COVID-19 update: CFA exams for all Levels will transition to computer-based testing from 2021. New one-off exam slots have also been added for each Level: two for Level 1 (Mar and Jul 2021), Nov 2021 for Level 2 and Aug 2021 for Level 3. Key dates of these new registrations are in the table below.
Keeping track of the important CFA exam dates and deadlines is tough when all you want to do is make sure you’re remembering enough of the CFA exam curriculum to pass the exams.
It didn’t help when CFA Institute announced that the frequency, dates and format of all 3 Levels are changing in 2021 as well!
On that bombshell, here’s a quick summary on all relevant dates you need to know for the latest CFA exams, as well as any registration questions you may have.
You can also keep track of the CFA exam schedule automatically with our free, constantly-updated CFA Exam Calendar.
CFA Exam Dates: What Are the Important Deadlines I Need In My Schedule?
Given all the recent exam schedule changes, here’s a reminder of the next few upcoming exam cycles:
- Feb 2021: Level 1 exams only. This would be the first computer-based test (CBT) for CFA Level 1 candidates. Here’s how CFA Institute’s computer-based testing will work.
- Mar 2021 (one-off this year): Level 1 exams only. This slot is specifically added for postponed candidates who couldn’t secure a Feb 2021 exam slot due to capacity issues. For eligible candidates only, this registration option is now shown in your account.
- May 2021: Level 1, 2 and 3 exams. This would be the first CBT for Level 2 and Level 3 candidates. From 2021, Level 2 (May & August) and Level 3 candidates (May and November) have the option to take the exam twice a year. Note that May 2021 is one-off exam cycle for Level 2 candidates, this will revert to Feb 2022 and August 2022 – twice a year – from 2022 onwards.
- July 2021: Level 1 only (new one-off Level 1 slot for 2021 only).
- Aug 2021: all 3 Levels (new one-off Level 3 slot added).
- Nov 2021: all 3 Levels (new one-off Level 2 slot added)
For more help on understanding how the new exam cycle works, check out our CFA Journey Planner.
Here are all the latest CFA exam dates listed in the table below.
You can add all these dates to your calendar by clicking on the buttons below (yes, it’s free):
|CFA Exam Dates / Deadlines||Feb 2021|
|Exam Registration Opens||16 Jun 2020||Eligible candidates only (by CFAI invitation)||20 Aug 2020||19 Jan 2021||20 Aug 2020 |
19 Jan 2021
|20 Aug 2020 |
2 Feb 2021 (L2 only)
|Scheduling Window Opens||16 Jun 2020||n/a||20 Aug 2020||19 Jan 2021||3 Nov 2020||2 Feb 2021|
|Early Registration Deadline||13 Aug 2020||n/a||3 Nov 2020||10 Mar 2021||11 Feb 2021||4 May 2021|
|Final Registration Deadline||28 Oct 2020|
(changed from 3 Nov and 7 Dec 2020)
|n/a||L1: 2 Feb 2021 (changed from 23 Feb 2021 on 3 Feb 2021)|
23 Feb 2021
|20 April 2021||4 May 2021||10 Aug 2021|
|Scheduling Deadline||14 Dec 2020|
(changed from 22 Nov 2020)
|n/a||10 Mar 2021||11 May 2021||23 May 2021||25 Aug 2021|
|Rescheduling Deadline||17 Jan 2021|
(changed from 25 Jan 2021)
|n/a||16 Apr 2021||22 June 2021||22 Jul 2021||14 Oct 2021|
|CFA Exam Windows||16 Feb –|
|21-23 Mar||L1: 18-24 May|
L2: 25 May -1 Jun
L3: same as L2
|18 – 24 July 2021||L1: 24-30 Aug|
L2: 31 Aug – 4 Sep
L3: 1-8 Sep
|L1: 16-22 Nov|
L2: 26-30 Nov
L3: 23-25 Nov
How Do the CFA Exam Registration Fees Vary Across Deadlines?
Things have gotten simpler since CFA Institute’s recent announcement on changes in exam frequency and a switch to computer-based testing for all Levels 2021 onwards.
As always, it is best to aim to register early, but there is only 2 tier of fees now, with the previous Late Registration Fees (of $1,450) now removed effective immediately.
|Deadline (Eastern Time)||By Early Registration Deadline||By Final Registration Deadline|
|1st-time Enrolment Fee|
Retakers need not pay this again
|USD 450||USD 450|
|Registration Fee||USD 700||USD 1,000|
For computer-based-tests, there is also a USD 250 fee (temporarily reduced to USD25 due to the pandemic) if you need to reschedule your exam within the same exam window – only payable if you need to change the date of your exam!
Refer to our CFA exam fees article for a realistic budget assessment for the CFA exams.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What’s this ‘1st-Time Enrolment Fee’?
This is the fee that’s only applicable if you’re new to the CFA Program. If this is your first time registering for a CFA exam ever, then you’ll have to pay this fee once, otherwise you don’t.
Do I get print curriculum books with my registration?
Your registration fee includes the e-version of the curriculum, plus practice tests and mock exams. If you’d like your own print curriculum, you’ll be able to buy it during the registration checkout process for USD 150 + shipping. You can also buy it post-registration if you like.
I have another question. Can I get a response from you guys?
You can! We know that pre-registration is a period of confusion and possibly many questions for a lot of our readers. If you have any question at all, always remember that you can reach us at the 300 Hours Forum. No question is too small, and we will always help any candidate that reaches out for help!
Can I add all these dates to my calendar easily?
Yes! Remember that you can always find all relevant confirmed dates in our CFA Exam Calendar, which can be found on the sidebar, our Forum and on its own page. You can also add this constantly-updated calendar to your own personal one with the buttons below:
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