Instructions to Candidates
Diploma and Advanced Diploma Assessments
This document contains important information regarding the administration of Corporate
Finance Diploma and Advanced Diploma assessments. You must read these instructions
carefully to ensure you are fully familiar with our processes and procedures before you
attempt your assessment(s). Failure to follow these instructions may result in a misconduct
charge or your script not being marked.
1. Entry into Assessment Hall
a) Admission letter
You must check your admission details carefully. You are advised to take your admission
details to the assessment.
You should arrive at the assessment hall at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the
assessment. Desks are clearly labelled with candidate numbers – it is your responsibility
to ensure that you sit at the correct desk. Failure to do so may mean a delay in issuing
your assessment results.
c) Personal belongings
All personal belongings must be left away from your desk in the designated area as
indicated by the chief invigilator. Small items such as phones or wallets may be placed
under your desk, but must not be touched during the assessment. Electronic devices
such as mobile phones must be turned off. If a noise from such an item is heard during
the assessment you may be disturbed in order to silence the device, with no extra
assessment time awarded. The incident will also be logged by the chief invigilator and
may be considered misconduct.
If you arrive after the start of the assessment you may still be allowed into the
assessment hall, however no additional time will be awarded.
You are required to take two forms of identification into the assessment hall with you:
• one identification must have a signature and a photograph eg,
a current passport
a photographic driving license
company ID card containing photo and signature
national identity document containing photo and signature.
• other identification must have a signature eg,
any of the above, or
a credit or debit card.
Both forms of identification must be placed on your desk for the invigilator to check during
f) Permitted materials
You are required to bring your own writing implements and calculator. Corrector fluid is
permitted. It is strongly advised that you bring a watch or small clock for timekeeping
purposes, although this must be silent. It is your responsibility to bring these items with
you to the assessment and they will NOT be provided by invigilators.
The assessment is ‘Open Book’ format meaning that candidates may bring any additional
material that they feel may be of benefit into the assessment venue. This information
must be restricted to hard copy format and should not be handed in at the end of the
session. Candidates may not submit any pre-prepared work as part of their answer.
2. Before the Assessment
a) Signature slip
You must complete a signature slip for each assessment that you attempt before the start
of the assessment. This signature slip confirms your attendance at the assessment and
your acceptance of the examination regulations, so it is essential that you complete it.
A waiver for using the laptop computer is enclosed with your admission details. If you did
not sign and return this to the ICAEW you will be asked to do so before you start the
assessment. If you do not sign this document the laptop will be removed from your desk
and all answers must be submitted on paper.
c) Candidate number
Before the assessment starts you will be given time to enter your candidate number on
the front of your question paper.
d) Laptop computer
A laptop computer with an external mouse and keyboard is provided to each candidate.
You may only use the laptop to produce Word and Excel documents during the
assessment. The laptop will be ‘locked down’ to prevent wireless access to the internet or
Bluetooth devices, any attempt by candidates to connect to either of these will be classed
as misconduct and reported to the CF Board.
e) USB memory stick
The USB memory stick contains a blank (apart from your candidate number) Microsoft
Word 2003 document for you to type answers, and one or more Microsoft Excel 2003
spreadsheets containing the numerical information from the examination. The Excel
documents usually have several tabs, one of which is called ‘My answer’ – this is the only
part of the file that you should use for your own work.
f) Other materials
The ICAEW will provide every candidate with an A4 envelope in which to submit answers.
You must check that the envelope is clearly marked with your candidate number.
3. During the assessment
You have the option of completing the Diploma examinations electronically using Word
and/or Excel. This is not compulsory and you can complete the assessment wholly using
the traditional answer pad if you prefer. You may wish to use both laptop and answer pad,
and refer between electronic and hardcopy format for your answer. If you submit answers
electronically and in written form, you must ensure it is clear to the examiners where to
find each part of your answer. All written answers should be submitted in pen. Any written
answers that are not submitted on ICAEW answer paper will not be marked. In addition,
this is classed as misconduct and your details will be passed to the CF Board.
