Examination Scheduling and Procedures

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Schedule Your Examination Appointment

The three CGFM Examinations are administered year-round in a computerized format on behalf of AGA by Pearson VUE at their Professional Testing Centers. CGFM candidates (individuals who have applied and been accepted into the CGFM Program) can schedule an appointment with Pearson VUE online or over the phone. The examination fee is $109 per examination.

Please review the examination procedures below before scheduling your appointment.

Pearson VUE Examination Scheduling Instructions

Option A: Online Registration

Click on then“Schedule Your Examination Appointment” link above, which takes you to AGA’s page on Pearson VUE website.  Click on “Schedule Online” button in the middle of the page or “Schedule a test” or “My account” button on the list of navigational buttons on the right.

  • Step 1: Set up your account. Click on “Create a new web account”, select “Financial Services” for the Type of Test and “Association of Government Accountants” for Test Program and click “Next”. Enter the required information on the Profile screen (for the last question, please enter your Candidate ID found on your eligibility letter) and click “Next”. Enter the required information on the Contact screen and click “Next”. Set up a new Username. Your password will be emailed to you.
  • Step 2: Pay for and schedule exam(s). Sign in using the Username and Password you’ve set up during your previous registration with Pearson VUE (or use the appropriate links if you forgot your username or password). After you sign in, you can schedule/change your test appointments, view your testing history and view/modify your personal information.
Option B: Phone Registration

You can also register with Pearson VUE and schedule your testing appointment by calling 888.846.6948 (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern, except for holidays). Please use the exam name "Governmental Environment", "Governmental Accounting, "Financial Reporting and Budgeting" or "Governmental Financial Management and Control" when scheduling your appointment.

Cancelation Procedures

If you wish to cancel or reschedule your testing appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE at 888.846.6948 or by logging into your account and changing your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your originally scheduled testing appointment date and time. Canceling or rescheduling an exam within 24 hours of appointment time is subject to a same-day forfeit exam fee. Exam fees are due for no-shows. If you need to cancel your testing appointment for an emergency reason (such as a medical emergency, death in the immediate family or car accident) within the 24-hour timeframe, you must contact Pearson VUE representative Barbara Hoffman at barbara.hoffman@pearson.com or 952.681.3485 within 24 hours before or after your appointment time in order to request a waiver of the no-show fee.

Testing Procedures

Arrival time: We ask that you arrive at the test center 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.  This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for an exam and are refused admission, payment is due for the exam and delivery fees.

Identification: To be admitted to the testing center, you must show two (2) valid forms of personal ID. Both must have your signature, and one of the two must have your photo. The name on the IDs must match the name on the eligibility letter. Failure to present the valid IDs and a marriage license if the name on the CGFM application was your maiden name will invalidate your appointment and you will forfeit your entire exam fee.

Other entry requirements: In addition to showing your identification, you will be asked to sign in and your picture and a digital scan of your palm will be taken.

Personal belongings: You will not be allowed to take any personal items, including food or drink, with you into the testing room. A locker will be available for your belongings. A note board and a calculator will be provided.

Audio/video monitoring: Pearson Professional Centers have audio and video monitoring of the examinations.

Reporting issues: should any issues/problems arise during a testing center registration process or a CGFM exam administration, they must be brought to the attention of the Pearson VUE testing center administrator so an incident report can be filed. If any issues are not resolved by Pearson VUE, candidates should contact AGA's Office of Professional Certification in writing - via email at agacgfm@agacgfm.org, fax at 703.562.0361, or mail (AGA, 2208 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA 22301) within 30 days of the exam testing date. No exam questions or other confidential information may be transmitted via email or communicated outside of the exam administration (see Exam Content Feedback below for procedures to communicate information related to exam content).

Requests for a waiver of a no-show exam fee: please see Cancellation Procedures for cancellation policy and instructions. If you need to cancel your testing appointment for an emergency reason (such as a medical emergency, death in the immediate family or car accident) within the 24-hour timeframe, you must contact Pearson VUE representative Barbara Hoffman at barbara.hoffman@pearson.com or 952.681.3485 within 24 hours before or after your appointment time in order to request a waiver of the no-show fee. The no-show fee will not be waived for cancellations within the 24-hour timeframe for non-emergency reasons.

