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ACA Certificate Level

Last updated: 14 October 2020

Remote Invigilation

We have agreement for Pearson VUE to run Certificate Level exams temporarily via remote invigilation.

OnVUE remote invigilation will enable students to take an exam at home while being continuously monitored by an offsite invigilator. However, for remote invigilation exams to run successfully, students will need the equipment required to meet technical specifications.

We advise all students in a training agreement, to check with their employer before booking any exams, in case they have particular policies and approaches already in place, and to agree the timing of the attempt.

Find out more on the technical specifications, plus how to set up and book a remote invigilation exam.

View the FAQs to help understand how the OnVUE remote invigilation will work.

Exam centres

Many exam centres are now open for you to sit your ACA Certificate Level or ICAEW CFAB exams, although availability is limited due to social distancing which varies by location. You can book your exams here.  The status of exam centres is changing rapidly due to the spread of Covid-19, please see the latest updates here.

Please note that in England, the Government has confirmed a four-week lockdown, from 5 November to 2 December. If you have an exam scheduled at a centre during this time, the exam will go ahead unless you receive an email stating otherwise from Pearson VUE. If you would like to change your in-centre exam booking to sit remotely from home, you need to cancel your in-centre exam first. You will receive a full refund to the payment method used if at least 24 hours’ notice is provided. You can then make a new remote invigilation exam booking by using the instructions stated here. To take a remote invigilated exam, you must have a suitable environment to sit your exam in and a computer with a strong internet connection which meets the minimum technical requirements. If you are in a training agreement, please check with your employer first before making any changes to your exam bookings.

Exam advice for students

The ICAEW exams and learning materials are prepared ahead of each exam session. While ICAEW aims 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. The 2020 exams and learning materials were prepared before the coronavirus pandemic began and when you sit your exam in 2020, they will not have been amended to reflect the economic, business or financial impact of the pandemic. However, the exams have been reviewed to ensure that they are still a viable, objective test of the competencies and skills required for your qualification.

In particular, some exam question scenarios may relate to an industry, sector or business on which the Coronavirus has had an impact. Where analysis of that scenario is required, it may be relevant to mention briefly in your answer the implications of coronavirus. However, you should not dedicate substantial time or focus on these implications. You should focus on answering the question appropriately, using the technical knowledge and skills as set out in the ICAEW learning materials.