Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, we’ve made the decision to reschedule June exams for July in the following areas:

  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Macau SAR
  • Taiwan region
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam

In addition, we’re able to offer a July paper exam session in the following African countries: 

  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini (also known as Swaziland)
  • The Gambia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia

We’ve made this move in areas where we have confidence – at this time – that the stage of the pandemic, the government advice available to us, and health and safety considerations mean exams can take place. We’ll continue to monitor the situation very closely with health and safety being our key priority.  

While we are still working through some of the detail, we hope the following FAQs will provide you with the information you need at this stage. We will continue to update these as we work through the detailed planning of this change. 

What markets/regions will now offer a July exam session as a one-off arrangement?

Both CBE and paper exam sessions will be held in the following areas:

  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Macau SAR
  • Taiwan region
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam

Only paper exam sessions will be held in the following areas: 

  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini (also known as Swaziland)
  • The Gambia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia

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What is the date of the new session in July?

In Mainland China exams will take place in a two-week period, starting Monday 6 July. This will give us the best opportunity to provide an exam sitting for those students wishing to sit.

In other markets/regions they will take place over one week, again starting Monday 6 July.

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What is the new timetable for July exams?

In Mainland China, the Strategic Professional paper exams are scheduled for the first week (6–10 July), while the Applied Skills CBE exams are scheduled across both weeks (6–17 July). Students will be allocated an exam session that allows us to minimise change and optimise capacity, while also allowing us to follow any social distancing rules that may be in place.

In other markets/regions, all exams will be held between 6–10 July.

Access the July exam timetables

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In Mainland China, given the Applied Skills CBE exams are due to be held across a two-week period, will the week two students have any advantage if the exams have been sat in the week before?

Due to the way in which we provide content for our exams, there will be no advantages to students sitting in week two, ensuring our exam security and integrity will be maintained.

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When will exam booking details, including the date and location of my exam, be published?

Following the completion of the transferring of June entry to July, your exam booking information is now available to view on the exam planner.

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Once the exam booking details are published on exam planner, can I request a change of exam centre?

We have worked extremely hard to provide a July exam session to students as a one-off arrangement in these unique circumstances and encourage all students to sit their exam under their original booking details where possible. 

If students find out they are unable to attend the exam once their exam details are confirmed, and would like to request a change to their booking, please send an email with the clearly stated subject of July Transfer Request to students@accaglobal.com by Friday 19 June to request to be considered for a change.

We’ll then try to accommodate your transfer request, although there are no guarantees this will be possible. We will contact you to advise any action that has been taken.

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If I request a transfer, will ACCA definitely be able to accommodate my request?

We are unable to provide any guarantee that transfer requests will be met. All transfer requests should be submitted by Friday 19 June as we will not be considering requests beyond this date.

We have worked extremely hard to provide a July exam session to students as a one-off arrangement in these unique circumstances and encourage all students to sit their exam under their original booking details where possible.

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If I am already booked into the June session to sit an exam in one of the above listed markets/regions, will I be automatically booked into the July session or do I have to change the booking myself?

If you already have a June exam booking in one of the available areas, this booking will be transferred to the July session by ACCA. No changes or further payments are required from students, but students should allow time for this change to be done. 

Details will be available on exam planner from early June.

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What if I only find out the new July date clashes with my university entry exam when the exact booking details are made available on the planner?

Once we have confirmed your date, time and location of exam, if you find out you are unable to attend due to your university final exam, then please send an email, with a personal statement as supporting document and clearly stated subject of July Withdrawal, to students@accaglobal.com to request a withdrawal.

We’ll assess your withdrawal request and withdraw your entry internally, then provide you with an exam fee credit so you can rebook for September.

Please note that all withdrawal requests must be supported by a completed personal statement as supporting document.

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Will I receive an exam fee credit if I find out my ACCA exam date clashes with my university entry exam, given I will not be able to withdraw my entry myself?

Yes, a credit will be issued in this circumstance if students provide a personal statement as supporting document.

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Is there an exam withdrawal deadline regarding a clash with the university final exam?

Yes, all withdrawal requests should be submitted by Friday 19 June with a personal statement as supporting document.

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When will the July exam attendance dockets be available?

Exam dockets have been made available from Friday 12 June.

If you have a July exam booking, you can download your docket.

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I would prefer to defer my entry until September rather than take exams in July. Can I change my booking?

Students were initially able to cancel their bookings on exam planner until the extended standard entry deadline of 4 May. If you would like to withdraw an exam entry after this date, please send an email with the clearly stated subject of July Withdrawal to students@accaglobal.com with supporting evidence.

We will then assess your withdrawal request and issue an exam fee credit if it is approved, which can be used to enter for September.

For Mainland China students only, please complete the personal statement as a supporting document and return this to students@accaglobal.com. It will then be assessed by the exams team and a credit will be issued if it is approved.

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Will I be sitting my exam in the same exam centre and location that I had booked for June?

We aim to book students into the exam centres and location they have chosen at the point of booking but are unable to guarantee this.

Please check your exam planner or docket for these details.

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If I am denied entry into my July exam due to not meeting the conditions of local guidelines and restrictions in place, will I be able to apply for a withdrawal and credit?

All students in this scenario should follow the standard exam withdrawal process as stated here and submit a request for review by the exams team.

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When will results be released for the July exam session?

July results release will begin at 0001hrs (UK time) on Saturday 1 August.

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What syllabus will be tested in July?

The exams being rescheduled for July will use the June 2020 syllabus. 

Access further information on the syllabus of each individual exam

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Will the September 2020 exam entry deadline be extended for July session students to allow time to receive their July results and consider an entry into the next session?

Yes, the standard entry deadline for students in July markets/regions will be extended until 10 August to provide July sitters with the opportunity of entering at the standard exam entry rate after they receive their results on 1 August. There will be no late entry window for these markets/regions.

September 2020 exam entry deadlines for students resident in non-July markets/regions remain unchanged – standard deadline is 27 July and late deadline is 3 August.

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The exam session in my country has already been cancelled. Will ACCA reconsider this cancellation and have a July session in my country too?

We have made the decision for these markets/regions to be able to hold exams in July based on the stage of the pandemic, the government advice available to us, and health and safety considerations.

Using these same parameters, we are unable to make the same arrangements for areas that have already been cancelled and this cancellation decision remains final.

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How does the recent session deferral announcement regarding ACCA’s variant/niche exams affect me?

Where June exams have been cancelled we will postpone select Foundations in Accountancy and ACCA Qualification variant exams normally offered in June/December only (two sessions per year) to allow the exam content to be used at a future exam session.

These exams will now be offered at the September 2020 exam session using the planned June 2020 syllabus, so the majority of students will not need to wait until the December sitting. Additionally, the FAU, FFM, all DipIFR, Russian Language and TRS exams that have been cancelled for the June session will also be offered in September 2020 using the June 2020 syllabus.

Further information on variant/niche exams being offered in September 2020

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Will remote invigilation be available as an option for students to sit exams in the July session?

No. We are initially introducing remote invigilation for on-demand CBE exams in June, with the view of using this as a contingency option in session-based CBE exams at the September exam session.

Further information on remote invigilation

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Where can I go for further information?

For students in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan region, please contact us at hkstudents@accaglobal.com.

For students in Mainland China, please call us at 4008333338 or email customerservicechina@accaglobal.com.

For all other students, please email us at students@accaglobal.com.

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