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.
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.
- 21 December 2018
- 10 January 2019
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