Test Center Security Guidelines
Test center security is of the utmost importance when taking an examination or CE session at a test center facility. Test center staff, for the protection of the candidate, test developer, and test center staff alike, must strictly enforce security procedure and protocol.
Any violation of the FINRA Test Center Rules of Conduct will subject the examination or CE candidate to possible disciplinary action by FINRA, another self-regulatory organization, or the Securities and Exchange Commission and could result in being barred from employment/association with any securities dealer.
Member firm candidates refusing to abide by a vendor's security procedure and/or protocol will be refused entry to the testing lab and a late cancel fee will be charged to the candidate's firm. TESS candidates will be denied entrance as well and their enrollment window will be forfeited.
Candidate Identification & Entry Requirements
|Candidate Identification & Entry Requirements||Pearson VUE||Prometric|
|Electronic Fingerprint or Palm Vein (a digital palm scan)||Yes||No|
|Empty and turn pockets inside out||Yes||Yes|
|Metal Detector Wand (For complete details, please review Prometric’s Metal Detector Wand Scanning and Prometric’s Test Center Regulations)||No||Yes|
|One (1) photo and signature bearing valid, government-issued ID, please review Pearson VUE ID Policy and Prometric ID Policy||Yes||Yes|
- Weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited at test center.
- Cellular phones, hand-held computers or other communication devices, electronic or otherwise, are strictly prohibited from being taken into a testing room or being used during restroom breaks.
Most personal items are required to be placed in the center-provided storage locker. However, the following items are allowed in the testing room (some with restrictions):
|Personal Items||Pearson VUE||Prometric|
|Testing Vendor Links||https://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker/security.aspx|
|Asthma inhaler||Yes (requires pre-authorization from FINRA)||Yes (requires pre-authorization from FINRA)|
|Cough drops||Yes (unwrapped)||No|
|Eye drops||Yes (requires pre-authorization from FINRA)||Yes (requires pre-authorization from FINRA)|
|Eyeglasses and hearing aids||Yes (subject to inspection)||Yes (subject to inspection)|
|Insulin pump (attached to a person's body)||Yes (after inspection)||Yes (after inspection)|
Candidates are encouraged to leave Jewelry and other valuables at home
|Yes - ring, bracelet, necklace, earrings (subject to inspection)||Yes - ring, bracelet, necklace, earrings (subject to inspection)|
|Neck brace or collar (neck injuries)||Yes (after inspection)||Yes (after inspection)|
|Other medical devices||Yes (requires pre-authorization from FINRA)||Yes (requires pre-authorization from FINRA)|
|Pillow (neck, back, injured limb support)||Yes (after inspection)||Yes (after inspection)|
Sweater, sweatshirt, blazer, suit jacket
|Yes (pockets must be empty)||Yes (must be worn by candidate - cannot be draped on chair)|
|Tissues||Yes (center provided)||Yes (center provided)|
|Word to word translation dictionary – Candidates with limited English proficiency (LEP)||Yes (after inspection)||Yes (after inspection)|
Note: Candidates requiring pre-authorization from FINRA to take medical devices into the testing room can contact FINRA Candidate Services (CS) at (800) 999-6647 Option 2.
Test-Center Provided Aids
|Test-Center Provided Aids||Pearson VUE||Prometric|
|Tissues||Yes||Yes (center provided)|
|Writing Materials (for notes and calculations)||Yes - whiteboard/dry erase pens||Yes - whiteboard/dry erase pens|