Online Exams (2022) - Awareness, Advanced Technical and APS

22 Apr 2021

The exams in 2022 will be held in the same way as they were in 2021. You will use a purpose-built exam application, Exam4, on your laptop or desktop device. You can sit the exams at a location of your choice, such as your home or office, but you must sit alone. The Online exams will again be Open book, this means you may refer to any books, study manuals, pre-prepared notes and online resources during the exams. Even if you have sat using Exam4 before, you must watch the updated videos and read all the guidance. There will be some changes to Exam4 that you need to be aware of.

How will I get the link to download Exam4?

The link to download Exam4 was emailed to candidates on 8 April 2022.  Make sure to regularly check the CTA Exam Noticeboard for more information regarding the exams.

Note - you have to download Exam4 ahead of each exam session.  Exam4 has a specific version for each set of exams in May and November each year.  Even if you sat exams in 2021, you will need to download the new version for the May 2022 exams. Note - there have been some changes to Exam4 that you need to be aware of.

Equip yourself with all the information you need to confidently sit your exam by reviewing all the information below, including watching the guidance videos.  

Online Exam Regulations

You must read, and comply with, the Online Exam Regulations.

Exam4 IT specification

You must have a device that is suitable to use Exam4 - review the Exam4 IT specification below and practice well in advance of your exam day, using the exact set up and same device that you will be using on the day of your real exam.  

Exam4 IT specification

How to use Exam4 - Guidance videos

You must watch all the guidance videos before the day of your exam. 

Click on the link below to watch the videos and read the associated guidance on using Exam4. 

Using Exam4 - Guidance videos

As you will see, not all the videos are available yet, as some are being updated ahead of the May 2022 exams. 

Exam Day Guide

You must familiarise yourself with the Exam Day guide.

What else should I look at to familiarise myself with Exam4?

See links to the guidance below to support you during the Online exams:

You must download, install and practice using Exam4 before your exam day - using the same device as you will use on the exam day - to ensure you are familiar with how the application works.   

You should also review the Online Exam FAQs.

Common mistakes candidates make when sitting the Online Exams

We have outlined some of the common mistakes candidates make in the Online Exam FAQs.

The key to sitting your Online Exam successfully is having practiced multiple times using Exam4 before the day of your real exam.  

You can practice the end-to-end process by selecting any of the "Viewable Questions" from the Course list in Exam4.

More information for the 2022 Online Exams

Please note that the exams will be:

  • Open book (meaning candidates are able to access legislation, their tuition manuals, HMRC manuals, or any other material (either in hard copy or online) as they wish to)
  • 3 hours and 30 minutes in length (with the exception of CTA Awareness, which is 3 hours 15 minutes).  This consistent with the exam time that was granted for the 2021 exams
  • Monitored via the candidate's webcam

You can find the exam dates here.

About Exam4

Exam4 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. 

More Information

Downloading Exam4

The link to download Exam4 will be emailed to candidates.  This will be approximately 4 weeks before the first exam.

You only need to download Exam4 once, even if you are entered for more than one paper.  Please note that you have to download Exam4 at each exam session - they are different for May and November each year, so even if you sat in May, you will need to download the new version for the November exams.

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.

May 2022 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 10 May 2022
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
Tuesday 10 May 2022
2.30 PM

Advanced Technical Domestic Indirect Taxation

Advanced Technical Human Capital Taxes

Advanced Technical Inheritance Tax, Trusts & Estates

Wednesday 11 May 2022
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Individuals
Wednesday 11 May 2022
2.30 PM

Advanced Technical Cross Border Indirect Taxation

Advanced Technical Taxation of Major Corporates

Thursday 12 May 2022
10:00 AM
Application and Professional Skills (all six options)
Friday 13 May 2022
10.00 AM
Awareness


Exam Results

Pass lists will be published on Thursday 21 July 2022. 

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

November 2022 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
Monday 7 November 2022
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses
Monday 7 November 2022
2.30 PM

Advanced Technical Domestic Indirect Taxation

Advanced Technical Human Capital Taxes

Advanced Technical Inheritance Tax, Trusts & Estates

Tuesday 8 November 2022
10.00 AM
Advanced Technical Taxation of Individuals
Tuesday 8 November 2022
2.30 PM

Advanced Technical Cross Border Indirect Taxation

Advanced Technical Taxation of Major Corporates

Wednesday 9 November 2022
10:00 AM
Application and Professional Skills (all six options)
Thursday 10 November 2022
10.00 AM
Awareness


Exam Results

Pass lists will be published on Wednesday 25 January 2023. 

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