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ICAEW CBEs about to launch

06 March 2017

The first ICAEW professional CBEs are upon us, with the Audit & Assurance and Tax Compliance exams the first to switch over from paper to computer in March.

The ICAEW’s James Patrick told the recent tutor’s conference that the institute has learned a lot of lessons from the September and December pilots. While it might seem obvious, he said those sitting the CBEs had to become familiar with the exam software, and to this end the ICAEW has uploaded lots of support and guidance.

Patrick stressed that students need to know how to show their workings and how to make their responses ‘visible’. To help this process the ICAEW has introduced a little note on every screen, not just the opening screen. Patrick explained that a minority of students were trying to put too much in the answer cells and were not showing where their workings could be found. Markers can’t go hunting through all the cells to find these answers, he explained.

The ICAEW has also changed its online practice exam delivery service. Connectivity was an issue for those using their employer’s laptops. So these can now be downloaded in advance and run offline.

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