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CFA UK now offers OnVUE Online Proctoring

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CFA UK, working with Pearson VUE, have now launched OnVUE Online Proctored examinations enabling you to take your exam from home. 

Please be advised that this webpage relates to CFA UK exams only. For updates regarding CFA Program exams visit this webpage or contact CFA Institute by emailing info@cfainstitute.org.

OnVUE online proctored examinations now provide an additional testing option for candidates, enabling them to take examinations at home without needing to travel to a test centre. Should candidates wish to take their exam in a test centre, this option is still available.

To see if you can take your exam from home, please see the detailed system requirements below.

Candidates must ensure that they can meet the system requirements and run the systems test before scheduling an examination via OnVUE Online Proctoring.

OnVUE online proctored examinations launched for Certificate in ESG Investing candidates in June 2020 and in July 2020 for IMC Candidates

Below we have published some frequently asked questions, and you can also view our recent candidate webinar on online proctored exams.

Please note: handheld calculators are no longer permitted. Please see our calculator policy for further information. 

System requirements 

Candidates are responsible for ensuring the suitability of their own technical equipment before scheduling an OnVUE online proctored exam. Candidates must provide their own computer for testing:

• Mac or Windows
• Functional webcam
• OnVUE software downloaded
• Specified internet 
• Private space to test (uninterrupted) and a clean desk

A full list of system requirements can be found here.  

You should ensure you run a systems test prior to scheduling an OnVUE exam.  You should close down all non-essential applications before launching the software.

Wherever you test, you should be in a walled room, with a closed door and without distractions. No one else is permitted in the room with you while you are testing. If anyone enters the room during the exam, the exam will be terminated and you will need to re-register and pay the associated registration fee.

Please see the Tips on taking an OnVUE exam guide for further information.

Pearson Terms and Conditions

In order to take an OnVUE online proctored exam, candidates will, on the day of the exam, be required to agree to the specific terms and conditions in place for OnVUE online proctoring. Specifically:

By taking the exam, you acknowledge that the proctor will continuously monitor you by video and audio while you take your exam, and you acknowledge and consent to audio and video recording of your face, voice, the physical room where you are seated, and the location during exam delivery. You recognise that you have no right to privacy at your current location during exam delivery and that you waive any and all claims asserting a right to privacy. If you do not wish to be recorded (either by video or audio), please notify the proctor immediately of your intention not to proceed with the exam.

If you do not follow the online proctored policies or are suspected of cheating or tampering with Pearson VUE’s or its subcontractor’s software, or if a third party is detected in the physical room where you are seated during the exam, the exam will be immediately terminated. This will be reported to Pearson VUE and CFA UK, along with audio and/or video evidence of the infraction. Your exam may be invalidated, and CFA UK may take other action following investigation.

OnVUE frequently asked questions

What are OnVUE online proctored exams?

OnVUE online proctored exams are exams delivered via the Pearson VUE OnVUE system that can enable CFA UK candidates to sit their exams securely at home/work via internet‐based testing.

 

How is an OnVUE online proctored exam different to an exam taken in a test centre?

During an online proctored exam, your ID is authenticated remotely, and online proctors monitor 100% of your exam session in real time via your webcam and audio equipment. At test centres, your ID is verified by test centre staff and your exam session is monitored by test centre proctors (invigilators). In all other respects (such as exam duration), the exam remains the same whether taken in a test centre or via OnVUE online proctoring and candidates receive the same certification for the CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in ESG Investing.

 

Can I still take a CFA UK exam in a test centre?

Candidates can still choose to sit their CFA UK exam at a Pearson VUE test centres, subject to availability. Test centres for ESG are currently enabled in the UK and in countries where CFA UK has an international partnership agreement with the local CFA society. Please see here or email for further information.

 

Can I take an OnVUE online proctored examination from anywhere in the world?

Yes. Candidates can schedule exams via OnVUE online proctored exams globally with the following exceptions: 

List of countries and region where OnVue is not delivered due to OFAC related sanction:

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Crimea and Sevastopol region 

General Country Restrictions

The online proctor exam delivery system has very specific technical, system, environment, and testing protocol requirements, which may not be supported in some countries. Pearson VUE does not deliver OP exams in following countries: 

  • China
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • North Korea
  • Sudan

OnVue is available in Zimbabwe.

If CFA UK does not have an international partnership agreement with the local CFA society in my country, can I take the Certificate in ESG Investing exam via OnVUE online proctored exams in my country?

