CFA Program Study Planner

When you register for an exam, you will gain access to the study planner, an interactive tool that can help you schedule the time you have available to prepare for the exam.

When you first register for the exam, the "Remaining Study Time" displayed for each topic will be the longest amount of time possible. The estimated amount of remaining study time is based on:
  • The number of pages in the readings for that topic
  • The exam weight of the topic (See exam topic weights.)
  • The number of days remaining until the exam date
Once you check the box to show you have completed a topic area:
  • The study planner will automatically adjust the remaining estimated study times, reallocating more or less time to the remaining topics.
  • A "Test your knowledge" link to the related topic tests will be displayed.

Sample CFA Program Study Planner

Below are the estimated study time suggestions for each Level I topic, based on the amount of time currently available for each exam.

You plan to register for the:

TopicRemaining Study Time
  • Ethical and Professional Standards

    22 Days
  • Quantitative Methods

    28 Days
  • Economics

    26 Days
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

    46 Days
  • Corporate Finance

    15 Days
  • Portfolio Management

    15 Days
  • Equity

    20 Days
  • Fixed Income

    22 Days
  • Derivatives

    9 Days
  • Alternative Investments

    4 Days
  • Time for Review

    11 Days