CFA® Exam Results and Pass Rates
Results for CFA exams taken on the following dates are now available:
- December 2020
- February 2021
- March 2021
- April 2021
- May 2021
- July 2021
- August 2021
CFA Exam Pass Rates
Below are the CFA Program Level I–III exam pass rates for each of the most recent exams administered. Please see the CFA exam historical pass rates (PDF) for the pass and did not pass percentages each year since 1963.
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CFA Level I Exam Pass Rate
- August 2021 CFA Level I exam pass rate: 26%
CFA Level II Exam Pass Rate
- August 2021 CFA Level II exam pass rate: 29%
CFA Level III Exam Pass Rate
- August 2021 CFA Level III exam pass rate: 39%
CFA Exam Results Date
The results for the CFA Level I and II exams are available within 60 days of the exam date and within 90 days for the CFA Level III exam.*
Individual candidate results are released only to the candidate and are never released to a third party; however, lists of passing candidates are provided to societies for membership purposes.
Detailed exam scores and responses to exam questions are measurement information and part of a candidate's test record, both of which are owned solely by CFA Institute. This information is not given to candidates.
CFA Exam Minimum Passing Score
After each exam administration, the CFA Institute Board of Governors sets the minimum passing score (MPS) for each level. The purpose for this approach is to ensure fairness to candidates across administrations as the difficulty of each test is taken into account when setting the MPS. CFA Institute does not release the MPS or individual candidate scores.
*Exam results are available for approximately one year after the test date. After this date, candidates may prove their status with CFA Program by generating and downloading a verification letter from the Verification Letter section in their Account Profile. The verification letter will confirm a “pass” or “fail” exam result, but the topic area performance summary will not be available.