The exam is designed only to distinguish those who have the basic level of knowledge from those who do not. There is no evidence that someone who receives a very high score on the exam will perform significantly better on the job than someone whose score falls exactly at the passing point. Therefore, if you pass the exam, you will be informed only that you have successfully completed the credentialing process. You will NOT be notified of your actual score.
If you fail the exam, you will be notified of your score, the scaled score required to pass, and a diagnostic report showing your performance in each domain. This information is provided to assist you in deciding whether to retake the exam and how to plan study efforts for future exams.
ICCIFP will mail the exam results approximately 4-6 weeks after the exam. TO PROTECT THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE CANDIDATES, NO RESULTS WILL BE GIVEN OVER THE TELEPHONE.
If you fail the exam, you may ask that your test be rescored by hand to verify the reported score. Requests must be in writing and accompanied by a money order or certified check in the amount of $45, made payable to ICCIFP. Requests for hand scoring can be honored only up to six (6) months after the exam date. Please note that the exam booklets will be destroyed immediately after the exam and the answer sheets will be destroyed six (6) months after the exam date.
If, for any reason, you decide that you do not want your score reported, you may follow either of two procedures:
A canceled score will not be reported to you or to ICCIFP, nor will a record be kept of the exam results. No refunds will be given for score cancellations. To retake the exam after a score cancellation, a new application and examination fee must be submitted, you must meet all eligibility requirements in effect at the time of the application and you must wait a minimum of six (6) months between exam attempts.
There is no limit on the number of times you may apply for and take the exam. However, if you do not succeed in passing the exam after three (3) attempts, you will be required to show proof of courses or seminars taken to remedy deficiencies. You must wait a minimum of six (6) months between exam attempts. A new application form and all applicable fees must be submitted each time re-examination is requested and you must meet all eligibility requirements in effect at the time of the application. There is a reduced examination re-take fee available to candidates for 18 months from the original unsuccessful examination attempt. Currently, the examination re-take fees are $325 for CFMA members, $375 for non-members, plus the application fee.
If your application is denied for failure to meet the prerequisites and you believe you are eligible to sit for the exam, you may appeal the decision within thirty (30) days in writing, setting forth the reasons and including documentation if applicable. You may appeal your exam results in accordance with ICCIFP policies and procedures. Failure to pass the exam is not grounds for an appeal. If you have an issue with your exam results or re-scored exam results, you may appeal the results within thirty (30) days in writing, setting forth your reasoning and including documentation if applicable. All appeals must be addressed to ICCIFP’s Appeals Committee Chairman.
ICCIFP’s Appeals Committee will consider your written appeal at its next regular meeting. In the event that ICCIFP determines that your appeal warrants further discussion, you will be able to appeal the results at the next regular meeting of ICCIFP’s Appeals Committee. The decision of ICCIFP’s Appeals Committee is then forwarded as a recommendation to the ICCIFP’s Board of Trustees for action.
ICCIFP does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, medical condition, physical disability, or marital status.