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CFA Exam Study Materials

When you register for the CFA Program, you will gain access to a variety of study tools and resources to help you prepare for the exam. We will support you with our learning ecosystem and community along your path to become a CFA charterholder.

  • Official program curriculum
  • Study sessions for each level
  • Custom study plans designed just for you
  • Practice questions throughout the curriculum
  • Mock exam, mimicking the exam-day experience
  • Study resources and tips

Study

Access your study materials

Log in to VitalSource to access your eBook.

Start your studies in the Learning Ecosystem (LES), a customized learning tool that adapts to meet your unique study needs. The LES houses your entire curriculum, and includes practice questions, mock exam, built-in study planner, gamification, highlighting, flash cards, and more. Access the LES online and via the Apple® App Store and the Google Play store.

Start your studies in the Learning Ecosystem (LES), a customized learning tool that adapts to meet your unique study needs. The LES houses your entire curriculum, and includes practice questions, mock exam, built-in study planner, gamification, highlighting, flash cards, and more. LII candidates have access to two mock exams, available in PDF form in your Learning Ecosystem. Access the LES online and via the Apple® App Store and the Google Play store.

Download EPUB or PDF versions of the CFA Program curriculum.

Download EPUB or Kindle ebooks and PDF versions of the CFA Program curriculum.

Practice problems for Asset Allocation with Real-World Constraints (reading 20)

Supplemental appendix for Level II readings

The CFA Program curriculum has been updated to equip candidates with knowledge and skills that reflect current practice. All candidates who sit for exams in 2022 will be tested on the updated curriculum. See what’s changed since 2020 on our website. Look for more resources to be posted here in the coming weeks.

The CFA Program curriculum has been updated to equip candidates with knowledge and skills that reflect current practice. All candidates who sit for exams in 2022 will be tested on the updated curriculum. See what’s changed since 2020 on our website. Look for more resources to be posted here in the coming weeks.

The CFA Program curriculum has been updated to equip candidates with knowledge and skills that reflect current practice. All candidates who sit for exams in 2022 will be tested on the updated curriculum. See what’s changed since 2020 on our website. Look for more resources to be posted here in the coming weeks.

See what changes we made to the Level I curriculum. Note that CFA Institute has made the decision to freeze the 2020 CFA Program® curriculum for two exam cycles. This means that all candidates who take the exam in 2021 will be tested using the current 2020 CFA Program® curriculum.

Note that CFA Institute has made the decision to freeze the 2020 CFA Program® curriculum for several upcoming exam cycles. This means that all candidates who take the exam in 2021 will be tested using the current 2020 CFA Program® curriculum. 

Note that CFA Institute has made the decision to freeze the 2020 CFA Program® curriculum for two exam cycles. This means that all candidates who take the exam in 2021 will be tested using the current 2020 CFA Program® curriculum.

Purchase a print version of the Level I curriculum.

Purchase a print version of the Level II curriculum.

Purchase a print version of the Level III curriculum.

Errata

Curriculum Errata

Check the curriculum errata (updated 13 October 2021)



Check the curriculum errata (updated 21 October 2021)



Check the curriculum errata (updated 13 October 2021)



Check the curriculum errata (updated 13 October 2021)



Check the curriculum errata (updated 21 October 2021)



Check the curriculum errata (updated 21 October 2021)



Locations, Fees, & Deadlines

For the next exam

Register early to save and start studying.

Prepare

Plan, practice, and prepare

Review the study session outlines.

Know your abbreviations (PDF) and Learning Outcome Statement (LOS) command words (PDF). Common abbreviations are not spelled out in the exam questions.

Candidates should be familiar with the material covered in these Demand and Supply Analysis (PDF) and Financial Reporting (PDF) readings.

Review the study session outlines.

Know your abbreviations. Common abbreviations are not spelled out in the exam questions.

Review the study session outlines.

Know your abbreviations. Common abbreviations are not spelled out in the exam questions.

Remember this advice when you sit for the Level III essay exam.

If you'd like additional exam prep, view our list of Approved Prep Providers.

Familiarize yourself with the software features of the CFA® exam before your scheduled exam date. This same tutorial will be available to you on exam day. Please note: This is not intended to serve as a mock exam. Question formatting on the actual exam may be presented differently depending on the monitors available at your selected test center. Visit our exam screen guide to learn more.

Exam Registration

Exam registration is a two-step process. You must first register for your exam; then schedule your actual exam appointment. Watch our video to see the full process and learn what to expect! (Available in English and Mandarin Chinese 中文普通话版)

Check your international passport to ensure it meets the requirements for exam registration.

The Exam

When, where, and how

If you have not yet scheduled your exam appointment, select your exam from the date and time options available at the center of your choice. Watch our video to see how the scheduling process works (Available in English and Mandarin Chinese 中文普通话版). Please note: after initial scheduling, if you wish to reschedule your exam appointment in your exam window, a USD 25 rescheduling fee will apply.

If you have not yet scheduled your exam appointment, select your exam from the date and time options available at the center of your choice. Watch our video to see how the scheduling process works (Available in English and Mandarin Chinese 中文普通话版). Please note: after initial scheduling, if you wish to reschedule your exam appointment in your exam window, a USD 250 rescheduling fee will apply.

Check the calendar for exam-related dates and deadlines.

View your registration confirmation and download a receipt.

Confirm the name in your CFA Institute account matches your international travel passport, and that your passport does not expire before your exam date.

Check for time-sensitive test center announcements.

If you think you qualify for a deferral from the November 2021 exam, click here to learn more and submit this form. The CFA Institute contact center no longer accepts or processes deferral requests by phone or email.

Use our checklist, presented as a timeline to exam day, to make sure you have reviewed exam policies, know what to bring, what to wear, and more.

Make sure you read and understand the CFA exam policies.

What to expect at the exam center.

How will the exam look? See the two screen sizes and read answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have a comment about an exam question, please submit feedback to [email protected] with your name, CFA Institute ID, content session (first or second), question number, and a description of the possible error.

Learn more about the results process and timeline.

Access your December 2020 Level I and II CFA exam result.

Access your December 2020 Level III CFA exam result.

Access your February 2021 Level I CFA exam result.

Access your March 2021 Level I CFA exam result.

Access your April 2021 Level I CFA exam result.

Access your May 2021 CFA exam result.

Access your July 2021 CFA exam result.

Access your August 2021 CFA exam result.

Exam results are available online for approximately one year after the exam.

Additional Resources

Tools and guidance

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