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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 we are updating our exam software to improve the student experience and to ensure that the ACA continues to reflect modern accountancy practices.

Our new 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.

What's new?

The new exam software is launching in March 2021 and includes:

  • Data analytics software that allows you to analyse a company’s data so that you can demonstrate your professional skills as an auditor. This will be built initially into Professional Level Audit and Assurance and Advanced Level Corporate Reporting.
  • Access to your digital bookshelf to view your learning materials digitally within the relevant open book exams.
  • 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. 
  • Developing the ability to sit the exams in any location with the use of remote invigilation, reducing your need to travel to an exam centre.

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 such as:

  • The ability to arrange and adjust question and response areas in a variety of layout options.
  • Spreadsheet software that reflects commonly used applications. The spreadsheet contains standard functionality that allow you to make your calculations and adjust them if needed, just as you would in the work place.
  • 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 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

Preparing for your exam

Permitted texts

Only certain publications are permitted in the Professional Level Audit and Assurance, Financial Accounting and Reporting and Tax Compliance exams.

You are still able to take hard copy materials into their open book exams, subject to space restrictions. Please note: the IFRS Blue Book will only be available in hard copy, so you are permitted to take this hard copy text into your FAR IFRS exam. There will not be a PDF of the IFRS Blue Book available to use within the exam software.

For more information on permitted texts click here.

Data analytics software

Data analytics software learning and practice resources will be available here by 31 October.