Preparing for the examination

The CFRE examination consists of 200 multiple choice questions.  Of these, 175 questions count toward your score.  The other 25 questions  are being tested to make sure they are psychometrically sound and do not count toward your score.

To prepare, candidates are encouraged to review our

A Practice Exam is also available.

No two candidates come to the exam with the same knowledge base. Since experience and educational backgrounds are unique, these differences must be taken into consideration when determining a study method. While some individuals may take the exam without any preparation, the majority become involved in some form of exam preparation.

Because the exams measure mastery of the application of the fundraising body of knowledge, it is impossible to train or teach to the exam.

A fundraising professional who has met the eligibility requirements to sit for the examination should have the knowledge needed to take and pass the examination.

However, CFRE International does recommend that you review the content areas covered on the exam by using the Test Content Outline. If you find a particular area with which you are not familiar or comfortable, that would be an area on which to focus your study or review. Or, you may want to do a surface review of all the content areas, even those you believe you know well.

You can find more information on preparing for the CFRE exam by clicking on the menu to the left.