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Sample Exam Questions

The following exam questions have appeared in previous administrations of the CFP® Certification Examination and meet the Job Task Domain blueprint requirements of the current exam. They are provided to help familiarize examinees with the format and cognitive level of questions on the exam. Answer keys and brief rationales are included to provide some explanation of the correct answer.

The sample questions do not represent an actual exam in length or content coverage. Examinees should not equate success or failure in answering these questions as a measure of readiness for the CFP® Certification Examination.

Review the 2012 Released Sample Exam Questions (PDF, 90KB)


Exam Review Courses

Though it is not required, many candidates find that taking a review course is helpful in preparing for the CFP® certification exam. For the convenience of those pursuing certification, CFP Board has compiled a list of exam review course providers. These courses and their providers are not endorsed or recommended by CFP Board. Additional exam review course providers can be found by searching online.

Exam Dates

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The CFP® exam is transitioning to a computer-based format beginning in November 2014. Learn more.

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