September 2020 CFP® Exam: Remote Proctoring FAQ
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CFP Board will allow remote proctoring for the September 2020 CFP® exam for candidates who are eligible based on location or health criteria.
The health and safety of those taking the CFP® exam are paramount to us. CFP Board continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and review the recommendations from national and state health organizations. To help accommodate candidates for the CFP® exam on September 22-29, 2020, CFP Board will allow remote proctoring for those who are eligible based on location or health criteria.
The following information provides answers to common questions, including the steps and process to apply for the remote proctoring option.
Remote proctoring is an exam delivery method that allows candidates to take the CFP® exam from home or a location of their choice, rather than at a Prometric test center. CFP Board’s test delivery vendor, Prometric, will administer the CFP® exam to candidates through the ProProctor remote assessment platform versus testing at a Prometric test center. The security process and candidate check in procedures are comparable to the test center. Prometric live Proctors monitor the candidate test session through audio and video throughout the duration of the exam.
The remote proctoring option is available only to candidates who are eligible based on location or health criteria. This includes candidates who need to travel more than 50 miles to get to a Prometric test center. It also includes candidates who have an eligible health reason. In order to participate in remote proctoring, candidates must meet minimum technology requirements.
No, CFP Board is only offering remotely proctored exams in the United States.
The main difference is your testing location. The remote testing security procedures match the level of scrutiny you will experience at a Prometric test center and the exam interface is the same. However, while the test center is responsible for a compatible testing environment, it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure a distraction-free environment when taking the exam at home/office.
To qualify for remote proctoring, you will need a fast and reliable internet connection and a computer or laptop that meets these minimum technical requirements:
- Screen Resolution: 1920 X 1080
- Operating System: Windows / MacOS
- Web Browser: Latest Google Chrome
- Webcam Resolution: 640 X 480p (if not using a laptop, a portable webcam is required)
- Microphone: Enabled
- Download Speed: 500 Kbps
Before applying to take the CFP® exam remotely, you are advised to run the System Readiness Check. The results will help you to determine if your system meets the minimum technology requirements and if your operating system is compatible to install and run the ProProctor application. The system check can be conducted at any time at https://rpcandidate.prometric.com/Home/SystemCheck
You need a computer with screen resolution of 1920 X 1080 for the CFP® exam to display properly. Please note that the ProProctor system check verifies a standard resolution of 1024 X 768.
For Windows computers:
- Click on the Windows Start button in the bottom left corner.
- Click on Settings (the gear icon).
- Click on System, which should populate the Display setting.
- Scroll down, and under Scale and Layout choose 1920 x 1080 for Display resolution.
For Mac computers:
- Open System Preferences and click on Displays.
- Hold down the Option/Alt key while simultaneously clicking on the radial button next to the ‘Scaled’ option under Resolution.
- This will reveal all available screen resolution options for your display. Choose 1920 x 1080.
You can apply for remote testing by following the 3-step process:
- Complete registration for the September 2020 exam through your CFP Board account.
- Submit the remote testing application and provide supporting documentation to prove that you meet the requirements. Download the application.
- Receive the approval confirmation for remote testing in five business days (Please note that calling to check up on the request will not speed up the approval process).
You need to submit a remote testing application to test from home. When you meet the eligibility requirements and are approved within five business days, CFP Board will cancel your test center appointment and send instructions to schedule your remote testing appointment.
Your remote testing environment must meet the following requirements during the check-in process with a Prometric Readiness Agent:
- Testing location must be indoors (walled), well lit, free from background noise and disruptions.
- No third party may be present in the room or enter the room for the duration of the exam. If this occurs, the proctor will terminate your exam and/or invalidate your results.
- Your workstation and surrounding area must be free of pens, paper, electronic devices, etc. No content that could potentially provide an unfair advantage during your exam, including that posted on walls or within your immediate area, should be present during your exam session.
- Regulations allow two tissues at the workstation, but the Proctor will inspect the tissues prior to the start of the exam.
I. During the check-in process the following self-service steps will occur:
1. The ProPoctor system will prompt you to capture your image.
2. The system will prompt you to capture an image of your government-issued ID.
3. The system will prompt you to read a check list to ensure the following is in place before meeting with a readiness agent
a. Clean workspace
b. Environment suitable for testing
c. Environment, clothing, and devices are compliant with Security requirements
II. You will meet the Prometric Readiness Agent who will guide you through three security checks before launching your exam:
1. ID Verification
- Your readiness agent will confirm your name, address, and exam details with you via video chat.
