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Can I enter for an exam during the initial registration process?

Yes.  During the ACCA online registration process you will be given the option to enter provisionally for one of the next two examination sessions.  Alternatively, you may enter for exams at a later date.

Can I take the ACCA Qualification exams in any order?

You can attempt up to a maximum of four papers per examination cycle.  There are two examination cycles per year: 1 February to 31 July and 1 August to 30 January.

Papers must be taken in line with the following module order.  You can attempt the papers within each module in any order.  However, as the syllabus has been developed to progress educationally in the order presented, ACCA recommends that papers within a module are taken in order.

  • Knowledge (F1-F3) - available by computer-based exams (CBE) or paper-based format
  • Skills (F4-F9) - available by paper-based format
  • Essentials (P1-P3) - available by paper-based format
  • Options (P4-P7) - available by paper-based format

For example, you can take F3 before F1 and F2, but you must complete all three exams before taking F4.

If your status allows you to enter for papers across modules, please remember that you must complete the papers in order and enter for outstanding papers in your current module if you wish to enter to sit papers in the next module.

For example, you may have already passed papers F1 and F2.  You can enter for papers F3 and F4 at the same time, but you would not be allowed to only enter for F4.

How long do I have to complete the exams?

You have ten years to complete all the exams – which starts from the date you registered as a student, not the date when you start taking exams.

Where can I take my exams?

You have the choice of sitting paper-based exams in any one of over 400 exam centres around the world.  More information on exam centres can be found in the Related Links section at the top left of the page.

Any changes to the available centres will be detailed on the website. Please note that, due to limited facilities being available at some centres, we reserve the right to transfer candidates to alternative centres. We also reserve the right, in exceptional circumstances, to hold exams at times and places other than those listed.

 

How many exams can I take at each exam session under Foundations in Accountancy?

There is no restriction to the number of exams you may attempt, allowing you to choose to sit as many or as few papers as you like at each exam session. You are, however, recommended to attempt a maximum of four papers in each six-month period.

How will I know when to enter for exams?

ACCA paper based exams are held twice a year – in June and December. Providing you keep your annual subscriptions up to date, you can enter for exams any time via myACCA, as long as you are not waiting for any exam results! If you are waiting for results, you need to wait until these are received until you make a new entry. Paper based exam results are available on 8 February for the December exams and 8 August for the June session. Please note that some exams can be taken as computer-based exams and you can sit these at any time of year.

Exam entry deadlines

Exam entry periodEarlyStandardLate
June session8 March9 March - 8 April9 April - 8 May
December exam session8 September9 September - 8 October9 October - 8 November
Exam entry methodonline onlyonline and paperonline only


What is the best way to enter for my exams?

Registering for your exams online using myACCA is the fastest and easiest way to enter for your exams. You will receive immediate acknowledgement of your exam entry and you can:

  • submit an early exam entry any time of the year (closing dates above)
  • enter for exams early and save money
  • enter for one of the next two exam sessions
  • make amendments to existing exam entries up until the standard entry closing date – including withdrawing an entry, changing exam centre, variant papers or entering for more exams

Can I send my entry in a letter or by email?

Due to the complexity of the information that must be collected, the risk of error and the volume of entries received each session, it is not possible for ACCA to manually process exam entries from letters, emails, faxes or print outs from myACCA screens.

The fastest and easiest way to enter for exams is online through myACCA.

 

Can I still sit my exams if I miss the standard exam entry closing date?

If you are a registered student and have missed the standard exam entry closing date, you can still use the late entry facility via myACCA.

Please note that this is an online service only. The deadlines for this service are 8 May for the June exams and 8 November for the December exams. The late exam entry facility does not allow you to amend an existing exam entry . In addition, first time entries submitted during the late entry period cannot be amended at a later date.

I entered online, how do I know if I my entry has been successful?

When entering for exams, please ensure that your email address on your myACCA account is the correct one and you have opted in to receive electronic communications so that you receive your confirmation email.  You should also check your spam in case the email has been delivered there.

If you do not receive your confirmation email, please check your myACCA account to see if your exam entry has been successful.  Retry if your exam entry does not show and funds have not been collected from your bank account.

 

I posted an examination entry form. I am not sure if you have received it, should I submit another one?

You should only submit one exam entry form per exam session.  Please allow enough time for receipt before the standard exam entry closing date. 

To check to see if your exam entry has been processed, please visit myACCA in the first instance and visit the exam entry section. If your exam entry details are not recorded, please contact ACCA Connect

However, registering for your exams online using myACCA is the fastest and easiest way to enter for your exams. You will receive immediate acknowledgement of your exam entry.

