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Role simulation exam

All the information you need to apply for and book the role simulation exam.

In addition to the ICAEW CFAB or ACA Certificate Level exams, as part of the Level 4 Accounting Technician apprenticeship, you are also required to submit a portfolio and reflective statement and sit and pass a case-study style role simulation exam.

This exam is 2.5 hours long and is invigilated. The exam will test the knowledge, skills and behaviours you have developed during your apprenticeship. 

Book your role simulation exam

You can book your place and apply for the role simulation exam using our online booking system. Access this via your training file, go to the ‘Examinations’ tab and select ‘Apply for exams’, or go straight to exams online.

When you book your exam it will be confirmed immediately. To select an exam centre, you will need to enter a postcode or town. The five closest centres with availability will appear. Exam centres are available on a first come, first served basis so book your exam early. If an exam centre doesn't appear, it means it is fully booked.

Key dates and deadlines

You will need to complete a minimum of 12 months of your apprenticeship before you can sit the role simulation exam. It is your responsibility to apply and book it.

The role simulation exam can be sat in March, June and December each year.

Ensure you make a note of all the key dates and deadlines. Follow the links below to see when the role simulation exam can be booked or amended, the exam date, and when the results will be released.

Booking summary

Once you have booked your role simulation exam you will receive an application summary by email. This will include the date of your exam, the exam venue, your candidate number, and Instructions to Candidates. Please read the information carefully and ensure that it is correct.

Cancelling or amending your exam

If you need to cancel, amend or withdraw from the role simulation exam you have booked, please follow the guidance below.

  • You can cancel, amend or withdraw from the role simulation exam before the exam booking deadline online.
  • After the exam booking deadline, but before the cancellation deadline, you can email us.
  • After the cancellation deadline you can email us to ensure you are not marked as absent from the exam. Please note that if you withdraw from the exam your application will not be transferred automatically to the next exam session, so you must apply again for a future date.
  • If you need to change the exam centre location you can amend this online before the booking deadline. After the deadline we may be able to accommodate changes for up seven calendar days after the deadline. Please call us on +44 (0)1908 248 250 to find out more.

Access arrangements

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 your end-point exam. Submit your application for access arrangements by the exam booking deadline.

Instructions to Candidates

You must read the Instructions to Candidates carefully before you attempt your role simulation exam as part of your end-point assessment.

Before the exam

You will receive advance information six weeks before your exam. You will be able to access this via a web link, which we will email to you. The advance information may contain 12-15 pages of background information on a company, a recent set of financial statements and an organisational hierarchy. 

You will need to familiarise yourself with this information before the exam, with the support of your tuition provider.

On the day of the exam

During this exam, you will work through a series of business-related challenges based on the advance information. You will be able to take a copy of this information in to the exam with you. You can also take the ICAEW CFAB or ACA Certificate Level learning materials into the exam. 

You will also be presented with some additional information about the company, as well as a number of tasks which you will be expected to work through. 

Exam attempts

There is no maximum number of attempts for the role simulation exam. However, if you are unsuccessful and wish to re-sit you must attempt and pass within 12 months. 

Exam resources

To help you prepare for the role simulation exam, explore the sample exams below with advance information, exam questions and answers.


The exam will be marked, graded and has a pass mark of 70%. If you score 90% or more, you will receive a distinction.

You will receive results for your role simulation exam and portfolio and reflective statement at the same time. This means that you will know whether you have been successful in passing the ICAEW Accounting Technician apprenticeship after you have sat the role simulation exam.

We will notify the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) once all elements of the apprenticeship are completed. The IfA will then post the apprenticeship certificate to your employer.