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What happens on the exam day?

An Examination Attendance Docket will be available from myACCA. This includes a timetable of all the exams that you are entered for; details of the desk that has been assigned to you for each paper; and the address of your exam centre. If you are not completely sure of the location of the centre, how to get there or how long it may take you, make sure you rehearse your route before the day of the exam. Please remember that exams may start at peak times so you should allow for rush-hour traffic and possible hold-ups.

You must sit at the desk detailed on your docket. This will ensure that you are registered as being in attendance for that exam.

The docket will be collected by the supervisor during the exam to record your attendance. If you have any other exams during the session, the docket will be returned to you. If it is your last exam of the session, the docket will be retained for our records.

The Examination Attendance Docket also details important exam regulations and guidelines. You should read these carefully to familiarise yourself with the exam procedure and what equipment you are allowed to take with you into the exams. These regulations are reproduced regularly in the notice board section of Student Accountant.

Please take some form of official photographic ID, such as a passport, driving licence or national identity card. This will be checked during the exam together with your Examination Attendance Docket to verify your identity.

You should try to arrive at the exam centre about 30 minutes before the start of the exam. This will give you time to relax and prepare yourself. If you are sitting a three-hour exam, you will be given an additional 15-minute reading and planning time allowance. However, you should still be at your desk at the time stated on your docket.

Where can I find the rules and regulations in relation to sitting an examination?

Full details of the rules and regulations are available on the reverse of your examination attendance docket. Please familiarise yourself with these prior to attending the examination centre.

Please also see the Related Links at the top left of this page for more information on the rules and regulations for sitting an examination.

 

What am I allowed/not allowed to take into the exam centre?

The items which you are allowed to take into the exam hall are listed on your Examination Attendance Docket and you should refer to your docket before each session to ensure that you are aware of the up-to-date regulations.

Please also see the Related links at the top left of this page for more information on the rules and regulations for sitting an examination.

What happens if I forget my photographic ID on the day of my exam?

You are required to bring an official means of your identity to the exam, such as your passport, driving licence or national ID card. If you forget your ID, you will be required to return to your centre before the end of the exam session with appropriate ID.

What happens if I arrive late for my exam?

If you are up to an hour late for the exam, you will still be allowed to enter the exam hall, although no extra time will be awarded.  However, the supervisor will not allow you to enter the hall if you arrive more than an hour late.

Can I change my entry on the day of the exam?

No. Students are not allowed to change their entry on the day of the exam.

Can I change my variant/stream at the centre?

No. Students are not allowed to change their entry at all on the day of the exam.

If something happens at the exam centre which affects my performance, can I make a complaint?

ACCA makes every effort to ensure that you sit the exams in the best conditions possible. However, should you need to make a complaint, please contact the exam supervisor during the exam in order that everything possible can be done to rectify the situation. If you feel that the situation has affected your performance, please email students@accaglobal.com as soon as possible and within four weeks of the exam, quoting Centre Complaint in the subject field, in order for the situation to be investigated and taken into account in the results process.

What happens if I have attended my examinations but it has been affected by illness or other factors?

ACCA recognises that some students may experience difficult personal circumstances. If this is the case for you and the circumstances have affected your examinations, please email students@accaglobal.com as soon as possible and within four weeks of the exam, quoting Mitigating Circumstances in the subject field. Please note you must provide documentary evidence of the situation. If you attended the exam, the situation will be investigated and taken into account during the results process, and you will receive confirmation of this from ACCA.

What happens if I enter an exam and then can no longer take it?

If you complete an online exam entry you can amend or even withdraw your exam entry up until the standard exam entry closing date for that exam session. We can then either arrange to refund the exam fee to you or hold the money on your account for payment for the next exams you take. This service is not available for exam entries made by submitting paper exam entry forms.

It is not possible to withdraw an exam entry made online after the standard exam entry closing date (8 April and 8 October). After this closing date, your examination entry fees are not refundable or transferable.

If you are unable to sit an exam that you have registered to sit, you will be marked absent. This will not affect the marks of other exams you may have entered to sit and you can sit the exam you missed at the next available paper-based examination session. Alternatively, if the exam you intended to sit is available in computer-based format, you can sit the exam at an approved CBE Licensed centre.

Exams questions weren't answered in order, will this be a problem?

Students are not required to answer the questions in a particular order.  All of your answers will be marked.

Can I leave the exam centre if I finish early?

You are not permitted to leave the hall permanently until the end of the examination.

ACCA examinations are operated at the same time across 5 different time zones.  The integrity of the examinations can only be protected if all students remain within the centre for the full duration of the examination, thus removing the risk of exam content information being passed to students sitting elsewhere in the world.

Last updated: 22 Oct 2014