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PEARSON VUE Computer-based Test Centre Proctored Exams

IFSE Institute has partnered with Pearson VUE to offer computer-based testing to our students. Exams are written in-person and there are over 100 test centres across Canada (and 5,600 internationally) for you to choose from. Book into an open seat whenever and wherever one is available. Your exam is delivered on a computer with a proctor monitoring you throughout the session. At the end of your exam, you will be provided with an unofficial status. Your grades are transferred back to IFSE for review, and if incident-free, your results are posted within 3 to 5 business days.
What to expect when testing with Pearson VUE


What does “CBT” stand for?

CBT stands for Computer Based Testing.

How do I know if my course has a computer-based exam?

With a computer-based exam, you will be required to attend a specified exam session in person and where the event is invigilated by a proctor. IFSE has partnered with Pearson VUE to offer computer-based testing, which means you will write your exam in a Pearson VUE or affiliate location. The exam is delivered by a computer, you will answer each test question into the computer directly.

How do I register for a computer-based exam?

IFSE has partnered with Pearson VUE to offer computer-based testing. Currently, only certain courses have this option available. Check the course webpage.

Once you register for the course, you will be sent an “Authorization to Test letter”, by email, from IFSE.  You will also receive a detailed email about your Pearson VUE “Web Account” from Pearson VUE.  These emails will provide more information on how to register for a computer-based exam.

You may register for a computer-based exam by logging into your IFSE account. Once you have logged in:

  • Select “Exams”.
  • Select “Pearson VUE Computer Based Testing”. Follow the instructions given to you on your “Authorization to Test Letter” (and detailed email from Pearson VUE) to activate your Pearson VUE account and schedule your exam.

Contact us if you require assistance.

What is the check-in process for the computer-based exam?

Arrive at the test centre 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. Please be prepared to show one form of ID, have your digital photo taken and provide a digital signature. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be refused admission and forfeit the exam attempt and any applicable fees paid.

What is the cost for a computer-based exam?

Your first exam attempt is typically included in the price of the course enrolment; however, there may be some exceptions. You can find course pricing here.

Second and subsequent exam attempts are subject to an exam re-write fee.

Can I change my exam centre once I have registered for my computer-based exam?

Appointments may be re-scheduled or cancelled through the “Re-schedule a Test” or “Cancel a Test” button on Pearson VUE website. You have to login into your IFSE account first and then click to the Pearson VUE website. Requests to re-schedule or cancel a test appointment must be made at least one business day (24-hour minimum) before your scheduled appointment time.

What happens if I can’t make the scheduled exam date for my computer-based exam?

You can cancel or re-schedule a computer-based exam up to one business day (24-hour minimum) from your scheduled appointment time. If you fail to provide sufficient notice of cancellation or re-schedule, or you do not show up for your exam appointment, you will forfeit the exam attempt and any applicable fees paid. In addition, IFSE will charge you a missed exam fee.

What happens if I do not show up for my computer-based exam?

If you are scheduled to write an exam and you do not show up, you will be charged a missed exam fee and you forfeit that exam attempt and any fees you have paid for that exam write.

What if I fail my computer-based exam and need to re-write?

If you fail an exam and need to attempt it again, this is considered a re-write.  You will only be allowed to re-write if you are eligible for another attempt.  You can purchase a new exam attempt for a fee (“re-write fee”). IFSE will notify Pearson VUE of your eligibility and once you receive confirmation, you can login to your account and schedule your exam.