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Exam applications online - guidance notes

Guidance notes for online exam applications.

Applying for an exams

Apply for exams

You can book your place and apply for any Professional and Advanced Level exam using our online booking system. Access this via your online training file or go straight to exams online. Go to the ‘Examinations’ tab and select ‘Apply for exams’. For guidance and support on how you use our booking system, download the how to book an exam online guide. Please note that the exam booking system, is a live system, which means that when you book your exam, it is booked and confirmed immediately. The booking system will ask you to enter your preferred location to sit your exam and the closest centres with availability will appear. Exam centres are available on a first come, first served basis so be sure to book your exam early. If an exam centre doesn't appear, it means that this centre is fully booked.

If you are unable to access the online booking system, call +44 (0)1908 248 250, email studentsupport@icaew.com or send us a question using the live help box displayed on this page.

Apply for the examinations online by clicking on ‘apply online’. Once you have submitted an application you can and amend your entry up to the entry deadline date. Please note that applicants must follow the online application through to completion (including payment) in order for the information to be recorded.


You must complete your application with payment via the world pay centre, unless your firm has agreed with ICAEW that payment will be made separately. If payment is not made your application will not be submitted.

Secure transactions may take up to a minute. Do not click the 'make payment' button more than once else multiple payments will be made.

Changes to your examination entry

You may alter your examination entry online up to the entry deadline date. 


Candidates are advised to check the examination regulations to verify their eligibility for the examination session they are entering.

Access arrangements

For important information on deadlines and how to apply for access arrangements for ICAEW exams, we have provided two detailed guidance documents to help you.  Please go to our dedicated webpage here to download the relevant guidance.

Identification at examination venues

Each candidate will be required to show two forms of identification in the examination centre or e-assessment centre, one of which must contain an identifying photograph. The following are acceptable as picture identification:

  • a current passport
  • company identification card containing photograph and signature
  • driving licence containing photograph and signature
  • a national identity document containing photograph and signature.

Signature identification may take the form of the above or other formal document or card (for example a debit/credit card or personal utility bill).

If a candidate does not currently hold adequate means of identification they must obtain it before the examination or assessment.

Examination conduct

Candidates must read the examination regulations for conduct guidelines.

Professional and Advanced Level Exams

Application submission deadline

Online applications must have been submitted by midnight on the closing date for each examination session. ICAEW cannot make allowance for any special circumstance, errors or omissions by applicants or persons acting on their behalf.

It is the candidate's responsibility to confirm that ICAEW has received their application.

Paper selection

Candidates should exercise care when selecting the papers they wish to sit. Incorrect selection of papers requiring a change after the entry deadline may be subject to an administrative charge of £50.

Examination centre choice

Students can select the centre most convenient for them that has availability at the date they apply, the nearest 5 centres for each module will be returned by the system for the student to select for themselves. Early booking is recommended as this is first come first served.

Information from ICAEW

Assessment summary will be available via email and the website immediately after a candidate has completed their application. 

Credit for prior learning

Credit applications must be received by the closing date of the relevant examination session. Further information regarding credit for prior learning can be found in the exams section.

Examination timetable

UK Examination timetables will be published on the website. ICAEW reserves the right to vary these timings. The timetable for overseas centres will vary and the correct timings will be contained within the online exam application process and summary.

ICAEW will make its best endeavours to meet its published timetables for the holding of examinations and the publication of results, but will not be liable for any loss arising from candidates’ reliance on these dates.

If you have any queries please contact the Student Support Team on +44 (0)1908 248 250 quoting your student registration number.