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CBE exams are coming

Its full steam ahead for the introduction of CBE exams this September, says ACCA Director of Qualifications Catherine Edwards.

February 2016

In an exclusive interview with PQ, Edwards revealed that ACCA will be releasing specimen papers in late April for the new-look exams.
The computer-based exams have been three years in the making, and students will be expected to answer using spread-sheets and word processing with table creation functionality. In addition to specimen exams, ACCA is planning to release a blank spreadsheet and word processing sheet so students can practise with them. Again, these will be released towards the end of April.
PQ also discovered that ACCA plans to use a specialist supplier to provide its worldwide computer based centre network. The supplier is very established at running computer-based exams worldwide and will ensure dedicated centres for ACCA students.
Edwards stressed that ACCA will be running parallel exams both paper and CBE exams. She said a CBE-only offering will happen only when students and tutors are ready, and will be introduced on a country-by-country basis, starting small with selected centres available in certain cities initially. UK and Ireland will be one of the first to come online.
Edwards said under the new CBE regime PQs will still receive a mark for their exam and sitters will still need 50% to pass. When it comes to the CBE exams themselves, she explained they wont all be the same. ACCA has taken steps to ensure all exams are of the same standard, and as the exams are controlled across the different time zones steps will be taken to ensure the exam content is protected. It will be releasing details of how the model works.
All has been explained to the regulators, who are all said to be happy. ACCA has had to work closely with the regulators the likes of SQA, QAA and FRC, and a number of others around the world.

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