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ACA Advanced Level

Last updated: 26 May 2021

Exam update

In the UK, subject to the planned government roadmap, the July Advanced Level exams will be able to be sat at an exam centre. Remote invigilation will remain available for all exams.

International bookings can be sat at either exam centres or remote invigilation, this will be subject to local government guidance.

Exam options

Remote invigilation is now available for all Advanced Level exams going forward. This means students can choose to sit at an exam centre, where available, or at a personal location such as home or the office.

Students can check the minimum technical requirements for remotely invigilated exams here. Even if students have sat remotely invigilated exams with us in 2020, we advise that students double check the requirements as we have upgraded the system for 2021.

For guidance on sitting an exam via remote invigilation visit:

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

Booking your exams

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. A step by step guide for booking an exam is available here.

If you need to book another exam or modify your original booking follow this guidance. Changes can only be made during the booking window.

Please ensure you make a note of the key dates and deadlines for each Advanced Level exam session.

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 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.

Changes to exams

All Advanced Level exams from 2020 feature our new exam software, ICAEW Bookshelf and data analytics software integration. You can find out more and practice using the new exam software here, the ICAEW Bookshelf here and data analytics software here.

From July 2021 data analytics software will be included in the Corporate Reporting exams. The Corporate Reporting exam will also have an advance information available four weeks prior to the exam date. For more information on data analytics software and guidance on advance information visit icaew.com/corportatereportingdas