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Allowable and prohibited items

You will be permitted to bring the items listed below to the examinations (Common Final Examination and module examinations of the national program). Unless otherwise indicated, they must be placed in a clear plastic bag on your desk, in clear view of the writing centre presiding officer and invigilator.

All other objects in your possession can remain in your bag, which will be left in another room. However, you will not have access to it for the entire duration of the examination.

Electronic devices and accessories

Authorized items

  • Plug and play Wired mouse2

Prohibited items

  • Calculator1 (A BAII Plus Texas Instrument calculator will be provided.)
  • Laptop1 (A laptop computer equipped with a numerical keypad and a touchpad will be provided. No mouse will be provided.) 
  • Cameras
  • Cell phone or other communication devices
  • Computer bags
  • Data storage devices
  • Electronic diaries
  • External keyboard
  • External monitor
  • Fitness trackers
  • Mouse pads
  • Recording or filming devices
  • Tablets and hybrid tablets (e.g. Surface by Microsoft)
  • Wireless peripheral device (e.g. wireless mouse)

1 Provided on the day of the examination.
2 You must bring this item as it will not be provided due to COVID-19.

Office supplies and documents

Authorized items

  • Erasers

  • Highlighters
  • Sharpened pencils1

Prohibited items

  • Books and reference material
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pencil cases
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pens 
  • Post-it notes
  • Rulers

1 You must bring this item as it will not be provided due to COVID-19.

Personal belongings

Authorized items

  • Alcohol wipes
  • Face shields
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Head coverings worn for religious reasons1
  • Keys2
  • Masks
  • Medication(s) (clear containers/packaging or loose in a clear wrapping)1
  • Prescription glasses
  • Tissues (loose or in a clear wrapping)
  • Wallets2

Prohibited items

  • Soft ear plugs3
  • Bags (purses, briefcases, backpacks, hip packs, etc.)
  • Cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Eyeglass cases
  • Hats and visors
  • Headphones
  • Hoodies
  • Large jewellery (e.g. pendant necklaces and large earrings)
  • Lighters and matches
  • Outdoor clothing (coats, gloves, scarves, ties, etc.)
  • Pillboxes, organizers and cases
  • Sunglasses
  • Watches, smart watches timers, clocks (you must refer to the time on the clocks in the examination room)
  • Weapons

Candidates wearing head coverings for religious reasons and candidates with specific medical conditions must advise the Order at examens@cpaquebec.ca when registering for the CFE.
2 Kept in a clear plastic bag and stored under your desk.
3 Provided on the day of the examination.

Food and drinks

Authorized items

  • Drinks (original container or clear container with no label)1
  • Food (original wrapping/container or re-covered in a clear wrapping – i.e. Saran Wrap)2

Prohibited items

  • Metal or opaque containers (other than those mentioned above)
  • Cardboard coffee cup sleeves

1 All containers with liquid must have a cover to avoid messes. Juice cans and boxes should not be opened before entering the examination room. Cardboard sleeves from coffee cups should be removed.
2 Food brought into the examination room should not be noisy, distracting or have a strong scent.

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