Exam Structure

11 Mar 2021

We are delighted that you have decided to study for the CTA qualification. Whatever your goals, we hope you find this qualification personally, professionally and intellectually rewarding. We know preparing for exams can be stressful, especially if you have a full-time job. So, here’s our bitesize guide to the CTA exams, which we hope you will find helpful.

When can I take the CTA exams? 

The CTA tax exams take place twice a year in May and November. The Computer Based Exams (CBEs) can be sat at anytime, depending on availability.


How do I register as a student? 

You must be registered as a student for at least 4 months before sitting your first exam. For May, this would be the 31 December and for November it would 30 June. View further details on how to register as a student.

How do I enter for the CTA exams? 

When exam entry is open, log in to your account and click on the Enter for the Exams link on your dashboard 

To enter for the CBEs, please look at the CBE Booking page.

When’s the deadline to enter for the CTA tax exams? 

May session: You can apply between mid-December and the last day of February

November session: You can apply between mid-June and the last day of August

How much do the CTA exams cost? 

Our fees section will have the up-to-date costs of each exam.

Extra Time and Alternative Arrangements

If you require additional time or alternative arrangements you will have to download a form and send this back to us. Please see our dedicated page with further instructions.

Deferrals and Cancellations 

If you need to defer or cancel your exam entry, please see our detailed guidance and policies on the withdrawal process.

Medals and Prizes 

The Institute awards a number of medals and prizes for students who achieve outstanding results in the exams. View further information on the Medals and Prizes.


Online Exams 

Sitting online exams, you’ll use a purpose-built exam application, Exam4, on your laptop or desktop computer. You can sit the exam at a location of your choice, such as your home or office. Find out more information on the online exams

Exam Dates 

View the exam time and dates for the forthcoming May and November sessions.