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The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) professional exams are a mixture of online and written exams

Each year there are two opportunities to sit each of these exams: in April and in September/October. For our written exams we have exam centres in the UK and worldwide. For online exams you can sit the exam at any convenient location.

If you wish to sit an exam, you need to enter within the registration period, and the closing date for entries is shown below.

Examination bookings open on Monday 27 January 2020 and will close on Friday 21 February 2020  (17.00 UK time) for all exam centres (including UK and Ireland).


Important information about your examination

Please note the following important information before you book your examination:

  • Whilst we made every effort to find alternative places we cannot guarantee that all students, especially for the CS1 and CM1 exam, will be accommodated.

  • Each exam centre and online exams have a set capacity and can get fully booked before the exam closing date, we suggest you book early to ensure you get the exam place you are hoping for. As ever, the earlier you booked the better your chances of avoiding difficulty.

  • The CS1, CS2, CM1 and CM2 exams are now a combination of both a written (A) and an online (B) assessment. Both elements, A and B, will need to be taken in the same exam sitting.

    • CS1A, CS2A, CM1A and CM2A: are written, paper based exams and will be sat in your local time at an exam venue

    • CS1B, CS2B, CM1B and CM2B: are online exams and will be sat in UK time only at home or at your workplace

    • CP2 and CP3: are online exams and will be sat in UK time only at home or at your workplace

  • When booking these two part exams your booking confirmation will show only the date for the A exam. However, your exam permit, when issued, will cover both parts of the examination.


Invigilation of online exams

If you intend taking CS1B, CS2B, CM1B, CM2B, CP2 or CP3 in a place where you are not the only candidate, including work, educational, social and private venues you must inform the Examinations team of this at least 15 working days prior to the exam taking place and the assessment MUST be overseen by an invigilator for the entire examination.

An invigilator need not be a Fellow of the IFoA but should be in possession of a professional qualification e.g. CIPD, ACCA or a Fellow of another organisation.

An invigilator MUST not be a student at the IFoA or be providing educational services to the students.

The invigilator must complete the form supplied and send this to the Examinations Team at least 15 working days before the examination. The Examinations team will send instructions to the invigilator. Failure to do so will result in the exam not being marked.

During the exam, candidates must not communicate with anyone regarding their online assessment.

Please note: If a single candidate sits at their place of work or anywhere else, they do not require an invigilator, however they must abide by the terms and conditions.

See the full list of available exam centres

Exam entry for the April 2020 exams opens on Monday 27 January 2020

Exam entry closes at 17.00 (UK time) on
Overseas centres 21 February 2020
UK/Ireland centres 21 February 2020
CP3 online exams Closes once capacity has been reached (this may be before the exam closing date)
CP2 online exam Closes once capacity has been reached (this may be before the exam closing date)
After the closing dates have passed exam entries will not be accepted

The CB3 online exam entries are managed differently, you can log in to your member’s account at any time to see available exam dates and to then book your exam (once you have completed OPAT).

Sitting an exam as a non-member

Non-members sitting either the CM1 or the CS1 exam can also book their exam online

If you are sitting an exam as a non-member for the first time you will need to give us your details, and so you will need to complete an Online registration form (only available during the exam entry period). You will then receive an email giving you your Actuarial Reference Number (ARN), and telling you how to log in to your online account and how to enter for your chosen exam.

If you already have an ARN (from a previous exam session) you do not need to re-register your details. You can log in to enter for the exam straightaway, while exam entry is open.

Ways to pay for all exam entries

If you have paid the reduced membership fee you are eligible to pay the reduced exam fee for your exams. You need to have paid for, or had your application accepted for, the reduced membership fee before you can book your exams at the reduced fees. Otherwise you will be charged the full exam fees and no refunds will be given.

If you are paying by card for your exams you will need to log in to your account and book online. You will benefit from:

  • up to the minute knowledge of centre availability
  • immediate confirmation of your entry, and confirmation of your payment.

If you wish to pay by bank transfer or by cheque, the forms you need to use are available below:

  • to pay by bank transfer: complete an entry form and return it by post or email to Education Services with your remittance advice
  • to pay by cheque: complete an entry form and post it to Education Services with your cheque.

Changing your exam booking

If you wish to make changes to your exam booking we may be able to do this for you, but any changes must be made before the exam entry closing date.

More information about this can be found on the Change or cancel your exam booking pages.

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Contact Details

Education Services Team

education.services@actuaries.org.uk

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1st Floor, Park Central, 40/41 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD

+44 01865 268207

We aim to respond to all enquiries within two working days.

