Study updates

The latest news and updates for current CIPFA PQ students. 


17 October 2016 November exam bookings closed - late fees now apply

November exam booking closed on Friday 15 October 2016. Student are no longer able to purchase exams through our website.

If you have not yet booked your exam, you can still do so by calling us at Student Support at 020 754 35600, however, late fees now apply. Late fees will need to be paid at time of booking.


  • £75 fee per booking valid for a week after exam booking deadline (21 October 2016)
  • £225 fee per booking valid until exams

13 October 2016 Key dates for 2017

View dates for 2017 from our Key dates page.

13 October 2016 Strategic examiner reports released

Examiner reports for the Strategic Case Study and Strategic Public Finance are available to download from our Exams page.

12 October 2016 Exam dates released for 2017

Exam dates for March, June, September and December 2017 are now available. 

View them on our Exams page.

07 September 2016 Improvements for future CIPFA online examinations

We are investigating the following:

  • To introduce the idea of allowing students to use 4 pages for notes during the exam instead of the current 2 pages.
  • Providing formulae and ratios sheets as a PDF document that is shown as an additional tab in the browser instead of embedded within the exam.

07 September 2016 Calibrand will be unavailable on 10 September 2016 for urgent updates

The Calibrand system will be down on 10 September 2016 due to server upgrade and migration. This therefore means the practice tests will be unavailable for a the day. You are not required to do anything.

Thank you for your patience.

01 September 2016 Update for September exams

PDF formula sheets will now be provided separately by your invigilator.

Stats tables, tax tables, formula sheets and other resources will be accessed as a separate pop-up window provided by your online invigilator (ProctorU). If you are sitting offline it will be provided by your invigilator.

This will improve access to the formula sheets, reduce file size of the exam and speed up connection.

08 August 2016 System improvements (from January - June 2016)

Feedback from November 2015 pilot and resulting system improvements.

Following the review of the first two exams held in November 2015, a number of improvements were agreed and implemented improve the usability of the platform.

Specific system improvements included:

  • Feedback report to show questions, student answers, model answers and marks/comments from marker (for tutor marked tests) for practice tests
  • To include a PDF viewer (for formulae sheet, statistical tables and accounting ratios)
  • Independent scrolling for split screen questions containing scenarios, financial data and other additional information
  • Improvement of the answer editor, including: copy/paste, highlight text, etc.
  • Improvement of table manipulation (insert rows, columns, etc. with single click)
  • Automated browser compliance check (displays message if user opens software in unsupported browser)
  • Integration of exam software (Calibrand) and invigilation software (ProctorU)
  • Systems requirements check button for internet speed, screen resolution, browser, OS, etc.