CFA Candidate Checklist

In addition to studying for the exam, you also need to prepare for exam day – getting to the test center, getting in, what to wear, and so on. Here's a high-level timeline.

Several Months Prior to Exam Day

During the Month Prior to Exam Day

During the Week Prior to Exam Day

  • What to wear on exam day? There is no dress code, but temperatures at test centers can vary. Plan to wear layers of clothing (e.g., a sweater) so you can be comfortable.
  • What are you going to eat on exam day? Snacks and water are not allowed in the testing room and there are no breaks until an exam session has ended. Please plan accordingly and check your test center special instructions for possible information regarding food options during the lunch break.
  • Preview the instructions for filling out your answer sheets (PDF). (They will also be provided at the test center on exam day.).
  • Watch this video: