Use the resources below to learn more about preparing and sitting for the CBE Exam, 


Register now for the CBE Exam

NEW! CBE Exam now offered online and at worldwide testing centers!  Register now to take the exam from the comfort and safety of your home or office* or at a testing center near you. After completing registration with NABE, you will receive more information by the next business day on how to register to take the exam remotely or at a testing center near you.

*Must have a webcam for remote monitoring by an exam proctor.

Take the CBE Practice Exam

We recommend that you take one of the practice exams below. Based on the results of that exam, you will have a better understanding of sections that need more review/preparation before taking the second practice exam.

Exam Schedule, Course Content Outlines, Self-Study Resources, and Practice Exam 

Today’s business economists and analysts are expected to master a wide array of disciplines. The CBE examination is based on an advanced body of knowledge, developed and reviewed by leading business economists to ensure that it reflects the most relevant information and core competencies demanded by today’s top employers. The CBE examination is developed and administered by NABE. 

Quick Checklist: Do you have two years of work experience in applied business economics or in a related field? Do you possess a four-year degree? Are you a current NABE Member? Have you completed NABE's Writing Skills and Communication and Presentation Skills courses or suitable alternatives? (These can be completed after the exam.)

If so, you are ready to take the CBE Exam! Have questions? Consult the Candidate Information page

The CBE Exam is a comprehensive multiple-choice assessment, testing a candidate’s practical and applied knowledge in the following areas:

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Statistics and Data Analytics
  • Economic Measurement
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Macroeconomics / Microeconomics  

Candidates may choose a path of self study or enroll in NABE’s courses if guided learning is preferred. Detailed content outlines are posted below for each subject area, and sample exam questions are available.



Content Outlines and Self Study Resources

Applied Econometrics Content Outline | Self Study Resources

Economic Measurement Seminar Content Outline | Self Study Resources

Macroeconomics Content Outline | Self Study Resources

Microeconomics Content Outline | Self Study Resources

Statistics and Data Analytics Content Outline | Self Study Resources

Managerial Decision Making Content Outline | Self Study Resources

*The actual Exam will be approximately 137 questions and 3 hours and 15 minutes in duration.


CBE Exam Schedule and Registration

Exam Cost: $250

NEW! Register to take the CBE Exam remotely or at a testing center near you!

Or contact [email protected] to schedule an exam sitting at the NABE Office in Washington, DC.

If you need to cancel an exam registration, written cancellation must be received via email to [email protected]. A credit for the exam fee, less a $50 fee, will be placed on your account for future use if cancellation is made within four weeks after your initial registration.