CFA Program Exam Day

What to Bring to the Test Center

What you should not bring

Plan to arrive at your test center early so you can check-in and be seated before testing personnel close the doors.

  • There are two timed sessions on exam day:
    • If you arrive more than 30 minutes past the start of a timed session, you will not be admitted.
    • You are not permitted to leave either timed session early.
    • If you don’t sit for the morning session, you can’t sit for the afternoon session.
    • You must sit for both sessions or you will not receive your exam result.
  • Read the Admission and Departure policy for more details.

Listen for testing personnel to give you instructions, such as when you can open your exam book, when to sign the candidate pledge, and when you must stop writing.

Typical Exam Day Schedule

Exact times may vary.
Candidates begin check-in process. 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Doors close and announcements begin. 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Timed session begins. Candidates must remain in the room.
9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Timed session ends. Candidates must remain seated until dismissed.
12:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Testing Rooms Without Clocks

In testing rooms that do not have clocks the timekeeper will mark time remaining on a chalkboard or flip chart in the following increments:

Every 30 minutes:

  • Less than 2.5 hours remain
  • Less than 2 hours remain
  • Less than 1.5 hours remain
  • Less than 60 minutes remain

Then every 15 minutes:

  • Less than 45 minutes remain
  • Less than 30 minutes remain (verbal announcement)
  • Less than 15 minutes remain (verbal announcement)