Exam method

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. Find out more about our exam methods and how each exam is delivered.

Our exam methods explained

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

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

Knowing which method your exam will be on

Use our exam method tables below to find out what method each exam is taken by.  Whether you're a Foundations in Accountancy or ACCA Qualification student, simply select the exam you're interested in on the dropdown menus below to find out.

Foundations in Accountancy exam method table

ExamMethodFuture method
Select your examFind out the current exam methodFind out about any future changes
MA1On-demand CBE - book exam 
FA2On-demand CBE - book exam 
MA2On-demand CBE - book exam 
FA2On-demand CBE - book exam 
FABOn-demand CBE - book exam 
FMAOn-demand CBE - book exam 
FFAOn-demand CBE - book exam 
FAUSession CBE - book exam 
FFMSession CBE - book exam 
FTX-LSOPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
FTX-MYSPaper-based - book examSession CBE from December 2020
FTX-SGPPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
FTX-UKPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020

ACCA Qualification exam method table

ExamMethodFuture method
Select your examFind out the current exam methodFind out about any future changes
Applied KnowledgeSelect exam 
ABOn-demand CBE - book exam 
MAOn-demand CBE - book exam 
FAOn-demand CBE - book exam 
Applied SkillsSelect exam 
LW-BWAPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-CYPSession CBE - book exam 
LW-ENGOn-demand CBE - book exam 
LW-GLOOn-demand CBE - book exam 
LW-HKGPaper-based- book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-IRLSession CBE - book exam 
LW-LSOPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-MYSSession CBE - book exam 
LW-MLASession CBE - book exam 
LW-RUSPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-SGPSession CBE - book exam 
LW-VNMSession CBE - book exam 
LW-ZAFPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-ZWESession CBE - book exam 
PMSession CBE - book exam 
TX-BWAPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-CHNSession CBE - book exam 
TX-CYPSession CBE - book exam 
TX-CZESession CBE - book exam 
TX-HKGPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-HUNSession CBE - book exam 
TX-IRLSession CBE - book exam 
TX-LSOPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-MWISession CBE - book exam 
TX-MYSSession CBE - book exam 
TX-MLASession CBE - book exam 
TX-PKNSession CBE - book exam 
TX-POLPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-ROMPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-RUSPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-SGPSession CBE - book exam 
TX-UKSession CBE - book exam 
TX-VNMSession CBE - book exam 
TX-ZAFPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-ZWESession CBE - book exam 
FRSession CBE - book exam 
AASession CBE - book exam 
FMSession CBE - book exam 
Strategic ProfessionalSelect exam 
SBLPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Search your location
SBRPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Search your location
AFMPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Search your location
APMPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Search your location
ATX-CYPPaper-based - book examMethod won't change until at least June 2021 
ATX-HKGPaper-based - book examMethod won't change until at least June 2021
ATX-IRLPaper-based - book examMethod won't change until at least June 2021
ATX-MYSPaper-based - book examMethod won't change until at least June 2021
ATX-MLAPaper-based - book examMethod won't change until at least June 2021
ATX-SGPPaper-based - book examMethod won't change until at least June 2021
ATX-UKPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Search your location.
ATX-ZAFPaper-based - book examMethod won't change until at least June 2021
AAAPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Search your location.