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ICAEW Access Arrangement Guidance

For all exams delivered by Pearson VUE

If you are awarded with any of the following access arrangements, the relevant information is submitted automatically to Pearson VUE’s booking system in your exam authorisation(s). If you have an existing exam booking, had a previous exam booking, or been awarded with an access arrangement not listed, please see further information below.

  • Extra time (up to 100%)
  • Stop the clock (Pause the clock)
  • Glucose monitoring equipment
  • ZoomText (for colour enhancements)
  • Reader and/or scribe
  • A combination of 17% extra time + 17% Pause the clock
  • A combination of 25% extra time + 8% Pause the clock

ICAEW’s system has only recently (March 2022) been updated to accommodate a combination of stop the clock and extra time. If your award was granted before this update, or you have other combinations for higher levels, you may have been granted additional time only. Please refer to your confirmation letter for details of the arrangements approved.

Access arrangements awarded after exam bookings
If you already have an exam booking before an access arrangement has been awarded, you will need to cancel and re-book your exam. If you have previously had an exam booking which was cancelled or a no show, ICAEW will need to send a new exam authorisation for that exam module to pick up your new award. We recommend waiting until ICAEW confirm your arrangements before booking your exams.

You can book, cancel or re-schedule your exams here: https://access.icaew.com/pearsonvue.

Note: If your Tuition Provider manages your exam bookings, please contact them before making any changes. If you are in a training agreement, please check with your employer first.

Remote Invigilation (OnVUE)

Standard extra time
If you have been awarded extra time up to 100%, you can schedule your exams via the Pearson VUE website https://access.icaew.com/pearsonvue or by phoning the ICAEW exam booking line on +44 161 855 7444.

If your tuition provider is making your exam booking on your behalf, they must e-mail Pearson VUE to make your exam booking, allowing at least 3 working days’ notice.

Please check your exam booking confirmation e-mail to ensure the time allocated is as expected.

Reader and/ or scribe
If you have been granted a reader and/or a scribe, it is advised that you book to sit at an exam centre. If you need to sit your exam remotely, you will need to provide your ICAEW approved reader/ scribe details to Pearson VUE and they will be required to sign a Consent to Video and Audio Recording and a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). To make your booking, please call Pearson VUE on +44 161 855 7444

Visual Impairments
All ICAEW exams are web based and you can zoom in and out of the screen by clicking on Ctrl + or –

If you have been granted the use of ZoomText for colour contrast, please test this out prior to your exam booking to ensure it is suitable for your needs:

  • You can download a free trial of ZoomText at: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText/PreviousVersions
  • Pearson VUE currently uses the version ZoomText 2019.1912.4 English – July 2020. From the dropdown list, select ‘ZoomText 2019’ and then choose ZoomText 2019.1912.4 - July 2020 Once confirmed it is suitable, please contact Pearson VUE on +44 161 855 7444 to make your exam bookings.

Exam Centre

Standard extra time
If you have been awarded extra time up to 100%, stop the clock or the combinations listed above, you can schedule your exams via the Pearson VUE website https://access.icaew.com/pearsonvue or by phoning the ICAEW exam booking line on +44 161 855 7444.

If your tuition provider is making your exam booking on your behalf, they must e-mail Pearson VUE to make your exam booking, allowing at least 3 working days’ notice.

Please check your exam booking confirmation e-mail to ensure the time allocated is as expected.

Reader and/ or scribe
If approved, you will need to confirm to ICAEW if you decide to use a reader and/or scribe no later than 21 working days before your intended exam date. This is to ensure that additional extra time is added to your exam booking.

Pearson VUE source and provide readers and/ or scribes at their centres. In certain circumstances, if you need to bring your own ICAEW approved reader and/or scribe, this will need to be arranged beforehand by speaking to ICAEW. You can contact the Access Arrangements team via Team through my.icaew.com/examsonline

To schedule your exam please call Pearson VUE on +44 161 855 7444

Wheelchair accessible centres
Please see individual test centre details here: Pearson VUE - Find a test center

Complex access arrangements (RI and Exam centres)

If you have more complex access arrangements or have over 100% extra time for example, an implementation plan will need to be set up. Please contact ICAEW student support on +44 (0)1908 248250 or e-mail studentsupport@icaew.com and they can contact the Assessment Team to arrange this for you. Please allow up to 12 working days for an implementation plan to be created and for your exam(s) to be scheduled.

Separate Room
If you have been approved to sit in a separate room, please note that most test centres will only have one separate room and choices for availability might be limited. Please ensure you book as far ahead as possible.

Medical supplies
Please see this list which shows what you are allowed to take into your exam without an approved access arrangement here: Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List

Please see further information and how to apply for access arrangements here: Access arrangements guidance for exams | Apply for exams | ICAEW

Last updated 2022-06-13