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ACA Advanced Level

Last updated: 20 January 2021

The booking windows for the November Advanced Level exams have changed but the exams will still be taking place in November as planned on 02, 03 and 04 November.

The advance information for the November Case Study exam will be available on the Case Study exam resources web page from Tuesday 22 September. Students will receive a hard copy in the post from Thursday 08 October.

Booking window update

We will be offering both exam centre and remote invigilation exams for the November Advanced Level exams. Both options will be available to book throughout the booking window.

The updated booking window is:

 Exam centre/Remote invigilation  
 Date of exam
 Results released
Session open  Session closing

 10:00 UK-time

Monday 14 September

 17:00 UK-time

Friday 25 September

 02, 03, 04 November  Friday 11 December

Students will be able to book their remote invigilation or exam centre exams via my.icaew.com/examsonline. When booking a remote invigilation exam, students will be asked to select their country rather than a centre name.

Students in a training agreement may wish to check with their employer before booking any exams, in case they have particular policies and suggested approaches already in place. 

Exam options

To keep exam options as flexible as possible, remote invigilation is being offered as a short-term contingency during the pandemic for Advanced Level exams. 

It is recommended that students book in exam centres in the first instance as this is a tried and tested method of delivery. Seats at the exam centres are on a first come, first served basis. For each exam booking students will be shown the five closest exam centres to them with availability. If an exam centre does not appear, then unfortunately this means all the spaces are booked for that centre.

However, the remote invigilation option has been provided for those students who cannot access an exam centre or who do not wish to travel to an exam centre.

All exam centres will be following these guidelines and procedures (as of 06 August 2020) to keep students safe. 

For students who decide to sit their exams via remote invigilation, there are technical and system requirements that must be met for their exams to run successfully.

Students are also advised to read the Instructions to Candidates before their exam and the COVID-19 instructions for specific locations.

Exam advice for students

The ICAEW exams and learning materials are prepared ahead of each exam session. While we aim to reflect real life in the exams, the scenarios, characters and businesses presented are fictional and reflect the economic circumstances at the time of writing. Some exam question scenarios may relate to an industry, sector or business on which the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact. Where analysis of that scenario is required, it would be relevant to mention briefly in your answer the implications of the pandemic. Overall, however, you should continue to focus on answering the question appropriately, using the technical knowledge and skills as set out in the ICAEW learning materials.