Exam method

Our exam methods explained

Depending on what exam you’re taking and where you are based, your exam may be taken by an on-demand computer based exam (CBE), a session CBE or by paper-based method.  To plan for success, you should be familiar with the method you’ll be assessed on before your exam day.  Use the table below to search for your exam to see what method the exam is taken by and about its availability.

Stage Exam nameExam methodSessions
Foundations in AccountancyMA1CBEOn-demand
Foundations in AccountancyMA2CBEOn-demand
Foundations in AccountancyFA1CBEOn-demand
Foundations in AccountancyFA2CBEOn-demand
Foundations in AccountancyFBTCBEOn-demand
Foundations in AccountancyFFACBEOn-demand
Foundations in AccountancyFAUCBEJune and December
Foundations in AccountancyFFMCBEJune and December
Foundations in AccountancyFTX-LSOCBEJune and December
Foundations in AccountancyFTX-MYSCBEJune and December
Foundations in AccountancyFTX-SGPCBEJune and December
Foundations in AccountancyFTX-UKCBEJune and December
Applied KnowledgeBTCBEOn-demand
Applied KnowledgeMACBEOn-demand
Applied KnowledgeFACBEOn-demand
Applied SkillsPMCBEMarch, June, September and December 
Applied SkillsFRCBEMarch, June, September and December 
Applied SkillsAACBEMarch, June, September and December 
Applied SkillsFMCBEMarch, June, September and December 
Applied SkillsLW-BWACBEJune and December
Applied SkillsLW-CYPCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsLW-ENGCBEOn-demand
Applied SkillsLW-GLOCBEOn-demand
Applied SkillsLW-HGKCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsLW-IRLCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsLW-MYSCBEMarch, June, September and December
Applied SkillsLW-MLACBEJune and December
Applied SkillsLW-RUSCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsLW-SGPCBEMarch, June, September and December
Applied SkillsLW-VNMCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsLW-ZAFCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsLW-ZWECBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-BWACBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-CHNCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-CYPCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-CZECBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-HKGCBEMarch, June, September and December
Applied SkillsTX-HUNCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-IRLCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-LSOCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-MWICBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-MYSCBEMarch, June, September and December
Applied SkillsTX-MLACBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-PKNCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-POLCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-ROMCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-RUSCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-SGPCBEMarch, June, September and December
Applied SkillsTX-UKCBEMarch, June, September and December
Applied SkillsTX-VNMCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-ZAFCBEJune and December
Applied SkillsTX-ZWECBEJune and December
Strategic ProfessionalSBLPaper/CBE** March, June, September and December
Strategic ProfessionalAFMPaper/CBE** March, June, September and December
Strategic ProfessionalAPMPaper/CBE* March, June, September and December
Strategic ProfessionalATX-CYPPaperJune and December
Strategic ProfessionalATX-HKGPaperJune and December
Strategic ProfessionalATX-IRLCBEJune and December
Strategic ProfessionalATX-MYSPaperMarch, June, September and December
Strategic ProfessionalATX-MLAPaperJune and December
Strategic ProfessionalATX-SGPPaper - changing to CBE in Jun21June and December
Strategic ProfessionalATX-UKCBEMarch, June, September and December
Strategic ProfessionalATX-ZAFPaperJune and December
Strategic ProfessionalAAA-INTPaper/CBE**March, June, September and December
Strategic ProfessionalAAA-IRLCBEMarch, June, September and December
Strategic ProfessionalAAA-SGPPaperMarch, June, September and December
Strategic ProfessionalAAA-UKCBEMarch, June, September and December
DipIFRDipIFR-INTPaper (will move to session CBE in December 2020)June and December
DipIFRDipIFR-RUSPaper (will move to session CBE in December 2020)June and December

* To understand more about remote session exams and their availability please see the Remote Session Exams page

** Where an exam is marked as being available by both CBE/Paper, this is dependant on location. You can find out which option is available in your location on the Strategic Professional CBE page

*** Visit the Strategic Professional CBE page to learn more about where Strategic Professional exams are available as paper, and by CBE. 

On-demand CBEs

On-demand CBEs allow for flexibility in your studies as you can sit them at any time of the year. Your results are displayed immediately at the end of the exam and uploaded to your account within 72 hours.

To book an on-demand CBE you do so by contacting an exam centre directly to arrange a time and date that suits you.

Find out more about how to book an on-demand CBE

Search for an on-demand CBE centre

Session CBEs

These take place during our four exam sessions and are booked using our online exam booking system.  Depending on the exam, you may be required to use word processing, spreadsheet and slide presentation tools - enhancing your employability skills. 

Book a session CBE

As a Covid-19 contingency, for students based in some location we will be offering remote session exams.

Find out more about remote session exams

From March 2020, Strategic Professional exams in selected locations will be move from paper-based to session CBE method. 

Learn more about how we're moving Strategic Professional to session CBE

Paper-based exams

As we move to digitally transform all of our exams, we are gradually phasing out our paper-based exams.  These take place during our four exam sessions and are booked using our online booking system.

Book a paper-based exam