 

How do I find out where to go on exam day?

You can log on to your myACCA account approximately two weeks after standard exam entry closes to download and print your exam attendance docket. This will include the address of the centre where you have been allocated, the papers you have been entered for, the dates for each paper and the desk numbers you should be directed to at the venue.

Please remember that you must take your exam attendance docket with you to the examination centre. Please also take official photographic identification such as a passport, driving licence or national identity card.

 

Will I be able to sit my exams at the centre that I have requested?

In the vast majority of cases, you will be allocated to the centre of your choice. On very rare occasions, when demand exceeds capacity, ACCA may have to allocate you to the nearest alternative centre. You will be told about this on your exam attendance docket.

In some cities, where demand is very high, students may be allocated to one of a number of different halls which make up a centre. As these halls can be in different locations, it is important that you read the venue details on your attendance docket carefully.

The network of available venues changes on a session-by-session basis so never assume that the venue from your last sitting will be the same as the one for any future sessions.

I would like to change my exam entry on myACCA, is this possible?

Yes.  Via myACCA you can make amendments to existing exam entries up until the standard entry closing date – including withdrawing an entry, changing exam centre, variant papers or entering for more exams.

What is the cost to sit at a special centre and how do I pay for this?

Unfortunately we cannot give an indication of the additional fees payable at your centre as the costs of the special centres are dependent upon the number of candidates sitting, the range of papers being taken and local invigilation charges.

If you are sitting at a designated Special Centre, please pay all invigilation and accommodation fees directly to the local supervisor before the date of the examination. If you are unable to sit the examination for which you have entered, please advise the local supervisor in good time and pay whatever cancellation fees may be appropriate.

 

I require special facilities at the exam centre, is this possible?

ACCA can make special arrangements for students who are disabled or have special requirements.  If you require any additional support, please email your request (attaching up to date medical evidence) to students@accaglobal.com quoting Additional support in the subject field.  This will ensure that your enquiry is speedily routed to the appropriate department. You may have already informed us about special facilities you require at exam centres. If this is the case, this will be recorded on the exam entry form we send to you.  Again, standard exam entry closing dates apply and these are 8 April for June exams and 8 October for December exams.

How do I apply to sit at an unlisted special centre?

If the examination centre you wish to request is not shown in the drop down menu it is not possible for you to enter for examinations using the online entry system. To request to sit your examination at an unlisted special centre you must submit your request and full examination entry to us by emailing students@accaglobal.com with Centre not listed as your subject field by the standard entry closing date.

It is only possible for ACCA to arrange special centres if we are satisfied that the same standards of facilities and invigilation that exist at our regular centres will be available. If it is not possible for us to arrange an exam sitting at the location you have requested, you will be offered the opportunity to sit your exams at the nearest regular exam centre. You will then receive an email confirming your exam entry and any payment instructions that are required from you.  

Please note that if you are taking examinations at a special centre you will be required to pay any additional local invigilation and accommodation fees involved which are normally paid directly to the Exam Supervisor in advance of the exam date.

Why cant I sit papers F8 and P5 in the June session?

These papers are on the same day so it is not possible for students to enter for more than one exam in the same day.  ACCA exams are operated at the same time across 5 different time zones making it impossible to enter for 2 exams in the same day.

How do I change my tax and law variant entry option?

If you wish to change your tax and law variant papers please remember to do so by 8 April if you are sitting exams in June and 8 October if you are sitting exams in December. You can change your variant papers through myACCA.  Please note that your choice of tax variant will determine the choice of accounting and auditing standards available to you. Any changes to the current variant papers will be detailed here.

How do I change my accounting and auditing standards entry option?

If you wish to change your accounting and auditing standards entry option please remember to do so by 8 April if you are sitting exams in June and 8 October if you are sitting exams in December. You can change your entry option through myACCA.  Please note that your choice of tax variant will determine the choice of accounting and auditing standards available to you.

Can affiliates/members enter additional exams?

Yes. Please email postqualificationexamentry@accaglobal.com with the details of the exams you would like to sit.

If I want to achieve UK Registered Auditor status, do I have to take any particular papers?

If you would like to obtain UK or Irish Registered Auditor status then you will need to take the UK/Ireland variants of papers F4 Corporate and Business Law, F6 Taxation, P2 Corporate Reporting and P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance.  If you are awarded exemptions from papers F4 and/or F6 but your degree/qualification does not cover UK or Irish tax and law you will need to pass the UK or Irish variants in order to be eligible for a practising certificate and audit qualification.

Last updated: 23 Sep 2014