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Making your exam booking

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 14 January 2019 but owing to resource constraints there will be restrictions on available examination places at centres.

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

Please note: 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

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 show times and dates for both parts of the assessment.

As ever, the earlier you book the better your chances of avoiding difficulty.

See the full list of available exam centres

Exam entry for the April 2019 exams will open on Monday 14 January

Exam entry closing dates for
Overseas centres 11 February 2019
UK/Ireland centres 11 February 2019
CP2 and CP3 online exams 11 February 2019
After the closing dates have passed exam entries will not be accepted

Each exam centre, and also the online CP2 and CP3 exams, has a set capacity and can get fully booked before the closing date. Therefore, we suggest you book early to ensure you get the exam place you are hoping for.

Please note: The CB3 online exam entries are managed differently, and 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).

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.

The exam timetable up until 2020 has been published to give you time to plan your study route

When setting the timetable we review religious and international public holidays to minimise disruption to you.

We know that we are not able to supply a timetable that will suit all candidates, but we hope that by advertising the dates early you can plan your exam sittings in a way that suits you best.

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

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.