I realized, maybe it would help all of us Prometric veterans (not by choice) if the Prometric Rookies knew what to expect when going to a Prometric Testing Center.
Virginia's Beginners Guide to Testing at Prometric, Part I:
- Plan out as much as you can before your test day: what are you going to wear, what you are going to bring, knowing where the testing site is and the parking situation. Maybe even do a test drive to the test site, anything you can do to minimize stress on test day the better.
- You must check in a half hour early, and I find that if you get there earlier, theyll let you start right away. If you want extra study time, study in your car. Studying in the waiting room at Prometric is distracting and generally they ask you to put the books away since candidates are coming through the waiting room for their breaks that are actively taking the exam.
- If youre waiting to check in, dont talk to anyone. Chances are the other person isnt taking the same section as you and maybe not even taking any sections of the CPA exam. Talking to them will just throw you off.Once in Prometric, you generally start by handing your NTS and your ID to the first person to check in. For the last year that Ive been testing, they stopped asking for the second ID, but I always come prepared.
Theyll ask you to put everything in a locker. Be ready: turn off your phone, empty your pockets, take off your watch (heck, just take off all jewelry, dont give them anything to complain about), dont have food or water with you. Put everything in the locker, if you have a jacket you generally hang it up with all the other jackets.
- I find that the next few check in steps vary per Prometric site and staff. Mostly, I was then asked to move to the next check in person. This one was in a room (or separated by a wall) from the first check in spot. At this check in they hand you your scratch paper and ask you to write your launch code from your NTS onto the scratch paper. They then ask you to put that NTS into your locker. When you come back you have to pull out your pockets to show nothing is in them. The Prometric worker takes your picture, verifies some of your information, finger prints your pointer finger electronically, and signs you in.
- The only things you take with you into the actual testing room are your ID, your key to the locker, two pencils (given to you by the Prometric staff), and a booklet of scrap paper (given to you by the Prometric staff). You are allowed to bring soft ear plugs.I find that if you bring soft ear plugs (you can by a box at any pharmacy or such), and you wear the Prometric headphones, you cant hear a thing, which for me is ideal.