ICAI’s Online Assessment Tests of Practical Training on 2 Dec. 2018: FAQs, Registration

ICAI’s Online Assessment Tests of Practical Training during CA Articleship on 2 Dec. 2018: FAQs, Registration

ICAI has introduced assessment tests, during practical training/ ca articeship, having two levels, i.e. another framework for testing skills of students. The First and second level of tests are applicable for students completing their first and second year of practical training on or after 1 April, 2018, respectively.

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Registration for ICAI’s Practical Training/ Articleship Assessment Tests on 2 Dec. 2018

ICAI has scheduled next ‘Practical Training assessment Tests’ on 2 Dec. 2018 to assess the ca students, who have completed their first and second year of practical training/ artcileship during July 2018 to Sept. 2018, with MCQ based online tests. Also, ICAI has issued a set of FAQs on Assessment Test during Practical Training. The process for submission of Online Application Forms for next Assessment Test (Scheduled for 2 Dec. 2018) has started from 23 Oct. 2018 and will continue upto 30 Oct. 2018. Further, the process for registration of candidates reappearing for improvement test on 2 Dec. 2018 will remain open during 18 Nov. 2018 to 20 Nov. 2018.

The applicant shall visit the website https://pttest.icai.org/, Click on Login link on the home page and enter his/ her Student Registration number along with Date Of Birth as per ICAI records. These details will be validated with ICAI database of candidates. In case these details are not validated, the applicant will not be able to register for the examination.

The applicant will fill the details and upload the photograph and Signature. Uploading of image as jpeg / jpg files is mandatory. The size of image should not be more than 50KB. Please do not include dots in the name of files (eg. Incorrect naming A.P.Kumar.jpg, Correct naming APKumar.jpg) Click here to know more about cropping of scanned files.

The candidates are advised to check the application status through the Login link to check whether the application has been captured successfully by the portal.

ICAI Announcement dt. 16 Nov. 2018

Registration for Practical Training Assessment Test on December 2, 2018 for improvement in result 

The next practical training assessment test is being scheduled on December 2, 2018. The students who have completed their 1st/ 2nd year of practical training during the second and third quarter of 2018, i.e. April-June, 2018 and July-September, 2018 are eligible to appear in this test and many students have already registered for the same. The students who have already appeared in the tests held on September 23 and October 21, 2018 and wish to improve their performance/ grade can re-appear on December 2, 2018. In such case, the best of the grade will be given in the marksheet. Similarly, the students who have registered for September/ October test but could not appear due to some reason, can also register for December 2, 2018. 

The registration for the aforestated category of students will commence on November 18 and will close on November 20, 2018. Students may register for the test during the mentioned time period through the registration portal https://pttest.icai.org/ by selecting their preferences for test location and submitting a fee of Rs.200 online. Selecting a test location will not imply confirmation for that location. Student may be assigned any location out of the two selected locations depending on the number of candidates in that region for the test date. However, preference will be given to the selected location. For any issues/ queries related to registration, students may contact the Help Desk mentioned on the portal.

Students are advised to register for the tests well in time to avoid last minute hassles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are also available on the Institute website at the link https://resource.cdn.icai.org/50659bosfaqapt.pdf.

ICAI Clarification on ‘Date of Completion of First/ Second year of Practical Training’ for Assessment Test

ICAI has clarified that for the purpose of Practical Training Assessment test, the first/ second year completion date would be calculated as one year/ two years after the date of commencement of practical training, irrespective of excess leaves.

Suppose a student commenced practical training on 1 July 2017 and has taken leaves from 1 January 2018 to 1 February 2018, his/ her first year completion date for the purpose of assessment test would still be considered as 30 June 2018 and for second year completion date would be 30 June 2019, irrespective of the excess leaves availed by the Student.

However, in case of termination/ transfer, the time gap during transfer from one principal to another principal will not be included in calculating completion of first/ second year of practical training.

