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Instructions to Candidates

Level 4 Accounting Technician apprenticeship – role simulation exam

This document contains important information about what you can expect on the day of your ICAEW Level 4 Accounting Technician apprenticeship role simulation exam.

Read these instructions carefully and make sure you are familiar with our processes and procedures before you start your exam. If you don’t follow these instructions, you may be charged with misconduct or your script may not be marked.

Exam application summary

Before the day of your exam, check your exam application summary carefully here. You will need to know your candidate number, so make sure you take your application summary details to the venue.

On the day of the exam

Arrival at the exam hall

We recommend that you allow plenty of time to arrive at the exam hall; you must be seated 30 minutes before the exam starts, unless instructed otherwise by invigilators on the day. This is due to the pre-exam administrative procedures, such as checking candidate identification, begin up to 30 minutes before the exam starts. 

Entry to the exam hall

To help you find your place, a seating plan will be available at the venue showing where your desk is located. There will be a personalised booklet with your name and candidate number – remember to check you are sat at the right desk before the exam starts. It is your responsibility to sit at the right desk and to use the stationery with your details on. If you don’t, there may be a delay in issuing your results. 

Personal belongings

You will be asked to leave your personal belongings, including mobile phones, in the designated area indicated by the invigilator. You may put small items such as wallets under your desk, but you can’t touch them during the exam. Do remember to take them with you when you leave the exam centre.

You must turn off all electronic devices such as mobile phones. If a noise from such an item is heard during the exam, you may be disturbed in order to silence the device and you will not get any extra time to complete your exam. The invigilator will log the incident and it may be considered as misconduct. 

Lateness

If you arrive within 30 minutes of the start of the exam, you may still be allowed into the exam. However, any time lost will not be added to the end of your exam; you will only have the same time remaining as the other candidates to complete your exam. If you arrive any later than 30 minutes you will not be allowed to sit the exam.

Identification 

You must take two items of identification into the exam hall with you. 

  • One must have both a signature and a photo, for example:
    • a current passport;
    • a photographic driving licence;
    • company ID card with photo and signature; or
    • national identity document with photo and signature.
  • The other must have a signature, for example:
    • any of the above; or
    • a credit or debit card.

You must put both items on your desk for the invigilator to check before the exam starts. You may not be permitted to sit your exam if you do not bring valid, in date identification that meets the above criteria.

Permitted texts 

Six weeks before the exam, the advance information for the role simulation exam will be available on our website. This may include background information on a company, a recent set of financial statements and an organisational hierarchy. 

You will be expected to familiarise yourself with this information before the exam, with the support of your tuition provider. You will be able to bring a copy of this information in to the exam with you. You can also take the ICAEW CFAB or ACA Certificate Level learning materials into the exam. 

On the day of the exam, you will be presented with some additional information about the company, as well as a number of tasks which they will be expected to work through.

It is your responsibility to bring a copy of the advance information for your exam. 

Permitted materials

  • You are allowed to annotate the relevant advance information and bring this with you to the exam. Dictionaries are not allowed; you must leave them with your personal belongings.
  • Any digital watch will not be permitted in the exam. Analogue watches will be permitted, but may be subject to inspection by our trained invigilators. Any watches which appear to be analogue, but are capable of digital memory storage or communication, will be reported to the ICAEW Assessment Committee as a potential case of misconduct.
  • You will need to bring your own black ball point pen(s). We advise against using corrector fluid or tape as this may blur your script in the marking process; if you need to make amendments to your work, cross through any errors and write the segment again.
  • You must provide your own calculator which cannot be pre-programmable or have additional functions built in capable of automatically computing Net Present Value (NPV) or Internal Rate of Return (IRR). You may be asked to show that the memory within the calculator is empty. If you are unable to do so, you will not be allowed to use the calculator during your exam. It is therefore advisable to use a calculator without additional built in functions.
  • You may bring an analogue watch, or small desk clock as long as it’s silent, although the timing of the exam will be managed solely by the invigilator. Whereas desk clocks can be digital or analogue, watches must be analogue.
  • You may bring earplugs/headphones to wear during the exam in case of unavoidable noise disturbance, provided they are not plugged in to or capable of being wirelessly connected to any device.

Before the exam starts

Answer booklet

On your desk you will find your personalised answer booklet with your candidate details on the cover. You will be given time to check that the details on the printed answer booklet are correct before the exam starts.

If you registered for the exam after the published closing date, you may be provided with a blank answer booklet. You must write the required information straight onto the booklet:

  • sign, date and print your name on the answer booklet; and
  • write your candidate number onto the question paper as instructed.

You may not write anything else until the exam starts.

When the exam starts

Answer booklet

You must write all your answers in black ball point pen.

  • Your answer booklet will be scanned and presented to the marker as a black and white image. ICAEW does not scan in colour or greyscale so writing in pencil, highlighter, gel pen or colours other than black may not be visible. We suggest you do not use corrector fluid or tape. If you make a mistake, cross it out neatly and rewrite your answer.

