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Exam applications

These pages will tell you what you need to know in order to apply for the ACA paper based examinations, this includes all Professional and Advanced Level module exams.

For information on applying for the computer based assessments view the e-assessment web page, as the application procedure is different to that of the paper-based assessments.

Apply for exams

There are two ways in which you can apply to enter the paper based examinations:

Exam dates and deadlines

It is your responsibility to enter for the exams by the relevant session closing date. Please download the exam dates, deadlines and timetable information.

Please note that a surcharge will be made for late entries which will be twice the normal exam fee, accepted for up to seven days after the closing date. No allowance is made for any special circumstances or any error or omission.

Exam entry fees

Exam entry fees vary for the Certificate, Professional and Advanced Level exams.

Exam centres

A full list of the current exam centres is contained within the exam application form or as part of the online application process.

For computer-based assessments, many tuition providers are also computer-based assessment centres. Download the list of tuition providers which are approved test centres.

If you are studying independently, or if your tuition provider is not an approved test centre, you can book your assessment at a Pearson Vue test centre.

Admission details

Candidates entering for the paper-based exams will receive their admission details electronically. This includes the timetable, venue, candidate number and instructions.

Admission details will be available from 7:00 (UK time) on the Saturday two weeks before the exams. We will send you an email to advise you when your admission details are available, so it is important we have an up to date working email address for you.

Candidates who have been granted alternative arrangements will be sent letters confirming their timetable for the session.

For further information please contact student support by calling +44 (0)1908 248 250 or by emailing the team at studentsupport@icaew.com.

Cancelling an exam application

If you cancel before the exam application closing date for a Professional or Advanced Level exam session, you can withdraw online to receive a full refund. If you cancel after the entry deadline, you must notify us in writing or by e-mail at withdrawals@icaew.com.

If you withdraw before the refund deadline, a refund will be issued to the original method of payment.  Please note that if you wish to defer your attempt until a future exam session, your application will not be transferred for you, you must apply again for the session of your choice.

After the refund deadline, no credit or refund is normally available. If you are unable to attend an exam because of illness you must provide appropriate medical evidence for a refund to be considered. Requests must be made within 28 days of the date of the examination.

For further information on refund dates, please see exam dates and deadlines above.

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 one week after the published exam entry closing date for paper-based exams and 30 days before a planned e-assessment. If you want to make an application for access arrangements, please read the guidance note in full.

If the condition you are suffering from is considered a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, we will do everything we reasonably can to support you, as long as you can provide suitable evidence. This may involve adjustments such as awarding you extra time, rest breaks, use of a computer, a reader or a scribe, or changes to the exam format such as coloured overlays.

If you are suffering from a short-term condition and therefore not covered by the Equality Act, we will provide support in accordance with the ACA assessment regulations. This support is subject to the receipt of sufficient notice and suitable medical evidence; please read the access arrangement guidance note for clarification. We cannot always guarantee that a request for an access arrangement for a short-term condition will be granted but we will consider the details of your situation fully before coming to a decision.

Once we have received your application for access arrangements we will review it and notify you of our decision within 10 working days.

If access arrangements cannot be awarded you should consider carefully whether to defer your exam until the following session; we can let you know when this will be. You should not rely on receiving special consideration for your condition when your exam result is being determined. See cancelling an exam application.

There are also provisions available for the e-assessment centres. Please see the e-assessment section for further information.

For any further enquiries not addressed in the access arrangement guidance note please email aa@icaew.com

Special consideration

Students who feel that their performance in the examination has been adversely affected by illness or other special circumstances may have these factors taken into account during the results determination process. Any applications for special consideration should be submitted in writing to our Senior Assessment Manager as soon as possible after the examination, for receipt two weeks after the date of the examination at the latest.

Full details of all the available provisions can be found in the ACA assessment regulations and the guidance document.

Instructions to candidates

The following documents, for Professional Level and Advanced Level candidates, contain important information regarding the administration of ICAEW assessments. You must read these instructions carefully to ensure you are fully familiar with our processes and procedures before your attempt your assessment(s).

All regulatory information relating to the Professional Stage and Advanced Stage exams can be found in the ACA assessment regulations.