Enrol in Foundation exams

Content Summary

Schedule your foundation exams to secure a time and location that suits your schedule.

How to enrol

If you've completed a membership application and received your foundation outcome, then you're ready to enrol in your foundation exam subjects.

Enrol now

Schedule your exam

Once you've enrolled, you can schedule your exam online.

Candidates in most countries* will have the choice between two exam options:

  • a test centre computer-based exam, or
  • an online proctored exam.

*If you're sitting an exam in Mainland China, Japan, Slovenia and South Korea, your exam will be available exclusively in a test centre.

Your exam options

When you log into My CPA Program, you'll see the available exam options in your region. You'll need to book an exam appointment, whether it's in a test centre or online.

Once your exam is scheduled, we suggest you familiarise yourself with our guide on what to expect on the day of your foundation exam.

Before scheduling a test centre exam, please familiarise yourself with the safety precautions at test centres in your region.

Before scheduling an online proctored exam, please ensure you have read all of the details about this exam format, reviewed the device checklist and understood the room set-up requirements.

Device checklistPDF · 64.2 KB

Follow these steps to get your device ready for your online-proctored exam

When selecting an exam, MY CPA Program will show the venues closest to your residential address. It's important ensure this is up to date, so these options reflect your current address. You can check or update your address online.

Schedule a test centre computer-based exam

  1. Log into My CPA Program using your Member ID or email address and password. If you've forgotten your password or need to change it, you can also do this in My CPA Program.
  2. Select Manage exam and you'll be directed to the secure website of our exam partner, Pearson VUE.
  3. Select the subject for which you wish to schedule an exam. You will then see the options available to you. Select ‘at local test centre’.
  4. You'll then see the available exam appointments. Select your preferred date, time and location. Note that the time zone for the appointments shown is based on the physical location of the test centre.
  5. You can add additional exam appointments for other subjects or proceed to checkout to finish scheduling your exam.

Schedule an online proctored exam

  1. Log into My CPA Program using your Member ID or email address and password. If you've forgotten your password or need to change it, you can also do this in My CPA Program.
  2. Select Manage exam and you'll be directed to the secure website of our exam partner, Pearson VUE.
  3. Select the subject for which you wish to schedule an exam. You will then see the exam options available to you. Select ‘at home or office’*.
  4. You'll then be prompted to complete a systems test. It's important that you complete this test on the computer you'll use on the day of the exam. If you fail the systems test, please review the technical requirements checklist and try again.
  5. You will then see the available exam appointments. Select your preferred date and time. You'll also need to select a time zone. Make sure you select the time zone for where you'll be when you sit the exam.
  6. You can add additional exam appointments for other subjects or proceed to checkout to finish scheduling your exam.

*Please note, if you live in Mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Slovenia, you will see both exam options, however online exams are not available in your region. Please select ‘at local test centre’.

After scheduling your exam, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE confirming your appointment. The email also includes information about exam regulations and administrative procedures, including check-in requirements, testing procedures and the structure of the exams.

You can also access and print a copy of your exam details via My CPA Program.

Your exam scheduling deadline

You have up to 12 months from the date of your enrolment to schedule and sit your exam. The 12-month exam deadline is calculated as being 365 days from your enrolment.

For enrolments occurring over a leap year, your exam deadline will pass two days before your enrolment anniversary.

We recommend that you note the date that you enrol to ensure sit the exam within this 12-month deadline.

Reschedule or change your exam

It's possible to reschedule your exam. If you reschedule up to 72 hours before the exam was due to occur, there will be no fee. If you reschedule between 72 and 24 hours before the exam, a fee will apply.

You can't reschedule or cancel an exam appointment with less than 24 hours' notice. No refunds will be issued if you cancel a subject's enrolment or fail to sit an exam.

If you want to change your exam appointment to another exam delivery mode, you'll lose the original appointment time. You're not guaranteed the same appointment time when you change formats.

Occasionally, due to unforeseen events, exams may need to be rescheduled or relocated. Unforeseen events are considered but not limited to natural disasters, extreme weather events, health pandemics, power outages, site closures or connectivity issues, changes to your scheduled exam appointment may be required.

If this happens to your exam appointment, we'll contact you by phone or email. If we're unable to contact you before the exam appointment, we'll work to reschedule it. You can accept or change to suit your requirements via My CPA Program.