Computer-based exams: guidance and support
The transition to computer-based exams is nearly complete, finishing in July 2019, when the Case Study will move to computer. This means that all Professional and Advanced Level exams are now computer-based. Getting to know the exam software is essential.
Your five steps to exam success
To help you feel best prepared for your exams complete the five-step checklist below, and you will have everything you need to walk into your exam centre fully prepared and ready to tackle your Professional and Advanced Level exams.
Professional and Advanced Level exams are different to your Certificate Level exams. This exam guide will help you to understand what to expect on the day, how to navigate within the software, key functionality and exam top tips.
A series of short webinar recordings are available for you to watch on-demand. They provide an overview of the exam software functionality, exam top tips, an overview on how to move and resize the question and answer window and much more.
|The exam experience from start to finish||An overview for Professional and Advanced Level exams on how to book your exams, key features of the new exam format and how to access the software.|
|Overview of the guidance and support available||Discover key resources and guidance available to support you during your Professional and Advanced Level, including: the exam guide, the exam software, frequently asked questions and much more.|
|Exam top tips||Watch this webinar to discover top tips for your Professional and Advanced Level exams, including: timing and common mistakes.|
|Professional and Advanced Level question banks||This webinar guides you on how to export and save your answers and how to download the question banks for your Professional and Advanced Level exams so you can revise wherever you are.|
|How to move and resize the question and answer window||A quick overview on how to resize the question window during your Professional and Advanced Level exams so you can view the question and response area side by side.|
|Decimal places||A short webinar to show you how to add and remove decimal places for your Professional and Advanced Level exams and how this differs for the Financial Management exam.|
We have also held a series of live webinars with question and answer sessions. Click on the links below to watch these webinars and view the questions asked.
To ensure you feel comfortable with the Case Study exam on computer, watch a live webinar held on 26 June 2019 that provides an overview of the Case Study exam software, talks you through the exam experience, gives top tips and answers your questions. Watch webinar. View the questions and answers.
You can also watch a 20-minute webinar by Julie Moore, Head of ICAEW Programmes at BPP Professional Education. Julie gives an overview of what the Case Study exam software will look like on computer, what to expect on the day of your exam, how to use the exam software, how to practise using the exam software before the exam and frequently asked questions. Watch webinar.
- Why and how is the Case Study exam different
- How to pass the Case Study
- How to analyse the Advance Information
- How to write your report
- How your manage your time in the exam effectively
- How is the Case Study marked
- Preparation: what does 'good' look like
- Report structure: what does 'good' look like
For more Case study specific resources including the learning materials and sample exams, please click here.
Getting to know the software in advance of your exams is crucial for success, so practise using the functionality and formatting answers by using the practice software.
Questions from the ICAEW published question banks are available within the exam software. This will enable you to practise exam-standard questions within the exam software before you take your exam. You can also save your answers by exporting them in the exam software, view exam resources here.
Case Study practice software: July 2019
Sample exams are available to use with the blank version of the exam software, so you can practise answering questions as you would in the actual exam.
Sample answers should be used to gain an understanding on how responses should be set out. A key learning point is that the answers should be clearly laid out, with all workings shown and referenced. Excessive formatting is not required.
All sample exams, and sample answers can be found within the exam resources section of the website. Simply select the level and exam you are studying.
The Instructions to Candidates contain important information regarding the administration of your exams and have been updated specifically for computer-based exams. Read them carefully and familiarise yourself with all the processes and procedures before you attempt an exam.
If you have a question on computer-based exams visit our student community where you can post your questions and share your own exam and study tips with other ACA students around the world.
More support and guidance including is available to you on all important information you need to know about your exams, access arrangements and how to apply for them.
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