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Level III CFA® Exam

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Over the last 30 years, we’ve mastered how candidates earn the CFA® charter and have designed a program that works. No guessing where to begin, what to study next, or how you’re progressing. Let Kaplan Schweser be your guide to passing the Level III exam and earning the CFA charter.


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Find no surprises on exam day. Research shows it takes more than 300 hours to properly prepare for the Level III CFA® exam—partner with the provider who knows how to maximize every minute of your study time.

A Complete CFA Level III Study Plan

You don’t need to spend valuable time searching for CFA Level III study strategies. Over the last 30 years, we’ve mastered how candidates earn the charter and have designed a program that adapts to every learning style.

You’re in Control

You set your study dates. Our adaptive Activity Feed breaks down your 300 prep hours into bite-sized weekly tasks, while our Performance Tracker and Checkpoint Exams give you an in-depth analysis of where you stand.

Don’t Disrupt Your Daily Routine

Maintain your life and still earn the CFA charter. With a wide range of print, online, and mobile study tools, and an assortment of exam-simulating prep, you can seamlessly fit a study session into your daily routine.

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With an extensive global network of CFA charterholders and content experts, you’ll get the guidance you need to pass. More CFA candidates consider Kaplan Schweser to be the most respected and trusted prep provider. 

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Level III CFA® Exam FAQs

The CFA exam as a whole is difficult by design. It’s an exclusive designation that truly demonstrates mastery. The Level III pass rate is 56%, and the average candidate spends 344 hours preparing.

CFA Institute recommends 300 hours of study, and our experience is that 300 hours is the minimum that most people need to be successful. The average Level III candidate spends 344 hours preparing.

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How much you’ll pay to sit for the Level III exam depends on how early you register. You must pay an exam fee each time you register to sit for an exam. CFA Institute has early, standard, and late registration deadlines. The early registration fee is $900 USD, and the standard deadline fee is $1,200 USD.

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Level III CFA Exam Topic Weights

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Here are the topic weights for the Level III exams:

  • Ethical and Professional Standards: 10-15%
  • Economics: 5-10%
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning: 35-40%
  • Equity Investments: 10-15%
  • Fixed Income: 15-20%
  • Derivatives: 5-10%
  • Alternative Investments: 5-10%

These topic weights were used to develop a Level III study plan you can follow to ensure complete coverage of the material. The study plan is included in all of our packages.

The Minimum Passing Score (MPS) is the benchmark used to determine whether a candidate has passed or failed the exam and it is different each year. The MPS for Level III is set about six weeks after the exam, and CFA Institute does not release the MPS, although research indicates that it hovers between 60 and 70 percent.

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In 2023, CFA Institute will administer Level II of the CFA exam two times per year, with exam windows in February and August.

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