Finding your test centre location

The business name, address and directions for your exam location can be found in the appointment confirmation email that was sent to you after you scheduled your exam. This information will also be included in the reminder email that you receive seven (7) days prior to your appointment.

Take time in advance of your exam to look at how to get to the test centre. For example, public transport details or parking facilities.

Admission and exam timeline

  Maximum time allowed
1. Admission to the test centre and exam room 15 minutes
2. Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) 5 minutes
3. Exam Tutorial 10 minutes
4. Exam 3 hours 15 minutes
5. Survey 15 minutes
6. Candidate Exam Report 5 minutes

1. Admission to the test centre and exam room

You need to arrive at the test centre at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your exam.

When you arrive at the test centre, the employees will take you through the admissions process:

Identification requirements

You must provide two original forms of valid and current identification (ID) to enter the venue for the exam.

  • Your primary ID must be government issued and it must contain your photograph and signature. For example, a drivers licence, passport, military ID or national or country ID card.
  • Your secondary ID must contain either your photograph or signature. For example, driver's license or a credit/debit card.

The name on your ID must exactly match the name on your member profile with CPA Australia. If you need to update your profile you must contact us at least five business days before your scheduled exam appointment.

Upon your arrival

  • The ID will be checked to ensure it is valid (that is, not expired and matches your enrolment and scheduling data in the Pearson VUE system).
  • You will provide your signature on a digital signature pad (or a back-up signature sheet) and the test centre employees will check that the signature matches the ID.
  • Your photograph may be taken by a digital camera and stored for any future verification purposes.
  • The test centre employees will show you where to store your belongings. No personal items are permitted to be taken  into the testing room. 
  • You will be given an erasable whiteboard and pen to use for any rough work.
  • You will be admitted to the testing room.

Candidates shall not be permitted to waive the digital signature or photograph requirement. 

Examples of documents you can use:

Primary ID
  • Driver’s license
  • Learner’s permit (plastic card only with photo and signature)
  • National, state, or country identification card
  • Passport
  • Passport cards
  • Military identification
  • Military identification for spouses and dependents
  • Alien registration card (Green card, permanent resident visa)
  • Government-issued local language identification (plastic card with photo and signature)
Secondary ID
  • Debit (ATM) card
  • Credit cards
  • Any form of identification on the primary list








Note: Candidates in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore or Vietnam are permitted to use their national ID card, even though no signature is present.

Personal items

You will not be allowed to take personal belongings into the testing room other than a calculator if required. There is an on-screen scientific calculator available to use

Examples of personal items not permitted in the testing room

  • Some items of clothing and jewellery for example jackets, large pieces of jewellery, jewellery that could disturb others by making a noise
  • Food and drinks (including water). If you need to access water or medicines during the exam you may take an unscheduled break by raising your hand to get the attention of the test administrator. The exam timer will not stop during unscheduled breaks
  • Paper and pens (an erasable whiteboard and pen is available for rough work)
  • Mobile phones, tablets, iPads and PDAs
  • Purses and wallets
  • Watches
  • Bags

Entering the testing room

When you’ve been admitted to the testing room, the Test Administrator will start your exam. Don’t worry if other candidates are starting their exam at a different time to you as all candidates will get the same amount of time to complete their exam.

You will take your exam using a computer. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with how to navigate through the computer-based exam before the day of your exam. You can do so at any time by going to Pearson VUE and downloading the tutorial.

Please note that this is not a sample or mock exam.

2. Non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

You must accept this NDA in order to take your exam. If you decline the NDA then your exam will end and you will need to re-enrol and pay to take the exam again.

3. Exam tutorial

A short tutorial showing you how to navigate your way through the exam will be presented before your exam commences (maximum time 10 minutes).

4. Exam

You will be presented with 100 multiple choice questions to answer in 3 hours and 15 minutes. You may flag items for review and come back to them later.

If you’d like to take a break during your exam, the timer will not stop and you will not be able to have time added. If you need to leave the testing room you should remain seated and raise your hand to get the attention of the Test Administrator who will assist and accompany you. You are not allowed to access any study materials, mobile phone or other personal belongings during your exam.

5. Survey

After completing your exam, an online survey will appear on your screen, this should only take a few minutes to complete.

6. Candidate exam report

After completing your exam, you will receive a printed candidate feedback report at the test centre. This report will give you your score in relation to the passing score and provide further detail about your performance under each learning objective.