Yes. Candidates can schedule exams for the Certificate in ESG Investing via OnVUE online proctored exams globally with the following exceptions: 

List of countries and region where OnVue is not delivered due to OFAC related sanction:

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Crimea and Sevastopol region 

General Country Restrictions

The online proctor exam delivery system has very specific technical, system, environment, and testing protocol requirements, which may not be supported in some countries. Pearson VUE does not deliver OP exams in following countries: 

  • China
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • North Korea
  • Sudan

OnVue is available in Zimbabwe.

Is there an additional cost for me to sit my exam via OnVUE online proctored exams?

No. Your CFA UK qualification registration fee includes your exam sitting fee, provided that you sit your exam within 12 months of the date of registration. Candidates can choose whether to sit their exam at a test centre or via OnVUE online proctoring, both of which are subject to availability.

 

I have already registered for the Certificate in ESG Investing / Investment Management Certificate – do I need to re‐register to be able to take the exam as an OnVUE online proctored exam?

No – candidates who have already registered for the Certificate in ESG Investing / Investment Management Certificate need not re-register to take the exam via OnVUE. For new candidates, there is no change to the existing registration process.

If you have already scheduled an exam in a test centre, you will need to cancel this exam booking before being able to schedule an OnVUE online proctored exam.

 

 

How do I schedule an OnVUE online proctored exam?

Once you have received your registration booking confirmation, you need to wait 48 hours. At that point, you may log onto the Pearson VUE website and schedule your exam. You will have the option of scheduling your exam in a test centre or via OnVUE online proctoring. Please note: it is essential that you check your device meets the systems requirements for OnVUE online proctored exams (se below) and run the systems test before scheduling your exam via OnVUE.

Candidates are advised to pay particular attention to the setting of the scheduling clock when scheduling a time for their OnVUE examination. The scheduling clock can be viewed as a 12-hour clock, or a 24-hour clock. Both clocks have clear ‘Morning’ and ‘Afternoon’ headings.

Please note: An examination time of 12am on the 12-hour clock, will be for 12 midnight and not 12 noon. Please see the examples below of the different clock settings.

OnVue FAQs

 

OnVue FAQs

I have already scheduled to take my exam in a test centre. Can I reschedule my exam to take it via OnVUE online proctoring?

Yes – normal scheduling requirements apply (ie you must allow a minimum of 72 hours before your scheduled exam time to be able to reschedule). You will need to cancel your test centre exam in order to reschedule your exam as an OnVUE online proctored exam via logging into the Pearson VUE website.

 

When can I schedule my exam?

OnVUE online proctored exams are offered Monday to Saturday, 24 hours a day, subject to availability.

 

What is the minimum technical specification to use OnVUE online proctored exams?

Candidates are responsible for ensuring the suitability of their own technical equipment before scheduling an OnVUE online proctored exam. Candidates must provide their own computer for testing:

  • Mac or Windows
  • Functional webcam
  • OnVUE software downloaded
  • Specified minimum internet speed
  • Private space to test (uninterrupted) and a clean desk

A full list of system requirements can be found here

Candidates should run the Systems test before scheduling an OnVUE exam to confirm they meet the system the requirements.

 

I don’t know how fast my internet speed is. How can I find this out?

Internet speed tests measure the speed of your internet connection. Your connection speed includes things like download speed and upload speed. There are many websites which offer alink to test the speed of your internet. For example:

  • Go to www.google.com
  •  Search for ‘internet speed test’
  • Tap or click ‘Run Speed Test’

Google partners with Measurement Lab (M‐Lab) to run this test.

 

How can I apply for reasonable adjustments to be applied for my OnVUE online proctored exam?

Candidates should submit a reasonable adjustment request with CFA UK before scheduling their exam. Some reasonable adjustments may not be available in an OnVUE online proctored exam.

 

What happens on the day of the exam?

The ID verification and check‐in process is different for OnVUE online proctored exams. Full details can be found below.

 

What checks take place before I can start my OnVUE online proctored exam?

You should check in for your exam 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time.

  • Step 1: System check
  • Step 2: Photo capture: ID, headshot and room photos
  • Step 3: Automated ID verification
    ‐ comparing headshot to ID
    ‐ comparing registration name to ID
    ‐ Authenticate ID
  • Step 4: Room photo review

 

What support is available before and during an OnVUE online proctored exam?

