Once you’ve enrolled in a CPA Program subject, your next step is to schedule your exam. You are responsible for scheduling your own exam, and it’s important you do so promptly to secure your preferred exam location, date and time. To schedule your exam log in at My CPA Program.

The exam period for each semester is listed on our important dates and fees page. Due to the secure nature of the exam process and the large number of exams that are conducted globally each semester, alternative exam dates are not available. If the advertised dates are unsuitable, you should defer your exam to a future semester.

Exams are offered in multiple locations during this period, but availability of exams will vary by location. You can view the full list of confirmed exam venues (pdf) before you schedule to help make your selection.

Computer based exams are increasingly available in all locations. In some locations, paper-based exams may still be offered, although with reduced availability.

If you do not schedule your exam by the advertised closing date, CPA Australia will schedule on your behalf using your residential address to select an exam venue. A request to change your appointment after the closing date may be made by contacting us, but we cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate your request.

See: Exam scheduling policy

Exam locations

Exams are offered in multiple locations meaning the majority of candidates will be able to locate an exam venue within a reasonable distance of their residential address.

Availability of exams will vary by location. You may view the full list of confirmed exam venues (PDF) before you schedule to help make your selection.

If you cannot identify an appropriate exam venue within a reasonable distance of your residential address, it is important to contact us before the closing date for exam scheduling.

How to schedule your exam

Schedule your exam after you receive your enrolment confirmation email.

  1. Once logged into My CPA Program select "Schedule" under the subject
  2. Select your exam format: computer-based exam or paper-based exams – remember that there is limited availability of paper-based exams so if you do not see an appropriate exam venue, you will need to go back a step and select a computer-based exam
  3. Select your exam venue
  4. Select the date and time of your exam
  5. Confirm your exam appointment 

Confirmation of exam location, date and time

Once you have scheduled your exam, you will receive an email from our exam provider, Pearson VUE, confirming the location, date and time of your exam. If you do not see it right away, be sure to check your spam folder. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours, contact us. The details of your exam can also be accessed on My CPA Program.

Rescheduling your exam

Whist you are unable to change your selected exam format, you can reschedule your exam via My CPA Program until the scheduling closing date. If you need to make changes to your exam after this date, contact us to investigate your options.

It’s important to understand we may not always be able to accommodate your request.

Singapore Taxation

Candidates enrolled in the Singapore Taxation subject must attend the exam at the Tax Academy of Singapore's exam venue in Singapore. Change of exam location is not available to candidates enrolled in this subject under any circumstances.

If you have any difficulty scheduling your exam, contact your nearest CPA Australia office.