ACCA Exam Structure

There are a total of 13 papers in the ACCA exam and an Ethics and Professional Skills Module (EPSM) which the students must take to achieve the ACCA Qualification. These exams can be taken in any of the four exam sessions a year – March, June, September, or December – giving the student great flexibility and choice of when to appear for the exams.

A maximum of four exams per exam session and a maximum of eight different exams each calendar year can be attempted in a modular fashion. Typically it can take about 2-3 years to qualify for all these exams but it can be done within as little as 6 months too if you can avail of exemptions.

Continue reading to know more about the timetable, exam fees, method, tips & tricks for the exam day-

ACCA Timetable

Planning and preparation are key when it comes to your ACCA exams. Therefore, it’s crucial that you know the exam timetable and important deadlines so you can work backward.

September 2021 Exam Sessions

Early exam entry opening date 9th February 2021
Early exam entry deadline date 10th May 2021
Standard exam entry deadline 2nd August 2021
Late exam entry deadline 9th August 2021
Exam dates 6th – 10th September 2021
Exam results 18th October 2021

September 2021 Exam Timetable

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December 2021 Exam Sessions

Early exam entry opening date 4th May 2021
Early exam entry deadline date 16th August 2021
Standard exam entry deadline 1st November 2021
Late exam entry deadline 8th November 2021
Exam dates 6th – 10th December 2021
Exam results 17th January 2022

December 2021 Exam Timetable

March 2022 Exam Sessions

Early exam entry opening date 10th August 2021
Early exam entry deadline date 15th November 2021
Standard exam entry deadline 31st January 2022
Late exam entry deadline 7th February 2022
Exam dates 7th – 11th March 2022
Exam results 18th April 2022

March 2022 Exam Timetable – will be uploaded soon

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ACCA Fees

An exam entry fee must be paid to ACCA for each exam you propose to appear, which varies basis your country, paper, session, date of application, etc. You can expect to pay anywhere between £84 and £348 per paper.

Even if you’re claiming an exemption, an exemption fee equivalent to the exam fee has to be paid for the same. Along with these, there shall be other fees that you must be prepared to pay like registration fees, subscription fees, membership fees, etc.

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You can check fees for two consecutive exam sessions at the same time and take advantage of the least amounts for both sessions, to be able to plan your studies in advance.

Method Of Exams

Your exam can be taken by either the on-demand CBE or session CBE method. There are some important differences between both the exam methods such as their availability, exam structure, and how to book the exam. Your location will also determine whether you can take these exams at an exam center or as a remotely invigilated exam.

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On-demand CBE

All Applied Knowledge exams and some Corporate and Business Law (LW) variant exams are offered by on-demand CBEs. If you’re looking to book an on-demand CBE, you’ll need to either contact a test center directly or use ACCA’s remote on-demand CBE booking service.

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On-demand CBEs, whether you take them at one of the exam centers or remotely, allow for flexibility in your studies as you can sit them at any time of the year. Further, your results are displayed immediately at the end of the exam and uploaded to your account within 72 hours.

Session CBE

For all the other exams, you will have to book the exam from the myACCA section of the website. Once you have booked an exam, you can view the booking details and cancel or amend the booking. Any changes or cancellations to an exam booking must be made before the standard entry deadline and your exam fee will be credited to your account.

Remotely Invigilated CBE

In response to the ongoing pandemic, ACCA is offering students the opportunity to appear for remotely invigilated on-demand CBEs in some regions depending upon the severity of the pandemic. They use the same exam software and follow the exact same format as the center-based exams.

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Tips For The Exam Day

  • An Examination Attendance Docket will be made available to you from the myACCA section of the website. This includes a timetable of all the exams that you are registered for; details of the desk that has been assigned to you for each paper; and the address of your exam center. The docket will be collected by the supervisor during your exam to record the attendance. If you have any other exam during the session, the docket shall be returned to you.
  • The Examination Attendance Docket also details important exam regulations and guidelines. You should read these carefully to familiarise yourself with the exam procedure and what equipment you are allowed to take with you during the exams.
  • Please take some form of official photographic ids, such as a valid passport, driving license, or national identity card. This will be checked during the exam together with your exam docket to confirm your identity.
  • You should try to arrive at the exam center about 30 minutes before the start of the exam. This will give you time to relax and prepare yourself.

Note: Due to ongoing uncertainty with COVID-19, please keep an eye on the ACCA Exam information page for updates & changes regarding exams that may apply to you.