Make sure you are familiar with these examination guidelines before the day of your exam. They are also printed on the back of the examination docket.
These videos provide guidance on getting ready for both an upcoming paper exam, or session CBE, including: how to maximise opportunities for earning marks, how to organise your exam answers effectively and what to expect leading up to, and on the day of, your upcoming exam.
If you are not completely sure of the location of the centre, how to get there or how long it may take you, rehearse your route before the day of the exam.
You should arrive at the exam centre at least 45 minutes before the start of your exam. This is particularly important if you are sitting a session CBE, to allow time for checking into the exam.
For session CBEs, on arrival at the exam centre you will be asked to present your exam docket in order to check in and be allocated a computer. For paper-based exams you should bring your docket and sit at the desk as detailed on your docket.
The docket will be collected by the supervisor during the exam to record your attendance. If you have any other exams during the session, the docket will be returned to you. If it is your last exam of the session, the docket will be retained for our records.
Please take some form of official photographic ID, such as a valid passport, driving licence, national identity card or biometric residence permit. This will be checked during the exam together with your exam docket to confirm your identity. If we can't confirm your identity, unfortunately your exam may not be marked.
If you are sitting a paper-based exam: You must ensure that you are sitting at the correct desk number. Please note that if you are taking more than one paper, your desk number may vary from paper to paper and if you do not sit at the correct desk your candidate answer booklet(s) may be rendered invalid.
If you are sitting a computer-based exam: You will be assigned a designated desk during the check in process before each examination.
No unauthorised items or materials are permitted on or about your person or at your desk except a mobile phone (or communication device of any type), smartwatch or other wearable technology, which must be declared, switched off and placed in a clear plastic bag and stowed underneath your chair or stored as directed by the exam centre staff.
For paper-based exams only: Your candidate answer booklet(s), question paper and any unused working books will be collected by an invigilator/supervisor. You are not permitted to remove any of these items from the exam hall. Your worked candidate answer booklet(s) remain the property of ACCA and will not be returned to you.
For computer-based exams only: Your working paper will be collected by an invigilator/supervisor. No working paper is to be removed from the exam room. Your computer-based exam answers and individual working paper will remain the property of ACCA and will not be returned to you.
The exam can be attempted at home or in your office. Wherever you choose to sit the exam, you should be in a walled room, with a closed door and without distractions.
Before the examination start, you must ensure you follow these instructions:
What do you need for entry to the examination?
An official means of photographic identification, such as your valid passport, driving license, national identity card or biometric residence permit. If you are unable to prove your identity your examination attempt may not be marked.
What items are permitted at your desk?
During the examination
After the examination
For remote proctored exams only: Your computer-based exam answers will remain the property of ACCA and will not be returned to you
What else do you need to know?
Examination results will be available on myACCA and by email and text message. Please check our Results page for more information.
If an exam attempt is suspended, cancelled or otherwise nullified by the examining board (at any stage, whether before or after the examination sitting itself) ACCA will waive the fee (or part thereof) for the next attempt at the exam(s) unless such suspension, cancellation or otherwise is caused by an epidemic, pandemic or other event against which ACCA is unable to obtain insurance on reasonable commercial terms. Due to the nature and complexity of operating professional exams, ACCA reserves the right not to reschedule any exam or offer any compensation other than as specified above.
All computer-based exams will include an additional 10 minutes, which commences from the start time stated above, for the candidate to read the exam instructions and summary screens. Once you have completed reading the information and instructions, your exam duration time will start.
If you are sitting at a designated special centre (for the avoidance of doubt this does not refer to those centres for students requiring reasonable adjustments), please pay all invigilation and accommodation fees directly to the local supervisor before the date of the examination. If you are unable to sit the examination for which you have entered, please advise the local supervisor in good time and pay whatever fees may be required.