Suppose a student commenced practical training on 1 July 2017 and takes transfer on 1 January 2018 and then joined new Principal on 1 February 2018, his/ her first year completion date for the purpose of assessment test would be extended to 31 July 2018 and second year completion date as 31 July 2019, unlike in the case of excess leaves.

ICAI Clarification dt. 20 Aug. 2018

ICAI’s FAQs on Assessment Test during Practical Training

ICAI has issued a set of FAQs on Assessment Tests, as summarised here-under:

FAQs on Assessment Test during Practical Training

1. What is the ICAI criteria for appearing in assessment tests during practical training?

Students who have completed their first or second year of practical are eligible for appearing in the assessment test.

2. When to appear for Assessment Test? Is any extension possible?

They can appear in the next quarter which is subsequent to the quarter in which they have completed their first or second year of practical training. For example, a student completing his/ her first/ second year of training in July-Sept. 2018 quarter will be eligible for assessment test during Oct.-Dec. 2018 quarter. Besides, these student may be given an extension of 3 months as well, i.e. in such cases assessment test is to be taken up latest by end of March 2019 quarter.

3. When the next assessment test will be held? who all are eligible to appear? 

The students who have completed their 1st/ 2nd year of practical training during the second and third quarter of 2018, i.e. April‐June and July‐September, 2018 and who have already appeared in the tests held on 23 Sept./ 21 Oct. 2018 can improve their performance/ grade by re-appearing for test on 2 Dec. 2018 Similarly, the students who have registered for September/ October test but could not appear due to some reason, can also register for test on December 2, 2018.

4. What is the syllabus for assessment tests during training?

Assessment tests have been introduced basically to assess the knowledge of students which has been gained during practical training. Also, the test can find out their ability to apply the subject specific skills gained during training. Accordingly, there is no defined syllabus for the assessment tests. However, the fields in which practical training is being imparted have already been identified/ on record.

5. Whether all the modules will be compulsory for Assessment Test? If no, then what are the available options?

Two modules, i.e. Accounting and Auditing (including Corporate Laws), will be compulsory whereas students will have to choose one/ two modules out of the available options for the first/ second level of assessment test respectively, as per their specialization areas during practical training. The available options are:

Sl.First YearSecond Year
1.Direct TaxDirect Tax including International Taxation
2.Indirect TaxIndirect Tax
3.Internal AuditInternal Audit

In other words, in the first and second level test, Accounting and Auditing (including Corporate Laws) of 50 marks will be compulsory. In the first level students would be selecting one optional module (comprising of 25 marks) out of Direct Tax, Indirect Tax and Internal Audit, as per their practical training specialisation area, whereas in second levele test students would be selecting two optional modules (comprising of 25 marks each) out of Direct Tax (including International Taxation), Indirect Tax and Internal Audit, as per their practical training specialisation areas.

6. What is the duration and maximum marks of the 1st and 2nd level test?

For first level test the duration is 2 hours and maximum marks are 75 marks, whereas for second level test the duration is 3 hours and maximum marks are 100 marks.

7. What is the purpose behind conducting the assessment tests? 

These tests will help students to self-assess themselves and know as to what they have learnt during their training.

8. Are the assessment test Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) based or subjective? 

Both the first and second level of assessment test shall be MCQ based.

9. Will the assessment tests be conducted through online mode or pen-paper mode? 

These tests will be conducted through online mode only at the designated centres.

10. What is the fee for appearing in the first or second level of assessment tests? 

Candidates are not required to pay any fee when they apply first time for the assessment test. However, for appearing on subsequent occasions for second or third time for improvement in the grade, candidates are be required to pay a nominal fee of Rs.200 through online mode, for which details will be notified later.

11. Where can I register for assessment tests? 

For registration to these tests, a portal will be made available to the students through Institute website www.icai.org and ICAI Cloud Campus.

12. I have completed the practical training recently. Am I required to appear for any of these tests? 

Since you have completed the practical training, you are not required to appear for any of these tests. It may be noted that assessment tests are applicable in the case of students completing their first or second year of training during 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2018 quarter or subsequent quarters, however students those who have completed their full training then these test are not applicable.

