ACCA Exam Technique Guide

ACCA students who are falling below the pass mark of 50% are usually struggling due to a lack of examination technique. Completing a professional qualification like ACCA requires a rounded skill set, so you need to understand the theory, be able to apply in the exam BUT also have the right technique so you maximise your marks.

ACCA Exam Guide

Nick Best from Astranti Financial Training has put together a 37 page guide on How to Improve your ACCA Exam Technique – which could see your next ACCA exam mark increase by 40%!

ACCA Student Exam Issues

Exam’s are difficult for a multitude of reasons. Nerves can play a part (although a small amount of nerves can be a good thing to keep you alert!) but they are difficult to control. So the one thing YOU can control is how you approach your next ACCA exam and what technique you will apply.

Do you find yourself facing these issues below?

  • Comfortable with the ACCA syllabus theory but still fail to pass the exam?
  • Filling your exam answer scripts but scoring less than 50%?
  • Running out of time in the exam hall?
  • Struggling with calculation questions?

Fear not, you will be in the same boat as thousands of other ACCA students. That’s why we recommend you read Nick’s ACCA Exam Technique Guide to help you avoid making the same mistakes exam after exam.

The ACCA Exam Technique Guide

What can you expect from the guide?

2018-09-14 10_24_46-StartUsing a previous ACCA student as a case study, it will explain how he his ACCA exam score jumped from 29% to 69% by following the advice.

Explains the benefits of why you should plan your answers.

The 6 stages involved in planning your answers – starting from understanding the requirements to brainstorming your answer plans.

The 10 key rules you should follow for writing excellent answers, this will stop all of the unnecessary waffle that students tend to write by not understanding the requirement of the question!

Calculation questions and how to score the easy marks even if you don’t reach the final correct answer.

A look at ACCA Computer Bases exams and what technique should be applied here.

ACCA Exam Day Preparation

Once you have read the ACCA Exam Technique guide and put the methods into practice you should be well on your way to passing your next ACCA exam.

Here is a video from ACCA on how YOU should prepare for the Exam Day.

Good Luck!

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Passing ACCA Exams First Time

Passing your ACCA exams first time needn’t be as tough as you imagine. With the right preparation, study materials and revision behind you then there is no reason to achieve top marks in your next exam.

The December 2016 ACCA exam sittings are rapidly approaching and students who are taking exams then should be well on their way with question practice and looking to cement the knowledge they have already learnt.

You can find details below of ACCA revision classes that are scheduled just before the December exam sittings. It’s the perfect timing to confirm the knowledge you have already gained and be EXAM READY and pass first time.

ACCA December 2016 Exam Schedule

The exams begin on Monday 5th December with the F8 Audit and Assurance paper and will conclude on Friday 9th December with the F4 Corporate and Business paper – you can see the full schedule of exam dates below.

ACCA December 2016 Exam Tips

Alternatively you can find the full schedule for 2016 ACCA exams on their website here.

ACCA Revision Master Classes

Having the right study plan is key to passing ACCA exams and the following revision masterclasses are timed perfectly for those students sitting exams in September.

The two day classes are live sessions hosted by a qualified tutor and are packed full of tips on how to pass ACCA papers.

The master classes are available on all ACCA skills, essentials and options papers ranging from F5 all the way to P7. Find the paper you are sitting below and follow the link to find out more information on the master classes.

ACCA Skills Exams

F5 Performance Management

F6 Taxation

F7 Financial Reporting

F8 Audit and Assurance

F9 Financial Management

ACCA Essentials Exams

P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics

P2 Corporate Reporting

P3 Business Analysis

ACCA Options Exams

P4 Advanced Financial Management

P5 Advanced Performance Management

P6 Advanced Taxation

P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance

ACCA Exam Pass Rates

Passing the ACCA exams, much like any qualification, get harder as you progress through the different levels. The early fundamental papers have very good pass rates, which illustrates that students are comfortable with the exams and ACCA see these early papers as way to give students the footing they need to progress further down the line.

ACCA Fundamentals Exam Pass Rates 2014-2016

How to pass ACCA exams

  • F1 Accountant in Business has a very good pass rate with over 4 out of 5 students passing the exam. However, the pass rate does dip for the F2 and F3 papers.
  • Students would be advised to be aware that extra effort is needed for these slighter tougher papers.
  • Another interesting trend is that F4 Corporate and Business Law has quite a high pass rate – which may be seen as surprising as ACCA students would feel more comfortable with numerical papers rather than law and theory behind it.
  • Perhaps the toughest paper at this level, based on previous pass rates, is the F5 Performance management. Again, extra effort should be applied to this paper – of course each student has their own particular strengths and weaknesses.

ACCA Professional Exam Pass Rates 2014-2016

ACCA Exam Tips

  • Generally speaking, all of the compulsory professional papers P1, P2 and P3 have on average a 50% pass rate.
  • While the optional papers are much tougher and it’s clear that students struggle to pass these papers. In sames cases – the June 2015 sitting of the P5 Advanced Performance Management – only 28% of the students passed the exam.

There is, of course, no easy paper with facing the ACCA exams but trends suggest that the Performance Management papers (P5 and F5) are tough tasks, while students are excelling at the F4 Corporate and Business Law – perhaps the change from numerical based to theory is a welcome relief for students and they really apply themselves to the law.

Full the full list of ACCA pass rates you can visit here.