More about CTA training papers

The order of your papers, if you split your sittings, can help save you hours of extra study.

CIOT requirements

For the Indirect Tax Route only, the CIOT requires you to pass the Awareness paper first, unless you hold certain other professional or academic qualifications. Find the details on the CTA Indirect Tax Student registration form on their website.

For all routes, the CIOT requires you to pass the Computer Based Examinations before the closing date for entry for the sitting when you wish to take your last written tax paper.

Tolley Exam Training recommendations

  1. Pass your Computer Based Examinations first
    Take your Computer Based Examinations before you start studying for your tax papers. This way, you can focus first on the specific requirements of the Computer Based Examinations, and then on the written tax papers. Usefully, the credits for the Computer Based Examinations last for longer than the credits for written tax papers.
  2. Sit your Application and Interaction paper at the same time as you sit the related Advisory paper(s)
    The technical content for your Application and Interaction paper comes from your Advisory papers, so we strongly recommend you sit them together. Depending on the case study you choose, there could be one or two related Advisory papers. You will need to take at least two, and possibly three, papers at the same sitting. If you choose to sit the Application and Interaction paper separately, you will need to study your Advisory material again.
  3. Sit your Awareness paper before, or at the same time as, your Application and Interaction paper
    The Application and Interaction paper can also test elements of any of the Awareness modules. We advise you sit your Awareness paper before, or at the same time as, your Application and Interaction paper.

The Application and Interaction paper can also test elements of any of the Awareness modules. We advise you sit your Awareness paper before, or at the same time as, your Application and Interaction paper.

Recommended schedules

Here are some sensible ways of timing your tax papers, based on our experience with students.

Advisory papers

Sitting 1

Sitting 2

AD IND & AD OMB

AW & AD IND

AD OMB & APP OMB

AD IND & HC

AW & AD IND

AD HC & APP HC

AD IND & AD IHTTE

AW & AD IND

AD IHTTE & APP ITE

AD OMB & AD TOMC

AW & AD OMB

AD TOMC & APP COS

AD VAT-UK-IPT-SDLT

& AD VAT-CB-CD

AW & AD VAT-IPT-SDLT

AD VAT-CB-CD

& APP VAT

If you want to split your studies over more than two sittings, we recommend you discuss the order with us before applying to sit the exams.

You might also consider planning your exam sittings to avoid having to update your knowledge to a new Finance Act. The exams for each calendar year usually test the Finance Act for the previous year (e.g. in 2017, the exams test Finance Act 2016).