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

    10 Days
  • Quantitative Methods

    12 Days
  • Economics

    12 Days
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis

    20 Days
  • Corporate Finance

    7 Days
  • Portfolio Management

    7 Days
  • Equity

    9 Days
  • Fixed Income

    10 Days
  • Derivatives

    4 Days
  • Alternative Investments

    2 Days
  • Time for Review

    5 Days