With the transition to computer-based testing, CFA Institute will implement a change in exam length. In February 2021, we will reduce the Level I CFA Program exam to 180 questions resulting in a proportional reduction in testing time. CFA Institute invested in independent psychometric research which clearly showed that a shorter exam would not affect our ability to reliably determine who has demonstrated the required competency to pass the exam. Just as a thermometer does not provide more accurate readings with longer measurements, the longer exam is not providing sufficient additional insights to warrant remaining at 240 questions.
Each exam appointment will include:
· 30 minutes allotted to pledge, tutorial, and survey
· 135 minutes for session 1
· 30 minutes for mandatory break
· 135 minutes for session 2
· Total testing time is 4.5 hours
· Total appointment time is 5.5 hours
Following each exam window, we will determine the Minimum Passing Score based on performance as we always have. We know exam results will be released faster, however, we have not yet established the exact amount of time for results to be released. We expect to provide a more reasonable expectation after the first few CBT administrations.