13. I have completed second year of practical training before April 1, 2018. Am I required to appear for any of these tests? 

Since you have completed second year of practical training before April 1, 2018, you are not required to appear for any of these tests.

14. I have completed first year of practical training before April 1, 2018. Am I required to appear for first level test? 

Since you have completed first year of practical training before April 1, 2018, you are not required to appear for first level test. However, you will be required to appear for second level test after completion of second year of practical training.

15. I will be completing first/ second year of practical training during July-September, 2018. When will I be required to appear for the test? 

Since you will be completing first/ second year of practical training during July-September, 2018 quarter, you will be required to appear in the test in the October-December, 2018 quarter.

16. If I will not be able to appear for the test in the designated quarter, will I be allowed to appear in the next quarter? 

Normally the assessment test has to be attempted in the next quarter from the quarter in which completion of first/ second year of training takes place. However, in certain circumstances, ICAI may permit extension for one more quarter, i.e. in such cases students will get 6 months from the end of quarter in which first or second year of training has competed.

17. In case someone fails to appear in the first/ second level of assessment tests, what will be the consequences? 

In such a case, mark-sheet of the student will show ”Not Appeared” against practical training assessment for that particular level.

18. Assessment tests are conducted at which locations/ centers? 

The assessment tests will be conducted at 160+ cities across the country. The test centres will be notified on the registration portal. The students can opt for test centre while registering for the test.

19. Can the assessment tests be submitted online from home/ office? 

The assessment tests cannot be submitted online from home/ office, as the students have to appear in person at  the designated test centres only.

20. When the results of assessment tests be declared? 

The result of the assessment tests will be notified to the students on their login, within a week from the date of assessment test.

21. How to prepare for the first or second level of assessment tests? 

In fact, students are required to take their practical training seriously as the application of concepts will be tested in these assessments. The modules have also been mentioned above. Sample questions for practice have been uploaded in BoS Knowledge Portal on the Institute website at the link: https://www.icai.org/post.html?post_id=14836. More questions will be uploaded on the BoS Knowledge Portal for practice purposes in due course.

22. Will there be any negative marking in the assessment tests? 

There is no negative marking in these tests.

23. What if someone has registered for practical training in City A and deputed to work in City B for audit purpose… Where to appear/ register for the assessment test? 

One can appear for the assessment test anywhere at designated centers and can select the test center preference accordingly, while registering.

24. Under my principal, I am working in X field, say Accounting/ Auditing/ Taxation etc. and I am not in touch with other fields practically. But in the test, students have to attempt questions in 3 or 4 modules. How will I be getting the practical knowledge in all the subjects for appearing in the test? 

To cater to this issue only, optional modules have been introduced. You may opt for any 1/2 modules from the choices available. Accounting and Auditing are considered the key subjects in CA curriculum which every aspiring Chartered Accountant should know thoroughly.

25. I had taken a break in my articleship training due to which, first/ second year of my training has completed after April 1, 2018. Am I required to appear for these tests? 

Since effectively your first/ second year of practical training has completed after April 1, 2018, you are required to appear for both/ second level test(s) respectively.

26. Is it applicable for students appearing in November, 2018 examination? 

These tests are applicable as per the completion of first/ second year of practical training, irrespective of your appearing in November, 2018 examination.

27. I have not cleared Intermediate level examination and I am in second year of Articleship training. Will I be tested for Final level syllabus? 

These tests are not having any pre-defined syllabus. The questions will be based on the understanding gathered during the practical training only.

28. If I am not satisfied with the grade I received, will I be allowed to re-appear in the test? If after re-appearing in the test, I get even lower grade, will the first grade be mentioned in the marksheet or the later one?  

If you are not satisfied with your grade, you will be given two more chances to re-appear in the test. A nominal fee will be charged for every extra attempt. The best grade will be considered for inclusion in the marksheet. The better of the two grades will be mentioned in the marksheet.

