Series 3 - National Commodities Futures Examination

Regulatory Relief for Testing and Continuing Education 

FINRA is working to accommodate testing and regulatory element continuing education candidates impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Hurricane Harvey: We will automatically extend the enrollment windows due to expire between August 25, 2017 and September 22, 2017 for candidates who are in the affected counties and regions declared a "disaster" by the federal or state governments. The new enrollment end date will be extended until November 6, 2017.

Hurricane Irma: We will automatically extend the enrollment windows due to expire between September 5, 2017 and October 1, 2017 for candidates who are in the affected counties and regions declared a "disaster" by the federal or state governments. The new enrollment end date will be extended until November 15, 2017.

As more information becomes available, FINRA may provide additional extensions.

Please contact FINRA's Gateway Call Center at 301-590-6500 with any questions or if you require additional information.

The Series 3 exam—the National Commodities Futures Examination—is a National Futures Association (NFA) exam administered by FINRA.

The exam consists of 120 scored questions. Candidates have two hours and 30 minutes to complete the exam, which consists of two parts. A candidate must score 70% on each part in order to pass the exam.

For additional information about this exam, including the content outline, please visit the National Futures Association Proficiency Exam page.                

Using Reference Material


The test administrator will provide whiteboard/dry erase marker and basic electronic calculators to the candidates, which must be returned to the test center administrator at the end of the testing session. Some test questions involve calculations. Only the provided calculators may be used during the examination.

The examination may contain questions that require the use of exhibits (e.g., charts, graphs, tables). If so, the questions will indicate when to refer to an exhibit.

Candidates are not permitted to bring any reference materials to testing sessions. Severe penalties are imposed on candidates who cheat or attempt to cheat on FINRA administered examinations.

To learn more about logistics and protocols for your exam day, please see On The Day of Your Exam.