Online Exams

22 Apr 2021

If you have entered for the exams, you will now be typing your answers. To plan for success, you should familiarise yourself with the method before your exam day. Find out more below.

How it works

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.

Familiarise yourself with the exam regulations and equip yourself with the information you need to confidently sit your exam.

Online Exam Regulations


About the Exam4 app

The Exam4 app is used by a number of leading universities and institutions across Europe and North America. Used by thousands of students since we introduced it for the ADIT qualification in 2014, it has a proven track record for reliability and student satisfaction: ADIT and ACA CTA Joint Programme students who have used it say their experience has been very positive. 

Compatible with most IT setups

You can use Exam4 on a wide range of laptop and desktop computers (but not tablets); you don't need the latest technology. You only need to be connected to the internet when you launch the exam and when you submit your answers at the end, so a stable internet connection isn't essential.  Review the IT specification below.

Exam4 IT Specification


What are the advantages of typing compared to handwritten?

Flexibility during the exam

Do you remember a time when you finished an answer in an exam, only to think of a crucial point minutes later? With cut, copy and paste functions built into Exam4, you can edit your answers at any time during your exam – without having to cross things out.

More comfortable

Does your writing hand ache after a long exam? Or does it just feel weird to write anything by hand when you spend so many hours typing on a computer each day? By typing your answers using your own computer at home or in your office, you can complete your CTA exams in a more familiar, comfortable way.

Your answers will be easier to read

With an online exam, you will type your answers using a standardised, easily readable font. That means you won’t have to worry about losing marks because an examiner is unable to read your writing. Let your tax knowledge do the talking instead.


How can I familiarise myself with Exam4?

The following guidance is available to support you during the online exams:

The best way to familiarise yourself with Exam4 is to download and practice using it as early as possible, on the device you plan to use in your exam.

You must download, install and try out Exam4 before your exam day to ensure you are familiar with the app ahead of your exams.

You should also review the Online Exam FAQs.

More Information

Downloading Exam4

The link to download Exam4 will be emailed to candidates. You only need to download Exam4 once, even if you are entered for more than one exam.

Upgrades for May 2021

You can now insert rulers to create a visual guide and outline your answers.  This example calculation demonstrates how a capital allowances computation could be presented (taken from the OMB Advanced Technical paper in November 2019).  This is a simple feature to use that will be fully explained in the guidance videos.

Existing Passes

The CIOT Examination Committee met shortly before the end of 2020 and considered measurers to assist students in the continuing pandemic. Under the circumstances it was agreed that it would be appropriate to grant one further extension (being another six months) to the life of all CTA exam passes, including Computer Based Examinations (CBE) passes.

This has been added automatically to all current student records and will be reflected on your Exam Dashboard. Please note that this will be the final extension to the validity of passes and that from the November 2021 exams normal rules and deadlines will return, as we hope of course that the pandemic will be under control by then.

More information for May 2021

The May 2021 exams are:

  • Open book, so candidates are able to access legislation, tuition manuals, HMRC manuals, or any other materials
  • 3 hours and 30 mins (except Awareness, which is 3 hours and 15 minutes)
  • Uninvigilated

Updated rubric for the CTA exam papers

Please note that the information below is new for the 2021 CTA exam papers (Awareness, Advanced Technical and Application and Professional Skills) and will appear as part of the rubric on the front cover of each question paper.

Except as set out below or indicated by additional information in the question, you may assume that 2020/21 legislation (including rates and allowances) continues to apply for 2021/22 and future years.

  1. You MUST assume that the UK remains within the European Union.
  2. You MUST ignore all temporary COVID related legislation including furlough, grants, loans and the reductions in VAT and SDLT rates.

Except in relation to points 1) and 2) above, candidates answering by reference to more recently enacted legislation or tax cases will not be penalised.

May 2021 Key Dates

Exam Dates

All exams are BST and are 3 hours and 30 mins (except Awareness, which is 3 hours and 15 minutes).

DATE & TIMEEXAM
Tuesday 4 May
10.00 AM
Awareness  
Wednesday 5 May
2.30 PM
Application and Professional Skills (all six options)
Thursday 6 May
2.30 PM

Advanced Technical Domestic Indirect Taxation

Advanced Technical Human Capital Taxes

Advanced Technical Inheritance Tax, Trusts & Estates

Friday 7 May
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
Monday 10 May
2.30 PM
Advanced Technical Cross Border Indirect Taxation
Tuesday 11 May
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Individuals
Wednesday 12 May
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Major Corporates


Exam Results

Pass lists will be published on Wednesday 21 July 2021. 

All results will be sent by email (per exam paper sat) by midday.


Exam Focus and Skills Days

View the timetable for the Spring 2021 Exam Focus and Skills Days on the booking page.

November 2021 Key Dates

Exam Dates

All exams are GMT and are 3 hours and 30 mins (except Awareness, which is 3 hours and 15 minutes).

DATE & TIMEEXAM
Monday 1 November
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
Tuesday 2 November
2.30 PM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Major Corporates
Wednesday 3 November
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Individuals
Thursday 4 November
2.30 PM
Advanced Technical Cross-Border Indirect Taxation
Friday 5 November
10.00 AM

Advanced Technical Domestic Indirect Taxation

Advanced Technical Inheritance Tax, Trusts & Estates

Advanced Technical Human Capital Taxes

Monday 8 November
10.00 AM
Application and Professional Skills (all six options)
Tuesday 9 November
10.00 AM
Awareness

 

Exam Results

Pass lists will be published on Wednesday 26 January 2022. 

All results will be sent by email (per exam paper sat) by midday.