2. 360˚ Environmental Check
- Your Readiness Agent will ask you to provide a 360o view of your environment using your webcam.
- Your agent also will ask you to scan your work surface using your webcam. We strongly recommend having a medium-to- large mirror during your environmental check.
- During this step, your Readiness Agent will ask to inspect things such as bookshelves, wall hangings, electronic devices such as televisions. (*It is recommended to have a large bedsheet or linen available if asked to cover any area of clutter*)
IMPORTANT: Do not have your laptop connected to a docking station anytime during the setup of your exam. This can cause connectivity issues. Make sure to clear your workspace and put away all personal items.
3. Candidate Person Check
- Your Readiness Agent will ask you to stand up to do a scan of your person. This scan will include – but is not limited to – conducting a sleeve, pocket and glasses check. Additionally, you will be asked to turn all pockets inside out.
- Remove large jewelry items from your person prior to and throughout the duration of the exam.
IMPORTANT: In order to expedite the check-in process, please remember to empty your pockets prior to the visual check.
Prometric’s "What to Expect" video provides a summary of the information provided: https://www.prometric.com/proproctorcandidate
If you are still connected to the internet, the live proctor will attempt to reach you via chat or audio to troubleshoot the problem. Once connectivity is re-established, you will follow the candidate check in procedures for starting the exam.
In case you get disconnected from the internet, do the following:
- Wait for 3-4 minutes post disconnection.
- Reboot your desktop / laptop.
- Run the system check and ensure all the checks pass.
- Re-launch your exam using the “Launch exam” button on the top. You must go through the whole check-in process again, however your exam would start from the point where it was disconnected. Lost time cannot be recovered.
If connectivity cannot be reestablished due to an unstable or lost internet connection, the exam will be terminated. Candidates can report the issue to Prometric. Upon review and approval by CFP Board, candidates may receive one opportunity to take the test again remotely or at a test center (contingent on appointment availability).
- Have a stable internet connection
- Identify the place in their house where Wi-Fi is strongest and test there. CFP Board recommends direct hardwired internet connection instead of Wi-Fi.
- Do not have other family members using up internet bandwidth with Netflix, social media, etc.
The live Prometric Proctor will monitor the candidate throughout the examination, but the candidate will be unable to see the Proctor during the exam. However, the Proctor can be contacted at any time via chat. When necessary, the Proctor can also contact the candidate by chat or audio.
No, candidates must use a computer to complete the CFP® exam via ProProctor. Hybrid tablet/laptop devices such as the Microsoft Surface are not compatible with the ProProctor application.
- Unauthorized personal items may not be accessible while testing. Such items include, but are not limited to outerwear, jewelry, hats, food, drinks, purses, bags or briefcases, notebooks, watches, cell phones, electronic devices, or wearable technology.
- Test at home policies prohibit eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing gum during the exam. Proctors also restrict candidates from taking written notes or using published materials and other testing aids during the exam. A virtual scratchpad is available for taking notes. No physical scratch paper, pens, and pencils are permitted for note taking.
- Candidates must hang light clothing items they remove for comfort such as sweaters, suit jackets, scarves, etc., on their chair. They must not place the light clothing in laps or on the workstation desktop. Proctors restrict candidates from maintaining outerwear such as heavy coats, parkas, raincoats, etc., in the immediate testing area.
- Policies prohibit candidates from changing location while testing, turning off lighting or audio, or speaking to or receiving aid from other individuals.
Yes, due to the length of the CFP® exam you receive one scheduled 40-minute break between section one and section two of your exam. Candidates are able to take unscheduled breaks at any time during the exam session. Please note that the exam clock continues to run during the unscheduled break.
To begin your break, you must notify the Proctor before leaving the view of the camera. Failure to notify the Proctor prior to taking a break will result in termination of your exam session. When you return from break you must perform the same security check in routine administered at the start of your exam.
You will receive the preliminary result on screen at the end of the exam. You will also receive an email from Prometric with the preliminary results immediately after your exam. Official results will be provided to candidates approximately 4 weeks after the close of the testing window.