Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Local exams

Local exams are taken on your computer and are sat at your place of work.



How do I sit a local exam? 


Students sit their exams through Calibrand's CIPFA Assessment. Local exams are recommended to students who don’t have a stable internet connection.

How do I schedule my exam?


Once you have booked your exam you will need to schedule a start time in CIPFA Assessment.

Your start time should be scheduled at least 72 hours before the day of your exam.

When can I start my exam?

Morning exams
These exams can be started at any time between 09:00 & 11:00
Afternoon exams  These exams can be started at any time between 13:00 & 15:00
The Strategic Case Study  This exam can be started at any time between 09:30 & 13:00

How to schedule an exam

  1. Log in to CIPFA Assessment using your student number as your username.
  2. Enter LIVE Exams and select the owl icon next to your exam. Your exam will be listed under My Sessions.
  3. Press Schedule and select a suitable start time. Your exam has now been scheduled.

Will I require the internet?


Yes. An internet connection is needed to open the exam. Calibrand however works with HTML5, meaning that you can still take the test offline should you lose access to the internet. This technology allows you to download your exam as an encrypted file, which can then be emailed to us once you have regained access to the internet.


How are local exams invigilated?


Local exams are taken on the student's computer and are invigilated by a member of staff at the student's place of work.


How do I whitelist ProctorU?


TalkTalk and Virgin Media customers will find that they are blocked from fully accessing ProctorU.

To lift this restriction, simply contact your internet provider and ask them to whitelist or remove scam protection from the URLs detailed in this article: https://help.logmein.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/Whitelisting-and-LogMeIn


Where will I sit the exam?


Most students will sit their exams at their UN office. Students liaise with either their line or programme manager to select a suitable exam space.

What materials can I take into the exam room?


The following items are permitted in the exam room:

  • Photo ID.
  • A PC or laptop (electronic devices should have a working webcam and microphone).
  • A pen, pencil and rubber.
  • A scientific calculator (that does not connect to the internet).
  • Four sheets (eight sides) of blank paper.
  • A mirror.
  • A drink (a water bottle with no labels or a clear glass of water is recommended).
  • Smartphones – smartphones are allowed in the exam room but must be turned off and out of hands reach.
  • Monitors and screens that are not attached to the exam – these must be switched off.
The following items are NOT permitted in the exam room:                                                                              

  • Smart watches.
  • Monitors and screens that are not attached to the exam are allowed in the room, but must be switched off and out of arms reach.
  • Unauthorised materials. Books, dictionaries, notepads, magazines, post it notes must be removed from the exam space. Please note that this does not pertain to SCS Advance Material or the four sheets (eight sides) of blank paper that all students are entitled to.
  • Unauthorised web pages, web extensions or software. Candidates are also prohibited from using any unauthorised web extensions or software during their exam.    

What identification will I need to sit the exam?


You will need to present either a valid driver’s license or passport.

Are toilet breaks permitted during the exam?


Yes, but you will need to inform your invigilator via the chat box that you require a toilet break. Once you’ve returned, you will be asked to provide a 360° view of your workspace. The timer will not be stopped during this time.

What should I do if there in a disturbance during the exam?


Should you encounter a major disturbance during your exam (e.g. a fire alarm), you may leave the exam room. Once the disruption is over and you have returned to your desk the invigilator will restart the exam.

In the unlikely event that you are unable to return to the exam space please contact studentsupport@cipfa.org.