Although the CFA Institute announces most of the relevant dates on the CFA exam calendar right at the start, a pretty significant date is usually missing until the last minute – the CFA exam results date.
So just like previous years, we’ve predicted the exam results dates for you in advance. That said, this year isn’t a normal year by any means, here’s our best estimate nevertheless.
When will CFA Level 1 February exam results be released?
Knowing the CFA exam results date might be able to help candidates relax more post-exam, as you don’t have to bring your mind back to the CFA exam results as often.
For computer-based (CBT) exams, CFA Institute stated that “the results are expected to be available approximately 6–7 weeks after the close of an exam window.”
Based on this, we predict that CFA Level 1 Feb21 results will be announced on 14/15 April 2021.
Interestingly, computer-based exam results is only slightly quicker than the 60 days guidance for results release of paper-based exams pre-2021. More accurately, in previous exams, L1 and L2 results are released 52 days (or approx 7.5 weeks) after CFA exam day, usually Tue/Wed. Level 3 is 2 weeks after that.
How we predict the CFA exam results dates
The table below shows the past dates of CFA exam days and subsequently announced results days. We’ve also added in our latest predicted exam results dates. (Tip: You can view all these dates and future upcoming dates by syncing to our CFA Exam Calendar.)
Previous CFA Exam Dates and Corresponding Results Dates
|CFA Exam Day / Window||CFA Exam Results Day |
(L1 & L2)
|CFA Exam Results Day (L3)|
|Saturday, 6 June 2015||Tuesday, 28 July 2015||Tuesday, 11 August 2015|
|Saturday, 5 December 2015||Tuesday, 26 January 2016||–|
|Saturday, 4 June 2016||Tuesday, 26 July 2016||Tuesday, 9 August 2016|
|Saturday, 3 December 2016||Tuesday, 24 January 2016||–|
|Saturday, 3 June 2017||Tuesday, 25 July 2017||Tuesday, 8 August 2017|
|Saturday, 2 December 2017||Tuesday, 23 January 2017||–|
|Saturday, 23 June 2018||Tuesday, 14 August 2018||Tuesday, 8 August 2018|
|Saturday, 1 December 2018||Wednesday, 23 January 2019||–|
|Saturday, 15 June 2019||Tuesday, 6 August 2019||Tuesday, 20 August 2019|
|Saturday, 5 December 2020||Thursday, 28 January 2021||Wednesday, 17 February 2021|
|16 Feb – 1 March 2021||Thursday, 15 April 2021 (predicted)||–|
Predicting based on a consistent results day pattern
In pre-2021 paper-based CFA exams, we were able to predict results days consistently:
- CFA Exam Day: First Saturday in June or December (except recently when allowances have been made for the June Eid holidays)
- CFA Exam Results (L1 and L2): 52 days (or approx 7.5 weeks) after CFA exam day, usually Tuesday
- CFA Exam Results (L3): 2 weeks after the L1 and L2 results, usually Tuesday
Now, with the first computer-based exam, all historical patterns may no longer hold much weight – all bets are off!
Therefore, with CFA L1 Feb21, we simply predicted that results would be released on a Thursday, between 6-7 weeks after close of the exam window (1 March 2021), i.e. 15th April 2021.
Why Thursday? In 2021, the usual trend of exam results being announced on a Tuesday was broken, and we simply assume that the new trend would be Thursdays instead.
Hopefully as computer-based exams become a norm, we should have more data to be able to understand if there’s a reliable new pattern for CBT results announcement.
Stay updated with our CFA exam calendar
Of course, this is just our prediction based on past years’ observations, so please don’t hold us to it!
The CFA Exam Calendar will continually be updated with the latest dates, so if you want to stay updated, just sync up with the CFA Exam Calendar here or with the buttons below:
Got your CFA exam results? Here’s how to get the most out of it
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You can read the guide here: CFA Exam Results Explained: How to Interpret Your Results Charts
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