CAA Exams


To keep candidates and staff safe, we require anyone sitting exams at BGS to follow our updated Terms and Conditions, as well as our social distancing measures. Please read them here.

UK CAA exams and coronavirus   

Updated 15 January 2021

CAA Publication notification service: Covid-19: Theoretical knowledge examination completion period.

The CAA issued an information notice extending the 18 month period for the completion of all Theoretical Knowledge exams for those candidates who had sat at least one exam before 19 March 2020.  The extension appears to expire on 18 November 2020 and candidates who have not already requested an extension must do so; see the full details on the CAA document here

The UK CAA have issued an exemption extending the 18 month exam validity period to 31 May 2021 with some conditions.  The extension is automatic for those who comply with the text of this ORS 1464 extension. Therefore, no individual applications are required from such candidates.


Exam sittings

In line with the recent government announcement of a National lockdown, along with the restrictions in Scotland, the UK CAA senior management team have concluded that all exams scheduled to be sat must be cancelled from next week until the end of February 2021. This applies to both flight crew and aircraft maintenance engineers.

Candidates with bookings will receive a notification when their exam is cancelled, and the fees will be returned to the portal account which made the booking.

Current bookings in place for March will remain but no further bookings will be permitted at this time due to the uncertainty, this also includes dates for booking after March which are not open yet.

This will be reviewed in February and a decision will be made in line with government guidelines as the situation develops.


Below is the schedule for the UK CAA exams  please see update above from the UK CAA on 5th January


1st – 4th February – CANCELLED by the UK CAA due to Covid-19 and the national lockdown.

1st – 5th March

6th – 9th April

4th – 7th May

31st May – 3rd June

5th – 8th July

2nd – 5th August

6th – 9th September

4th – 7th October

1st – 4th November

29th November – 2nd December

Please refer to the CAA website for further information regarding exam dates at Bristol Groundschool.

Latest revision week information 

How to Register for your UK CAA e-Exam

Bristol Groundschool students wishing to sit a UK CAA e-Exam will be required to register for the e-Exams service. To register, please click here and register a portal account (setting username and password).

Log in to your portal account, complete the Identity Submission Request, and provide personal details. Confirm your identity by providing high-resolution scanned/photographed images of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ evidence.

The types of required evidence are described in the e-Exams registration process but will include examples such as Passport or Driving Licence. Please note that without satisfying this stage of the registration process, the candidate will not be able to progress to the examination booking system.

Successful completion of the registration will result in a system generated notification being emailed to the candidate advising that they are now eligible to access the CAA TASMAN e-Exams service. Then, log in to your portal account and select the option to apply for the e-Exams service.

Please note that ATPL Aeroplane pilots should be booking ATPL A exams; ATPL Helicopter pilots should be booking ATPL H IR exams not ATPL H; and all candidates need to register with the CAA and list Bristol Groundschool as their training provider (this includes Military Qualified Service Pilots).

However, candidates who are fully exempt approved training (ICAO licence conversion candidates) must not choose Bristol Groundschool as their training provider.

This flowchart describes the process pictorially:

What happens next?

CAA will process the e-Exams Service request and candidate registration within 5 clear working days for standard cases. However, the process may be extended for more complex cases and to allow for the data transfer of any prior exam sitting history. The CAA reserves the right to restrict or deny access to the e-Exams platform at its sole discretion at any time.

Information required by the CAA exam booking portal

You will be asked to specify the ATO you are training with, as the ATO will then be asked to accept the candidate. This process establishes a membership between you and the ATO, enabling the ATO to also view your results.

If you are exempt from the requirement of completing approved training with an ATO, the current process of declaration remains unchanged. Please refer to the CAA TASMAN system for further information.

Documents to bring to each exam sitting

You will be asked to specify which personal identity document you will present at the e-exam venue, as this is recorded for checking by the examination invigilator each time a candidate undertakes an examination. You must present this specific identity document (it must be current and the original) at the examination venue for each examination – failure to do so will result in you being unable to sit the examination.

Once you have provided the required identity information and specified the ATO, the ATO membership request will be initiated, and the Examinations Administrator at the CAA will complete the final validation stage for service access to be enabled. You, and ATOs where applicable, will then be able to access the service.  Please note you must commence your theory exams within 12 months of receiving your CAA approval.

Booking and Payment of Examinations

To book an exam sitting with the UK CAA you will need to register your personal details on the UK CAA portal as mentioned above. Please visit the CAA website exams dates to help you with your planning.

