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Practice Exam – The ideal tool to assist in your CFP® exam preparation

practice-exam-2018A full-length, 170-question practice exam is now available from CFP Board, comprised of authentic CFP® exam questions. Be sure to use this unique study tool as you prepare for the CFP® certification examination.

The Practice Exam is available complimentary with your CFP® Exam registration. 

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Practice Exam FAQ

Sample Exam Questions

The following exam questions have appeared in previous administrations of the CFP® Certification Examination and cover content represented in 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.

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CFP® Exam Candidate Handbook

The CFP® Exam is comprehensive in scope and designed to assess your ability to integrate and apply a broad base of financial planning knowledge in the context of real life financial planning situations. For everything you need to know about the process of registering, preparing and sitting for the CFP® exam, download the CFP® Exam Candidate Handbook (PDF, 428KB).

CFP® Exam Candidate Preparation Toolkit

The CFP® exam is challenging, but with the right preparation you can increase your chance of success. CFP Board developed the exam candidate preparation toolkit to help candidates form a solid foundation for exam preparation. This guide provides tools and strategies for candidates who are preparing to take the CFP® exam.

To learn more about effective study techniques and preparation strategies, download the CFP® Exam Candidate Preparation Toolkit.

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. 

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CFP® Certification Examination
March 10-17, 2020

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CFP® Certification Examination
November 5-12, 2019

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