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The health and safety of those taking the CFP® exam continue to be paramount to us. CFP Board has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and reviewing the recommendations from national and state health organizations. Based upon the latest information, and given the forecasts for the next several months, CFP Board has postponed the July 2020 exam administration to September 22-29, 2020.

We've compiled the following information to assist candidates with questions about the September exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

July exam registrants have a 3-week priority registration period between May 18 and June 8, 2020. Those registrants will receive an email on Monday, May 18, 2020 with instructions on how to schedule their testing appointment for September.

Candidates who were registered to take the exam in July will be able to reschedule their testing appointment with Prometric to the September exam administration, at no additional cost.

Yes, new candidates can register for the September 2020 exam starting on June 8. Prior to this, we are focused on rescheduling testing appointments for candidates registered for the original July 2020 exam.

Early bird registration will be open until July 28, and standard registration for the September 2020 exam will be open until August 25, 2020, with late registration available until September 8, 2020.

Type   Opens  Closes  Fee
 Early Bird June 8, 2020 July 28, 2020  $725
 Standard  July 29, 2020 August 25, 2020  $825
 Late Registration August 26, 2020 September 8, 2020  $925

We are currently focused on rescheduling testing appointments for candidates registered for the original July 2020 exam. Registration for new candidates will be available on CFP Board’s website starting on June 8.

Candidates are permitted to reschedule their CFP® exam testing date, test site location, and/or scheduled test start times within their registered exam window. No charges are applied for scheduling changes 30 days or more in advance of the scheduled exam appointment with Prometric.

Candidates who fail the September 2020 exam, and who qualify to retake the exam, will be able to register to take the exam again in November 2020.

The education verification deadline for the September 2020 CFP® exam will be August 25.

The prep materials for the September 2020 exam will remain the same as for the July 2020 exam, aside from updates to the testing dates and deadlines.

No. The new CARES Act 2020 will not be tested on the September 2020 exam; however, it will be tested on the November 2020 exam.

Many candidates registered for the July 2020 exam have already dedicated significant time and energy preparing to be tested on the topics scheduled to be addressed in that exam. CFP Board determined it would be unfair to change the scope of preparation, given the unforeseen circumstances that led to the postponement of the July 2020 exam.

CFP Board’s top priority is the welfare of our candidates, stakeholders, partners and staff. We will continue to monitor the situation and make the best decision for our upcoming exam administrations. CFP Board will only move forward with planned exam administrations if we believe they can be conducted without compromising the health of our exam candidates and their loved ones.

The tutorial below provides step by step instructions on how to schedule your testing appointment.

additional covid-19 updates
For additional COVID-19 updates from CFP Board, visit our "COVID-19 Updates" page.

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