FAQs

Do you have a question about how COVID-19 is affecting the 2020 exams? Here you will find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

We will update this page regularly so please check back if you have any more questions. Last updated on 14 April 2020.


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June and December 2020 exams

If you had entered to sit the exams in June 2020, or you're planning to sit in December 2020, you may have lots of questions about COVID-19 and the exams. Here you will find answers to some of the questions you may have about how the exams will be affected.

Exam passes and registration

If you were planning to sit the exams in June 2020, you may have concerns about how your exam passes and registration will be affected. Here you will find more information on the steps we're taking to ensure that you are able to complete the qualification.

Courses and studying

With so many things to think about, you may feel stressed or anxious about how this situation will affect your studies. Here you will find answers to some of the questions you may have about what to expect in relation to your exam preparation.


 

What will happen to my June 2020 exam entry?

Your June 2020 will be automatically transferred to the December 2020 session. We will be expanding the session to include all exam options, and both handwritten and on-screen methods, so you can sit your exam at the earliest opportunity. This will take a little bit of time for us to process, so don’t worry if your exam entry doesn’t show up straight away in your online account.

Will there be exams in December 2020?

We are planning to hold exams for all ADIT modules in December. We will continue monitoring the global situation, to ensure that it is safe for us to hold the exams in December.

When can I next sit the exam?

We will expand the December 2020 session to include all exam options, and both handwritten and on-screen methods, so this will be the next available session for all candidates.

Do I have to enter again?

No, we will automatically transfer your exam entry in due course. This will not appear on your online account straight away, but we are working on this as quickly as we can. You will get an email confirmation when your exam entry has been transferred.

Can I enter to sit additional exams in December 2020?

Yes. The December exam entry will open as usual on Thursday 30 April, so if you'd like to sit additional exams in December, you will simply need to enter online.

The deadline to submit your exam entry is 16 September 2020.

Coronavirus isn’t a problem in my country. Why can’t I sit my exam in June?

Unfortunately, the majority of countries where we hold exams have been affected, including the UK where we are located. A significant proportion of our exam venues are currently closed, and unsure of when they will be able to reopen. As the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow, we had to take the difficult decision that delivery of the exams cannot be guaranteed anywhere in June 2020. The health and wellbeing of our students and invigilators is our highest priority, and therefore we have had to exercise caution and not risk placing any candidates or exam staff in danger.

I’m sitting my exam on-screen. Why can’t I take it at home?

To maintain the integrity of the qualification, exams must be held in strict conditions overseen by invigilators. We don’t yet have systems in place for you to sit exams outside of our exam centres.

My exam is only available in June. Can I sit it in December?

We will expand the December 2020 session to include all exam options, and both handwritten and on-screen methods, so you can sit in December.

Can I handwrite my exam in December?

We will expand the December 2020 session to include the handwritten method, so you can sit in December if you have selected this method.

Can I claim a refund of my exam entry fees?

The fees will be carried over to the December session. If you have specific circumstances meaning you need a refund, please email education [at] adit.org.

When I entered, I paid the £100 late entry fee. Can this be refunded?

The £100 late entry fee is non-refundable.

My employer hasn’t been invoiced for June 2020. Do we still have to pay?

Yes. We will be automatically transferring your exam entry, and we continue to invoice for exam entries as normal. You and your employer will be expected to pay the invoice to sit in December 2020.

I requested a new exam centre in my city. Will that still be available in December?

We will automatically transfer all June 2020 candidates to the December session, and the status of your exam centre will remain the same. This means if your request for a new exam centre was approved, this will remain in place for the December session.

If the situation is still ongoing in December, will the exams go ahead?

Unfortunately, we cannot confirm at this time but we will continue to monitor the global situation and notify you of any changes.

Can I sit my exam somewhere else in December?

If you need to change which exam centre you're sitting at in December, you will need to email us by 16 September 2020 to request an alternative location from the list of available exam centres.

I want to request a new unlisted exam centre for December. Can I still do this?

Yes. To request an all new new exam centre location, you will need to email us by 30 June 2020.

I can’t sit in December. Can I sit next year instead?

Yes. To defer your exam entry to June 2021, please email us. Due to the high volume of requests, this may take longer for us to process so please be patient.

I am an ACA CTA Joint Programme student. How will this affect my studies?

Your exam entry will be automatically deferred to the December 2020 exam session, on the same terms as for ADIT students. If you have any more questions, please email your query to education [at] tax.org.uk.

Will my previous ADIT exam passes be extended?

We will extend current exam passes held by candidates entered to sit the June 2020 exams by six months. If you have not entered to sit an exam in this session, your exam pass will not be extended.

Extending passes will take us some time to process, so this won’t be immediately reflected on your student record. Please don’t contact us if you don’t see this change straight away, as we’re working very hard to process these extensions.

My exam pass is due to expire. Do I have to resit?

We will extend current exam passes held by candidates who have entered to sit the June 2020 exams by six months, so if you were entered and your pass was due to expire, you will have more time to complete the qualification. Exam passes which expired in the December 2019 session or earlier will not be extended.

My exam pass expired in December 2019. Can I have it extended?

No, exam passes which expired in the December 2019 session or earlier will not be extended.

Will my student registration be extended?

We will extend the ADIT student registrations of those who entered to sit the June 2020 exams by six months. If you did not enter to sit an exam in this session, your registration will not be extended.

Extending registrations will take us some time to process, so this won’t be immediately reflected on your student record. Please don’t contact us if you don’t see this change straight away, as we’re working very hard to process these extensions.

My registration is due to lapse. Do I have to re-register?

We will extend the ADIT student registrations of those entered to sit the June 2020 exams by six months, so if you entered for June 2020 exams and your registration was due to expire, you will have more time to complete the qualification. We will not be extending the registration of anyone who did not enter to sit in June 2020.

My registration had already lapsed. Do I have to re-register?

Yes. We will only be extending the registration of those who entered to sit the June 2020 exams. If your registration has already lapsed, you will need to re-register before you can enter to sit any more exams.

Does this mean my hard work was for nothing?

No, and we really hope that you don’t feel this way. Despite the exam being held at a later date, the work you have put in to studying will still help you as you continue to prepare for the exam, as you won’t be starting from scratch. While it is a very challenging time, and you may have other priorities at the moment, the delay in holding the exams means that you should have time to be even more prepared.

If you’re undergoing social distancing measures, try developing a new study plan which allows you to balance self-care and relaxation techniques with your exam preparation. You may not be able to change events around you, but you can control your response to them by focusing on your wellbeing.

Will I have to learn new tax law for the December 2020 exams?

The December 2020 exam session will be based on the same ADIT syllabus contents as the June 2020 exam session, so you will not be required to learn significant amounts of new tax law.

Under our exam regulations, questions will not be set which require knowledge of any law or regulation or any Statutory Instrument, EU directive or similar legal provision announced less than five months before the date of an exam, or on any tax or legal court case reported less than three months before the exam date. These regulations will continue to apply to the December 2020 exam session, so you will be expected to remain up-to-date with new developments during the intervening period.

Will my course dates be rescheduled?

You will need to contact your course provider directly to find out whether they’re planning to reschedule.

I would rather do online or distance learning. Is this an option?

Yes, some of our course providers do provide online courses. We would suggest that if you’ve already signed up for courses, you speak to your provider about whether they have any remote learning options available. We’re currently working on developing a list of available online courses to help you continue your studies at home, which we will share with you as soon as possible.