Today’s students have very different needs than those of previous generations. Growing up in a digital world has redefined the way students learn, and how they are taught. It has also redefined the skills needed for the modern workplace.

Following a survey of their students and members regarding their ACA qualification, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) identified a growing demand for their ACA assessments to reflect the use of technology in the workplace, and the skills needed. The ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 147,000 members and 24,000 ACA students in over 150 countries. After careful consideration, the ICAEW opted for an integrated system that allowed students to upload their assignments digitally and sit their exams online, and for these assessments to be marked digitally as well.

The ICAEW’s ACA qualification comprises three levels – Certificate, Professional and Advanced. Due to the simple structure of the questions asked, the Certificate level has been computer-based since 2007. However, the Professional and Advanced qualifications involve a more complex assessment structure, necessitating a state-of-the-art solution to transition to computer-based examinations.

Key challenges to overcome

During the transition, ICAEW had two key challenges they needed to resolve:

  • to move from a paper-based exam to a computer-based exam format without losing the integrity of the existing qualifications
  • to ensure that the exam structure remained the same to ensure that no student would be disadvantaged by taking their exam on paper or on computer during the transition

Learn how ICAEW sought to overcome these challenges to create a new end-to-end digital, best-of-breed assessment solution by downloading their case study on meeting the needs of the modern candidate.