• 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) switched to a new exam delivery platform and proctoring provider on July 12, 2021. Learn more about this change below.

    What changed?

    The CFE Exam is administered through Prometric’s exam delivery system. You 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 must 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.

    Why did the ACFE make this change?

    The ACFE is committed to improving member experience whenever possible. Our partnership with Prometric makes the CFE Exam more accessible to test takers and provides candidates with a smoother exam experience. Those who choose the remote proctoring option have access to live onboarding support and are able to interact directly with their proctor. In addition, the delivery platform has more user-friendly features, such as the ability to highlight question text and strike out answer choices. Test takers also have option to take the CFE Exam at any of Prometric’s testing centers located throughout the world, which offers an alternative for individuals who might have technological or logistical challenges with remote testing.

    What are the 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

    *The web camera can be external or built into a laptop, but you must be able to move it around to show a full room scan. 

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

    When your exam application has been approved, you may schedule your exams with Prometric. To schedule:

    1. Login to your Certification Portal by clicking on your approved exam application.
    2. Click on the green "Schedule Exam"button. 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.

    We strongly recommend you schedule your exams at least 30 days ahead of time to secure the appointments of your choice. Please note the reschedule/cancellation policyto ensure you are not subject to any fees if you need to make changes. 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.