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Exam news and updates

We recommend that you visit this page regularly in the weeks approaching the April 2020 exams, to stay informed of any important news or updates that may affect your exam sitting.

See: Exam centre changes | See: Exam start times | See: Amended exam schedules

The April 2020 exam session will run from Tuesday 14 April - Monday 27 April

Exam entry opened on Monday 27 January

Exam entry will close on Friday 21 February (17.00 UK time) for all exam centres

Latest updates

London, Staple Inn This exam centre, for the SA exams, is now fully booked. See the list of centres to find an alternative.
Selected centres There are changes to the exam schedule at certain centres due to public or religious holiday dates. See below for details of these
For all centres, UK and overseas Exam centre addresses for the April 2020 session are now confirmed. See the full list of centres
You should always check this list in case there are changes to the centre where you usually sit.
CS1, CS2, CM1 and CM2 exams 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

Refund policy

Refunds of exam fees are only given to those who have paid the full fee. More information on refunds

Exam centre changes and confirmations

Exam centre addresses for April 2020 are now confirmed on the Exam centres page. You should always check the list carefully, in case there are any changes to the centre you usually sit at, and to make sure that you know where to go.

To request an additional overseas centre please complete and return the Exam centre request form by 31 January 2020. Please note that while we will consider all requests we can not guarantee to be able to provide the requested centre.

Access arrangements applications

The closing date for requesting access arrangements will be the same as the exam entry closing date.

Late applications will not be accepted unless due to circumstances for which a valid reason could not be divulged by the published closing date. Download the access arrangements application form, and return this to us once completed.

Exam start time

The standard exam start times at our supervised exam centres are 09.45 (local time) for morning exams, and 14.15 (local time) for afternoon exams. Exam start times may vary at some centres so you should check here nearer to the exam session dates for confirmation of your start time.

The online exams, which you sit at home or in the office, will run to UK times.

Centre Morning exam - local start time Afternoon exam - local start time
Accra 08.45-12.00 13.15-16.30
Addis Ababa 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Adelaide 09.15-12.30 13.45-17.00
Auckland 09.00-12.15 13.00-16.15
Barbados 09.00-12.15 13.00-16.15
Bermuda 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Brunei 09.00-12.15 14.00-17.15
Canberra 09.15-12.30 14.00-17.15
Cape Town 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Cologne 10.00-13.15 14.30-17.45
Dar Es Salaam 09.45-13.00 13.15-16.30
Guernsey 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Hanoi 08.45-12.00 13.45-17.00
Ho Chi Minh City 08.45-12.00 13.45-17.00
Islamabad 10.00-13.15 14.00-17.15
Isle of Man 09.45-13.00 13.45-17.00
Johannesburg 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Karachi 10.00-13.15 14.00-17.15
Kiev 09.00-12.15 12.45-16.00
Lagos 08.45-12.00 12.45-16.00
Melbourne 09.15-12.30 14.00-17.15
Paris 09.45-13.00 13.45-17.00
Port of Spain 08.45-12.00 13.15-16.30
Reykjavik 09.15-12.30 13.00-16.15
Riga 09.45-13.00 13.00-16.15
Riyadh 09.00-12.15 12.30-15.45
Seattle 09.45-13.00 13.15-16.30
Seoul 10.00-13.15 14.15-17.30
Sydney 09.15-12.30 14.00-17.15
Taiwan 10.00-13.15 14.00-17.15

The April 2020 exam session will run from Tuesday 14 April - Monday 27 April

The standard exam schedule for the session is:

    Tuesday
14 April
Wednesday
15 April
Thursday
16 April
Friday
17 April
am   CM1B (online) CP2 paper 1 (online) CP2 paper 2 (online) CS1B (online)
pm   SA1-7 CM1A CB1 SP2, SP4, SP6
  Monday
20 April
Tuesday
21 April
Wednesday
22 April
Thursday
23 April
Friday
24 April
am CP3 (online) CS2B (online) CS2A CM2B (online) SP8, SP9
pm CS1A CP1 paper 1 CP1 paper 2 SP1, SP5, SP7 CM2A
  Monday
27 April
       
am CB2        
pm -        

We reserve the right to make changes to this schedule.

Any schedule changes due to public holidays or other unavoidable factors will be given below when available.

Centre Original date Exam(s) Moving to
Monday 27 April
Adelaide (Australia) 27 April (morning) CB2 28 April (morning)
Auckland (NZ) 27 April (morning) CB2 28 April (morning)
Christchurch (NZ) 27 April (morning) CB2 28 April (morning)
Ljubljana (Slovenia) 27 April (morning) CB2 28 April (morning)
Utrecht (Netherlands) 27 April (morning) CB2 28 April (morning)
Wellington (NZ) 27 April (morning) CB2 28 April (morning)
Other dates
Tel Aviv (Israel) 14 April (afternoon) SA1-7 14 April (morning)
Tel Aviv (Israel) 15 April (afternoon) CM1A 16 April (morning)
Nicosia (Cyprus) 21 April (afternoon) CP1 paper 1 22 April (afternoon)
Nicosia (Cyprus) 22 April (afternoon) CP1 paper 2 23 April (afternoon)
Istanbul (Turkey) 23 April (afternoon) SP1, SP5, SP7 24 April (morning)

Certain exams at the following centres are not available due to religious/public holidays - candidates will have to choose a different centre:

Centre Date Exam(s) affected
Bangkok (Thailand) 14 April (afternoon) SA1-7
Bangkok (Thailand) 15 April (afternoon) CM1A
Reykjavik (Iceland) 23 April (afternoon) SP1, SP5, SP7
Nicosia (Cyprus) 16 April (afternoon) CB1
Nicosia (Cyprus) 17 April (afternoon) SP2, SP4, SP6
Nicosia (Cyprus) 20 April (afternoon) CS1A

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  • 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

    Fully booked.

