CPA examinations are written in exam centres throughout Western Canada on CPA-issued laptops and marked by CPA Canada national markers. All CPA exams are written in Surpass (SecureClient), a lockdown exam writing software. Exam registration is included when registering for a module.
When registering for a CPA module or examination, you will select a location within Western Canada to write the examination. Examination locations may include convention centres, hotel conference centres, banquet halls, or post-secondary institutions.
Anyone living more than 150 km away from one of the primary or secondary examination locations can submit an Alternate Exam Location request through My CPA Portal at least ten weeks before the examination. A fee may apply.
You must attend the examination location in the city you selected during registration. Requests to change a chosen examination location must be made at least six weeks before the examination by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Examination location changes are subject to availability.
CPA examinations begin at 9:00 AM local time. Please arrive early to sign into the examination centre.
The post-examination process can take an extra half hour (or more), especially at larger exam centres. Please keep this timing in mind when planning your activities after the examination. Your patience is appreciated, as exam supervisors must reconcile all examination booklets and files before anyone can leave the examination centre.
CPA Canada has strict policies regarding acceptable items to bring into the examination centre. You are responsible for reviewing and following the exam regulations before each exam as the regulations are updated regularly. You will be provided with a laptop, calculator, exam booklet, and earplugs and will have access to power to plug in laptops. If you need to bring additional or prohibited items, for example, medications, you must request an exam accommodation.
CPA Western School of Business provides reasonable exam accommodations for a variety of reasons. Please visit the CPAWSB exam accommodations webpage to learn more about exam accommodations and making requests.