur in each quarter, but no specific months were named.
Exam preparation packages go a long way toward making sure you’re ready on the big day. If you have questions about the exams themselves, check out these FAQs for Level I of the CFA Exam, Level II. and Level III. Interested in tips and steps that can increase your chance of passing? Our step-by-step guides for Level I, Level II, and Level III are packed with great advice.
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