29. Where should I contact in case of any queries/ clarifications required?

For queries/ clarifications, you may call Board of Studies at 0120-3876870/ 3045927 or mail to PTassessment@icai.in

Structure of ICAI’s Practical Training Assessment Test

In the Practical Training Assessment Test, two subject (i.e. Accounting and Auditing including Corporate Laws) will be mandatory for both first and second levels,

Student has to select one out of the three optional module for 1st level test related to their practical training specialisation area. For 2nd level, student has to select two modules out of the three optional modules related to their practical training specialisation area.

For details of the modules, number of questions and marks bifurcation for 1st and 2nd level of test, please refer the attachment below:

Structure of Practical Training Assessment Test (ICAI Announcement dt. 1 Sept. 2018)

In effect, 1st level test will have 75 questions of 1 mark each. Whereas 2nd level exam will have 80 questions out of which 60 questions will be of 1 mark each and 20 questions will be of 2 marks each.

Grading System

Students appearing for practical training assessemnt test during articleship will be assigned grades by the ICAI, based on their performance/ marks as below:

1. Grade A: 80% and above

2. Grade B: 60% and above but below 80%

3. Grade C: 40% and above but below 60%

4. Grade D: Below 40%

Declaration of result

The result will be available on https://pttest.icai.org/ portal only. Candidates are advised in their own interest to print the same for their record. No separate statement of grades will be issued.

Examination Cities/ Centres

Exam Cities/ Centers for Assessment Test
AGRADELHIKARIMNAGARRANCHI
AHMEDABADDHANBADKARNALRATLAM
AHMEDNAGARDHULEKISHANGARHROHTAK
AJMERDUBAIKOLHAPURROURKELA
AKOLADURGAPURKOLKATASAHARANPUR
ALIGARHERNAKULAMKOTASALEM
ALLAHABADERODEKOTTAYAMSAMBALPUR
ALLEPPEYFARIDABADKUMBAKONAMSANGLI
ALWARGANDHIDHAMKURNOOLSANGRUR
AMBALAGHAZIABADLATURSATARA
AMRAVATIGOALUCKNOWSIKAR
AMRITSARGORAKHPURLUDHIANASILIGURI
ANANDGUNTURMADURAISIRSA – HARYANA
ANANTAPURGURGAONMANGALORESIVAKASI
ASANSOLGUWAHATIMATHURASOLAPUR
AURANGABADGWALIORMEERUTSONEPAT
BANGALOREHALDWANIMORADABADSRIGANGANAGAR
BAREILLYHARIDWARMUMBAISURAT
BARODAHIMACHAL PRADESHMUZAFFARNAGARTHANE
BEAWARHISARMYSORETHIRUVANANTHAPURAM
BELGAUMHUBLINAGPURTHRISSUR
BELLARYHYDERABADNANDEDTINSUKIA
BHARUCHINDORENASHIKTIRUCHIRAPALLI
BHATINDAJABALPURNELLORETIRUNELVELI
BHAVNAGARJAIPURNOIDATIRUPATI
BHILAIJALANDHARONGOLETIRUPUR
BHILWARAJALGAONPALAKKADTUTICORIN
BHOPALJAMMU & KASHMIRPALIUDAIPUR
BHUBANESWARJAMNAGARPANIPATUDUPI
BIKANERJAMSHEDPURPATIALAUJJAIN
BILASPURJHANSIPATNAVAPI
CALICUTJODHPURPIMPRIVARANASI
CHANDIGARHKAKINADAPONDICHERRYVASAI
CHENNAIKALABURGIPUNEVELLORE
CHITTORGARHKALYANQUILONVIJAYAWADA
COIMBATOREKANCHIPURAMRAIPURVISHAKHAPATNAM
CUTTACKKANNURRAJAMAHENDRAVARAMWARANGAL
DEHRADUNKANPURRAJKOTYAMUNANAGAR

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