Once you've chosen your CPA Program exam format and scheduled your appointment, it’s time to focus on your study and prepare for the exam period.

On this page:

Study support

As a CPA Program candidate, you have access to an extensive range of resources to help you master your subject content.

We recommend that you review the in-semester study support available to you, to help you make the most of your resources and study time.


Exam Formats

Both CPA Program exam formats have unique requirements — familiarise yourself with your chosen formats now so you can feel confident and prepared on the day of your exam.

Find out more about the requirements of your chosen format and how to best prepare for your exam:

Test-Centre Computer Exam

A computer-based exam in a physical test centre.

Online Proctored Exam

An online exam supervised by a person via your computer.


Exam preparation

The sooner you being your exam preparation, the more time you'll have for study as you approach your appointment.

We've summarised some key steps to help you ahead of your exam.

  Test-Centre Computer-Based Exams Online Proctored Exams
Check the name on your ID's against the name in your profile with CPA Australia. If they don't match, please contact us
Check your appointment details in the exam confirmation email from Pearson VUE — focus on the date, time, time-zone and location, if applicable
Check your calculator against the guidelines on your exam format page
Check the health and safety requirements on the Pearson VUE website  
Complete a system test, and check your computer settings against the device checklist  
Find a suitable room in which to sit your exam — one that is enclosed, private and has access to a stable internet connection  
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Singapore taxation

The exam for Singapore Taxation is closed book. If you are enrolled in this subject, you can only bring the approved tax acts recommended in the study guide into the exam.

Your Singapore Taxation exam will be held on a fixed date at the Tax Academy of Singapore's exam venue in Singapore — you must be available to attend the exam on this date.


Have questions?

If you have any outstanding questions about either exam option, check out our CPA Program Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more.