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Read the latest IFoA Student and Associate news and exam updates

To ensure you are kept informed of updates to examination information, guidance, and policies, we send students key updates by email and in our student newsletter. 

You can find student newsletters and email updates for our current examination session listed below, along with a list of key content included in each communication. You can click on the communication title in the table below to view the full communication.

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Exam information

Key exam dates, including deadlines for exam entry, can be found on our Exam date web page

You can find the most up to date information on IFoA examinations, including:

  • minimum technical requirements,
  • online exam formats
  • formulae, symbols, and mathematical notation, including Standard Keyboard Notation, and  
  • guidance on using the online exam platform

in our Examinations Handbook

You can find the latest version of the IFoA Assessment Regulations on our Assessment Regulations web page

Student and exam communications

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Communication

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Summary of Content

Learning Change Program Update 

08/03/2022

  • Delivering modern digital methods of assessments 
  • Project next steps 

February Student & Associate Newsletter

28 February 

  • Exam Preparation Technique Webinar 
  • Access Arrangements for the April 2022 exams 
  • ASSA Banking Qualifications
  • New IFoA complaints policy 

January 2022 Student & Associate Newsletter

31 January 

  • Exam publication date 
  • Access arrangement deadline for April 2022 exams 
  • PPD compliance 
  • Exam booking for Banking SP and SA exams 

December Student Newsletter

30 December

  • Accessing exam mark breakdown. 
  • PPD Deadlines: New compliance rules. 
  • 2021 Qualifiers deadline. 

November Student Newsletter 

30 November 2021

  • Release of exam mark breakdown.
  • Annual Member survey. 
  •  IFoA Foundation grants. 

October Student Newsletter 

29 October

  • Examination mark breakdown.
  • Sharing exam results with employers. 
  • September team result dates.
  • Qualifiers deadline 2021. 

PPD & Work-Based Skill Deadline

15 October

  • Deadline dates for student and Associate members to submit a work experience application in 2022.
  • After 14th January 2022, applications for Associate and Fellow will be PPD only. 
  • Form A/B or Work-Based Skills will not be accepted after 14th January 2022. 

September Student Newsletter

30 September 

  • Mitigating Circumstances deadline 
  • Qualification handbook publication 
  • 2021 Qualifiers deadline 
  • Banking pre-Fellow pathway 

September Exam Update

07 September

  • Information for candidates sitting exams in September 2021 session regarding the online exam platform.
August Student Newsletter
  • Reminder of online exam platform changes 
  • Exam preparation webinar now available 
  • Mitigating Circumstance deadline 
  • Student and Associate Terms and Conditions 
  • Member subscription renewal 
  • CPD Scheme 2020/21

September 2021 Exam Update

18 August 2021

  • Updates & changes to the exam platform 
  • Accessing joining instructions 
  • New September 2021 exam handbook 
  • Examination and results timeline
July Student Newsletter
  • September Online Platform updates 
  • Joining instruction updates 
  • Preparing for your exams 
  • Exams and results timelines 
  • Refund policy update 

 

June Student Newsletter

 

  • September 2021 exam booking dates
  • Learning Change Program consultation 
  • Student and Associate Terms and Conditions 
  • September 2021 Exam preparation techniques webinar 
May Student Newsletter
  • 2022 exam dates published 
  • Admission deadline for September 2021 exams
  • Work experience deadline for 2021 announced 
  • Learning change program consultation 

 

April Student Newsletter

 

  • September 2021 exam booking dates 
  • Learning change program 
  • Proposed changes to Practicing Certificates

April 2021 Exam Update

01 April 2021

  • Updates Assessment Regulations     
  • Mitigating Circumstances policy 
  • Inappropriate conduct and plagiarism                                                    

April 2021 Exam Update 

25 March 2021

  • Preparing for exams: Essential Information
  • Joining instructions 
  • Practical tips for sitting our exams 
March Student Newsletter
  • Examination Results Timetable 
  • Work-Experience Deadline 2021 
  • Global Forum Vacancies 
  • Other Actuarial Association Exemptions 

You can find the archive of previous student newsletters, alongside all other IFoA newsletters on our newsletter web page.

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