CTA qualification

Take the Chartered Tax Adviser exam and achieve the gold standard in tax. Our training programme helps you prepare and decide the right route for your specialism.

  • Proven track record for securing exceedingly high pass rates
  • Some of the most well-known and experienced tutors in the country
  • Guaranteed Pass Scheme to keep you motivated and on track

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Dates and prices
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Important notice: Coronavirus

In light of the current situation, all courses for the May and November 2021 ATT and CTA Exams will be run as Online Tuition Live (OTL) until at least 2nd July 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether it is safe to have a gradual return to face to face courses from July 2021 onwards.

All 2021 ADIT tuition and revision courses will now be run as Online Tuition Live (OTL).

See our FAQS for further information

Exam registration

Exam sittings take place twice a year. Register by the end of February 2020 for the May 2020 sitting and by the end of August 2020 for the November 2020 sitting.

I know what papers I want to book

With our flexible study options, you can book your papers individually or together. You can also assign different sittings that fit around you.

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Help me understand what papers to take

Our expert trainers are on hand with practical advice on what papers you should take, and in what order, to help you succeed.

If you have any queries about any aspect of your studies, please give us a call.

Telephone: 020 3364 4500

Download our Exam Training brochure for more information about studying for this qualification.

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Study options

One of the reasons for our students’ excellent exam results is the wide range of study options that we offer.

Online Tuition Live

Tolley’s Online Tuition Live (OTL) provides you with the same high-quality teaching you receive in the classroom but with the added flexibility of joining from the comfort of your own home or office.

Guaranteed Pass Scheme

Ensuring you have the ability and confidence to pass first time with Tolley.
The scheme combines our tuition and revision courses. All eligible students enrolled on this programme will be given one free distance learning and revision course, if, in the unlikely event, they fail their examinations.


Distance learning and revision course

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Our study options let you book papers individually, or together, and assign different sittings that fit around you.

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Our CTA November 2020 pass rates

We are confident our pass rates will continue to significantly surpass the national average and our wide range of study options help to achieve this.

 Tolley Exam Training*National Average
Awareness86% 66%
Technical70% 49%
Application48% 48%

* Pass rates for those enrolled on the Guaranteed Pass Scheme

Frequently Asked Questions

What CTA papers do I have to sit?

The CTA examination consists of three types of written paper: two Advanced Technical papers, the Awareness paper and the Application and Professional Skills paper. The pass mark for each written tax paper is 50%. You must also pass three online Computer Based Examinations.

How do I choose what options to sit for each paper?

The Advanced Technical papers require the most detailed knowledge and your choice limits your options for all other written CTA papers. Choose carefully because you cannot sit the same topic for both the Advanced Technical and Awareness modules. Our expert trainers can help you decide.

The examination is modular, but can I sit all the papers together?

You can choose to sit all the CTA written papers together, or to sit them separately. That decision, along with the order you choose, can be crucial to your exam success. We can discuss your options before you apply to sit the exams.

When must I register to sit the CTA exams?

You must register as a student with the Chartered Institute of Taxation at least four months before you can apply to sit the exams. You must also, separately, enter to sit your chosen examinations..

For more details, visit the Institute’s website at tax.org.uk
or call them on 0844 579 6700