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Welcome to the Surpass (SecureClient) download page, the lockdown software you must install and test on your laptop to write CPA examinations.
Surpass (SecureClient) is an application that locks down your computers so that no other programs or files can be accessed during an examination. The application automatically uploads all responses into the Surpass Test Administration system.
Surpass (SecureClient) will enable you to:
*If your examination contains only MCQs, you will not have access to Word or Excel.
If you do not have the Surpass (SecureClient) preinstalled on your computer by your employer’s IT staff, follow the instructions below to download the software.
If you do not have administrative rights, contact your employer’s computer help desk.
For detailed installation and operating instructions, troubleshooting tips and information on what to expect during an examination, download the Surpass (SecureClient) Guide. We strongly recommend that you review it before installing and running the software.
To download and install the Surpass (SecureClient) software, follow these steps:
Your computer is now ready to run Surpass (SecureClient).
In order to take a CPA examination and to make sure the Surpass (SecureClient) software works properly on your computer, you must test the software by performing a validation examination. Your provincial/regional CPA body will email you instructions on how to perform a validation examination at least three weeks before your examination date.
Refer to the SecureClient Validation Examination - Common Issues guide if you experience any issues while performing the validation examination.
The day before an examination, you must open Surpass (SecureClient) and ensure the software is up to date. Any updates can take up to 20 minutes to perform and extra time is not provided at the examination centre for those who have not updated their software in advance.
The practice examination simulates the Surpass (SecureClient) software without requiring you to download and install the Surpass (SecureClient) driver. In a practice examination you will be able to access:
Note: The practice examination does not include examples of MCQs and does not simulate how the reference material is viewed in the Surpass (SecureClient) environment. As the practice environment is not secure, you will not have access to reference material, but you may use Knotia to simulate the secure environment experience.
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