COVID-19 Exams Update

November 2020 examinations

Following an evaluation of the remotely invigilated June/July exam sitting of ATT Paper 4 Corporate Taxation, we have decided that it is not appropriate to use the same software product for the full November examination session. The experience for candidates sitting this first remotely invigilated emergency summer session was too variable. 

To ensure the best possible exam experience for candidates, we have decided to use Exam4 software for the November session. Our sister body, CIOT, has used the Exam4 app successfully for many years for the ADIT (Advanced Diploma in International Tax) exams. Exam4 will allow you to type your answers using your own laptop or desktop computer and the app is compatible with both Windows and Mac. Exam4 is not a remote invigilated system.

How Exam4 works

Exam4 is essentially a word processor which you can use to type and securely submit your answers at the end of the exam. It will lock down your computer. You can use basic tools, for example using tabs to create tables, cut/copy and paste your answers, and text formatting such as bold, underline and italics. You will require a WiFi connection at the end of the exam to submit your answers, but you don’t need to be connected during the exam. Exam4 will also automatically backup your work as you type.

You can run practice exams before your exam day, which gives you an opportunity to test the software, familiarise yourself with the interface and ensure Exam4 works on your device. You can even submit a completed practice exam, to ensure that the online submission process works on your computer. Detailed Exam4 guidance and information will be available on our website in the near future.

Changes to exam regulations

The November 2020 exams will be open book, as well as uninvigilated. This is due to the current situation regarding COVID-19 rather than a permanent change to our exams. You are reminded that you are bound by the ATT ethical guidelines, must behave in the appropriate manner as a tax professional, act with integrity, receive no external assistance and sit the exam in a room alone. ID information will still be required, further details on this process will follow in due course.

The dates for the November 2020 exams are unchanged. 

2021 examinations

Exams will be conducted remotely for 2021, and we will not be returning to exam halls. We will share more information on 2021 exams in due course as we continue to adapt.