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ACCA Exam Tips

With your exams just around the corner, we've put together some top ACCA Exam tips to ensure the work you've put in throughout your course really pays off in the exam hall.

Our tutors and students have identified the areas they think are key to focus on, as well as other tips to help you prepare.

 

Before the exam

  • Start studying well before the exam date, don’t leave it to the last minute.
  • Take a revision course so you feel fully prepared on the exam day.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the exam structure, syllabus, regulations, etc.
  • Plan your preparation - set achievable targets for each day.
  • Make sure you understand the key points, concepts and models.
  • Look at the questions from the previous exams.
  • Pay extra attention to the recommended topics.
  • Review the ACCA Examiner Reports and Examiner Analysis Interviews on the ACCA website.
  • Ask for help if you’re struggling.
  • Visit the exam centre so you know how to get there and give yourself plenty of time on the day.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before your exam.
  • Don’t panic!

During the exam

  • Take time to read through all questions (15 min).
  • Divide exam time equally between all answers, let’s say 30 minutes. After a half-hour start answering the next question. It’s better to come back and add something  at the end of the exam, rather than waste an hour answering one question with no time left to answer the rest of them.
  • Make sure you understand the question, its requirements and what the examiner is asking for before answering.
  • Start from the questions you know and are confident about.
  • Try to answer all questions. If you don’t have time left to answer the question properly, write down the key points, so the examiner sees that you understand this topic. It might help to earn an extra mark.
  • Don’t spend too much time on the introduction as every second counts. Instead, get straight to the point and make it clear for the examiner.
  • Focus on the main points when answering the questions. Don’t repeat the same things and don’t waste your time filling in the pages with unnecessary information. Pay attention to the quality of your answers, rather than the quantity.
  • Make sure your answer is related to the question.
  • Plan your answer. Spend one minute deciding what you want to write, create a short plan for your answer (1,2,3) and follow it. Keep it simple, but organized and structured.
  • Don’t spend too much time on the details.
  • Leave space after each answer in case you have some time at the end of the exam to add something.

After the exam

  • If you have time, review your answer for mistakes and try to improve your answers.
  • If you have another exam, get some rest and prepare for the next one.
  • Relax! The exam is over. What you do next is up to you.
ACCA Exams Tips

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Let our outstanding teaching and resources release your true potential and get the perfect blend of knowledge and practical skills.

For information on our upcoming intakes, contact one of our advisors by filling in the form or call us on +44 (0) 20 3005 6336.

Minimum entry requirements:

  • Two A Levels and three GCSEs or equivalent in five separate subjects, including English and Mathematics
  • Good English level is required

Foundations in Accountancy route (FIA)

  • Must be 18 or over
  • Students who successfully complete the Diploma in Accounting and Business via Foundations in Accountancy can transfer to the ACCA Qualification and commence their studies from LW onwards
  • Gain exemptions from ACCA exams BT, MA and FA

Graduate entry route

  • Relevant degree holders from ACCA-accredited institutions may be exempt* from up to nine exams within the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills levels and register directly at the Professional level
  • Holders of recognised business and/or accounting degrees may also qualify for exemptions*

*We advise you to check your starting point with ACCA before you enrol on the course.

*Please see full Terms and Conditions for more information.

*Please see full Privacy Policy for more information.

Information about technical requirements

Our platform does not require any additional software. However, it is advisable that students have Microsoft Office installed on their computers as tutors may provide additional downloadable notes in Doc, Xlsx, PPT, and PDF formats.

Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari (Macintosh only) are all supported by Canvas.

Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low-bandwidth environments. A minimum internet speed of 512kbps is recommended.

Information about when access to materials opens and closes

Access to all learning materials and live sessions opens in the month of intake and closes three months later. For example, if teaching starts in mid-June, access will stop in mid-September after the exams finish. Students taking Computer Based Assessments (CBE) have access for 6 months.

Learning materials consist of the following:

  • Live tuition and revision sessions
  • Recorded live tuition and revision sessions
  • Study manuals, question banks, class, and revision notes
  • Other relevant materials tutors may provide

Available resources for enrolled students before live tuition begins:

  • Access to recorded live tuition and revision for the session that is currently running
  • Access to study manuals, question banks, class, and revision notes

Students who have purchased a course but have not yet enrolled can request access to a study manuals and or question bank.   

Timetable

All courses are taught in the evening (BST), Monday through Thursday. Classes typically start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m., and revision ends at 9 p.m.

We also provide a mentoring hour in the evenings for all students. During mentoring hours, students can have their homework marked and speak to their tutors directly with any concerns.

Normally, there are eight weeks of live online tuition (Some courses have up to 2 extra sessions) and four weeks of live online revision.

