Exam Scoring & Results

During the exam, questions may be unanswered or bookmarked for return later in the session. Before exiting the exam, be sure to answer each question. There’s no penalty for guessing, but unanswered items will be treated as wrong answers. PSI is responsible for the validity and integrity of scores they report. Occurrences such as a computer malfunction or candidate misconduct may cause a score to be suspect. PSI reserves the right to void or withhold exam results if violation of its regulations is discovered.

Exam results:
After you have completed the exam and answered the questions regarding your testing experience, you will be instructed to report to the Test Center proctor to receive your hard copy score report. The score report will include your photograph and your exam results indicating “Pass” or “Fail.” Passing score information and statistics for the exam are available on the CBDM website here. ANFP will email information (to the e-mail address on file in your record) about the CDM, CFPP Certification Program to all individuals who pass the exam, including information about the required step to activate your certification within one year of passing the exam. You are not certified until you activate your certification.

The passing score is 96 (this is not a percentage score) out of the possible 140 correct answers. The percentage score will not be provided on your score report. The exam also includes 20 unscored items that are being pretested for future examinations. Pretesting is a standard process that allows the CBDM to evaluate the quality of new items for use on future exams, which also allows for the issuance of score reports on the day of the exam administration. 

According to the privacy policy published on CBDMonline.org, the CBDM maintains confidentiality of candidate and certificant data and information. No information will be released without written permission from the applicant, candidate, or certificant unless required by court order or other legal process. 

If you pass the exam:

  • If you are an ANFP member when you pass the exam and maintain your Professional membership with ANFP, you will automatically be upgraded to Certified Status with the initial certification fee waived one time. CBDM will send your certificate and letter in the mail to the address on file in your record.
  • If you are not an ANFP member when you pass the exam, you may choose to activate your credential as a member or non-member. You must activate your certification within one year of the date you pass the exam. After activation is completed, CBDM will send your certificate and letter via mail to the address on file in your record.

  • Failing to activate the certification within one year of the date you passed the exam will result in the certification being terminated. To be eligible for certified status again, you must submit a new exam application with fees for review and approval, meet the current eligibility requirements, and receive a passing score on the exam.

  • Learn more information about certification activation and the fees HERE.

If you do not pass the exam:

If you do not pass and wish to re-take the exam, you may reapply, but there must be at least 90 days between the day you took the exam and the next scheduled exam. You must complete and submit a new exam application, fully meet the current eligibility requirements, and pay the full registration fee each time you take the exam. You may continue to take the exam until you receive a passing score.

All candidates wishing to retest must meet the 90-day wait period. The wait period policy allows individuals time to review their score report, which provides feedback on their performance on each of the content areas assessed, and to prepare accordingly to retake the exam. While the CBDM has more than one active form of the exam at all times, there are some questions that overlap on each form, and the requisite 90-day wait period helps ensure security of the overall exam.

For security purposes, we cannot release the exam in part or whole, including the questions that you missed. If you do not pass the exam, you will receive a breakdown of each competency area covered on the exam, indicating how well you performed on each content area. This will help you determine what areas to concentrate on when preparing to take the exam again.

Verifying Scoring:
Examinees who question or dispute their test score can request to have their score verified for a fee. PSI verifies scoring by calculating the number of questions the examinee answered correctly at the test center, and confirming that the number matches what was reported on the score report. If you wish to have your score verified, you must submit your request in writing to CBDM at info@CBDMonline.org. Include your name, ID number, and the date and location at which you tested.