Questions can be completed in any order, but you should start a new page for each
question you answer.
b) Candidate number
Your candidate number will be entered on the Word document saved on the USB memory
stick. You must check this against your admission details and notify the invigilator
immediately if there is a discrepancy. You must put your candidate number (NOT your
name) on any work, written or typed, that you submit.
You will be provided with one or more spreadsheet(s) containing the financial information
from the examination. In each spreadsheet there will be a tab called ‘My Answer’. This is
the only tab you are permitted to type in, and it is here that you may complete any work
that you would like to submit for marking (along with the Word document and any paper
based work). The tab is set up in ‘Print Preview’ so you can easily see how it will print out.
It is your responsibility to ensure that should the document be printed the layout
will be easy for a marker to understand, as you would with written work.
You are required to remain seated during the assessment.
You should leave your completed signature slip and identification on your desk for
checking and collection during the assessment.
If you require any extra stationery or you have a specific request, please raise your hand.
If you leave the assessment hall without permission, you will not be allowed to return.
If you wish to leave the assessment and not return, you should submit your script to the
invigilator. Candidates are not permitted to leave the hall during the first and last 30
minutes of the assessment.
e) 10 minute warning
The invigilator will give a warning 10 minutes before the end of the assessment.
4. Close of assessment
When the assessment is declared closed, you must stop writing or typing immediately.
Any further writing or typing (even if it is administrative such as adding your candidate
number) will be classed as misconduct and your details passed to the CF Board. You
may not remove papers or other materials supplied from the assessment hall.
b) Collating your answers
Time will be given for you to save your electronic work on to the USB memory stick
supplied by the ICAEW. You must ensure that your candidate number is included in all
file names used. You must then place this into the envelope provided, along with your
written answers. Please then check that your candidate number is correct and seal the
envelope. Once your envelope and exam paper are collected you may leave the
c) Request for scripts not to be marked
If you decide you do not want your answers marked, a declaration to that effect must be
signed. You must write ‘Do Not Mark’ on your answer pad. You will be awarded a mark of
0, a result of a ‘Bad Fail’ and the sitting will count as an attempt at the assessment.
It is the duty of the chief invigilator to report to the Institute all cases of irregularity or
misconduct in connection with an assessment. Chief invigilators are empowered to stop
the assessments of candidates who conduct themselves improperly. Expulsion from the
exam hall will be resorted to only when it is considered that such action is essential.
Any unauthorised material introduced by candidates into an assessment hall will be
deposited with the chief invigilator and reported to the Institute and the CF Board.
Candidates must not pass any information from one to another during an assessment.
The CF Board reserves the right to withhold publication of the result of an assessment of
candidates suspected of having been involved in any irregularity or misconduct in
connection with an assessment, pending the completion of investigations into the alleged
irregularity or misconduct.
6. Factors affecting performance
If you feel your performance in the assessment has been adversely effected by illness or
other special circumstances you may apply in writing to the assessment manager at
ICAEW to request your circumstances be considered during the results determination
process. Applications must be received no later than two weeks before the release of the
results. Further guidance is enclosed with your admission letter.
7. Refund of fees
If you wish to withdraw from an assessment after the closing date for entry but before the
Friday prior to the assessment, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student
registration number and the name of the assessment you wish to withdraw from. A credit
will be raised on your account for the original fee. You will then be able to use this credit
towards your next exams. If you wish to receive a refund rather than a credit, you must
explicitly state this.
If you withdraw after the Friday prior to the assessment you will not be given a credit or
refund, unless you have withdrawn for medical reasons and can provide satisfactory
medical evidence to support this.
8. Availability of results
Your assessment results will be published in a pass list which will be available on the CF
website at www.cfqualification.com and on our website www.icaew.com/cfq
The date on your admission letter for the results is the date we would normally expect you
to receive your results letter.