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Digital learning materials

In the Autumn of 2020, all ACA and ICAEW CFAB learning materials for exams in 2021 will be published in a digital format.

Exams are computer-based, now learning materials are too. This allows them to be accessed wherever you are, on the device that is most convenient for you either on a mobile, tablet or desktop.  

The digital workbooks work much like printed/traditional/hard copy books in that you can still write notes on them and highlight them, but with the additional benefits of being able to search for key terms, change the settings to make them easier to read, and have the book read itself to you with the text to speech function.  

The new ICAEW workbooks combine our skills and syllabus learning with study manual all in one publication, making it easier for you to study.

Digital delivery is better for the environment: books no longer need to be shipped globally to be delivered to you, saving time and fuel.  What’s more it saves 262 tonnes of paper each year.

Set up and access  

Visit the bookstore to purchase your learning materials. The price of your learning materials depends on which level you are studying. You can view the prices for 2021 here. You can use your ICAEW account login details to access the ICAEW Bookshelf via the Bibliu app or browser.

 If you cannot see all your learning materials within the bookshelf this might be a connection error so logging out and logging in again should stop this from happening. However, if the issue persists then contact support. 

If you purchased the wrong workbook you will need to contact us, and we will refund the purchase and mark the order as cancelled. This information will then be passed to the ICAEW Bookshelf and the workbook(s) will be removed.

Topics covered 

Within the ICAEW Bookshelf you will be able to view, annotate and highlight passages and key points of information around all topics covered within the ACA, ICAEW CFAB and the Level 4 Role Simulation exam. 

How to use ICAEW Bookshelf 

When studying and reading through the materials in your ICAEW Bookshelf you will be able to use it much like any other textbook including annotating and highlighting. However, what you can’t do in ordinary textbooks is to search and filter via your notes or highlights.

It will depend on what exam you are sitting weather or not you will be permitted to use your own materials, but we will allow you to access the permitted and recommended texts as shown on icaew.com/permittedtexts

For open book exams, you will be able to take in any hard copy materials, if you wish, subject to space restrictions.

A link to your ICAEW Bookshelf account will be available in the open book exams. This will then give you access to all your books, including any notes/highlights.