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Access arrangements for ICAEW CFAB exams

Access arrangements guidance for ICAEW CFAB students.

If you feel your exam performance may be hindered owing to a health condition, disability, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD), we may be able to put access arrangements in place to support you during your exam(s).  

If you would like arrangements to be put in place for a specific exam, your access arrangements application must be submitted online at my.icaew.com/examsonline 21 days before your intended exam date, and do not book your exam until your arrangements have been confirmed.

Before you submit your access arrangements application, please read the below guidance. Although the process is the same regardless of the reason you are applying, the evidence required to support an application for access arrangements for a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) differs from other applications. Please note that you may need to refer to both guides if you are applying for more than one reason.

If you have been awarded access arrangements for your exam(s), there is a dedicated Pearson VUE webpage to read additional guidance.

Applying for access arrangements for SpLDs

You can apply for access arrangements for an SpLD if you have been diagnosed with an SpLD by an appropriately qualified assessor, and have a diagnostic report which meets our requirements listed in the guide below.

Applying for access arrangements for medical conditions, pregnancy, breastfeeding and prayer time during exams

We appreciate that exam conditions may be difficult for some students so we offer access arrangements if you have a short-term or long-term impairment, disability or health condition, are pregnant, breastfeeding or need to observe daily prayers.

If you are applying for access arrangements due to a medical condition, we recommend that you use the below medical statement.

If the condition you are suffering from is considered a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, we will do everything we reasonably can to support you, as long as you can provide suitable evidence. This may involve adjustments such as awarding you extra time, rest breaks, a reader or a scribe, or changes to the exam format such as coloured overlays. If you have been awarded a scribe or reader, please review the below guidance.

Please note that we are currently unable to provide a scribe or reader for ICAEW CFAB remotely invigilated exams, we apologise for any inconvenience this many cause.

If you are suffering from a short-term condition and therefore not covered by the Equality Act, we will provide support in accordance with the ICAEW CFAB assessment regulations. This support is subject to the receipt of sufficient notice and suitable medical evidence; please read the access arrangements guidance note for clarification. We cannot always guarantee that a request for an access arrangement for a short-term condition will be granted but we will consider the details of your situation fully before confirming a decision.

Once we have received your application for access arrangements we will review it and notify you of our decision. Standard response times are 21 working days from receipt of appropriate evidence, but this may take longer during our peak times.

Access arrangements – stop the clock rest breaks awarded

If you have been awarded stop the clock rest breaks following an access arrangements application for an exam, please read the following guidance document and view the webinar before your exam. The guidance explains how to locate the stop the clock function, how the time is displayed and how to resume your exam.

Remote invigilation – extra time access arrangements

If you want to book an OnVUE remote invigilation exam and have an extra time access arrangement already in place with us, please follow the instructions listed on the page below.

Access arrangements – not awarded

If access arrangements cannot be awarded, you should consider carefully whether to defer your exam until the following exam session. You should not rely on receiving special consideration for your condition when your exam result is being determined. See the cancelling an exam application guidance.

If you have any access arrangements questions that are not addressed in the guidance, please submit your enquiry at my.icaew.com/examsonline