ACCA launches practice platform for computer-based exams

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants announced Monday it is launching a new practice platform for its computer-based exams (CBE).

Dubbed the CBE Practice Solution, the platform will debut this month for learning partners to allow enough time to prepare for the first Strategic Professional CBE sessions, to be held in March 2020.

"Platinum" and "Gold"-approved learning partners, as well as "Silver" learning partners, across the U.K., Ireland and the Czech Republic will be the first to gain access to the CBE Practice Solution, with access being granted to other markets in the coming months. Students will gain access to the Practice Solution following Exam Week in September 2019.

The CBE Practice Solution will allow learning providers to:

  • Personalize the practice solution with their company logo and colors;
  • Create their own questions and practice tests for their students;
  • Offer marking and feedback services to their students;
  • Give guidance for all students to self-mark their tests; and
  • Pre-load ACCA questions and practice tests for all students.

"Exam standard question practice is vital to prepare students for live exams," stated Reza Ali, director of professional education at ACCA. "The CBE Practice Solution provides an environment that emulates live exams, building familiarization with the exam format, functionality and exam standard practice content."

"ACCA’s continuous move towards CBE is reflective of the variety of ways in which an accountant is presented information in the workplace, with the exams allowing students to showcase their ability to analyze and interpret data, as well as to evaluate what is presented to them using digital tools," said James Patrick, head of professional education at ACCA, in a statement. "The ACCA Qualification ensures that our students are developed and assessed in technology from the very beginning of their journey all the way to membership and beyond. The addition of our computer-based exam practice solution will prove to be a valuable resource for learning partners and their students’ ongoing success."

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