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Permitted texts at ACA exams

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

All ACA and ICAEW CFAB learning materials for exams in 2021 will be published in a digital format.

As part of the move to digital learning materials, the way you purchase your permitted texts may be different from previous years. When purchasing your ICAEW learning materials, you will receive most of the permitted texts for that module as part of a bundled purchase and you will be able to view the publications in your ICAEW Bookshelf.

Below you can view exactly what you will receive in your purchase, and the cost of the ICAEW materials:

Ordering permitted texts

Visit the bookstore to purchase your learning materials and relevant permitted texts. The price of your learning materials will depend on which module you are studying. You can view the prices of the bundles for 2021 here. You should use your ICAEW account login details to access the ICAEW Bookshelf via the Bibliu app or browser.

The IFRS ® Standards (Blue Book) 

The IFRS ® Standards (Blue Book) is the permitted text for Financial Accounting and Reporting: IFRS, and recommended text for the Advanced Level exam.

This must continue to be purchased as a hard copy directly from the IFRS Foundation.

E: publications@ifrs.org

During my exam

See here for a breakdown of what permitted texts are available, and in what format, in your ACA exams

What can I take into my exams that require permitted texts?

For exams with permitted texts, you will no longer take a hard copy of the publication into the exam. You will have a tab in the exam that takes you to the publication. This can be opened alongside the question and answer and will have a search functionality.

The exams are set on the relevant permitted text we provide in the exam. Therefore, you must not bring any physical materials to the exam, including out of date versions of the permitted texts.

The only exception to this is the IFRS Blue book, recommended for FAR IFRS exams. This book should be purchased in hard copy as no digital copy will be available within the exam software. Please note that for the FAR IFRS exams only:

  • Texts may be annotated ONLY to the extent of underlining, sidelining and highlighting.
  • Page tabs may be used but must not be written on.
  • For each assessment students may take only one copy of any permitted text.
  • Students may take an edition of the permitted text of a year other than the one listed (i.e. 2019 instead of 2020)
  • Assessments are set on the edition year listed and any student taking a different edition does so at their own risk

What can I take into open book exams?

For open book exams such as Business Planning and Advanced Level exams, you will have a link to your ICAEW Bookshelf that will allow you to view all purchased learning materials. You can also take any relevant hard copy notes into the exam, subject to desk space restrictions.