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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.

Those publications may be annotated ONLY to the extent of underlining, side-lining, highlighting and using arrows. Page tabs may be used but must not be written on.

Take a look at the Permitted Text Webinar for examples of which annotations are and are not allowed and for some tips while sitting your exams.

Students may take an edition of the permitted text of a year other than the one listed. However, the exams are set on the edition listed below and any student taking a different edition does so at their own risk.

Please also note the following restrictions apply during your exams: 

  • You may not share recommended text(s) with another candidate. 
  • Only original hard copies are permitted. 
  • Desk space is restricted, so for open book exams please be selective about the materials that you take into the exam room.

Ordering permitted texts

Please note

There are no permitted texts for the Certificate Level assessments; any necessary information will be provided on screen.

2020

Please order the following publications from Croner-i:

  • Auditing Standards
  • UK Accounting Standards and Company Law
  • Hardman’s Tax Rates and Tables
  • Practice Notes (19 and 20)

To order, please contact Croner-i:

E: client.experience@croneri.co.uk

The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS®) book is available to order from the IFRS Foundation:

E: publications@ifrs.org 

Students may take an edition of the permitted text of a year other than the one listed. However, the exams are set on the edition listed below and any student taking a different edition does so at their own risk. Please see below for the recommended texts for your exams.

2021

As part of the move to digital learning materials, we are able to offer our materials in bundles which include the relevant permitted texts. To find out more and purchase our learning materials and permitted texts bundles click here. The IFRS Blue Book is the permitted text for FAR IFRS, and recommended text for the Advanced Level exams. This can only be purchased from the IFRS Foundation.

E: publications@ifrs.org 

Permitted texts