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

What method your exam is delivered by

Use our exam method tables below to find out how exam is delivered and whether there are any future exam method changes planned.

Foundations in Accountancy

ExamMethodPlanned method changes?
Select your examFind out the current exam methodFind out about any future changes
MA1On-demand CBE - book examNo
FA2On-demand CBE - book examNo
MA2On-demand CBE - book examNo
FA2On-demand CBE - book examNo
FABOn-demand CBE - book examNo
FMAOn-demand CBE - book examNo
FFAOn-demand CBE - book examNo
FAUSession CBE - book examNo
FFMSession CBE - book examNo
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

ExamMethodPlanned method changes?
Select your examFind out the current exam methodFind out about any future changes
Applied KnowledgeSelect exam 
ABOn-demand CBE - book examNo
MAOn-demand CBE - book examNo
FAOn-demand CBE - book examNo
Applied SkillsSelect exam 
LW-BWAPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-CYPSession CBE - book examNo
LW-ENGOn-demand CBE - book examNo
LW-GLOOn-demand CBE - book examNo
LW-HKGPaper-based- book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-IRLSession CBE - book examNo
LW-LSOPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-MYSSession CBE - book examNo
LW-MLASession CBE - book examNo
LW-RUSPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-SGPSession CBE - book examNo
LW-VNMSession CBE - book examNo
LW-ZAFPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
LW-ZWESession CBE - book examNo
PMSession CBE - book examNo
TX-BWAPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-CHNSession CBE - book examNo
TX-CYPSession CBE - book examNo
TX-CZESession CBE - book examNo
TX-HKGPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-HUNSession CBE - book examNo
TX-IRLSession CBE - book examNo
TX-LSOPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-MWISession CBE - book examNo
TX-MYSSession CBE - book examNo
TX-MLASession CBE - book examNo
TX-PKNSession CBE - book examNo
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 examNo
TX-UKSession CBE - book examNo
TX-VNMSession CBE - book examNo
TX-ZAFPaper-based - book examSession CBE from June 2020
TX-ZWESession CBE - book examNo
FRSession CBE - book examNo
AASession CBE - book examNo
FMSession CBE - book examNo
Strategic ProfessionalSelect examNo
SBLPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Search your location
SBR-INTPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  This exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.  Search your location
SBR-IRLPaper-based - book examSession CBE from March 2020.  This exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE. Search your location.  
SBR-UKPaper-based - book examSession CBE from March 2020.  Subsequently, a paper-based exam will only be available in markets not yet offering CBE and only in the June and December exam sessions.  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 examSession CBE in selected locations from June 2021.  Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.  Search your location
ATX-HKGPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from December 2021.  Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.  Search your location
ATX-IRLPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from June 2021. Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.   Search your location
ATX-MYSPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from December 2021.  Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.   Search your location
ATX-MLAPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from June 2021.  Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.   Search your location
ATX-SGPPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from June 2021.  Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.   Search your location
ATX-UKPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Search your location
ATX-ZAFPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from June 2021.  Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.   Search your location
AAA-INTPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.   Search your location
AAA-IRLPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.   Search your location
AAA-SGPPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2021.  Subsequently, this exam will only be available in locations offering session CBE.   Search your location
AAA-UKPaper-based - book examSession CBE in selected locations from March 2020.  Subsequently, a paper-based exam will only be available in markets not yet offering CBE and only in the June and December exam sessions.   Search your location

Other qualifications

ExamMethodPlanned method changes?
Select your examFind out the current exam methodFind out about any future changes
CertIAOn-demand CBE 
CertIFROn-demand CBE 
CertIPSASOn-demand CBE 
CertPFMOn-demand CBE 
Cert in Business valuationsOn-demand CBE 
DipIFRPaper-basedMoving to session CBE from December 2020