Exam Q&As for non members

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Registering and booking for the CM1 or CS1 exam

You can view the exam registration dates on our dedicated website page.

If you have not previously registered, you must complete our non-members exam registration form. This form will only be available during exam registration periods.

Once you have completed the online registration process, including activating your IFoA website account, you will be directed from the completed application form to book your exam online.

Our system will only accept one registration (the first one entered). Subsequent registrations after this will be void as duplicates. If you have made a mistake with your registration please call Education Services on +44 1865 268207 to see if this can be corrected.

If you have registered before and have an existing ARN you do not need to register again. You can simply login to your online account to book the exam.

Once you have completed our online registration process and activated your IFoA website account, you can login to book and pay for your exam there (card and PayPal payments only). Once logged in go to My Account – My exams – Book an exam. A confirmation email will be sent to you once the exam is booked.

All bookings, applications and payments must be received before the exam registration closing date. The IFoA cannot accept any late entries to the exam and if your application and payment/booking is not made by this time, you will not be able to sit in the exam session at that time.

Exam cost and payment

The cost of the CM1/CS1 exams for non-members is £330.00* full rate and £200.00* reduced rate. This is just the cost of the exam; no study materials are supplied. *Prices can be subject to change.

When you complete the online registration there will be a box to tick to indicate that your personal annual income is below £8,300.00. This must be ticked correctly for you to receive a reduced rate exam fee.

During the registration window the exam application forms for offline payments will be available for you to complete. You must send us the application form with the payment included. For BACS payments the BACS remittance/proof of payment must be sent with the application. You will receive a confirmation email once the exam is booked.

Exam joining instructions

Joining instructions will become available for you to download from the member’s area of our website under the review exam booking page two weeks before the start of the exam session.

Exam centres

All of our examinations are now held online.

Exam study and preparation

Read our Exam preparation information on tuition, past exam papers, the exam syllabus and lots more.

You can purchase the exam core reading from the IFoA eShop and also the ActEd (the Actuarial Education Company).

Please read our Qualification Handbook, which provides you with the information you need to plan a successful pathway to qualification as an Associate or Fellow of the IFoA.

Exam changes and updates

Please ensure you frequently check our Exam news and updates page.

In addition to this, the IFoA will use Twitter to post up-to-date exam information and any updates required.

Contact us

Contact us

If you have any questions about membership please email us or call us on +44 (0) 131 240 1325. Response times can be found in our membership FAQs.

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