What personal items am I allowed to bring with me into the CFA exam testing room?

By Shauna Carther AAA
A:

Aside from the required examination admission ticket and current government-issued photo ID; HB pencils, pens (blue or black ink only), and your HP-12C and or TI BAII calculator(s) (included case(s)) must be placed on top of your desk at all times.

In addition, the CFA Institute permits the following items to be kept on your desk:

  • Eraser
  • Spare calculator batteries (and screwdriver for replacement if needed)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Eyeglasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Wristwatch with alarms/timers turned off

Finally, the following personal items are allowed in the examination room, but must be kept off your desk and in your pockets or under your chair when not in use:

  • Wallet/Coin purse
  • Medicine and other necessary medical items
  • Coat or sweater (If these are not being worn, place on back of chair, or beneath chair--there are no coat checks.)
  • Hat

These items may not enter the examination room:

  • Backpacks, handbags, tote bags, clear plastic bags, pencil cases and any other form of baggage
  • Highlighters, correction tape or fluid, and rulers
  • Food and drinks (Click here for more information)
  • Study guides, textbooks, scrap paper (or paper of any kind)
  • Calculator manuals, present or future value tables, or any other academic materials
  • Knives of any type
  • Electronic devices such as a cell phone, pager, computer, PDA, camera, and so on

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