• CFE Exam Changes: What You Need to Know

    CFE Exam Transition

    To continue to enhance the value of the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential, improve the CFE Exam process and better serve you, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) will switch to a new exam delivery platform and proctoring provider in July 2021. Learn more about what this change means for you below.

    What is changing?

    The CFE Exam will be administered through Prometric’s exam delivery system. You will have the option to take your exam in one of two ways:

    • At a private location of your choice using Prometric’s online remote proctoring platform
    • At one of the many Prometric testing centers located throughout the world

    Upon receiving approval from the ACFE, you will need to schedule your exam appointments directly through Prometric. You will have 60 days to complete all four sections of the exam. Changes made within 30 days of an exam appointment will be subject to additional fees.

    When will this change take place?

    We will begin administering exams using Prometric’s system on July 12, 2021. Anyone who has not completed and passed all four exam sections by that date will be transitioned to the new platform.

    Why is the ACFE making this change?

    The ACFE is committed to improving member experience whenever possible. Our new partnership with Prometric will make the CFE Exam more accessible to international test takers and provide all candidates with a smoother exam experience. With this change, those who choose the remote proctoring option will have access to live onboarding support and will be able to interact directly with their proctor. In addition, the delivery platform will have new features, such as the ability to highlight question text and strike out answer choices. This change also provides the option to take the CFE Exam at any of Prometric’s testing centers located throughout the world, offering an alternative for test takers who might have technological or logistical challenges with using the remote testing platform.

    Will this change affect me?

    This change will affect you if you have not completed and passed all four exam sections by July 12, 2021. During the months leading up to July, we will communicate directly with in-progress test takers to provide specific guidance on transitioning to the new system.

    What are the new exam requirements?

    At the time of your appointment, you will be required to present a valid, government-issued ID (e.g., a driver’s license or passport).

    If testing remotely, you will also need to have access to a:

    • Computer capable of installing a lightweight app
    • Web camera capable of a 360-degree environmental check
    • Microphone
    • Stable internet connection
    • Private location

    Additional remote proctoring technical requirements include:

    • Screen resolution: 1024 X 768
    • Operating system: Windows 8 or above/MacOS
    • Web browser: Latest version of Google Chrome
    • Web camera resolution: 640 X 480p
    • Microphone: Enabled
    • Download Speed: 0.5 mbps

    What do I do next if I want to schedule my exams with Prometric?

    We will be opening up the Prometric scheduler on June 1, 2021. If you plan on taking the CFE Exam on or after July 12, take the following steps:

    1. If you have not already done so, complete your exam application.
    2. When your exam application has been approved, go to part 4, “Learn About the CFE Exam and Next Steps,” of the Certification Portal and click on the “Schedule Exam” button to activate your Prometric eligibility number. It will take you to the Prometric website.
    3. Select the remote proctoring or test center scheduling link.
    4. Enter your Prometric eligibility number (your ACFE member number) and the first four characters of your last name when prompted.
    5. Schedule your first exam appointment.
    6. Return to the Prometric website and repeat steps 3–5 for the other three exam sections. Make sure you schedule any same-day appointments at least three hours apart.

    If you would like to switch to Prometric but have already requested your exam keys or started taking your exam sections through Examity, please contact the ACFE directly for assistance. For more information on the new exam process, visit our Exam FAQs.


    How can I learn more about Prometric’s platform and requirements?

    To learn more about Prometric’s platform and the testing options available, visit Prometric’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

    For more information on Prometric’s ProProctor™ system, visit their ProProctor Candidate Information page.