CIPFA Exams

CIPFA exams are designed to be fair, transparent and consistent.

To deliver our online exams and practice tests, we have partnered with Calibrand and ProctorU.


What are online exams?

To deliver our exams and practice tests, CIPFA have partnered with online assessment platform Calibrand to create CIPFA Assessment.

Students sit their exams at home or their place of work and are invigilated by ProctorU.

How are local exams invigilated?

Local exams are taken on the student's computer and are sat at the student's place of work.

These are invigilated by a member of staff at the student's place of work.


How do I practice for my exam?

Practice is the key to exam success. At CIPFA we give our students a unique opportunity to hone your exam skills by using our LIVE exam system with practice tests of exam standard questions.

CIPFA does not publish past exam papers.

Exam dates

Exam dates for the 2020 academic year are now available for download.

For further dates in the CIPFA calendar, please visit Key Dates.

March exam bookings

Online bookings for the March exams session are now open.

Students looking to book exams after 31 January will need to contact Customer Services on 020 7543 5600, or through our web chat feature.

These students can also expect to pay late fees on top of our standard exam rates:

Booking Dates Late Fees
 1 - 7 February  £75.00 
 8 February - 28 March  £225.00
Book your exam  

Upcoming exam sessions

Sittings Exam week
March 2020 02 - 06 March 2020 
June 2020 01 - 05 June 2020
September 2020 07 - 11 September 2020
December 2020 30 November - 04 December 2020

Special arrangements

Students with special needs may be eligible for pre-examination adjustments.

Special arrangements allow students with learning, physical, social and health needs to sit our exams with reasonable modifications.

Applications for the March exams session will close on Friday 31 January. Requests made after this time will need to be made to studentsupport@cipfa.org.

Deferrals

Exam bookings for our March session are now open and these exams can be cancelled up until Friday 31 January.

After this time, students will have to formally apply for a deferral. CIPFA will only consider deferrals that fall under the following categories:

  • medical
  • bereavement
  • local emergency.

Applications will open on Monday 3 February.

Special considerations

If you experienced extenuating circumstances during your exam you may be entitled to special considerations.

Applications for the next exams session will open on Monday 2 March.

SCS Advance Material

Advance Material for the March exams session will be available for download from Monday 3 February.

Strategic Public Finance (SPF)

Past papers from previous SPF exams are available for download:

SPF June 2019

SPF March 2019

SPF December 2018

SPF June 2018


Strategic Case Study (SCS)

Click below to view the past papers for the recent SCS exams.

SCS June 2017

SCS December 2017

SCS June 2018

SCS December 2018

Exam results

Sitting Results published 
December 2019 17 January 2020
March 2020
09 April 2020
June 2020 10 July 2020
September 2020 16 October 2020

If you do not wish for your results to be published, please email studentsupport@cipfa.org.

Pass rates

Download the PDF below to see the list of successful students.

List of successful candidates

View our successful candidates.

Appeals 

You may appeal against your exam result within 10 working days of receiving your results if you believe: 

  • There is evidence of bias, prejudice or discrimination as defined by the UK Equality Act 2010. 
  • New evidence exists of extenuating circumstances which, for valid reasons, the student could not disclose to CIPFA in line with the published timetable for special considerations applications. 
  • There is evidence of a substantial procedural irregularity with respect to an aspect of the conduct of the exams and/or determination of results. 

Appeals based on any other grounds will be rejected.

How to apply

  1. Download and read CIPFA's 'assessment appeals policy'.
  2. Send an email to Head of Student Services requesting to appeal, including details of your case.
  3. Once your case has been approved by the Head of Student Services, you will be asked to download the 'Appeals application form' and;
  4. Make a payment of £75. Do this by clicking 'Appeal your exam result'.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Support at studentsupport@cipfa.org

Please confirm that you took each of these precautions prior to sitting your Live Exam:

  • Sat your Live Exam using Google Chrome Browser
  • Ensure that you were using the latest version of Google Chrome
  • Sat and completed the complimentary CIPFA technical test (remote invigilation only)
  • Ensure ProctorU is whitelisted by your internet provider, as instructed in your Candidate Admissions mailing.
  • Specifically for Candidates with TalkTalk and Virgin Media (remote invigilation only).

Student regulations

Find out more about the student regulations below.

Assessment regulations

Find out more about assessment regulations below.

Every year CIPFA recognises our best performing students and celebrates their achievements in a formal ceremony at our Student Conference.

Arthur Collins Memorial Medal 

Is awarded for achieving the highest combined marks in:

  • Strategic Case Study (SCS) 
  • Strategic Public Finance (SPF)

Richard Emmott Memorial Prize

Is awarded for achieving the highest marks in:

  • Strategic Case Study (SCS)

Eric Gilliland Memorial Prize

Is awarded for achieving the highest marks in:

  • Strategic Public Finance (SPF)