About Exams

The following information is taken from the CRC® Policies Manual, Section 4 – Test Development, Administration, Scoring, Analysis and Reporting.

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Prepare for the exam by first reviewing the CRC® Test Specifications. The four-hour, 200-question multiple-choice exam covers the domains of practice and knowledge required to perform tasks listed in the CRC® Test Specifications, and should be well understood before taking the exam.  You may choose to use your own study materials and other resources to prepare.  InFRE also provides optional print, live classroom review and online exam preparation resources to help candidates prepare for the exam.  Please note that the exam may test your knowledge of the most recent retirement plan contribution limits and thresholds. Click here to download and review the current year updates.

Click here to view a summary of the Job Analysis conducted to determine the CRC®Test Specifications.

Click here to view a summary of how the CRC® pass point is determined.

How to Request to Take the CRC® Comprehensive Exam

When you are ready to take the CRC® exam, you may pay your exam fee online, or call 847-756-7350 ext. 134. After paying your exam fee, you will receive an email from InFRE with information about how to schedule your exam approximately two months prior to the exam week.

If you require special testing accommodations due to a disability, access the Request for Special Testing Accommodations form here.

Exam Schedule and Fee Payment Deadlines

Exams are administered at computer based testing centers and you will be able to obtain immediate pass/fail results upon completion.  Dates for upcoming exam administrations are as follows:

Exam Period
Exam Fee Payment Deadline
January 14 – 28, 2019 December 21, 2018
April 15 – 27, 2019 March 18, 2019
July 15 – 27, 2019 June 17, 2019
October 14 – 28, 2019 September 16, 2019

To pay your exam fee click here. Your exam may be scheduled on Monday through Saturday during the exam week.

What to Bring to an Exam

You should plan to arrive at  your testing center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time and present your photo identification to the proctor.  If you arrive after your exam start time, you may not be admitted to the examination site.

You may not use any of the following during the exam:

  • notes,
  • study materials,
  • textbooks or manuals,
  • calculator or other handheld device, telephone.

An online calculator will be enabled for your use during the exam.  Scratch paper and a pencil will also be provided by your proctor.

In the event that severe weather or another emergency forces the closure of an examination site on a scheduled examination date, your examination will be rescheduled.  Testing center personnel will attempt to contact you in this situation.

Pass Point Determination, Failing an Exam, Rescoring

The pass point for each form of the examination is determined by the InFRE Board of Standards and Policy Development based on credentialing industry accepted practice. Candidates who fail the exam may retake the exam during the next testing cycle and there is no limit as to the number of times one can take the exam.  See requirements for requesting a rescore here.

Exam Fee Refund, Rescheduling

Candidates who wish to cancel their exam may request an exam fee refund under certain conditions.  Candidates unable to sit for the CRC® Examination after scheduling their exam may reschedule up to two days prior to their scheduled exam date. Candidates who do not show for their scheduled exam date must pay a rescheduling fee.


The following information is taken from the CRC Policies Manual, Section 2.6 – Confidentiality.

Under no circumstances will individual data or test scores be shared with any entity outside of the BOS and its testing agency, unless permission is obtained from the Candidate or Certificant or otherwise required by law.

Candidate test scores are not released by telephone or electronically, but only in written form as an official BOS document. The BOS may develop and publish statistical data regarding the exams provided that the identities of the Candidates are not divulged.

Contact Us

For questions about the exam procedures, contact Amy, 847-756-7350 ext 134.