For Computer Based Examinations (CBE):

  • Business Technology – 8 weeks
  • Corporate and Business Law – 10 weeks
  • Management Accounting – 11 weeks
  • Financial Accounting – 12 weeks

Face-to-face revision is offered on two weekends in London. If you cannot attend, you can either join the session live online or watch the recording.

Indicative Timetable

Learning Expectations

We advise that you allocate nine hours of self-study per week in addition to your live classes. For the Strategic Professional exam, we advise 12 hours of self-study.

You will be asked to complete homework in every tuition and revision session, which will be marked with feedback provided during your mentoring hour. You will also be asked to complete a time-limited exam that will also be marked with feedback.

We expect you to attend all live sessions, but if that is not possible (e.g., time zone constraints), we ask that you study using the recorded sessions provided. If you do not attend any sessions, live or recorded, then you may be removed from the course and deferred to the next session.

Information about Practical Experience Requirement (PER)

Studying for your ACCA exams requires you to pass them and gain practical experience that is essential to becoming a fully qualified accountant.

You must take the Ethical and Professional Skills module and gain professional experience by spending 36 months in an accounting or finance-related role.

Exam success, practical experience, and knowledge of ethics will enable you to become a successful accountant.

More detailed information can be found at PER-trainee-guide.pdf (accaglobal.com)

 

Topics that you will cover in your course

S.No. ACCA Paper Topics Tutor 
1 Corporate & Business Law Unit 1 --The English Legal System
Unit 2 -- Contract – formation
Unit 3 -- Contract – terms, breach
Unit 4 -- Tort, Employment, Introduction to Agency & Partnership.
Unit 5 -- Partnership
Unit 6 -- Company Law (legal personality & company formation, Share capital, Loan capital, Meetings & resolution)
Unit 7 -- Company Law (Directors, Meetings & resolutions, other officers, Insolvency)
Unit 8 -- Fraudulent behaviour
Debbie Crossman
2 Business & Technology Unit 1 -- Training and development
Unit 2 -- Personal effectiveness. Performance appraisal
Unit 3 -- Leading People. Individuals and teams
Unit 4 -- Motivation. The role of accounting. Micro-economics.
Unit 5 -- Macro-economics. Business environment. Business organisation.
Unit 6 -- Organisational culture. Corporate governance. Ethics.
Unit 7 -- Information systems. Control and security. Fraud.
Unit 8 -- Revision (working through BT CBE)
 
3 Financial Accounting Unit 1 --Introduction to Accounting and Double Entry
Unit 2 -- Adjustments to Financial Statements
Unit 3 --Non-current Assets
Unit 4-- Accurals and Prepayments
Unit 5 -- Maintaining records for Customers and Suppliers
Unit 6 -- The Correction of Errors and Bank Reconciliation Statements
Unit 7 -- Process of Accounting for Limited Companies
Unit 8 -- Accounting Standards
Unit 9 -- Cash Flow Statements
Unit 10 -- Interpretation of Accounts
Unit 11 -- Introduction to Group Accounting
 
4 Performance Management Unit 1 -- Overview of information systems. Costing methods.
Unit 2 -- Costing methods.
Unit 3 -- Short-term decision making (many topics fall under this heading: relevant costing, further processing, make or buy decision, limiting factor analysis, linear programming)
Unit 4 -- Short-term decision making (CVP analysis). Pricing.
Unit 5 -- Decisions under uncertainty. Budgeting.
Unit 6 -- Budgeting (learning curves). Advanced variances
Unit 7 -- Financial and non-financial performance evaluation.
Unit 8 -- Divisional performance and transfer pricing.
 
5 Taxation Unit 1 -- Fundamentals of taxation and the basics of corporation tax
Unit 2 -- Corporation tax, treatment of a company's loss and Groups
Unit 3 -- Personal tax computation, Employment Income and NICs
Unit 4 -- Trading profits, the basis of assessment and Partnerships
Unit 5 -- Fundamental of chargeable gains
Unit 6 -- Chargeable gains: partial disposals, reliefs and exemptions
Unit 7 -- Fundamental of inheritance tax and lifetime transfers
Unit 8 -- Inheritance tax: death estate and VAT
Barbara Begio
6 Financial Reporting Unit 1 -- Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
Unit 2 -- Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss, and Associates
Unit 3 -- Practice Questions
Unit 4 -- Published Accounts – Introduction, and Non-current Assets
Unit 5 --Impairment of assets and Leasing
Unit 6 -- Revenue, Contracts and Assets held for sale
Unit 7 -- Taxation adjustments and Provisions & Contingencies
Unit 8 -- Financial Instruments
Unit 9 -- Earnings Per Share; Analysis and Interpretation
 
7 Audit & Assurance Unit 1 -- Essential Exam Technique for the AA paper
Unit 2 -- Key Audit Concepts Including Ethics
Unit 3 -- Audit Planning including Risk
Unit 4 -- Internal Controls in Audit
Unit 5 -- Audit Evidence Principles
Unit 6 -- Substantive Procedures
Unit 7 -- Finalisation of the Audit and Audit Report
Unit 8 -- Internal Audit
 
