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Certificate Level exams

The six Certificate Level modules are assessed electronically. To take one of these exam you will need to attend an ICAEW approved test centre.

The exam process is efficient and effective. Students simply input their answers into the computer and their results can be accessed the next day via the exams section of the students website. Each Certificate Level module is assessed by a computer-based exam lasting one and a half hours.

Applying for the Certificate Level exams

You apply for and book your exams directly with an approved test centre. You should first speak to your employer as they may have arrangements in place with a test centre and may organise your exam for you along with your tuition.

Alternatively students whose firms do not have established arrangements or wish to make their own arrangements can book an exam at a Pearson Vue test centre. To sign in to the Pearson website you will need your ICAEW student registration number. Your Pearson Username and Password are both 'ICAEW' followed by your student number (eg, ICAEW1234567). You will then be prompted to change your password for security, but your username will remain the same.

Preparing for the exams

We recommend that you prepare for the exams, both by using our learning materials and sample exams.

There is a variety of exam resources available to you including: study articles, the syllabus, webinars and computer-based exam guidance. 

Sitting a Certificate Level exam

You are not restricted to specific exam date sittings, giving you and your employer greater flexibility in arranging study and exam timetables to fit with work schedules and your organisation's business needs. Accredited test centres may be ICAEW accredited private centres such as tuition providers or the Pearson Vue dedicated test centres.

Cancelling or rescheduling an exam

You can reschedule an exam provided you notify your chosen exam centre at least 24 hours before you are due to take the exam. If you have booked the exam but are unable to attempt it due to illness or injury you are expected to reschedule the date of the exam.

Re-sitting the exam

If you do not pass the exam at the first attempt, you can apply to submit an application to re-sit the exam immediately. You are, however, advised to discuss re-sits with your employer.

ICAEW allows a maximum of four attempts for each Certificate Level module. Your employer may however have set their own policy as to how many attempts they will support within this limit. You are therefore advised to discuss this with your qualified person responsible for training (QPRT), or counsellor.

Access arrangements for exams

If you feel your exam performance may be hindered due to a health condition, disability, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD), we may be able to put access arrangements in place to support you during the exam. Your application for access arrangements must reach us 30 days before a planned computer-based exam. If you want to make an application for access arrangements, please read the guidance note in full. 

For any further enquiries not addressed in the access arrangement guidance note find out more information here or please email aa@icaew.com

Results

You will receive your results the day after you take the exam. Results will be posted to the students login area of the ICAEW website the following day.