The CFA exams are administered in over 180 cities in June and over 60 cities in December at testing facilities around the world.
When you register for an exam, you request an exam location, typically a major city (e.g., Melbourne, Australia) or a major metropolitan area (e.g., Beijing, China).
- CFA Institute secures qualified test center venues to accommodate the number of candidates in each location.
- We assign candidates to specific test centers based on your location request and availability; we do not reference your home address when assigning you to a test center.
Note: If you change your home address, your test center request or assignment is not automatically updated; you must request a test center change request.
- We indicate your test center assignment on your exam admission ticket (available approximately four weeks prior to the exam date).
Learn more about exam admission tickets
Test Center Change Requests
All test centers have limited seating. Test center change requests are approved for registered candidates on a first-come, first-served basis subject to availability. Requests for an alternate test center within the same metropolitan area will not be accepted.
*Requests submitted after the deadline may not be approved. Final confirmation that your request has been approved will be sent via email within 24 – 48 business hours after receipt of your submission.
To request a different test center location, select the “Change My Test Center” option here (candidate login required).
Personal Belongings at the Test Center
To ensure a consistent and secure exam experience for all candidates, we allow very few items to be brought into the exam room. Items which cannot be brought into the testing room must be left in the test center's Personal Belongings Area during the exam or left at home.
Common Questions About Personal Belongings
Can medicine be brought into the testing room and used during the exam?
Yes. You may keep medicines, tissues, and other necessary medical or personal items in your pockets or on the floor beneath your chair during the exam. They may be accessed as needed.
Why can’t I bring my mobile phone into the testing room?
Prohibiting all electronic devices from the testing room ensures a fair and equitable testing experience for all candidates and maintains the integrity of the exam. If it is discovered that you possess a mobile phone or any other electronic device in the testing room, it will be confiscated and you will be reported to CFA Institute for disciplinary action.
For more details, review the Personal Belongings policy.