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Level III CFA® Exam

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No more guessing where to begin, what to study next, or how you’re progressing. Research shows it takes over 300 hours to properly prepare for the Level III CFA® exam, so you can’t afford to waste a minute.

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You set your study dates, and we’ll give you the study plan. Our adaptive Activity Feed breaks down your 300 hours into bite-sized weekly tasks.

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

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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 $700 USD, the standard deadline fee is $1,000 USD, and the late registration fee is $1,450 USD.

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Each year, Level III exam topic weights are subject to change at the discretion of CFA Institute. Here are the topic weights for the 2021 Level III exams:

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

Here are the topic weights for the 2022 Level III exams:

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

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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Level III of the CFA exam was offered annually in June. Starting in 2021, CFA Institute is moving to computer-based testing with exam windows available in May and November.