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Exam FAQs

How many questions are on the CEFP exam?

The exam is administered completely online and consists of 110 multiple-choice questions including questions from up to ten (10) case studies (also multiple choice). Unanswered questions are considered incorrect.

How much time does a person have to complete the CEFP exam?

All test candidates are given four (4) hours to complete the exam.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my exam?

You MUST provide at least 72 hours notice when cancelling or rescheduling your exam for any reason. You can log in to your account and reschedule your exam outside of the the 72 hour window at

Log in and chat with a Kryterion employee to cancel or ask questions about your exam at by opening a chat box 24/7.

**Please note that you will receive an invoice for $150 if you do not give 72 hours notice.

What do you need to score in order to pass the CEFP exam?

There is not a “passing score” for the exams but there is what’s called a “Cut Score”. Our credentialing exams are scored using a propriety and complex rating system called the Angoff method.  The pass/fail designation on our exam comes from the assessed cut score determined by our subject matter experts (SMEs). Each question is weighted differently and assigned a number based on its level of minimal competency required to correctly answer each question.  Keep in mind that there are three exams that are available for the CEFP and each exam is assigned different questions.  The cut score for the CEFP is a 61.

I attempted the course but never tested.  Can I come back and retake the course and exam?

The exam fee is included in the course fee so if you fail to take the exam after completing the course and want to return to the course, you will have to register and pay the member price.

I failed my first attempt.  What now?

APPA is notified of all exam results.  If you fail your exam on your first attempt, you will be placed in the next available Cohort Group and given a new Voucher code to retest FREE of Charge.  This is considered your FREE Second Chance Option.  Everyone is eligible to receive the Second Chance Option after attempting the exam.

I failed my second attempt.  Can I pay to retest?  If so, how many times can I pay to retest?

If you fail on your second attempt, you will receive an email explaining your options.  You can pay to retake the course at the member price and join a new Cohort Group and will have 2 exam attempts when your registration is complete.  Or you can pay $150 to have 30 days to review the study materials and retest.  There is no limit as to how many times someone can pay the $150 fee to retest but we strongly recommend studying for a minimum of 30 days before retesting.  You must attempt the exam within 30 days of your last failed date or you have to pay for and register to take the course before taking the exam.

How do I register for the exam?

You can register for the exam at any time during your 90 days in the course. After the 90 day course is complete, you will have 30 days to schedule and take the exam. Retrieve the exam voucher code that was emailed to you from APPA when you registered for the APPA Credentialing Course and follow the instructions found on Step 4 of the CIL platform.

What is the BOK content distribution for the CEFP exam?

The CEFP exam consist of APPA’s four core areas of the Body of Knowledge or BOK. The four core areas and the content distribution by area are:

Exam Question Distribution

How soon after taking the CEFP exam can I expect to receive my results?

You will receive your pass/fail notification immediately upon concluding/submitting your exam. A new screen will pop up on your computer and provide you with your exam pass/fail.

Does APPA provide additional exam feedback beyond the test results?

Your exam results will be either pass/fail. APPA does not provide your raw score. The reason the exams only provide a pass/fail is because these are credentialing/certification exams. The industry now makes a clear distinction between educational based exams (which would merit additional feedback) vs. exams tied to earning a specific designation or credential.

If I fail the CEFP exam, how long must I wait before signing up to re-take the CEFP exam?

To take advantage of the FREE “Second Chance Option” you will be automatically placed in a new Cohort Group to start the 90-day course again FREE of charge.  It is recommended that you spend at least 30 days studying before retaking the CEFP exam but you can retest with your new Cohort Group.

What is the cost to re-take the CEFP exam?

Everyone receives a FREE Second Chance Option after their first attempt. This means after the first exam attempt, if you fail, you will be placed in a new Cohort Group to begin the 90-day course again and retest free of charge.   Any additional exam re-take will result in a $150 fee being assessed before the next exam can be scheduled and must be scheduled within 30 days of the failed exam.

Does APPA require the CEFP exam to be proctored?

Yes, the CEFP exam must be proctored.

If you will be using the Kryterion Testing Center Proctored* or the Secure Wrapper Proctored (webcam) option then you will NOT need to worry about selecting a proctor. You will be provided a proctor by Kryterion.

If you will be using the Campus Testing Proctored (on campus, using your own computer) you will need to secure your own proctor. You will need to notify Kelly Ostergrant via email with your designated proctor contact information (name, email address, etc.) APPA will then email your proctor with all the information he/she will need in order to assume full responsibility as your proctor for your exam.