4. On exam day

We'd like your exam to go as smoothly as possible. To have a successful exam experience, check our guidance on what you should do in advance of your exam and what to expect on the day itself.

Your desk setup and equipment

Before exam day you should make sure your equipment, internet connectivity and exam environment meets the rules and requirements laid out in Section 1 : "Before you book".

On exam day, it's important that you use the same location, equipment and connectivity that you used previously to successfully complete these checks. If your computer or internet access has had any upgrades since running these checks, you should complete these again to ensure the upgrades do not affect how the exam runs on the day. 

How to launch your exam

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Exam day and launching your exam

The link to launch your exam will appear in 'Your Plan' within Exam Planner at 00:00 (BST) on the day of the exam.  To access 'Your Plan', log into myACCA, select ‘book an exam’, and select ‘Your Plan’.  

Once you click the ‘begin’ button, you will be prompted to download some invigilation software and enter your phone number. In the event of any technical issues arising during the exam which cannot be resolved through the online chat, the invigilator will attempt to contact you by phone.

For exam security purposes you will then be prompted to take some pictures of yourself, your ID and your environment. You can then upload them, preferably using your mobile phone, by following the on-screen instructions. As soon as the check in process is complete, make sure your phone is out of arms reach.

When you should launch your exam

You will only be able to launch your exam 30 minutes before your exam start time and please be aware it can take up to 15 minutes to complete this process. It's important to be ready to start your exam on time, as you will not be able to start the launch process 15 minutes after your scheduled exam start time.

Make sure you close all other applications 

Before launching your exam you should fully close all applications using your task manager to avoid exam disruption (using Ctrl-Alt-Del for PC users, or Command-Option-Esc for Mac users). 

Comfort breaks during your remote exam

You can take one bathroom break of up to 5 minutes during the exam. If you require a comfort break you should use the chat function to tell the invigilator that you are leaving your desk to use the bathroom. Then use the chat function again to let the invigilator you have returned. You may be asked by the invigilator to verify your ID once you return.

The exam is not paused during a comfort break and the exam timer will continue to run.

Exam rules and regulations

If you have not already familiarised yourself with all of the exam rules and regulations then you should make sure to do this before you sit the exam.

The video 'Remote session exam: rules and regulations' explains these in detail, and can be found in step 1: "Before you book".

Technical issues on exam day

If you experience any technical issues on exam day, please contact your invigilator using the online chat functionality.

Exam withdrawals

If technical disruptions mean you have been unable to complete your exam, you have two options:

  1. Withdraw and re-book you exam for the following week (only available for PM, TX (UK), PM, FR, FM exams sat in Week 1)
  2. Withdraw and receive a credit for your exam fees and don’t (available for all exams)

If you choose either of these options your exam you will not receive a result. Complete the Contact Us form to carryout either of these steps.

Mitigating circumstances

Alternatively, if you have experienced technical issues which you feel have negatively impacted your performance but you have been able to either:

  • complete your exam or 
  • feel you have completed enough exam content to pass

you may wish to apply for mitigating circumstances. If you choose to do so, you will receive a result with the technical issues you experienced taken into consideration during the marking process. 

Access your myACCA account to make a mitigating circumstances request, all requests must be submitted by the relevant deadline

If you have any further questions about what you need to do on exam day please visit our frequently asked questions.

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That’s all you need to do to benefit from the convenience of ACCA Remote Exams. If you haven't booked your exam already, you can do so via the Exam Planner.