Examination bookings will be accepted up to 72 hours before the examination sitting after which examination sessions will be closed. On receipt of your examination booking you will receive an email notification containing your booking confirmation. An electronic copy will also be held in their e-Exams portal account which can be accessed at any time. A sitting shall be a period of examinations as determined by the CAA.

Examination fees are as published in the CAA Scheme of Charges. However, some international venues have different fees, and these are annotated against the examination service you are applying for.

Amendments to booked examinations, including transfers and cancellations, must be done 7 working days prior to the exam session start date via the Portal.  You will be required to login to the CAA Customer Portal  to access the e-Exams service in order to make these bookings or make amendments. Details of the payment methods can be found on the TASMAN e-Exams payment screen.

ECQB 06/07 or ECQB 2020?

During the booking process you may be asked which syllabus to use.

ECQB 2020 is a syllabus that will become mandatory for those taking their first exams after the 31st March 2021 (on the current timeline). It is an option before that date, available only to candidates who have been taught to that syllabus by their ATO from the start of their studies.  Anyone who has taken a first exam on the current syllabus (ECQB 06) will stay on that syllabus until they are finished.

Please make the selection according to the syllabus you are following.

For further details please visit our 2020 syllabus web page.

UK CAA Exam timetables 

The CAA exam timetable is a guide to dates on which you may be able to sit your exam. Some dates may be subject to change. A list of confirmed dates for exams is available on the CAA online e-exam system. When you log in and book an exam you will be able to choose from one of these dates.

UK CAA Exam venues

Bristol Groundschool is an EASA examination centre. This exams centre is open to any student, regardless of where you have studied. At Bristol Groundschool you will have the benefit of sitting your exams in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Other exam centres run by the UK CAA are at:

  • Ayrshire (Ayrshire College)
  • Gatwick
  • Luton (CATS)
  • Malaga (CATS)
  • Malaysia (Malaysian Aviation Academy)
  • Oxford (CAE)
  • Rosyth (Pathway Pilot Training)

You will be able to access information about opening times and seating availability via the CAA e-Exams system.

Examination Conduct

To keep candidates and staff safe, we require anyone sitting exams at BGS to follow our updated Terms and Conditions, as well as our social distancing measures. Please read them here.

All examinations are conducted in a secure and invigilated environment. You will be requested to provide your previously nominated original identification to verify your eligibility to sit, and be required to sign an attendance register before being seated.

All examination desks are equipped with a monitor, keyboard and a mouse ready for the e-Examinations to commence. A verbal briefing will be delivered to all candidates by the Invigilator and everyone will be asked to read and sign the examinations conditions presented in an e-Examinations Candidate login form available on each candidate’s designated desk.

Examinations will be invalidated if you fail to sign the login form. You will have received in your booking confirmation a list of permitted, prohibited and supplied materials for the specific examination subject being sat. Only permitted or supplied materials will be available for use, no other items.

There are strict rules about what you can take into an exam.

You will be supplied with the following items:

  • Rough working paper
  • Pen and pencil
  • Workbooks

Depending on the specific exam you are taking, you may be allowed to bring the following approved items:

  • Clear plastic ruler
  • Approved calculators (the approved models are Casio FX 88/85/300 series; Sharp EL-W531/531 series; Citizen SR-260 series; Texas Instruments TI-30X/XB/XS)
  • Approved flight computers – CRP-1; CRP-5/CR-3/CR-6; ARC-2; E6B:
  • Jeppesen General Student Pilot Route Manual – GSPRM
  • Protractor / plotter
  • Compass and dividers (without case)
  • Fine tip marker

You are not allowed to bring the following prohibited items into the exam:

  • Pencil case
  • Mobile phone
  • Watch
  • Recording or communication equipment/devices
  • Writing equipment

For more information on sitting CAA exams, go to the CAA website.

UK CAA Results and Reporting

Results of examinations are available once the examination sitting is closed by the CAA Administration Team. A ‘sitting’ shall be a period of examinations as scheduled by the CAA to occur within a working week.

An email notification will be sent to you (and ATO where a membership relationship exists) to advise once the results are available in your e-Exams TASMAN account.  To obtain your result information you must log onto the examination system, via the CAA portal website, and download the result notification.

You will receive a separate result notification for each examination you have completed. Each result notification will provide a statement of your knowledge deficiency – this report is generated by matching questions failed by you to the published learning objectives from the EASA Syllabus. If your score is less than 50%, you will not receive a knowledge deficiency report.