ACCA Exam Rules And Regulations
If you are intending to take ACCA exams, please read ACCA exam rules below
  1. You are required to comply in all respects with any instructions issued by the registrar, exam supervisor, and invigilators before and during an exam.
  2. You may not attempt to deceive the registrar or the exam supervisor by giving false or misleading information.
  1. You are not allowed to take to your exam desk, possess, use, or intend to use while at that desk, any books, notes or other materials except those authorised by the registrar. If you are found to have taken to your desk, or possessed while at that desk, unauthorised materials which are relevant to the syllabus being examined, it will be assumed that you intended to use them to gain an unfair advantage in the exam. In any subsequent disciplinary proceedings, it shall be for you to prove that you did not intend to use the materials to gain an unfair advantage in the exam.
  2. You may not assist, attempt to assist, obtain, or attempt to obtain assistance by improper means from any other person during your exams.
  3. You are required to adhere at all times to the Instructions to Candidates, which you receive with your Examination Attendance Docket.
  4. You are required to comply with the exam supervisor’s ruling. Supervisors are obliged to report any cases of irregularity or improper conduct to the registrar. The supervisor is empowered to discontinue your exam if you are suspected of misconduct and to exclude you from the exam hall.
  5. You may not engage in any other unprofessional conduct designed to assist you in your exam attempt.
  6. You are not permitted to remove either your script booklet or your question paper from the exam hall. All exam scripts remain the property of ACCA.
  7. Once the exam has started, you are not allowed to leave the exam hall permanently until the end of the session, and then only when instructed by the supervisor. These regulations are reproduced on your Examination Attendance Docket – you should take time to familiarise yourself with them. In order to be eligible to sit your exams, you must sign your docket confirming your agreement to comply with these regulations.
Important ACCA exam rules

Mobile phones and pagers should be switched off at all times in the exam hall, and are not permitted to be taken to your desk under any circumstances. Mobile phones are not permitted on your desk even if they remain switched off.

Calculators taken into the exam must comply with the regulations stated on your Examination Attendance Docket – ie they should be noiseless, pocket-sized, and they must not have a print-out facility or graphic word display facility in any language.

For security reasons, the exams are held concurrently in five different time zones. Students are therefore not permitted to leave the hall permanently until the end of the exam session. Any student in breach of this regulation will be reported.

In the exam hall

Every effort is made to ensure that you sit your exams in the best conditions. However, if you have a complaint regarding the centre operation, you should make this known to the exam supervisor in the first instance. The supervisor will do everything within their power to resolve the matter to your satisfaction there and then. If the complaint is of a fundamental nature, ACCA will take whatever further remedial action it considers appropriate in the circumstances.

ACCA Exam Rules and Regulations – professional misconduct

ACCA’s disciplinary procedures cover matters such as professional misconduct, misconduct in exams and breaches of regulations which include any actions likely to bring discredit to you, ACCA, or the accountancy profession. The rules governing disciplinary procedures for students (and members) are set out in ACCA’s Bye-laws and Regulations.

All registered students are bound by these Bye-laws and Regulations. Further enquiries about matters which may be subject to disciplinary procedures can be directed to the Professional Conduct Department at our London office in the UK. ACCA’s Rulebook is available for reading online or at ACCA offices.