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IFoA exams

Candidates looking for information relating to our September 2020 examinations can access FAQs and related documents from the September session.

Preparing for IFoA exams

Studying

You can find a list of IFoA examination subjects on our Curriculum web pages, including:

  • Examination Syllabus
  • Exam format
  • Recommended study hours
  • Core reading lists  

You can buy the IFoA Core Reading at our E-Shop. ActEd (BPP) provide face-to-face tuition and distance learning materials for the IFoA examinations. More information is available at on the ActED website.

To help you prepare for your examination, we have published advice on preparing for your examination in our Exam Preparation Guide

You can find Past Papers and Examiners reports on our Studying web pages. We recommend candidates review past papers and practice their exam technique by completing a past paper and comparing your answers to the examiners reports.

Sitting IFoA exams

You can find all the information you need to prepare for sitting an IFoA exam in our Examinations Handbook, including:

  • Minimum technical requirements for equipment for candidates sitting IFoA online exams
  • IFoA online exam formats
  • Guidance on completing your exams in Microsoft Office and R
  • Formulae, symbols and mathematical notation, including Standard Keyboard Notation keystrokes in Word to use in place of the mathematical formulae and symbols
  • Guidance on sitting an open book exam  
  • Essential preparation before you sit your exam
  • Exam joining instructions and when you will receive them
  • Exam test instructions, including step by step instructions on how to create and verify your details on the IFoA online exam platform and how to complete online exam platform equipment checks

You should also familiarise yourself with the IFoA Assessment Regulations, which set out candidate obligations and regulatory requirements before you book or sit an IFoA examination.

Booking IFoA exams

Exam booking dates, examination dates and exam results release dates are available on out Exam dates webpage

You can find information on:

  • How to book and pay for IFoA exams
  • How to change or cancel your exam booking
  • Refunds for a cancelled exam booking, and
  • Our Exam booking guide

on our Exam booking web page.

You can find out how to book, pay for, change and cancel Online Professionalism Courses (PSC) Stage 1 and Stage 2 and the Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA) exams, along with information on refunds for cancelled you booking on our PSC and CREA booking web page.

All our exam fees, PSC and CREA course fees and PPD final sign off, as well as fees for exam appeals, counselling and exemptions are listed on our Exam and other fees web page.  

Access arrangements

Information about access arrangements (reasonable adjustments made to exam conditions), whether you are eligible and how to apply can be found on our Access arrangements web page.

Essential reading

Examinations Handbook

Student Handbook

Assessment Regulations  

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