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CFP® Examination Statistics

Following each administration of the CFP® Certification Examination, CFP Board publishes exam statistics for the overall group of exam takers, first time takers and repeaters.


CFP® Certification Examination Statistics: Most Recent Exam

The CFP® Certification Examination began using a new exam blueprint in March 2016 based on the eight Principal Knowledge topics defined by CFP Board’s 2015 Job Task Analysis Study. Performance on the March 2016 and later administrations of the exam is not directly comparable to performance on previous exams that were based upon a different exam blueprint and cut score. 

Exam
Admin

Overall First Time Takers Repeaters
Sat Passed Pass
Rate
Sat Passed Pass
Rate
Sat Passed Pass
Rate
7/16 2,240 1,468 65.5% 1,773 1,241 70.0% 467 227 48.6%

CFP® Certification Examination: Historical Statistics

Exam
Admin
Overall First Time Takers Repeaters
Sat Passed Pass Rate Sat Passed Pass Rate Sat Passed Pass Rate
7/16 2,240 1,468 65.5% 1,773 1,241 70.0% 467 227 48.6%
3/16 2,149 1,391 64.7% 1,602 1,101 68.7% 547 290 53%
↑ New Exam Blueprint Deployed March 2016
11/15 2,352 1,528 64.9% 1,834 1,270 69.2% 518 258 49.8%
7/15 1,810 1,273 70.3% 1,446 1,055 73.0% 364 218 59.9%
3/15 1,835 1,262 68.8% 1,383 1,017 73.5% 452 245 54.2%
11/14 2,107 1,384 65.7% 1,647 1,138 69.1% 460 246 53.5%
7/14 1,386 894 64.5% 1,083 738 68.1% 303 156 51.5%
3/14 1,491 935 62.7% 1,123 760 67.7% 368 175 47.6%
11/13 1,731 1,099 63.5% 1,297 879 67.8% 434 220 50.7%
7/13 1,417 905 63.9% 1,076 732 68.0% 341 173 50.7%
3/13 1,526 955 62.6% 1,121 747 66.6% 405 208 51.4%
11/12 2,107 1,354 64.3% 1,645 1,124 68.3% 462 230 49.8%
7/12 1,792 1,124 62.7% 1,397 935 66.9% 395 189 47.8%
3/12 1,754 1,037 59.1% 1,175 794 67.5% 579 243 42.0%
11/11 4,064 2,465 60.7% 3,053 1,969 64.5% 1,011 498 49.2%
7/11 2,444 1,279 52.3% 1,794 1,042 58.1% 650 237 36.5%
3/11 2,064 1,237 60% 1,431 945 66% 633 292 46%
11/10 2,384 1,224 51% 1,689 954 56.5% 695 206 29.6%
7/10 1,852 982 53% 1,369 783 61% 483 199 41.2%
3/10 1,973 1,034 52% 1,419 826 58.2% 554 208 37.5%
11/09 2,125 1,149 54.1% 1,530 912 59.6% 595 237 40%
7/09 1,872 943 50% 1,417 795 56% 455 148 33%
3/09 2,062 1,083 53% 1,461 858 59% 601 225 37%
11/08 2,320 1,290 56% 1,795 1,072 60% 528 226 43%
7/08 2,249 1,222 54% 1,771 1,049 59% 478 173 36%
3/08 2,339 1,340 57% 1,638 1,032 63% 701 308 44%
11/07 2,778 1,681 61% 2,104 1,341 64% 674 340 50%
7/07 2,307 1,180 51% 1,814 1,027 57% 493 153 31%
3/07 2,225 1,358 61% 1,684 1,116 66% 541 242 45%
11/06 3,637 1,954 54% 2,661 1,600 60% 989 354 36%
7/06 3,040 1,776 58% 2,435 1,539 63% 628 237 38%
3/06 2,607 1,615 62% 1,979 1,301 66% 645 314 49%
11/05 2,702 1,690 63% 2,042 1,377 63% 660 313 47%
7/05 2,228 1,294 58% 1,732 1,078 62% 496 216 44%
3/05 2,117 1,222 58% 1,597 996 62% 520 226 43%
11/04 2,340 1,463 63% 1,828 1,225 67% 512 238 46%
7/04 2,104 1,266 60% 1,622 1,040 64% 482 226 47%
3/04 2,095 1,160 55% 1,562 951 61% 533 209 39%
11/03 2,388 1,392 58% 1,829 1,137 62% 559 255 46%
7/03 1,963 1,123 57% 1,529 919 60% 434 204 47%
3/03 1,990 1,134 57% 1,444 878 61% 546 256 47%
11/02 2,421 1,442 60% 1,819 1,123 62% 602 319 53%
7/02 1,869 947 51% 1,450 798 55% 419 149 36%
3/02 1,645 823 50% 1,234 682 55% 411 141 33%
11/01 2,053 1,143 56% 1,574 941 60% 479 202 42%
7/01 1,728 936 54% 1,323 764 58% 405 172 42%
3/01 1,579 895 57% 1,057 649 61% 522 246 47%
11/00 2,102 1,066 51% 1,596 902 57% 506 163 32%
7/00 1,487 784 53% 1,128 643 57% 359 141 39%
3/00 1,422 880 62% 992 661 67% 430 219 51%
11/99 1,920 1,042 54% 1,496 854 57% 424 188 44%
7/99 1,342 743 55% 990 608 61% 352 135 38%
3/99 1,171 643 55% 796 473 59% 375 170 45%
11/98 1,819 1,016 56% 1,399 827 59% 420 189 45%
7/98 1,363 801 59% 1,074 680 63% 289 121 42%
3/98 1,278 669 52% 959 570 59% 319 99 31%
11/97 1,758 998 57% 1,330 818 62% 428 178 42%
7/97 1,377 823 60% 1,070 686 64% 307 137 45%
3/97 1,456 912 63% 1,259 834 66% 197 78 40%
7/96 1,861 1,212 65% 1,571 1,097 70% 290 115 40%
2/96 1,442 954 66% 1,215 839 69% 227 115 51%
7/95 1,151 680 59% 985 610 62% 166 70 42%
2/95 972 610 63%
7/94 670 355 53%
2/94 283 160 56%
7/93 239 134 56%
2/93 176 88 50%
7/92 1,143 480 42%
11/91 163 81 50%
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