Computer Based Examinations (CBEs)

CBE Deadlines

Please note that the Law, Principles of Accounting and Professional Responsibilities & Ethics CBEs must be passed (or exemptions claimed) before the examination closing date for your final written paper(s).  However, as the Principles of Accounting CBE has only recently been created, please see the point below regarding the May 2019 and November 2019 exam sessions.

For the May session, the examination closing date for the written papers is the last day of February.  For the November session, this is the last day of August. This would not include the late entry period for either session.

For the May 2019 and November 2019 written examinations only, we will allow students to submit an examination entry for their final written paper without having first completed the Principles of Accounting CBE. Assuming all required written papers are passed in the May or November 2019 exam session, students will then have until 31 March 2020 to complete their Principles of Accounting CBE. If they are not successful by that date, then the normal seven sitting rule will apply, i.e. the passes in the written papers will remain valid for seven examinations following the examination session at which they were achieved.

Please note that the Law and Professional Responsibilities & Ethics CBEs will still need to have been completed before an entry for a final written paper can be submitted.

Booking your CBEs

To book your CBEs, click here.


The fee is £85 per examination. Should you be unsuccessful, you must allow 72 hours before booking again.

Mock CBEs

Thinking of entering for your CBEs? Have you taken the new full mock exams yet? These are the full 50 questions for Law and Ethics and the full 40 questions for Accounting. These are the same set up as the CBEs you will receive in your real test and are hosted by Prometric, although please note your IT set up may differ from the ones at the test centre. This may result in some differences in how the mock CBEs appear compared to the live CBEs, but these are the best way to get used to how to answer the CBEs on the day of your real test.

Please note that opening up the mocks below will open a new tab and you will be presented with the standard Prometric login screen.  Please click on the “OK” tab and on the next screen click on the “Confirm” tab.  You will then need to check the box that says “I accept these terms” to be able to click on the “Continue” tab.  You will then be taken to the tutorial section, which includes the opportunity to practice the different question types that are in the CBEs.  When you are ready, click on “Start Test” tab and you will be taken to the first question.

If when you click on the links below you get an error message saying that Flash is not enabled, please see instructions here on how to enable Flash.

If you have not yet attempted the mock exams, please click on the links below:

Available Centres

Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter (four dates per year), Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds, Liverpool, (City of) London, Manchester, Newcastle, Peterborough and Southampton.

Important information for students sitting CBEs

You will be eligible to sit the CBEs following acceptance of your registration as a CTA student, subject to a 21 day period to allow your profile to be created on the CBE system. 

You must apply to sit the CBEs online; an entry and payment facility is available via the Institute’s website for this purpose. It will be possible to sit the CBEs on separate occasions. You may be able to sit two CBEs back-to-back at a single session, with a short break between each CBE. Provision will be made for you if you are eligible for extra time or require accessibility software. Please contact the Institute in advance of booking an exam or visit the FAQs.

Various test centres around the UK will be available for you to sit the CBEs at a time of your choosing. You should allow at least 10 working days between the time of booking the CBE and an appointment being available at your chosen centre, and you should expect slightly longer waiting times at periods when demand is likely to be high (particularly in February and August).