Securexam software

While studying in the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), you must use the Securexam software to write the CPA Canada examinations. This special lockdown software program disables most of your computer’s functionality and file access. 

You will be able to use your computer for the following purposes only:

  • Reference: use a PDF reader to search the CPA Canada Standards and Guidance Collection and the Federal Income Tax Collection.
  • Keyed response: use a word processor and electronic spreadsheet to input your responses and submit them electronically for marking purposes.

Securexam guides and tutorials [+]
Hardware and software requirements [+]
Installation [+]
Examinations and passwords [+]
Technical support [+]


Securexam guides and tutorials

Read carefully the following guides for additional information on Securexam software:

You can also watch different tutorials to better understand the software:

Hardware and software requirements

Securexam runs on PC-based computers only. No Apple/Macintosh/PowerPC computer will be supported, even if it runs Windows. To install Securexam, your computer must meet these minimum hardware and software requirements:

Hardware

  • 1 GB of Ram
  • 100 MB of free hard drive space (required to run application)
  • a free USB port*

*You need a free USB port to use Securexam in the writing centre but not to practice with the software or to complete the mandatory “Qualification Exam”. 

Operating systems

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10

Internet access is required to download the software, upload the “Qualification Exam” and receive emails from Software Secure.

Installation

You must have administrator rights to install this software. User-level rights will allow you to use the software once it has been installed. If your employer owns your computer, you must secure employer approval and assistance to install Securexam, in accordance with your employer’s policies.

To obtain the access code and password you need to download and install the Securexam software, you must have completed your registration with the Professional Education Program (PEP) and paid the required fees.

The Order will then register your account and Software Secure will send you a confirmation email with your access code (i.e. the 7 digits of your CPA Canada number after the C) and password. Please allow 20 business days from the date of receipt of your application for registration.

With your access code and password, you will be able to access your account at cpacanada.securexam.com. Follow the instructions in Guide No. 1 – Securexam Registration and Installation Instructions for candidates [PDF].

Watch the tutorial on downloading the software

Examinations and passwords

Important

  • You will have to consult the CPA Canada Handbook and the Federal Income Tax Act in their electronic version using the software. Paper copies of are not permitted in the writing centre
  • Your computer can have no peripheral devices, other than a mouse, a numeric keypad and a USB hub. External keyboards wireless peripheral devices (for example a wireless mouse) are strictly forbidden.
  • You are required to upload your final exam files to the Software Secure website within 3 hours after the examination has ended. Read the upload instructions [PDF].

Mandatory “Qualification Exam” test

To test the software and write a CPA national examination, you must perform a mandatory “Qualification Exam” and upload the resulting files to Software Secure for confirmation. Before the Common Final Examination (CFE), you must sign a waiver indicating that you have successfully performed this test on your computer, and have received confirmation from Software Secure that the software is working properly.

Follow the instructions in the Taking a “Qualification Exam” section of Guide No. 2 – Securexam User Guide [PDF]. 

Watch the tutorial on the qualification examination

Practice exam

Securexam software contains a practice mode that can help you practice before the examinations. Using a word processor, a spreadsheet and searching through Securexam is different – some functionality is disabled and some keys won’t work the way you expect. Using the practice version allows you to familiarize yourself with the changed functionality of the word processor, the spreadsheet and the permitted info bases in the Securexam environment. You will not be able to access any other files or programs.

Watch the tutorials in order to better understand how to use the software or to learn more about its functionalities:  

Passwords

Qualification Exam
  • In: cpa
  • Out: cpa

Practice Exam
  • In: password
  • Out: password

Generic Exam

The passwords for this examination will be provided by your university.

"Sabletel" Exam
  • In: sabletel
  • Out: sabletel

Technical support

You have encountered a technical problem while using Securexam?  Make sure that you have read the guides carefully. If necessary, refer to Guide No. 3 – Securexam Tips Guide [PDF] to find the solution to recurring problems.

If you use an employer-supplied computer and you need a more personalized technical support, contact your employer’s IT help desk first to ensure minimum hardware and software requirements have been met.

If you are using your own computer or have no access to an employer IT help desk, contact Software Secure or CPA Canada as follows. 

Software Secure

  • English support: 1 855 489.2777
  • French support: 1 844 644.7470

For a more timely response, through the Software Secure online support portal.

CPA Canada help desk

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