The FRM Exam consists of two parts, Part I and Part II, which are both offered twice a year on the third Saturday of May and the third Saturday of November. Part I is an equally-weighted 100 question multiple-choice Exam offered in the morning of the Exam day, and Part II is an equally weighted 80 question multiple-choice Exam offered in the afternoon of the Exam day. Both Exams are administered in a paper and pencil format.
Part I and Part II each have a maximum allowable time for completion of four hours. It is important to note that Part I and Part II must be passed sequentially. Therefore, while it is possible to sit for both parts of the Exam on the same day, you must receive a passing score on Part I of the Exam before GARP will score your Part II Exam. Most candidates elect to take Part I and Part II on separate Exam administrations.
You should also be aware that the Exams are offered in English only; specifically American English. GARP is aware that not every candidate’s native language is American English. In the exam development process, GARP makes every effort to ensure that questions are written in a clear, concise form and avoids the use of colloquialisms or other terms and phrases that might confuse a non-native American English speaker.
Another consideration for potential candidates is the quantitative aspect of the subject matter. The level of mathematical difficulty of the Exam is consistent with an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate level finance course at most universities. It should also be noted that while the FRM Exam is conceptual in nature, you will still need to know important formulas and calculations and how to apply them correctly. Formula sheets are not provided with the Exam. For guidance on which formulas to focus on, please refer to the Learning Objectives and look for any statements that include the words ‘calculate,’ ‘compute’ or ‘derive.’ These words will generally indicate an associated formula to commit to memory.