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Welcome to CRESTDrive

What is CRESTDrive? 

CRESTDrive is CREST’s new file uploading platform which offers you as a candidate the ability to securely upload files which can then be accessed during your exam. There are no restrictions to the types of files that can be uploaded, as long as it does not exceed the total 100MB size limit per exam and that these files are solely intended to support candidates with their exam 

CRESTDrive is available on the following exams: 

CRESTDrive will also be rolled out to the CREST Registered Penetration Tester (CRT) exam. Please visit the CRT FAQs page for the latest updates. 

How to use CRESTDrive

The following instructions explain the end-to-end process of utilising CRESTDrive for your exam.  

When using CRESTDrive, we recommend you use one of the following browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari.

Step 1 | Book your exam  

The start of this journey begins with you booking your practical exam via the Pearson VUE website. Once you have booked your exam you will receive two emails: 

  1. An email from Pearson VUE confirming your booking details
  2. An e-mail from CREST inviting you to sign up and register an account. This should arrive within 24 hours. Please note, if you already have a CRESTDrive account, you will receive an e-mail to log in and upload your files instead.

Step 2 | Register your CRESTDrive account  

Within your invitation email to sign up for CRESTDrive, there will be a URL link to create and register your CRESTDrive account.

In order to register an account, candidates will have to provide an email address and password. Candidates will also be required to carry out a two-factor authentication (2FA) check in order to ensure their account remains secure. 

Step 3 | Access and manage your CRESTDrive account 

Once a CRESTDrive account has been created, candidates will need to log on and select the relevant exam to manage their files. Candidates can upload files up to 100MB which can be amended and deleted up to 24 hours before their exam session. 

Log on to CRESTDrive using the following link: www.drive.crest-approved.org and enter your credentials.  

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Once you are logged into CRESTDrive, you will be able to view your upcoming exam(s) and manage your files.

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When clicking on an exam, candidates will find relevant information such as the time, date, and place of the exam. Uploaded files will also be displayed here. Please note that files that have been uploaded for previous exams will not be maintained or displayed. 

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On this screen, candidates can upload their files to be accessed during the exam.  

Please note, you can upload any file type you wish to upload to support you in your exam, however the overall storage limit is 100MB. 

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Candidates will receive a reminder about their files 48 hours before the exam starts. Candidates will be able to upload and/or amend their files to CRESTDrive up to 24 hours before their exam session. 

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Step 4 | Accessing your CRESTDrive account in the exam  

Candidates will be able to access CRESTDrive files during the exam via a shortcut on the browser.  

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Step 5 | Accessing your CRESTDrive account after the exam  

After the exam, your CRESTDrive account will still be accessible. However, you will not be able to access the files that were uploaded for your exam. The files will be removed from your account and archived for three months. After this period the files will be securely destroyed. 

If you have other exams with the option to upload files, you will have the ability to securely upload, view and delete files.  

Measures and Controls 

Please see the terms and conditions for CRESTDrive.

Deleting your CRESTDrive account 

You will have the option to delete your CRESTDrive account. Please note that this action will not impact your Pearson VUE or CREST accounts and exam records. 

Cancelling or rescheduling your exam

For rescheduled exams, uploaded files will be retained and linked to the new exam date. You will have the option to upload files of up to 100 MB in size, up to 24 hours prior to your re-scheduled exam. In the event of exam cancellation, uploaded files will be securely destroyed. 

If your exam is cancelled, please note that any uploaded files will be securely destroyed.