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


Register now for the CBE Exam

Take the CBE Practice Exam*

Prepare for the CBE exam by reviewing the following practice exam and corresponding answer key:

CBE Practice Exam
(Adobe PDF File)

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

February 25, 2018
CBE Exam 

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

April 19, 2018
CBE Exam
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
KPMG LLP, New York, NY

June 26, 2018
CBE Exam

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City - Denver Branch

July 18, 2018
CBE Exam
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC

October 3, 2018
CBE Exam

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

Check back for future exam offerings!

Or contact to schedule an exam sitting for a different date at the NABE Offices in Washington, DC.

To be eligible for a refund less $50, a written cancellation must be received no later than four weeks prior to the exam date via email to

NABE Economic Policy Conference
February 25-27, 2018

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University Partners 

Is your university interested in partnering with NABE on the CBE program?  There are many benefits to partnering with NABE to incorporate the CBE curriculum into university programs. More information