Exam info: CAP1 (CA Proficiency 1)

CAP1 Summer exams - Important information

Please note that if you are sitting the CAP1 Summer exams taking place during 23 to 26 May 2017, you must print off and bring your final notification letter plus valid photo id to the exam hall on each day of the exam. 

Failure to do so may affect your ability to sit the examination.





CAP1 interim assessment results

The interim assessment marks will be published on each student's exam portal from 10.30am on Friday 12 May 2017.

The mark a student receives in their assessment is worth a maximum of 15% and the student will carry this mark forward to their main examination.

The mark received for the interim assessment is a re-weighted mark.

If a student did not sit the interim assessment, they will carry forward a mark of nil and they will be required to achieve a pass mark of 50% solely from the re-weighted main examination component.

The published mark the student will receive after the main examination will be made up of a combination of the weighted mark for interim assessment plus the weighted mark for the main examination.

All interim assessment scripts have been double marked and in some cases, triple marked.

There are no appeals on the interim assessment results.

Exam Enrolment for CAP1

Students on an educational program for CAP1 will automatically be enrolled for their first sitting of the CAP1 exams.

Students needing to repeat an exam at CAP1 will need to enrol on the exam through our website.

Students need to be aware that late exam enrolments are not permitted once the closing date for exam entry has passed.

Assessment of CAP1

Assessment at CAP1 comprises a blend of continuous assessment and traditional examinations.  An overall mark of 50% will be required to pass each paper (combination of continuous assessment and examination). 

The introduction of continuous assessment is in recognition of the fact that certain skills are better assessed outside the traditional end-of-year examination format. 

Candidates are advised to consult the relevant examinations publications for specific regulations governing the operation of continuous assessment and examinations.  In particular, students should note the requirement to pass the double-entry book-keeping continuous assessment prior to being permitted to sit any of the CAP1 examinations.

For 2017/2018, CAP1 assessment consists of the following:

Paper Subject Interim assessment Examination
Weight Description Weight Description
Paper 1 Finance n/a n/a 100% 3 hrs
Paper 2 Management Accounting 15% 75 min assignment on Cost Accounting 85% 3 hrs
Paper 3 Financial Accounting 20% 75 min computer-based double entry book-keeping competence test 80% 3 hrs
Paper 4a Taxation I n/a n/a 100% 2 hrs
Paper 4b Law for Accountants n/a n/a 100% 2 hrs

Exam results

The results for the CAP1 exams and interim assessments will be published on the Exam Results page in the Student Centre area.

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Exam and interim assessment: calendar and timetables for CAP1

  • Papers 1, 2, 3: exam duration is three hours per paper.
  • Papers 4(a) & 4(b): Exam duration is two hours per paper.
  • In the Law paper, candidates may choose to sit either the Republic of Ireland (ROI) or the Northern Ireland (NI) version of the paper.
  • In the Tax paper, candidates may choose to sit either the ROI or the NI version of the paper.

Exam and interim assessment calendar 2017 for CAP1

Session Closing date Exam / assessment date Results date
Summer assessment:
Management Accounting
n/a 1 April 2017 12 May 2017
Summer exam 29 January 2017 23-26 May 2017 7 July 2017
Autumn exam 21 July 2017 5-8 September 2017 13 October 2017

Interim assessment timetable: CAP1 2017 summer session

Subject Date Day Time
Management Accounting 1 April 2017 Saturday 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Exam timetable: CAP1 2017 summer session

Paper Subject Date Day Time
1 Finance 23 May 2017 Tuesday 9:30am - 12:30pm
2 Management Accounting 24 May 2017 Wednesday 9:30am - 12:30pm
3 Financial Accounting 25 May 2017 Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm
4a Tax ROI & Tax NI 26 May 2017 Friday 10:00am - 12:00pm
4b Law ROI & Tax NI 26 May 2017 Friday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Exam timetable: CAP1 2017 autumn session

Paper Subject Date Day Time
1 Finance 5 Sept 2017 Tuesday 9:30am - 12:30pm
2 Management Accounting 6 Sept 2017 Wednesday 9:30am - 12:30pm
3 Financial Accounting 7 Sept 2017 Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm
4a Tax ROI & Tax NI 8 Sept 2017 Friday 10:00am - 12:00pm
4b Law ROI & Tax NI 8 Sept 2017 Friday 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Recommended education/study leave

The Institute recommends that training firms provide time off to their students to present for examination. The recommended education/study leave is intended to accommodate attendance on education courses, e.g. block release, and private study.

The following recommendations are made in relation to education/study leave for those preparing as first attempt candidates for the CAP1 exams:

Paper Recommended Study Leave Exam Leave
Papers 1, 2, 3 five working days per subject one day (on day of exam) per subject
Papers 4(a), 4(b) two and a half working days per subject one day (on day of exam) per subject
Any repeat/resit exam n/a one day (on day of exam) per subject
Excludes interim assessment resits

NOTE: Recommended education/study leave is exclusive of time required to sit the examination.  Additional time off for sitting examinations is also recommended.

Please ensure you update your email address via the Profile page if you are going on study leave.  There will be several important notifications being circulated in relation to the exams shortly before the exams and it is in your best interest to have this information as soon as it is circulated.  This will include your exam notification letter with your exam number which must be presented during registration each day of your exams.

Exam centre

By default, you will be registered at the centre where you attend the course. 

If you wish to change your exam centre, you must do so online before the deadline below.  It is YOUR responsibility as a student to ensure that you have made any changes before this deadline as changes cannot be made once the deadline has passed.

  • Deadline for requests: Monday 24 April 2017

 

Number of attempts

Students may make a maximum of six attempts over three consecutive years.  The first sitting will normally be made at the summer session.  If a student does present or defers a sitting, this sitting will be classified as a forfeited attempt.

Adjudication of results

  1. Candidates are required to pass each subject independently.
  2. In order to pass each subject, the candidate must achieve a minimum of 50% or better (based on amalgamation of any applicable interim assessment component and the examination paper)
  3. Independent passes in each subject are referred to as credits. Where a candidate obtains a credit in every subject in the combination of subjects sat, his result will be adjudicated as Pass.

Extenuating circumstances affecting exam performance

If there are medical or other extenuating circumstances which you wish to have considered by the Professional Examinations Committee (PEC) at adjudication please complete and return the Medical Special Circumstances Application Form below together with supporting evidence. This form should only be submitted after an examination session within seven days of the final exam to the following address:

Chartered Accountants Ireland
Exams Department
47-49 Pearse Street
Dublin 2

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