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What Are the 2021 CFA Exam Dates?

When planning your upcoming CFA exams, make sure to note the following important dates:

  • Registration (early and standard)
  • Scheduling window
  • Rescheduling deadline
  • Exam dates

CFA Level I Exam Dates

CFA Level I dates, including CFA Level 1 registration, early registration, scheduling, and rescheduling windows, are as follows:

MonthEarly Registration DeadlineStandard Registration DeadlineScheduling WindowRescheduling DeadlineExam Dates
August 2021August 13 – 30, 2021
November 2021July 20, 2021February 2, 2021 – August 23, 2021October 16, 2021November 16 – 22, 2021

CFA Level II Exam Dates

MonthEarly Registration DeadlineStandard Registration DeadlineScheduling WindowRescheduling DeadlineExam Dates
August 2021August 31, 2021 – September 4, 2021
November 2021February 2, 2021 – August 23, 2021October 26, 2021November 26 – 30, 2021

CFA Level III Exam Dates

MonthEarly Registration DeadlineStandard Registration DeadlineScheduling WindowRescheduling DeadlineExam Dates
November 2021February 2, 2021 – August 23, 2021October 23, 2021November 23 – 25, 2021

CFA Exam Registration

To register for the CFA exam, you must complete the following 2 steps:

  1. Once registration opens, you can enroll in the CFA exam through the CFA website. Make sure to note the CFA registration and early registration deadlines.
  1. Schedule your exam at your preferred testing center. If you need to reschedule, make sure to do so before the scheduling deadline. There is a $250 fee to change your scheduled appointment. 

Note: Due to the pandemic, some test centers reached maximum capacity before registration closed. The CFA Institute is working to add appointments and to assist candidates in affected areas. We recommend you register as soon as possible to avoid scheduling conflicts.

CFA Exam Cost

CFA exam costs can be broken down into 3 types of fees:

  1. One-time enrollment fee: A one-time program fee assessed during registration.
  1. Registration fee: The cost of the exam varies by when you register. Early birds get a better rate. See costs below.
  1. Rescheduling fee: This fee covers the cost of rescheduling an exam appointment.  

CFA Exam Fees:

  • One-time enrollment fee—USD 450
  • Early registration fee—USD 700
  • Standard registration fee—USD 1,000
  • Rescheduling fee—USD 250

CFA Exam Dates in 2022

When planning your upcoming CFA exams, make sure to note the following important dates:

  • Registration (early and standard)
  • Scheduling window
  • Rescheduling deadline
  • Exam dates

Important 2022 CFA Exam Dates

Level Exam DateRegistration & Exam SchedulingEarly Registration DeadlineRegistration CloseExam Scheduling DeadlineReschedule Deadline
Level 1
February 15 – 21, 2022
May 13, 2021August 10, 2021October 26, 2021November 17, 2021January 15, 2022
Level 2
February 22 – 26, 2022
May 13, 2021August 10, 2021October 26, 2021November 17, 2021January 22, 2022
Level 3
May 24 – 26, 2022
July 20, 2021November 1, 2021February 1, 2022February 16, 2022April 23, 2022

Future CFA Exam Months

 FebruaryMayAugustNovember
Level 1XXXX
Level 2XX
Level 3XX

Preparing for the CFA Exam

The CFA exam is extremely difficult, but the payoff of a CFA charter is highly beneficial for your finance career. To prepare, the CFA Institute recommends at least 300 hours of studying the material for each exam level.

This estimate may vary for you depending on your level of knowledge and expertise. Helpful resources include:

  • CFA program curriculum
  • CFA Institute online mock exams
  • Study groups
  • Preparation programs

While you can take the exams as many times as you need, the prep time and additional fees add up fast. To help you succeed, we’ve created CFA study materials for each exam.

Learn from highly accredited CFA® Program experts, like Peter Olinto, who provide professional 1:1 mentoring.