Thinking about Deferring an Exam? Read This!

Deferring an exam—writing it at the next exam offering—is an option for most exams, but there are some conditions associated with deferrals. Below we outline the conditions and the steps to take to defer an exam, whether you’re writing a CPA preparatory course exam, CPA PEP module exam, the CFE, or a PDPA exam.

CPA preparatory course students

One week before the exam, if you have completed all the course assignments, quizzes, and projects, your status in My CPA Portal will change to QTR (qualified to write the exam). At this point, you can defer writing the exam until the next time the exam is offered. If you don’t write the exam at the next offering, you will fail the course and be charged an attempt. You cannot defer the same exam twice in a row.

You have until three business days after the exam to defer it by:

  1. Logging into My CPA Portal and selecting “Exam Deferral”.
  2. Following the prompts and paying the deferral fee.
  3. Registering for the next exam offering.
  4. Contacting prepexams@cpawsb.ca with any questions.

If you are deferring the exam for extenuating circumstances, the deferral fee may be refunded, but you will need to provide supporting documentation to cpaaccommodation@cpawsb.ca either before the exam or within three business days following the scheduled exam.

CPA PEP candidates

One week before the exam, if you have completed the module assignments and the workshop(s), your status in My CPA Portal will change to QTR (qualified to write the exam). At this point, you can defer the exam until the next time it is offered. If you don’t write the exam at the next offering, you will fail the module and this will count as an unsuccessful attempt at the module. You cannot defer the same exam twice in a row.

The week before the scheduled exam and until three days following the exam, you can defer it by:

  1. Logging into My CPA Portal and selecting “Exam Deferral”.
  2. Following the prompts and paying the deferral fee.
  3. Registering for the next exam offering.
  4. Contacting cpamodule@cpawsb.ca with any questions.

If you are deferring the exam for extenuating circumstances, the deferral fee may be refunded, but you will need to provide supporting documentation to cpamodule@cpawsb.ca

CFE Writers

The CFE cannot be deferred. If you want to postpone writing it, you’ll need to withdraw and register during the next CFE registration period. Keep in mind that you should complete Capstone 1, Capstone 2, and the CFE in the same cycle to give yourself the best chance for success on the CFE.

PDPA and CPARE learners

In extenuating circumstances, you can request to defer the PDPA-or CPARE examinations within three business days following the examination by providing documentation of the extenuating circumstance. Requests may be subject to a deferral fee. If you don’t write the exam at the next offering, you will fail the examination and this will count as an unsuccessful attempt. Contact PDPA@cpawsb.ca for additional information.