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Making your exam booking

From September 2020 the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) professional examinations are all online

Each year there are two opportunities to sit our examinations: in April and September/October.  For our online exams you can sit the examinations at any convenient location, however, you will need to book within the registration period.

Exam entry for the April 2021 examinations

If you are joining the IFoA as a Student member and intend to sit your first examination in our 2021 exam sitting, you need to submit your Student membership application before 31 December 2020.

Important information about your examination

All examinations are run in UK time with start times varying between 07.30 and 10.00. You will be advised of your personal start time by email two weeks before the examination date.

Before you book your examination, please make sure you have read our Online examination Frequently Asked Questions .

Both elements A and B of the CS1, CS2, CM1 and CM2 examinations need to be sat during the same examination sitting.

Non-members wishing to sit the IFoA CS and CM examinations can find information about this on our Non-member web page.

The CB3 examination entries are managed differently. You can log in to your member’s account at any time to see available examination dates and to book your exam (once you have completed PSC Stage 1 - formerly OPAT).

Payment for examination entries

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

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

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

Changing your examination booking

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

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

  • Entry will open to student members for all subjects on 1 February 2021, and will close on 19 February 2021 (17.00 (UK time)
  • Entry will open to non-members for CS1 or CM1 on 15 February 2021, and will close on 19 February 2021 (17.00 (UK time)
    • up to the minute knowledge of examination availability
    • immediate confirmation of your entry, and confirmation of payment.
    • to pay by bank transfer: complete your entry form and return it by post or email to Education Services with your remittance advice
    • to pay by cheque: complete your entry form and post it to Education Services with your cheque.

Joining instructions 

You will receive joining instructions two weeks before your examination date.

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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.

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    28 January 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

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    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

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  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.