     

    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.

  • Joint IFoA and SOAT Professional Skills Training event - Bangkok

    Thai Life Insurance PCL, 13th Floor, Meeting Room 13/2, 123 Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand  
    7 February 2020

    Spaces available

    This session is jointly organised by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Society of Actuaries of Thailand (SOAT).

    Video case studies will be selected from the IFoA’s 2019/2020 online content which covers a range of topics under an overarching theme of “A Trusted Profession”. 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.

     

  • Cyber Risk Event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    10 February 2020

    Spaces available

    What do good cyber practices look like and, to what extent, can we as an industry implement these operationally and recognise these for underwriting?

  • KSS event: Where now for pensions?

    Royal London Group, 1 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DG
    18 February 2020

    Spaces available

    With a single party government at Westminster holding a comfortable majority, and with the first phase of Brexit complete, the potential for radical reforms of the pensions landscape is increased. 

    Former Pensions Minister Steve Webb discusses what changes we can expect to see in pensions including in state pensions, pension tax relief, automatic enrolment and the workplace pension landscape.

  • Sessional: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party

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

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    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.

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    Investors globally are embracing ESG but what does this involve and can ESG be measured? Louise Dudley, Global Equity Portfolio Manager at Hermes Investment Management will outline the taxonomy often used when talking about ESG (exclusion, screening, engagement, sustainable, impact, responsible investing), talk about the importance of stewardship and engagement, and showcase evidence to the question as to whether ESG adds va

  • KSS event: How is Scotland’s population changing and what are the implications?

    New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh
    5 March 2020

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    The National Records of Scotland (NRS) collects, preserves and produces information about Scotland's people and history to inform current and future generations - work that underpins the fabric of Scottish society and tells the story of our nation. This KSS talk will explore the following and other areas impacting Scotland’s changing population, and assess the potential implications of the changes:

  • Highlights of the Life Conference 2019 - London

    America Square Conference Centre, 17, One Crosswall, America Square, London EC3N 2LB  
    11 March 2020

    Spaces available

    This event will cover the highlights from last year's Life Conference 2019 held in Dublin. The Conference Committee has reviewed session feedback and has put together a high-quality technical programme featuring the best-reviewed sessions from the conference. Book now to ensure your place.

  • Board agenda: Why Responsible Investing, ESG, and Climate Change matters to Pension Funds, Companies

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London. WC1V 6DR, UK
    19 March 2020

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    Recent years have seen ESG, Climate Change, and Responsible Investing thrust onto the corporate agenda in every boardroom. The same also be said for pension funds. Expectations of how companies should respond are high and NEDs on Boards are expected to adapt and adjust their guidance to companies accordingly. What does this mean for Actuaries serving as NEDs and Trustees?

  • KSS event: A Cashless Society- Benefits, Risks, Issues and Developments

    Deloitte, 4th Floor, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Speaker: Iain Collier, Chair of the CSWP

    The talk will look to cover the following: Progression towards a Cashless Society • Developments home and overseas • Benefits, Risks and Issues • Crypto Currencies and Central Bank Digital Currencies.

    There will be an extended Q&A session at the end of the event.

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  • Spring Lecture 2020, Edinburgh - Vicky Pryce

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

    Spaces available

    The Brexit Budget: What next for the UK economy? Please join us for our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Spring Lecture 2020: Live Streaming at Staple Inn - Vicky Pryce

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1 V 7QJ
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    This event will be live streamed from Edinburgh. 

    The Brexit Budget: What next for the UK economy? Please join us for our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Spring Lecture 2020: Live Streaming

    Webinar
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy? Please join us on 25 March 2020 for the live stream of our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • SIAS Event: CMI Update

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    1 April 2020

    Spaces available

    Following the release of the updated CMI Mortality Projection Model, CMI_2019, the CMI Mortality Projections Committee will lead a discussion on future mortality improvements.

  • Finance and Investment Conference 2020

    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Pl, London NW1 4LE
    05-05 May 2020
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    Join us at this year’s Finance and Investment Conference in London that will focus on ESG. The environmental, social and governance (ESG) space is growing rapidly and increasingly moving centre stage. In many cases, it is now an essential part of policy and central to the way stakeholders make decisions for the long term to ensure retention of clients, manage risk better, and ensure more economically efficient and sustainable investment returns.

    ESG factors cover a wide range of areas reflecting how vital consideration of these factors are part of wider systemic risks.

  • Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020

    The Grand Brighton, 97-99 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FW
    02-03 June 2020
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    The Protection, Health and Care Conference is an annual conference aimed at all insurance professionals with a passion for harnessing insurance risk in their organisations. The conference uses a combination of workshops by individuals who work at the coalface and ‘big name’ experts to explore how innovation, technological/medical advances, the political landscape and other market development will impact the Protection, Health and Care markets.

     

  • 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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    Join us at the IFoA Asia Conference 2020 at CCEC Nexus, Kuala Lumpur where intellectual thought leaders, senior industry players, opinion formers, academics, actuaries and non-actuaries from across Asia and beyond are expected to attend. This year's landmark conference promises to an exciting one as our first Asian President-elect, Tan Suee Chieh will, as newly appointed president of the IFoA, use his presidential address to highlight the two key pillars of the IFoA’s emerging strategy:

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    • the widening application of actuarial science in achieving social impact and sustainability goals.

    We are also delighted to announce that the Honourable Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Finance, Malaysia, will be the guest of honour at this year's conference.

    Early bird registration is now open until 1 March.  10% group discounts are offered to a minimum of six IFoA members booking in a single transaction.  Limited spaces are available, so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment.