Certificate Level exams
You have the flexibility to choose when you want to sit your exams; they can be taken at any time and you can sit them at a test centre or via OnVUE remote invigilation.
If you are in a training agreement, before booking you should first speak to your employer as they may have made arrangements for your exams to be scheduled along with your tuition. As tuition providers generally only allow their own students to sit exams at their centres, they are not shown on the Pearson VUE website. For more information regarding tuition provider exam centre locations, please see the contact details below:
We have tuition provider exam centres in the following countries:
For more details please contact our international offices.
You can book your exams online via access.icaew.com/pearsonvue, you just need to log in using your ICAEW log in details.
If you are planning to sit your exam at a test centre, you just need to check that the centre you wish to sit has availability on the day you wish to book. You can use our handy guide below for a walk-through of the booking process.
If you are planning on taking your exam via remote invigilation please read more about Remote invigilation: Certificate Level and ICAEW CFAB exams
You also have the option to sit your exam via OnVUE remote invigilation, which enables you to take an exam at home while being continuously monitored. For your exam to run successfully, you will need the equipment required to meet the technical specifications. This includes:
- A reliable computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone which meets the minimum technical requirements
- A quiet room with a closed door (no one else is permitted in the room while you are testing)
- A clear workspace
- A mobile phone to upload photos during the check in process
- A strong internet connection
The remote invigilation exams are the same as shown in the test centres, however the process for booking your exam is slightly different, so you should follow the step-by-step guidance below.
Once you have booked your exam, you must run a system test to check that your internet bandwidth is sufficient, you have a working webcam and your device has audio and volume control, it does not confirm that your computer meets the minimum technical requirements. We would also advise you to watch the OnVUE introductory video and read the guidance about the setup and check in process.
Make sure you use our exam resources alongside your learning materials to help you prepare for your exam. You must also read all the guidance on what to expect on the day of your exam to familiarise yourself with all the administrative processes you will need to complete, the exam software and all the exam rules you will be subject to.
You can cancel or reschedule an exam online at access.icaew.com/pearsonvue up to 24 hours before you are due to sit to be eligible for a refund. We have created a guide to assist you through this process.
Please note, if your exam was scheduled on your behalf by your tuition provider or your employer, you must inform them so that they can reschedule or cancel the exam for you.
Failure to reschedule or cancel your exam with 24 hours' notice will mean you are ineligible for a refund. However, providing that you do not begin the exam, it will not count as one of your attempts and nothing will appear on your exam history.
If you feel your exam performance may be hindered owing 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 exam(s).
If you would like arrangements to be put in place for a specific exam, your access arrangements application must be submitted 21 days before your intended exam date, please do not book your exam until your arrangements have been confirmed. Before you submit your access arrangements application, please read our guidance.
If you have been awarded access arrangements for your Certificate Level exam(s), there is a dedicated Pearson VUE webpage to read additional guidance.
Please ensure you read our exam guidance before sitting your exam. It will provide you with everything you need to know including the administrative processes you will need to complete on the day such as ID requirements and our calculator policy, the exam rules you will be subject to and all your frequently asked questions, answered.
You will be able to use your own calculator in the exam. You are permitted to use models on the approved list only. For security reasons, calculator covers and lids are not permitted in the exam and must be stored away. You are responsible for making sure that your calculator works on the day of the exam. There is also an on-screen calculator available should you need it. You can practice using the on-screen calculator in advance of their exam by using this demonstration or by accessing the sample exams. You can view the sample exams on our website within the ICAEW CFAB and ACA Certificate Level exam and study resources.
Whiteboard and pen
You can use a whiteboard and wipeable pen for any of your workings. We recommend a whiteboard of A4 size (approx. 210x297mm) plus two dry erase markers. You are required to purchase these items, should you wish to use them. Please note that if you use paper and/or a non-wipeable pen, the exam will be ended and reported as a policy violation. You will be continuously monitored during your exam and must wipe your whiteboard clean at the end of the exam. Please note that you are prohibited from writing down or recording any exam content. If you prefer to write notes online, you will be able to use a scratch pad within the exam which offers the following features:
- It is resizable;
- it can be dragged anywhere on screen;
- notes are saved throughout the exam to view within all questions;
- if it is closed, all notes are saved for when it is re-opened;
- you can use Ctrl C and Ctrl V to copy and paste text from the exam question; and
- to zoom in and out of any screen and notes, hold Ctrl and click + or - .
You will also be able to use the online whiteboard feature
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.
Should you experience an issue during your exam, you must report this to Pearson VUE via the greeter or invigilator on the day of your exam. If you are unable to contact them, you should contact Pearson VUE to report the issue and ensure it has been logged. If you feel the issue you experienced has impacted your exam performance, you can apply for exam disruption appeal. For your application to be considered, you must email it to email@example.com with any supporting evidence within seven days of your exam. For example, if your exam is on Monday you will have until 23:59 the following Monday to submit your exam disruption appeal application.