Requests for a waiver of an exam retake fee: requests for waiving an exam retake fee due to extraordinary circumstances that effected the CGFM examination testing center registration and/or administration must be submitted to AGA in writing within 30 days of the exam testing date. To be considered, an incident report must have been filed with Pearson VUE testing center administrator during the exam testing center registration or administration. In addition, the extraordinary circumstances must be outside the control of the candidate, must have made the candidate’s experience different from other candidates and must have been severe enough to account for examination failure or ability to test. The candidate must fully describe the extraordinary circumstances and reasons for requesting a waiver and submit the request to the Director of Professional Certification via email at agacgfm@agacgfm.org, fax at 703.562.0361 or mail (AGA, 2208 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA 22301) within 30 days of the exam testing date. 

If you have any questions about the examination procedures at the Pearson Professional Centers, please contact AGA at agacgfm@agacgfm.org prior to making your testing appointment.

Accommodations for Americans with Disabilities Act Candidates

Any candidate with a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, who needs an accommodation to the usual testing conditions may request special testing accommodations (such as additional testing time or a reader) to take the CGFM Examinations at the regular testing locations.

The candidate must submit:

  • Special Testing Accommodations Request Form, and
  • Documentation from a qualified diagnosing professional with the specific diagnosis of the disability and a recommendation for a testing accommodation. Absent special circumstances, this documentation must be dated within the last five years. Any professional providing documentation must be registered/licensed and/or have credentials appropriate to diagnose the candidate’s disability.

The Special Testing Accommodations Request Form and the accompanying documentation should be submitted at the time of application for the CGFM Program. The accommodation requested may not compromise the security or integrity of the CGFM Examinations.

Score Reporting

Upon completing each CGFM Examination, test takers receive an immediate pass/fail result that is printed and provided to the test taker at a testing center. Individuals who passed an exam will receive a report that states "you have passed"; individuals who did not pass will receive a report that lists their scaled score and their level of performance in each content area. A scaled score reports an examination score on a scale that is linked to the raw score. CGFM examinations use a scale of 200-700, with 500 as the passing score.

Retaking Examinations

In the event that you fail a CGFM Examination, you must wait 30 days before you can retake this examination. Additional retakes require a 90-day wait. In the interim, you may take the other exams. You can go to the Pearson VUE website and register before the 30 or 90-day period is over, but your appointment date will only be available after you’ve satisfied the appropriate waiting period.

Examinee Misconduct

AGA reserves the right to take any and all remedial and disciplinary action that AGA, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate in the event of misconduct or suspected misconduct by an examinee. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, completing the CGFM application in a false or misleading manner, seeking an unfair advantage in connection with any CGFM Examination, providing assistance to another candidate during an examination, using unauthorized materials during an examination, and, upon becoming aware of misconduct by others, failing to report it to AGA. Other examples of misconduct are the copying or removal of CGFM Examination materials, as well as the disclosure, in writing or orally, of the contents of any individual examination questions.

Possible responses of AGA to misconduct or suspected misconduct include, but are not limited to, cancellation of exam scores, revocation of certified status, disqualification from future examinations, and reporting of misconduct to third parties, including employers and other certifying bodies. If misconduct is discovered after certified status has been achieved, it may be treated as a violation of the AGA’s Code of Ethics.

Exam Content Feedback

AGA strives to ensure that CGFM Examinations are up-to-date and meet the standards of the testing and certification industry.  All questions undergo pre-testing and statistical review before they are used live on an examination to ensure that all questions are fair, valid and reliable.  Candidates’ comments submitted during the examinations are reviewed by test development specialists and Subject Matter Experts. 

To ensure the security of the CGFM Examinations, any feedback on CGFM Examination content and individual CGFM Examination questions must be submitted by the candidates during the exam administration using the “comment” button. CGFM Examinations have extra time built into the testing period that gives candidates an opportunity to comment on testing questions. As per the Confidentiality Statement on the CGFM Application, candidates may not discuss any CGFM Examination questions outside the examination testing period with anyone, including other candidates, testing center personnel, course instructors or AGA staff.