The Subjects of the CFRE

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Prospective Donor Research

This part is 14% (approximately 28 questions). From the highest portion to the lowest portion, this is the fourth largest part of the exam. 

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Securing the Gift

This part is 23% (approximately 46 items). From the highest portion to the lowest portion, this is the second-largest part of the exam.  

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Relationship Building

This part is 28% (approximately 52 items). From the highest portion to the lowest portion, this is the largest part of the exam.  

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Volunteer Engagement

This part is 8% (approximately 16 questions). From the highest portion to the lowest portion, this is the smallest part of the exam. 

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Leadership & Management

This part is 19% (or 38 items). From the highest portion to the lowest portion, this is the third-largest portion of the exam. 

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Ethics

This part is 10% (or 20 items). From the highest portion to the lowest portion, this is the fifth-largest portion of the exam. 

Let's put all that another way. 

largest part of the CFRE

smallest

1) Relationship Building

2) Securing the Gift

3) Leadership & Management

4) Prospective Donor Research

5) Ethics

6) Volunteer Engagement