You will have a 32-page answer booklet

  • Make sure you only write within the writing grid in the answer booklet.
  • You can answer the questions in any order but you must start a new page for each new question.
  • Use both sides of the paper.
  • If you use all the pages of the answer booklet, raise your hand and ask the invigilator for an 8-page continuation booklet.
  • You must write your candidate number, exam title, date, centre number and name in the top right-hand corner; then print your name, sign and date the bottom of the front page. You will not be given any time at the end of the exam to do this.
  • Do not remove any pages from the answer booklet. If you make a mistake or do not want the examiner to mark any of your work, just draw a line through the text.

If you are using a pen after the exam has been declared as ended or closed, this will be classed as misconduct and you will be reported to the ICAEW Assessment Committee.

If you have completed your candidate details incorrectly on your script, you should raise your hand.

Answers written on paper other than an ICAEW answer booklet or continuation booklet will not be marked. This is always classed as misconduct and your candidate details will be passed to the ICAEW Assessment Committee

Conduct

You must remain seated during the exam. Raise your hand if you need a continuation booklet or if you have a specific request.

If you leave the exam without permission, you will not be allowed to return. If you want to leave the exam and you don’t want to return, please give your script to the invigilator.

If you are reported for misconduct, you are advised to provide a statement in writing within seven days of the incident. You can email your statement of events to specialconsideration@icaew.com.

Noise

ICAEW endeavours to provide excellent exam facilities for all candidates; however there remain issues which are outside the control of the venue or ICAEW, including external traffic noise and building works, particularly in built up areas such as London. You may bring earplugs/headphones to wear during the exam in case of unavoidable noise disturbance, provided they are not plugged in to or capable of being wirelessly connected to any device. ICAEW does not provide earplugs/headphones. If you bring your own, it is your responsibility to listen to the announcements before the exam and monitor the timing of the exam to ensure that you stop writing immediately when the exam finishes; Failure to do so will be classed as misconduct and will usually result in a mark of zero being awarded.

You must not use devices that emit sound during the exams; for example, a watch with an alarm. Switch off your mobile phone and disable all alarms. If a noise from such an item is heard during the exam you may be disturbed in order to silence the device, and you won’t get any extra time. The invigilator will log the incident and it may be considered misconduct.

Food and drink

You can bring food and drink to the exam venue if you need it, but please show consideration for your fellow candidates. Don’t bring items that are likely to be noisy when eaten, that have a strong smell, or may cause an allergic reaction, such as peanuts. Fizzy drinks can also be distracting when opened. If you spill something and damage your script, you will not get any special consideration and you won’t get any extra time.

10-minute warning

The invigilator will give a warning 10 minutes before the end of the exam.

At the end of the exam

When the invigilator announces your time is up and the exam is declared ended or closed, you must stop writing immediately. If you continue to write (even completing your candidate details on a continuation booklet), it will be classed as misconduct and your details will be passed to the ICAEW Assessment Committee.

If you have completed candidate details incorrectly on your script, you should raise your hand.

If you have used a continuation booklet, you will be given time to attach it to your answer booklet with a treasury tag.

The invigilator will collect your answer booklet(s) and question papers separately. Once they have all been collected, you may leave the exam hall.

You may not take away from the exam hall the exam papers or any other materials supplied.

Misconduct

The invigilator will report all cases of irregularity or misconduct in connection with an exam to ICAEW. They also have the power to stop the exam if your conduct is improper.

Any unauthorised material you bring into an exam will be deposited with the invigilator and sent to ICAEW.

During the exam, you must not pass information to another candidate unless you have been authorised to do so.

If you are suspected of having been involved in any irregularity or misconduct in connection with an exam, the ICAEW Assessment Committee will consider disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may include setting the mark of the exam to zero, voiding the attempt or any other measure deemed appropriate by the ICAEW Assessment Committee from time-to-time. Cases of misconduct may also be referred to the ICAEW Professional Conduct Department and involve further disciplinary action.

If you are reported for an incident that could be misconduct, you are advised to provide a statement in writing at the point of the incident and/or writing within seven days of the incident. You can email your statement of events to specialconsideration@icaew.com.

Factors affecting performance

The special consideration process addresses circumstances specific to an individual exam, which are outside of a candidate’s control, and which impact exam performance. It is solely your responsibly to fully read and understand the special consideration process before you sit the role simulation exam.

Availability of results

Your results for the whole of your end-point assessment, including the role simulation exam, will be released at the same time, so you will know if you have been successful in passing your Level 4 Accounting Technician apprenticeship. Upon completion, ICAEW will notify the Institute for Apprenticeships, who will post your certificate to your employer.

Text or email results service

You can receive your results by text and/or email, simply register for this service when you book your end-point assessment or online. The deadline to receive your results this way is 17:00 UK-time on the Friday before the exam results date. Texts and emails will be sent at 12:00 UK-time on the exam results date.