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 methodSessionsCovid-19 impact
Foundations in AccountancyMA1CBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Foundations in AccountancyMA2CBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Foundations in AccountancyFA1CBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Foundations in AccountancyFA2CBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Foundations in AccountancyFBTCBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Foundations in AccountancyFFACBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Foundations in AccountancyFAUCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Foundations in AccountancyFFMCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Foundations in AccountancyFTX-LSOCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Foundations in AccountancyFTX-MYSPaperJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Foundations in AccountancyFTX-SGPCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Foundations in AccountancyFTX-UKCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied KnowledgeBTCBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Applied KnowledgeMACBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Applied KnowledgeFACBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Applied SkillsPMCBEMarch, June, September and December Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsFRCBEMarch, June, September and December Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsAACBEMarch, June, September and December Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsFMCBEMarch, June, September and December Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsLW-BWACBEJune and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsLW-CYPCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsLW-ENGCBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Applied SkillsLW-GLOCBEOn-demandCan be taken remotely in markets where centre-based exams are not available*
Applied SkillsLW-HGKCBEJune and December 
Applied SkillsLW-IRLCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus.
Applied SkillsLW-MYSCBEMarch, June, September and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsLW-MLACBEJune and December 
Applied SkillsLW-RUSCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsLW-SGPCBEMarch, June, September and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsLW-VNMCBEJune and DecemberExam only offered where centre-based exams are operating*
Applied SkillsLW-ZAFCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsLW-ZWECBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-BWACBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-CHNCBEJune and December 
Applied SkillsTX-CYPCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsTX-CZECBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsTX-HKGCBEMarch, June, September and DecemberExam only offered where centre-based exams are operating*
Applied SkillsTX-HUNCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsTX-IRLCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsTX-LSOCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-MWICBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-MYSCBEMarch, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-MLACBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsTX-PKNCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-POLCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsTX-ROMCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Applied SkillsTX-RUSCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-SGPCBEMarch, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-UKCBEMarch, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-VNMCBEJune and December 
Applied SkillsTX-ZAFCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Applied SkillsTX-ZWECBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. Can be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Strategic ProfessionalSBLPaper/CBE** March, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Strategic ProfessionalAFMPaper/CBE** March, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Strategic ProfessionalAPMPaper/CBE* March, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Strategic ProfessionalATX-CYPPaperJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Strategic ProfessionalATX-HKGPaperJune and December 
Strategic ProfessionalATX-IRLCBEJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Strategic ProfessionalATX-MYSPaperMarch, June, September and December 
Strategic ProfessionalATX-MLAPaperJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Strategic ProfessionalATX-SGPPaperJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Strategic ProfessionalATX-UKCBEMarch, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Strategic ProfessionalATX-ZAFPaperJune and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus
Strategic ProfessionalAAA-INTPaper/CBE**March, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Strategic ProfessionalAAA-IRLCBEMarch, June, September and DecemberCan be taken remotely in selected markets where exam centres have been cancelled.
Strategic ProfessionalAAA-SGPPaperMarch, June, September and DecemberExam only offered where centre-based exams are operating*
Strategic ProfessionalAAA-UKCBEMarch, June, September and December 
DipIFRDipIFR-INTPaper (will move to session CBE in December 2020)June and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus. 
DipIFRDipIFR-RUSPaper (will move to session CBE in December 2020)June and DecemberJune 2020 exam postponed to September 2020 and will use June 2020 syllabus

* 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