Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all ACCA exams in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR for the March 2020 exam session have been cancelled.
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been created to address students’ most common queries.
1. Why have all ACCA exams in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR for the March session been cancelled?
The March 2020 exams have been cancelled for in these areas as a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak and ongoing impact. This decision has been made based on extensive discussions with our exam delivery partners and guidance by the Chinese government.
2. Why has this decision been taken now?
The coronavirus outbreak has reached a stage whereby it is no longer possible to deliver March exams safely in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR.
We always strive to hold exam sittings wherever possible but based on extensive discussions with our exam delivery partners and governmental guidance, the March session in these areas has been cancelled. Making the decision now provides students with a clear message and allows them to alter their plans and studies accordingly.
3. Is it possible this decision may be reversed prior to exam week if the situation improves?
No. Once the decision has been made to cancel an exam session, this decision will not be overturned. Even if the coronavirus situation significantly and unexpectedly improves, the cancellation remains a final decision.
4. If universities and institutes holding exams are open by the first day of exams (2 March), can the exam still go ahead?
No, the decision to cancel all March 2020 session-based exams in China is final.
5. Can the March session be rescheduled to take place in April or May if the virus is contained?
No. Due to the nature and complexity of operating the exams, ACCA is not able to reschedule any session-based exams. It is therefore not possible to reschedule March exams as a result of the current situation caused by the virus.
The next exam session will be June 2020.
6. Do students need to take any action to withdraw their March exam booking(s)?
No. ACCA will withdraw and refund all March 2020 exam bookings for affected students.
7. How will the cancelled exam session be recorded on students’myACCA accounts?
Student records will clearly state that the March 2020 exam session was cancelled.
8. Will students receive a full refund for their March exam(s)?
Yes. All March 2020 exam fees paid will be refunded in full whereby a session has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
9. How and when will this refund be issued?
All refunds will be returned to student accounts unless the exam fee was paid for by an employer, in which case it would be returned to the employer directly.
All refunds will be processed within the next 7-10 working days.
10. When will students know the refund has been issued?
An auto-generated acknowledgement will be sent to students to notify them when March 2020 exam bookings have been officially withdrawn and refunds issued.
11. Can the exam fee refund be returned to student bank accounts instead of myACCA?
All refunds will be issued to student myACCA accounts (where the student has paid for the exam).
Once this has been issued, if any student would prefer for the refund to be made to a bank account then please contact the Connect team on [email protected] with details of your request.
12. If there are overdue fees on student accounts not directly related to exams, will this affect the exam fee refund?
All exam fee refunds will be returned to student accounts whereby the student has made the initial payment. This refund will be automatically allocated against any overdue invoices currently active on student accounts
In order to enter for future exams, all students should ensure overdue fees are paid in full as an exam entry cannot be made otherwise.
13. If a withdrawal was sent to the exams mailbox as requested, but not processed in time to allow students to enter at the early entry rate for June 2020 (deadline 10 February), can students still be entered at the early rate?
Only students who entered for the March 2020 exam session during the early entry period will be able to enter at the early entry rate for the June 2020 session if they have missed the 10 February deadline.
Students in this category who are not yet entered for June and would like to be, should enter via the Exam Planner during the standard period as normal. Following this, ACCA would credit their account with the difference between the early and standard period.
14. The decision to cancel March exams was made after the June 2020 early entry deadline had passed…can students be given a further opportunity to enter at the June early prices?
15. Will ACCA automatically re-enter students for the same exam in June?
No. Students should enter for a future exam session via the Exam Planner prior to the applicable deadline for the session of their choice.
16. Will there be an increase in exam centre capacity for the June session given the expected rise in entries following the March cancellation?
We are currently working with our partners to assess the impact of the March cancellation on the June session in order that we can secure the additional capacity required.
17. Will the June 2020 standard entry deadline be extended due to the impact of the cancelled March session and on-demand CBE exams?
No. The June standard entry deadline will remain Monday 27 April, with the late entry deadline on 4 May 2020.
18. If a student’s June exam entry for a Strategic Professional exam was dependent on a March entry for an Applied Skills exam, how will the June entry be affected now the March exam has not been sat?
Any students in this scenario will have their June Strategic Professional exam automatically withdrawn and will be required to re-enter for both the Applied Skills exam and Strategic Professional exam in June to abide by the current progression rules.
19. For those students affected by the 7-year rule for March 2020 and June 2020, will their expiring pass be given an extension?
Any students who are affected will have an extension until the December 2020 exam session.
20. What if there is a change in syllabus for my exam between the March and June session?
Students should ensure they remain aware of the syllabus related to the exam and exam session they are entered for, and study accordingly.
More information on the syllabus of each individual exam can be found via the following link:
https://www.accaglobal.com/lk/en/student/exam-support-resources.htmlAs for TX-UK, students should ensure they study in respect to the updated exam content which will be based on the Finance Act 2019 (March 2020 session is based on the Finance Act 2018). Specifically, students should refer to the syllabus and study guide for June 2020 to March 2021 as well as the Finance Act 2019 article.
Please refer to the following links for the “syllabus & study guide” , “examinable documents” and technical article – Finance Act 2019” for the United Kingdom (UK):
https://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/student/exam-support-resources/fundamentals-exams-study-resources/f6/syllabus-study-guide/f6-syllabus-study-guide-united-kingdom-uk.htmlhttps://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/student/exam-support-resources/fundamentals-exams-study-resources/f6/examinable-documents/uk.htmlhttps://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/student/exam-support-resources/fundamentals-exams-study-resources/f6/technical-articles/finance-act-2019.htmlACCA will provide further support and guidance to both tutors and students to prepare TX-UK for June 2020 as soon as possible.
21. Does this cancellation include on-demand CBE exams as well?
All on-demand CBEs in February have also been suspended across China for three of our exam providers.Some on-demand CBE centres in Wuhan have also temporarily suspended on-demand exams due to the outbreak.
Macau on-demand exams have been cancelled for February, whilst some centres in Hong Kong have also cancelled exams for the remainder of February.
ACCA is monitoring the virus situation very closely in conjunction with our partners and local agencies. Students should contact on-demand centres directly for availability regarding on-demand exams but remain aware the centre may be temporarily closed due to the virus.
22. How do students arrange on-demand CBE exam fee refunds?
All students due to sit an on-demand CBE exam which has now been cancelled due to the coronavirus should contact the on-demand centre directly too arrange a refund.
23. Is the June exam session going ahead?
Yes. ACCA will continue to be guided by the advice from the local government and our exam delivery partners for exams beyond March, but at this stage it is expected the June session will go ahead as planned.
24. Who should students contact for further information?
If you have any further enquiries or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact ACCA Connect on:
ACCA Connect in UK +44 141 582 2000
ACCA Connect in China (currently closed) +40 0833 3338
ACCA Hong Kong +852 2524 4988
ACCA Macau +853 8294 6708
Alternatively, students may prefer to submit a query via the Contact us form of the ACCA website.