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Reports on examinations

The Knowledge guide to ICAEW examination papers has been developed to help you track down the examination papers and their associated publications through the years - with guidance on where you can find online resources for recent and current examinations. On this page we focus on sources for the reports on the examinations.

Reports on examinations are compiled from examiners' analyses and comments on candidates' performance. They aim to assist 'unsuccessful candidates to identify those areas in which they lost marks and need to improve their knowledge and/or presentation; tutors in preparing candidates for the Institute's examinations; and future candidates by providing a commentary for them to use when working from past papers.'

The table below has been produced to guide you through the examinations and the reports that were produced, with links to our online catalogue for fuller details of our holdings and any gaps.

A complete listing of the Library & Information Service's holdings of reports on ICAEW examination papers is also available from our online catalogue.

Chronological holdings of Reports on examinations

-1972

No examination reports are held by the Library & Information Service before 1972.

1972-1975

Preliminary examination Intermediate examination Final examination
View our holdings of Reports of the examination committee on the intermediate examination, 1973-1975 View our holdings of Reports of the examination committee on the final part I and part II examinations, 1972-1974

1974/5-1993

Foundation examination Professional examination I (known as PE I) Professional examination II (known as PE II)
View our holdings of Reports of the Examination Committee on the foundation examination and the professional examination I, 1974-1977
View our holdings of Report of the Examination Committee on the foundation examination and the professional examination I, 1974-1977 and Professional examination 1- the examiners' report, May 1975-November 1992. View our holdings of Professional examination 2- the examiners' report, July 1975-December 1993

1993/4-1998

Intermediate examination Final examination
View our holdings of Intermediate examination- the examiners' report, May 1993-May 1998 View our holdings of Final examination- the examiners' report, July 1994-November 1998

1998-2001

Technical Core 1 (known as TC1) Technical Core 2 (known as TC2) Final Admitting Examination (known as FAE)
View our holdings of Technical Core 1 examination- the examiners' report, September 1998-June 2001 View our holdings of TC2/FAE examination- the examiners' report, July 1999-July 2003 View our holdings of TC2/FAE examination- the examiners' report, July 1999-July 2003

2001-2008

Professional Stage Advanced stage examination
The Advanced stage examination was comprised of three parts: TATC 1, TATC 2 and the Advanced Case Study.

View our holdings of the Advanced stage examination paper and examiners' report 2001-2008

2007-2015

Professional Stage Advanced stage
View our holdings of the Professional stage examination paper and examiners' report, 2007-2014 for the new ACA. The advanced stage consists of two technical papers and a case study.

View our holdings of the Advanced stage examination paper and examiners' report 2008-2015 for the new ACA.

2013-

The latest evolution of the ACA was introduced in July 2013. The evolved ACA will run in parallel with the existing ACA between 2013 and 2014/15.

A full list of key dates for the ACA evolution is available.

Certificate Level Professional Level Advanced Level
Certificate Level is the new term for the Professional Stage knowledge modules.

The modules at this level introduce students to the fundamentals of accountancy, finance and business.

The Certificate Level Accounting assessment is available from August 2013
Professional Level is the new term for the Professional Stage application modules.

This level builds on the fundamentals that students learn at the Certificate Level and tests their understanding and ability to use technical knowledge in real-life scenarios.

The first Professional Level exams will take place in September 2013.
Advanced Level is the new term for the Advanced Stage.

This level tests students’ understanding and strategic decision-making at a senior level.

The first Advanced Level exams will take place in July 2014

Online sources

Examination marking key and commentaries on past exams for the last few years are available online from the Exam Papers pages in the Students section of the ICAEW website.

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