We know that you’ve been eager for more resources to help you prepare for exam-day – and there’s no better preparation than being able to apply your knowledge to realistic exam questions.

That's why we’re so pleased to re-establish Exam Practice Questions for our four core subjects in Semester 1 2019.

Using this resource, you’ll be able to put your knowledge to the test, identify where you performed well and make decisions to focus your remaining study time where you need it most.

You’ll find Exam Practice Questions in My Online Learning now.

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Realistic exam questions

The Exam Practice Questions booklet contains example multiple-choice and extended-response questions that are equivalent in language-style and difficultly to a real exam.

Exam-day pressure simulation

Time yourself to simulate answering questions under exam-day pressure. And have all the notes and materials with you that you intend to take into your exam, so you can practice using them in exam-style conditions.

Answers and explanations

In a separate solution booklet, you’ll receive the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions as well as explanations as to why the other options were incorrect.

For extended response questions, we’ll provide a best-practice answer along with guidance on how you should compare this response to your own so you can allocate marks realistically.


Use the self-assessment booklet to add up your marks to get an indication of how you performed in relation to each module in your subject. This will help you determine where you performed well, and where you may need to invest more study and revision time in the lead up to your real exam.

Peer-to-peer learning

Connect with your fellow students in the Peer-to-Peer Exam Practice Question forum in My Online Learning. Here you can share your own responses and see how other students have approached the same question.

Watch the video

Watch our video tutorial to make sure you understand how to get the most of out the Exam Practice Questions resource.

Tell us what you think

We want to get this resource into your hands as quickly as possible, so at this time, it’s available for the four core subjects in PDF format. We’ll keep working on it to bring you more interactivity, so your feedback is important. Please rate this resource and provide your comments and suggestions to us via My Online Learning.

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When should I use the Exam Practice Questions?

While you might be tempted to use this resource straight away, we recommend you wait until you’ve read the entire study guide and used all the other resources in My Online Learning before you sit the practice questions. This way you’ll get the most realistic reflection of where you’re at.

I did well in the Exam Practice Questions, so will I pass my exam?

The practice questions provided represent half the questions of a real CPA Program exam, and are changed frequently – so in a real exam you’ll see different questions, and more of them. Your real exam will also examine all the learning outcomes from your study guide, while the Exam Practice Questions explore only a proportion of learning outcomes. So, while performing well in a practice exam is an indication of a selection of your subject knowledge, it is not a guarantee that you’ll pass your real exam.

What’s the difference between Knowledge Checks and Exam Practice Questions?

The Knowledge Checks and the Exam Practice Questions are different, but complement each other well. The Knowledge Checks are designed to check your understanding of the topics in your study guide. The Exam Practice Questions are designed for you to apply that knowledge and are set at an equivalent level of difficulty to what you can expect to see in your real exam. To get the most out of each resource, we recommend you use the Knowledge Checks progressively after you’ve completed each module. We also recommend that you wait until you’ve read the entire study guide and try and simulate exam-day pressure when you answer the practice questions.

Why are there two 50 per cent proportional exams and not one 100 per cent proportional exam? How should I use them both?

We’ve developed two 50 per cent proportional exams to give you more experience simulating a real exam. You should use both sets of Exam Practice Questions to help you prepare for your exam.

After you’ve completed the Exam Practice Questions (Version A) and identified any questions you answered incorrectly, you should revisit the corresponding module and learning objective in your study guide to familiarise yourself with the content. When you’re confident that you’ve addressed any knowledge gaps, you should sit the Exam Practice Questions (Version B) and follow the same revision steps above if you answer any questions incorrectly.

I’m studying Ethics and Governance – should I use the computer-based or PDF versions of the Exam Practice Questions?

To familiarise yourself with computer-based testing ahead of your real exam, you may choose to sit the Exam Practice Questions (computer-based exam), which simulates the online exam environment so that you can practice answering questions on screen. These questions are randomised, so you can expect to see some crossover with the questions from the Exam Practice Questions (Versions A and B). To make sure you experience the full range of questions available, we recommend that you use the Exam Practice Questions booklets as well.

Is this the same as PDL Academy’s Practice Tests?

Like our Knowledge Checks, PDL Academy’s Practice Tests is a different resource, but can be used together with the Exam Practice Questions to prepare for your exam. We recommend you use all your resources in My Online Learning first and if you’re looking for extra questions, consider the PDL Academy Practice Tests as part of your revision.