What time must trades and pending orders be closed by?
In Evaluations and Funded/Paid PA Accounts all pending orders must be cancelled and trades must be closed before 4:59 PM ET.
Ags must be closed earlier to see the rules on when ags close see Are there any markets that must be closed earlier than before 4:59 PM ET – Apex Trader Funding
Keep in mind, some markets close earlier than 5:00 PM.
** VERY IMPORTANT **
Also, remember some markets close early on holidays. Here is the current holiday calendar for your reference: https://www.cmegroup.com/tools-information/holiday-calendar.html
It is part of being a responsible trader and managing risk to know when the markets are closing on a particular day, regular trading day or otherwise.
If a trade is open or opened between 4:59 PM ET and 6:00 PM ET, then it will fail the Paid/Funded Account.
You can begin placing trades again at 6:00 PM ET.