The British Council are working with ACCA to roll out their computer based examinations for their Foundation level qualifications. This began in September 2016 and since then ACCA candidates in 178 locations, in 38 countries, have had the option of sitting computer based examinations. The phasing out of pen and paper exams began with the March 2018 session and by June 2019 all of our centres will be delivering computer based ACCA exams.

As part of that roll-out we will be delivering ACCA CB exams in countries where we don’t have a British Council presence, for example, in Cambodia. In December 2017, we delivered the first ACCA CB exam session in Cambodia. This was managed by the British Council exams team in Thailand.

Their first task was to identify and secure a suitable venue. Exams officers and IT staff from British Council Thailand visited prospective venues in Phnom Penh to inspect them in person. In selecting the venue, they considered the quality of the facilities, the suitability of the location, whether the computer hardware met our exacting specifications, and the technical expertise and professionalism of the venue staff.

The designated exams officers and the IT technician were fully trained on the platform and software used for ACCA exams and in how to troubleshoot and resolve problems that might arise. They travelled to Cambodia a few days before the exam session was due to start and, once they had installed the software, cascaded this training to the staff at the venue. During the installation period, a senior member of the exams team in Thailand had remote access to the software and was able to carry out checks to confirm the technical readiness ahead of the session.

The exams were run successfully and we will be running further CB sessions for ACCA in Cambodia throughout 2018. 

This experience demonstrates how through deployment of experienced exams personnel and careful selection of venue partners, British Council can successfully deliver computer based exams even where we don’t have an exams operation on the ground.

Evalynn Jepita, Country Exams Manager Thailand