Phone and chat online chat support is available before the exam. Chat support is available during the exam.

 

What happens if I have technical difficulties during my OnVUE online proctored exam?

During the check‐in process, it is important that you enter a valid telephone number that you can be contacted on. If you have technical difficulties, the proctor will contact you on this telephone number and provide assistance, where they can, to resume your exam. If the technical difficulties can be resolved, you will be able to continue with your exam. If not, your exam will be terminated, and you may need to re‐register with CFA UK and pay the associated registration fee in order to schedule another exam.

The OnVUE proctor will not allow you to move away from the webcam view after they join you. Mobile telephones must be placed out of arm’s reach during the examination. Therefore, candidates are advised to put their telephone on silent mode or remove it from the testing room so as not to be disturbed in the exam. 

 

Will I still be able to use scratch paper in an IMC OnVUE online proctored exam?

No – you must not have any papers within the immediate vicinity of your testing workspace. However, an onscreen whiteboard is available for you to use within IMC exams only. Further information on the whiteboard can be found here.

You can access an online demonstration of the whiteboard here.

Candidates who sit IMC exams in test centres will be provided with physical wipe boards to make notes on.

 

Can I take a break during the exam?

No breaks are permitted in an OnVUE online proctored exam. If you leave your computer during your exam the proctor will end your session and you will be unable to continue testing.

 

Can I eat or drink during my exam?

Water in a clear glass is allowed during testing; however, eating, smoking, and chewing gum are prohibited.

 

How will I receive my exam result for an OnVUE online proctored exam?

All candidates taking the Certificate in ESG Investing exam will now receive their exam result on the screen at the end of the exam. This applies to candidates testing in test centres as well as candidates taking their exam via OnVUE online proctoring. At the end of your exam, you may also access your provisional grade report via your Candidate Dashboard on the Pearson VUE website.

 

Can I use a hand held calculator in my IMC exam?

No – handheld calculators are no-longer permitted. Please see our calculator policy for further information. 

I want to schedule an OnVUE exam for the day before the syllabus version is due to change. What is the latest time that I can schedule my OnVUE exam to start?

For OnVUE, the exams will switch to the new syllabus version at midnight UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). It is important to check your local time zone against UTC when scheduling an OnVUE exam on the last day prior to a syllabus change, to ensure that your exam starts sufficiently prior to midnight UTC. 

Candidates are advised to allow sufficient time to complete the check-in process. If delays result in an exam starting after midnight UTC, you will be sitting an exam against the new syllabus version. 

Exams scheduled in test centres can be sat on the last day that the syllabus is valid. Local test centres will switch to the new syllabus version at midnight local time.
 

What happens on the day?

Self check-in process powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI)

On exam day, candidates will download the OnVUE application. This simple download works on both Mac and PC and does not require computer administrative rights. 

OnVUE will then prompt the candidate to take photos of the following with their smartphone: 

  • Head-shot 
  • Government-issued ID (back and front)

Please see the OnVUE Setup and Check-in guide for further information

Electronic identity verification

OnVUE uses advanced identity authentication technology from IDEMIA, the market leader in ID verification solutions to validate the government-issued ID presented by the candidate. Once the ID is authenticated, the candidate’s head-shot photo and registration name are compared to those from the ID and recorded as part of the exam delivery record.

Testing environment photos

During the self check-in process, the OnVUE application will prompt the candidate to take (and upload) four photos of their testing environment. The photo gallery on the phone is locked down during this time so live photos are required.

Artificial Intelligence, greeters, and proctors

AI tools perform identity verification. If the AI screening approves the ID and photos, the candidate will be able to begin the exam with a proctor. If it does not, the candidate will be automatically connected to a live greeter who manually performs the ID verification and instructs the candidate to make necessary modifications to the testing environment. 

If they pass all security checks, they’ll then be joined by a proctor and the exam will begin The secure browser function of the OnVUE application locks down the candidate’s computer so they are unable to copy/paste, print, access other applications, or share content while progressing through the exam. 

 

Live proctoring boosted by AI

The OnVUE proctoring solution combines the best of both worlds: live proctoring and Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

The proctor is a professional Pearson VUE-certified proctor, just like you’d see in a traditional Pearson Professional test centre. Their main responsibility is to ensure test security is maintained throughout the exam and shut it down if there is suspicious activity. 

This live proctoring is augmented by AI, which also monitors for suspicious activity, like detecting if the candidate swaps seats with someone during the exam.