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ICAEW gives PQ a round-up of what students need to know this Spring

April 2018

Finance Act for 2018 exams:
Last year, two Finance Acts were published, but only one is examinable in the 2018 exams: Finance Act 2017 (enacted on 27 April 2017). The second Finance Act received Royal Assent on 16 November 2017 and is not examinable.

Learning materials updated for 2018:
ICAEW published learning materials for the ACA have undergone their annual review and have been updated for 2018. You should use the up-to-date editions of the learning materials to study for the respective exams in that year, as these will reflect any changes made within the syllabus, learning outcomes and the way in which you are assessed. The syllabus, study manuals, question banks and technical knowledge grids for the 2018 exams are available now from icaew.com/examresources and www.gillards.com/icaew

No late bookings after the deadline:
ICAEW is no longer able to accept late exam applications or changes to an exam application once the deadline has passed. It is your responsibility to apply for your exams by the exam closing deadline, so ensure you have all the key dates you need during your ACA studies.

Advanced Level moves to computer:
This summer will see the Advanced Level exams also begin the transition to the new computer-based format. The transition will see Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management become computer-based from this July, with the process culminating in the move of the Case Study to computer in July 2019, after this date all ACA exams will be taken on computer.
Support and guidance to help you prepare for the Advanced Level computer-based exams is in development, but look out for new resources within each ICAEW student update email, and at icaew.com/cbe

Technology and the ACA:
As all ACA exams will become computer-based by July 2019, becoming more allied to the everyday working life of ACA students, ICAEW continues to recognise the increasing importance of technology in the profession.
Integrating the relevant aspects of technology across the ACA syllabus, learning materials and professional development, with content including data analytics, cyber risk and security, and cloud computing, has resulted in two Professional Level modules changing name from January 2018. Business and Finance has become Business, Technology and Finance, and Business Strategy has changed to Business Strategy and Technology.

Key dates for your diary:
Keep your studies on track in 2018 by using the ACA planner, you can use it to note down when to arrange your six-monthly reviews and update your online training file. Download your copy at icaew.com/acaplanner

Key spring and summer dates:
20 April March Professional Level exam results
30 April Exam booking deadline for June Professional Level exams
14 May-18 June Exam booking open for July Advanced Level exams
4-6 June Professional Level exams
12 June Advance information available for July Advanced Level exams
26 June Advance information will be posted for July Advanced Level exams
2 July-6 August Exam booking open for September Professional Level exams
13 July June Professional Level exam results

For regular updates visit the student community at icaew.com/student community or join Students@ICAEW on Facebook.
Thanks to the ICAEW for this article

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