8 Financial Management Unit 1 -- Introduction to Financial Management & Investment Appraisal Techniques
Unit 2 -- Advanced Investment Appraisal
Unit 3 -- Sources of Finance & The Weighted Average Cost of Capital
Unit 4-- Risk Adjusted WACC and Capital Structure Theory
Unit 5 -- Raising Equity Finance & Financial Performance Measures
Unit 6 -- Efficient Market Hypothesis & Company Valuation
Unit 7 -- Risk Management & Working Capital Management
Unit 8 -- Individual elements of Working Capital Management
 
9 Strategic Business Leader Unit 1 -- Strategic Analysis
Unit 2 -- Strategic Choice
Unit 3 -- Values, Ethics and Professional Skills
Unit 4-- Corporate Governance and Stakeholders
Unit 5 -- Risk
Unit 6 -- Using Numbers – investment appraisal, Ratio Analysis, Decision making and Forecasting
Unit 7 -- Operational Improvement
Unit 8 -- Project Management
David Laws
10 Strategic Business Reporting Unit 1 -- Basic Groups
Unit 2 -- Changes In Group Ownership
Unit 3 -- Foreign Currency Translation and Group Cash Flow Statements
Unit 4-- Performance Reporting
Unit 5 -- Provisions and Non-Current Assets
Unit 6 -- Leases and Employee Benefits and Share-Based Payments
Unit 7 -- Financial Instruments
Unit 8 -- Tax and Other Corporate Reporting
 
11 Advanced Financial Management Unit 1 -- Senior Financial Manager & Advanced Investment Appraisal
Unit 2 -- Advanced Investment Appraisal & Weighted Average Cost of Capital
Unit 3 -- Project Specific & Combined Asset Beta WACC’s & Adjusted Present Value
Unit 4-- International Investment Appraisal
Unit 5 -- Mergers & Acquisitions and Valuation Techniques
Unit 6 -- Framework for M&A / Reconstructions
Unit 7 -- Hedging Foreign Exchange Risk
Unit 8 -- Hedging Interest Rate Risk
David Laws
12 Advanced Performance Management Unit 1 -- What is Strategic Control?
Unit 2 -- Management Control
Unit 3 -- Organisation Structure
Unit 4-- Financial Performance
Unit 5 -- Divisionalisation
Unit 6 -- Non Financial Performance Evaluation
Unit 7 -- Issues with Performance Systems
Unit 8 -- Employability and Technology Skills
Jean-Paul
13 Advanced Taxation Unit 1 -- Introduction to Corporation Tax
Unit 2 -- Corporation Tax groups & Losses
Unit 3 -- Fundamentals of Inheritance Tax
Unit 4-- Valuation rules for Inheritance tax & the Death Estate
Unit 5 -- Fundamentals of Taxing Capital Gains
Unit 6 -- Capital Gains Reliefs and Exemptions
Unit 7 -- Personal Tax Computations and Investment Advice
Unit 8 -- Income from Employment and Self-employment
Unit 9 -- Trading Losses and Partnership
Zahid Ahmed
14 Advanced Audit & Assurance Unit 1 -- Essential Exam Technique for the AAA paper
Unit 2 -- Ethics and Professional Issues
Unit 3 -- Practice Management including Quality Management of audit work
Unit 4 -- Audit Planning, including Risk
Unit 5 -- Audit Procedures and Evidence
Unit 6 -- Finalisation of an audit plus Group Audit Considerations
Unit 7 -- Audit Reports
Unit 8 -- Other Assignments and Current Audit Issues
 
15 Management Accounting Unit 1 -- Introduction to Cost Accounting; Cost Classification and Behaviour
Unit 2 – Materials, labour and Overheads
Unit 3 -- Overheads and Absorption Costing and Cost bookkeeping
Unit 4-- Absorption vs Marginal Costing. Job Costing
Unit 5 -- Job, Batch and Service Costing (continued). Process Costing
Unit 6 -- Budgeting and Introduction to Statistical Techniques
Unit 7 -- Advanced Statistical Techniques
Unit 8 -- Investment Appraisal
Unit 9 -- Standard Costing and Variance Analysis
Unit 10 --Performance Measurement (Financial Performance)
Unit 11 -- Revision
 

 

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Sriya Chauhan
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Tomas Sutas
"The class was really good, it was my favourite out of all the other main providers I have tried".
Tomas Sutas
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Elizabeth Morales Reyes
"Tutors are great and really professional, they know a lot of the subject but as well how to pass the exam. I already recommended LSBF to my friends"
Elizabeth Morales Reyes
ACCA Campus
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