How to prepare for ADIT International Tax exams qualification from UK CIOT

Preparing for ADIT? An ADIT student shares her journey.

For this season of ADITextra, we’re following a new ADIT candidate as she starts her studies for Principles of International Taxation.

Introducing Anna

Hello everyone, you can call me Anna. I’m not a German heiress (fake or otherwise), I’m a tax professional who last sat an exam many years ago. After thinking about it for a while, I decided 2022 is the year to start my journey towards achieving the ADIT qualification. I know that it’s going to be a marathon, rather than a sprint, but I’m excited to get started.

Choosing my first ADIT paper

Over the years, I have been exposed to international tax through different roles in practice and industry. I’m studying ADIT because I want to refresh my technical knowledge and learn about the recent development in international tax law. Having taken the leap and registered as an ADIT student, my next decision in preparing for ADIT was which ADIT paper should I sit first?


I’m aware that many people start with the core ‘Principles of International Taxation‘ module. However, I wasn’t sure if it would be the best option for me. Luckily, Catriona Loughran from ExtraTax Training offered her guidance to help me choose. We discussed my career path and reasons for studying ADIT. Having weighed up the pros and cons, I decided to go for Principles of International Tax.


I had been considering sitting one of the optional modules this June as well. But thinking about the time I have available and the study commitment for each ADIT paper, I realised that it would be better to focus on one module. It sounds like I will have my hands full!

Preparing for ADIT 

I have already registered as an ADIT student. Next on my list is registering for the Principles of International Tax exam before the deadline of 16 March.


As I like to learn as part of a group, I have joined an online study programme with ExtraTax Training. The live classes start this week and I’ve spent the last few weeks getting organised.


The course joining instructions are really helpful. As well as setting out how the course works, they guide me through the ADIT study process. The instructions explain all about the permitted texts, so I’ve made sure to order my copy of Volume A of the Kees Van Raad book. Fingers crossed it arrives soon!


At least I didn’t have to wait for the study materials as they’re all online. My subscription to Bloomsbury International Tax Service started as soon as I signed up for the course. It meant I was able to get stuck into the pre-course reading straight away. It was quite a few chapters, but I’ve been working through them during my lunch time over the last few weeks. As a bit of a tax geek, I’m enjoying learning more about the framework for international tax.


I’m looking forward to meeting my tutor and the others in my study group when the weekly tuition classes start. I wonder how many of us there are, and where everyone is from? I like the idea of learning in a small group, being in an environment where I can ask questions and get involved in discussions. With everything that’s happening in the world of international tax, there’ll be no shortage of things to talk about!


Preparing for ADIT – Online Study Course

There is still time for you to join us (and Anna*) in the Principles of International Tax course for June 2022. Bookings close on Friday 11 March.

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* Is she real? There’s one way to find out for sure 😉



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