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CFA Exam Personal Belongings Policy (Computer-Based Exam)

Last Updated: 28 May 2020

You are strongly encouraged to leave your personal belongings at home or in your car when you arrive for your computer-based exam. As a courtesy, your test center will have an area away from the testing room designated for personal belongings. If testing personnel find items in the testing room that are not permitted, you will be required to place them in the personal belongings area. You will not have access to these items during the exam.

The following items are permitted in the testing room but must be kept in full view on your desk when not in use:

  • Approved calculator
  • Calculator cases, keystroke cards, and loose batteries
  • Eyeglasses (without the case)
  • Additional personal items allowed in the test center (PDF)
  • Valid international passport

No other items are permitted, including:

  • Food or drinks
  • Wallet (money purse)
  • Baggage of any kind, including transparent bags, backpacks, handbags, tote bags, briefcases, luggage, carrying cases, passport covers, or eyeglass cases
  • Study materials, including notes, papers, textbooks, or study guides
  • Writing utensils, scratch paper, or calculator manuals
  • Mobile phones, cameras, headsets, computers, tablets, wearable technology (such as fitbit® or other fitness tracking devices), smart watches, or any Bluetooth®-enabled or any remote communication or photographic devices
  • Any type of desk clock or timer, including wristwatches
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Jewelry (other than wedding or engagement rings), ornate hair clips, headbands, combs, barrettes, tie clips, or cufflinks

You will be provided with a whiteboard or erasable writing tablet for use during the exam. Additionally, some personal items may require inspection as part of the check in process.

Certain medically necessary items may be allowed in the testing room with prior approval.

CFA Institute, testing personnel, the test center, and vendors are not responsible or liable for stolen, lost, misplaced, or damaged personal belongings.

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