Important notice concerning testing in areas affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus):

Updated February 27, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and in accordance with local government guidance, Pearson VUE is temporarily closing its mainland China testing centres and suspending exam delivery through our third-party mainland China test centre network.

Harvard Business School Online CORe final

Harvard Business School Online CORe final

The CORe final examination is offered to CORe participants for the course(s) which they have completed. The final examination has been created by HBS faculty and is administered by Pearson VUE. Receiving a passing exam score on all three courses (Financial Accounting, Economics for Managers, and Business Analytics) is required in order to receive the CORe credential.

To schedule your exam:

Create a Pearson VUE Account

The first time you schedule an appointment to take your HBS Online examinations you will need to create an account with Pearson VUE. You will be asked to enter your HBS Online ID and your first and last name. Please be sure to enter your name exactly as it appears within your HBS Online account.

Locate a Testing Center

Locate a Test Center to view the locations authorized to administer the CORe final examination.

Select a Date and Time

Sign in to your account and select a date and time for your exam. All available dates will be presented to you for the location you have selected. After you schedule your exam, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation email with all pertinent exam information.

Reschedule or Cancel

Appointments may be rescheduled or cancelled through your Pearson VUE account up to 72 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.

If you need to reschedule within 72 hours of your scheduled appointment, you must contact HBS Online at, and you will be required to pay a $150 rescheduling fee. HBS Online office hours typically run Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM US Eastern Time. Processing of any reschedule requests within 72 hours of your scheduled appointment will be completed during HBS Online office hours, and therefore cannot be processed on weekends. Please be advised that reschedule requests for appointments that are less than 24 hours away cannot be supported.


If you previously requested disability accommodations with HBS Online, please do not schedule your exam online. Instead, please use the designated Pearson contact information HBS Online provided upon approval of your accommodation. If you did not already request disability accommodation but wish to do so, please contact us at We will then walk you through the necessary documentation to receive an accommodation. Please note: if you have already scheduled an exam appointment, you will need to cancel the appointment before we are able to load you into the Pearson VUE system as a participant with an approved accommodation.

Last updated 2019-01-08