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 close of business on the listed application deadline.
- The May exam will be held May 1-14, 2021.
The application deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021.
The December exam will be held December 1-14, 2021.
The application deadline is Friday, September 24, 2021.
- The application fee is $500 for ASAE members and $750 for nonmembers.
Registering for an Exam Date
Once you have an approved application on file, you will be sent a notification to schedule from Scantron via email approximately 4 weeks before the examination date. Once you receive a notice to schedule you can select a site and date for your exam. Exam applications remain valid for one year after the date of approval. A candidate with an approved application may test in any of the test administrations offered within the one-year time frame. If his/her application expires, the candidate must submit a new application with the appropriate fees and have the application approved in order to register for the exam. A retake fee will apply for sitting more than once on the same application.
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 Spring 2020 test window has been extended to four weeks. The test is administered at scheduled test sites throughout the U.S. and internationally at Scantron testing centers. Due to COVID-19 concerns, Spring 2020 candidates will also have the option of taking the exam from their home or other location with a live online proctoring option (LOP). NCCA is temporarily allowing us to offer the LOP option to candidates.
Beginning with the Spring 2020 exam, the CAE will be administered as a computer-based test. Candidates will be able to 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 results are finalized. Results from the Spring 2020 exam are anticipated to be sent mid to late August.
Reasonable Accommodations Pursuant to the ADA
The CAE Commission will make reasonable efforts to accommodate eligible candidates who provide documented evidence of their disability or need for special arrangements, with auxiliary aids and services that do not present an undue burden to the CAE Commission and do not fundamentally alter the measurement of the knowledge the assessment is intended to test. If you require special testing arrangements, you must inform the CAE Commission of your needs in writing upon application submission or at least 30 days prior to your exam date.