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How to book ICAEW CFAB exams, access arrangements

You have the flexibility to choose when you want to sit your exams; they can be taken at any time and you can sit them at a test centre or via OnVUE remote invigilation.

Booking an exam

You can book your exams via access.icaew.com/pearsonvue, you just need to log in using your ICAEW log in details. If your employer is contributing to the cost of your studies, please check with them before booking any exams, in case they have policies and approaches already in place, and to agree the timing of your exam.

If you are planning to sit your exam at a test centre, you just need to check that the centre you wish to sit has availability on the day you wish to book. You can use our handy guide below for a walk-through of the booking process.

You also have the option to sit your exam via OnVUE remote invigilation, which enables you to take an exam at home while being continuously monitored. For your exam to run successfully, you will need the equipment required to meet the technical specifications. This includes:

  1. A reliable computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone which meets the minimum technical requirements
  2. A quiet room with a closed door (no one else is permitted in the room while you are testing)
  3. A clear workspace
  4. A mobile phone to upload photos during the check in process
  5. A strong internet connection

The remote invigilation exams are the same as shown in the test centres, however the process for booking your exam is slightly different, so you should follow the step-by-step guidance below.

Once you have booked your exam, you must run a system test to check that your internet bandwidth is sufficient, you have a working webcam and your device has audio and volume control, it does not confirm that your computer meets the minimum technical requirements. We would also advise you to watch the OnVUE introductory video and read the guidance about the setup and check in process.

Make sure you use our exam resources alongside your learning materials to help you prepare for your exam. You must also read all the guidance on what to expect on the day of your exam to familiarise yourself with all the administrative processes you will need to complete, the exam software and all the exam rules you will be subject to.

Cancelling or rescheduling an exam

You can cancel or reschedule an exam online at access.icaew.com/pearsonvue up to 24 hours before you are due to sit to be eligible for a refund. We have created a guide to assist you through this process.

Please note, if your exam was scheduled on your behalf by your tuition provider or your employer, you must inform them so that they can reschedule or cancel the exam for you.

Failure to reschedule or cancel your exam with 24 hours' notice will mean you are ineligible for a refund. However, providing that you do not begin the exam, it will not count as one of your attempts and nothing will appear on your exam history.

Access arrangements

If you feel your exam performance may be hindered owing to a health condition, disability, or specific learning difficult (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 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 our guidance.