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Application and Exam Dates

The first step toward earning your CAE, after you've met your experience and education eligibility requirements, is to submit an application. You should submit your application once you meet the application criteria and are prepared to sit for the exam within the next twelve months. The application deadlines for upcoming exam dates are listed below. Please note that your application must be received in the CAE Program office by the close of business on the listed date. 

  • December 1-14, 2023 exam
    • The application deadline is Friday, September 22, 2023.

The application fee is $500 for ASAE members and $750 for nonmembers.

When and Where The Test Is Given

The CAE exam is offered in a two-week window in Spring (usually May) and Winter (usually December). The test is administered at scheduled test sites throughout the U.S. and internationally at Scantron testing centers. Due to COVID-19 concerns, candidates also have the option of taking the exam from their home or other location with a live remote proctoring option (LRP). NCCA is temporarily allowing us to offer the LRP option to candidates. 

Computer-Based Test

The CAE exam is administered as a computer-based test. Candidates can schedule their exam within a two-week window at any of the sites available through Scantron. Candidates will have 4 hours to complete the exam once they begin. Results will be mailed to candidates approximately 6 weeks after the final day of the testing window. Candidates will not receive results after they complete the exam at a testing center, as the post-exam process is not changing. After the test, the questions are analyzed statistically to identify if there are any hidden flaws. Questions that appear to be flawed are reviewed by the CAE Examination Committee to determine how that question should be scored. After these issues are resolved, the test is scored and the results are finalized. 

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