CFP Practice Exams FAQ

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CFP® Practice Exam FAQ


A full-length, 170-question practice exam is available from CFP Board to help you prepare for the CFP® exam. The practice exam is COMPLIMENTARY when you register for the CFP® exam. Read below for answers to frequently asked questions about the CFP Board Practice Exam.

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1. How many questions are on the practice exam?

The practice exam includes 170 unique, authentic CFP® exam questions. 

2. Where do the practice exam questions come from?

The CFP Board Practice Exam includes questions retired from previous CFP® Exams, as well as some newer question based on current content. Although these actual questions will not appear on any future CFP® exam, they are typical of the types of questions asked and represent the full range of topic areas covered on the current CFP® exam.

3. How do I access the practice exam?

The practice exam is added to your CFP Board account once your register for the CFP® exam and opt-in to receiving your complimentary CFP Board Practice Exam. The practice exam is then accessible online. You will need to log into your secure CFP Board account and select the practice exam under the Certification Requirements tab. The practice exam works best with Internet Explorer

4. How much does it cost to purchase the practice exam?

The 170-question practice exam (a $249 value) is complimentary with your CFP® exam registration. If you choose not to add the practice exam to your account at the time of the exam registration you can later purchase it for $249. 

5. When is the practice exam available?

The CFP Board Practice Exam is immediately available in your CFP Board account.

6. Are there instructions on how to take the practice exam?

Once you access the practice exam, there are instructions available as well as a tutorial and a sample question to try before you start the actual practice exam.

7. How long will I have access to the practice exam?

You will be able to access your practice exam for up to 130 days from the date the practice exam is added to your account. You can access and return to the practice exam as often as you like during the access period. Once you have completed the practice exam and requested your score, your access will be limited to a read-only mode. This will allow you to continue to review questions, answers, and rationales, but you will no longer be able to change your answers or have the practice exam re-scored.

8. Will I be able to re-take the practice exam more than once?

No. Although you can start and stop while you’re taking a practice exam, once you have completed the exam and submitted it for scoring by clicking “End”, you will not be able to take the exam again. However, you will have the ability to log back into the practice exam and view the questions and answers in read-only mode for the duration of the 130-day access period.

9. Will I receive feedback on the answers?

Yes. There is an option for you to select so that you may see the correct answers with explanations once you have marked your answers.

10. Can I review my answers before submitting my practice exam for scoring?

Yes. While taking the practice exam, you can go back to earlier questions that you have answered. There is also a solutions button located on the bottom right of the screen for each exam question. You will be able to see the solutions for each question as you complete the exam, if desired.

11. Will I be able to time myself taking the practice exam?

Yes. There is a clock in the upper right-hand corner of the screen while you are taking the exam. The clock will stop if you pause or leave the exam for any reason. Once you start your exam again, the clock will restart at the point where you left off.

12. How much time will I have to complete the 170 questions?

The practice exam timer is set for 3 hours per session, 6 hours total, which is the same amount of time that is allotted for the 170 questions on the real exam. If the time runs out, you will still be able to continue to take the practice exam without the clock.

13. What features are included in the practice exam?

The practice exam features the ability to highlight passages within a question, to strike out answer choices, and to mark questions to return to for later review. You can also turn on or off the correct answers and rationales as you take the practice exam.

14. Is the practice exam only helpful for a specific exam test date?

No. The practice exam is designed to assist candidates in their preparation for any administration of the CFP® exam based on the current Job Task Domains and Principal Topic areas. Completing the practice exam provides first-hand experience with the computer-based exam format used for the CFP® exam and can help identify the Principal Topic area(s) one needs to review further to improve proficiency.

15. When is the best time leading up to the exam to take the practice exam?

You can take the practice exam at any point leading up to an exam. However, taking the practice exam early in the preparation process can maximize the usefulness of the study tool by helping to identify which topic areas(s) you need to focus your study on. Plus, the practice exam comes with a 130-day access period so that you can revisit the questions and answers while you continue the study process.

16. Will I have the ability to print out the exam questions?

The practice exam was not designed to be printed, and the online interface does not include a print option. You will have online access to the exam for 130 days.

17. Can I share the practice exam with my colleagues?

No. The practice exam is copyrighted by CFP Board and cannot be copied, shared or duplicated. 

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March 10-17, 2020

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