Accounting body introduces virtual exams amid Virus disruption
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), has introduced new flexibility for its students globally, to enable them take their exams at home or in another location, where centre-based exam sittings are disrupted.
The body said the development would ensure a robust and secure way of using the latest technology to enable remote invigilation of ACCA qualification exams, to give its students the reassurance that they can go ahead with their exam journey in the face of the pandemic.
Executive Director, ACCA, Alan Hatfield, said the new model would give students the opportunity to go ahead with their exams, adding that under remote invigilation, exams are taken online and supervised remotely by a live invigilator.
According to him, there is a thorough system of checks involving biometrics, artificial intelligence, and recording – rigour, security and integrity are paramount.
On the strategy, he said: “We recognise the disruption and frustration the pandemic and resulting exam cancellations have caused for our students and their desire to progress, and this development will ensure their opportunity to do so.
“We are targeting June to enable this for our on-demand exams (Applied Knowledge and Foundation level exams), and September for our session-based Applied Skills exams. We’re still exploring the situation for our Strategic Professional exams, and we will provide updates soon.
“In these uncertain times we believe this innovative development will help students progress on their ACCA journey to becoming professionally qualified accountants.”