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Exam software

The ACA is one of the most advanced learning and professional development accountancy programmes available. We strive to provide a qualification reflective of the current workplace and constantly evaluate and update the ACA. As part of these continuous advancements, our updated exam software has been improved to ensure the ACA reflects modern accountancy practices.

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Exam software

Our exam software features pioneering integrations with data analytics software and a digital bookshelf. The data analytics software will allow you to manipulate and interrogate data, demonstrating your professional skills. The bookshelf will include your digital learning materials, with any notes that you have made, and will be available in any of the open book exams. These integrations mean that our exams will work just like you work in the office.

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Practice exam software

It’s really important that you get to know the exam software and its various functions before you take a Professional or Advanced Level exam. To help, we have created new practice exam software. You can use the software as part of your revision. It’s easy to access too, you can access questions from the ICAEW question banks, mock exams or use our blank software with your own resources.

Exam software key features

The software has been designed specifically for ACA students and has had input from students from the start of the design. The new exam software has an intuitive user interface and includes features

  • Data analytics software

    The data analytics software allows you to analyse a company’s data so that you can demonstrate your professional skills as an auditor. This is built into the Professional Level Audit and Assurance and Advanced Level Corporate Reporting modules.

  • ICAEW bookshelf

    You can access your ICAEW bookshelf to view your learning materials digitally within the relevant open book exams.

  • Permitted texts

    You can access digital copies of relevant permitted texts, such as the tax tables within the exam, so that you can easily search for the content that you need.

  • Remote invigilation

    Sit your exam in any location with the use of remote invigilation, reducing your need to travel to an exam centre. 

Practice exam software

If you are an ACA, Level 4 or Level 7 student, you will be allocated access to the new online practice software. The software is online and easy to access. You should use the new version instead of downloading the offline packaged software. Its best practice to clear your computer’s cache and cookies before accessing the practice software, just to ensure you are using the most up to date content.

The blank software, question banks and mock exams are coming soon. See below for when the resources will be available in the practice exam software.

When opening the ICAEW Bookshelf or the data analytics software within the practice software, you will be asked to log in. In your real exam you will be logged in automatically using single sign on.

Functionality in the exam software

  • The ability to arrange and adjust question and response areas in a variety of layout options.
  • There are several keyboard shortcuts you can use during your exam.
  • Spreadsheet software that reflects commonly used applications and contains standard functionality that allow you to make your calculations and adjust them if needed, just as you would in the workplace.
  • A word processor that auto adjust to the size of the response that you are writing and allows you to copy in the data from the spreadsheet as part of the report.
  • An easy-to-use question flagging system so you can easily navigate through the exam.
  • A suite of tools such as a calculator, notepad and highlighter so that you have everything you need to complete the exam and make notes as you go.
  • New options to zoom and amend the colour contrast giving you the best accessibility options yet.

Support and guidance

Data analytics software

ICAEW has introduced data analytics software into ACA exams, starting with the Audit and Assurance exam and Corporate Reporting.

You will need to be familiar with how the software works and its various functions. It is therefore important that you work through the relevant explanatory guidance notes, using the practice datasets that we have created. You should then attempt the practice questions.

Professional and Advanced Level exam software guidance

View the video for a walkthrough of the exam software covering key features and functionalities, data analytics software and the ICAEW Bookshelf.

Exam software – live webinar

Watch the live webinar including demonstrations of the exam software and a Q&A

Have a question?

Do you have a question about the exam software? Then look no further.

Professional and Advanced Level exam FAQs