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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 8 July 2019 and will close on Friday 2 August (17:00 UK time) for all exam centres (including UK and Ireland).

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.

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
  • 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.

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

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 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 must abide by the terms and conditions.

See the full list of available exam centres

Exam entry for the September 2019 exams opens on  Monday 8 July 2019

Exam entry closed at 17.00 (UK time) on
Overseas centres 2 August 2019
UK/Ireland centres 2 August 2019
CP2 and CP3 online exams 2 August 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.


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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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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  • IFAM event - Actuarial Teachers’ & Researchers’ Conference 2019

    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
    27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

  • IFoA/ASM Joint Professional Skills Training – Kuala Lumpur

    Menara AIA, Auditorium, 99 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
    28 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Actuarial Society of Malaysia (ASM) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Kuala Lumpur. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.

  • Spaces available

    The actuarial profession has much to offer the world of banking. In this webinar actuaries with experience in various fields of banking will talk about the opportunities there are in banking; describing the actuarial aspects of the work they do as well as other roles within their area of banking.

  • Implications of 2019 IFRS 17 Exposure Draft

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    24 July 2019

    Towards the end of June, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is expected to publish an Exposure Draft (ED) of limited changes to its insurance contracts standard IFRS 17, effective date 2022. To help IFoA members, the IFoA’s cross-practice Financial Reporting Group (FRG) is hosting an event at Staple Inn covering these developments. 

    For more information on the FRG please visit this webpage

  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
    • The future of regulation
    • FCA Engagement in Scotland
  • Sessional Research Event - Risk Margin Working Party

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 September 2019

    Spaces available

    For life insurers in the UK, the risk margin is one of the most controversial aspects of the Solvency II regime. Following its implementation, the risk margin came under considerable criticism for being too large and too sensitive to interest rate movements. These criticisms are particularly valid for annuity business – such business is of great significance to the national system for retirement provision. This criticism has led to political interest, and the risk margin was a major element of the Treasury Committee inquiry into Solvency II.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 


  • Life Conference 2019

    The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
    20-22 November 2019
    Spaces available

    The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    2 December 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Lecture will feature the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as its guest speaker.  Nicky has previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. She now chairs the Treasury Select Committee whose remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, along with all of its agencies and associated bodies.