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  • IFoA Joint Member Event with the Sunshine Insurance Group, Beijing China

    Room TBC, Kuntai International Plaza, No.12, Chaowai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 地址:会议室待定,北京市朝阳区朝外大街乙12号1号楼昆泰国际大厦
    12 December 2019

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    The IFoA’s President-elect Tan Suee Chieh will visit Beijing. We will co-host CPD and Awards Presenting event with the Sunshine Insurance Group on Thursday 12 December 2019. The event is part of Mr Tan’s first presidential trip to China.

  • ARC Sessional Research Event: Drivers of Mortality - Risk Factors and Inequality

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    6 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The authors will focus on a large dataset obtained from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) and related sources. Data are available at the level of Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) – small geographical areas with, typically, 1000-2000 residents and include death counts, exposures and a significant number of socio-economic variables including the index of multiple deprivation (IMD).

  • SIAS Event: My Journey to Data Science, Big Data and AI

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    7 January 2020

    Spaces available

    Patrick Lee is an actuary who has made the transition to working in software architecture and artificial intelligence (AI). He holds Microsoft Professional qualifications in Data Science, Big Data and AI and is currently working towards a DevOps (the automation of software testing and deployment) qualification. He is a member of the IFoA Council and is also President of the Wessex Actuarial Society. He is also a member of the IFoA and the RSS's joint Data Science Focus Group and will talk on the ethical use of AI. 

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    This presentation covers the detail for how the matching adjustment is calculated. A small simple example spreadsheet is provided and discussed in detail.

    For actuaries wanting to get more involved with the matching adjustment, this is the opportunity to get a detailed description of the mechanics involved. This includes cashflows derisking, PRA tests as well as hypothecation.

    The presentation is provided by James Sharpe who has worked on a number of matching adjustment calculations with several firms.

  • IFoA Volunteer Recognition Reception

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6DR, UK
    15 January 2020

    Spaces available

    As a thank you to all our Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) volunteers, you are invited to join us at Staple Inn Hall, for an evening of drinks, canapes and networking, in London.

    IFoA President, John Taylor, will be attending and will make a speech

    If you support the IFoA as a volunteer (member or non-member), or in any other role, and you are going to be in London on 15 January, please book your place and join us at this reception.

     

  • Sessional Meeting - Operational Risk Dependencies

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 9 Queen St Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    20 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The Operational Risk Working Party aims to assist actuaries and others in the modelling and management of operational risk. One of the key challenges in modelling operational risk is the modelling of dependencies between operational risks, and between operational and non-operational risks such as market, credit and insurance risk. Their paper seeks to assist in this regard, and help develop good practice in setting assumptions and modelling operational risk dependencies. 

  • KSS event in Glasgow: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson, Glasgow 20 Waterloo St, Glasgow
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Stirling: Public Sector Pensions

    M&G Prudential, Stirling Craigforth Campus, Stirling
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Edinburgh: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson 1, Exchange Place, Semple St, Edinburgh
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • The Great Risk Transfer – Breakfast briefing and launch event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    31 January 2020

    Spaces available

    Launch of the IFoA’s 2020 thought leadership campaign The Great Risk Transfer. The campaign will examine the trend of the transfer of risk from institutions to individuals, and how people can be better equipped to manage the financial risks they now face. At this breakfast event the IFoA will launch a call for evidence on this topic.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (11 February 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ         
    11 February 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Sessional: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party

    Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    24 February 2020

    Spaces available

    This sessional meeting will be of direct interest to actuaries and others working in the in the Health and Care, Life or Pensions sectors or indeed actuaries with an interest in morbidity or mortality. Note: Registration is from 17.30 in time for the sessional to begin at 18.00.

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (25 February 2020)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    25 February 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Spring Lecture 2020, Edinburgh - Vicky Pryce

    Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy?

    Please join us on 25 March 2020 for our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. 

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2020, Kuala Lumpur

    CCEC Nexus, 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    24-25 June 2020
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    The sixth annual Asia Conference once again offers a prestigious line-up of home and international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia. This year's conference in Kuala Lumpur will be hosted by Tan Suee Chieh, IFoA’s first Asian President. He will also make his Presidential address at this conference and will expand on the important elements of IFoA’s new strategy. 

    Additionally, this landmark conference will showcase how the IFoA is reinventing itself to support its members to succeed and thrive in a digital age, within traditional businesses and beyond, as a global organisation. 

    Not to be missed by international industry players, opinion formers, academic and industry leaders, actuaries and non-actuaries.