ACCA Exam Tips for June 2009 from FTC

All these tips are merely intelligent guesses thus it is not 100% accurate. Please use at your own risk. You are advised to go through all syllabus before referring to the tips as guide.

P1 Till P7

P1 – Professional Accountant

Section A: Compulsory

• always covers range of syllabus areas
• some element of ethics in this question
Section B: 2 from 3

• one question solely on governance
• one question with significant ethics element

Key topics – in section A or B:

• internal audit: independence or appointment (possibly via audit committee)
• remuneration committee
• directors induction and / or appraisal
• ethical decisions: AAA or Tucker
• stakeholder categorisation
• normative / instrumental views of stakeholders
• board structure: family / insider or unitary / two tier
• Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
• sound internal controls

P2 INT – Corporate Reporting (International variant)

Compulsory group question within part A could be:

• Cashflow (not examined under the new syllabus, but in the pilot paper)
• Group income statement which will examine aspects of IFRS 3 revised (goodwill and NCI at fair value)
• Accounting for changed shareholdings in group structure

Within the compulsory question, there may also be some explanation and application of ethics and/or a written element which includes IFRS 3 revised.

Multi-topic question to include aspects of:

• Impairments
• Share-based payment
• Financial instruments
• Retirement benefits
• Discontinued and held-for-sale
• Deferred tax
• Provisions and events after the b/s date

Current issues:

• Retirement benefits – Discussion Paper within examinable documents
• Financial Instruments – Discussion Paper within examinable documents
• IFRS 3 Revised
• Harmonisation of international standards

P3 – Business Analysis

Section A

• Question 1 will still focus mainly on the strategic planning process. Key areas may be:

• Ansoff
• Acquisition

• Also expect an implementation issue such as culture or change management

Section B

• If culture and/or change management do not appear in the compulsory question then they may appear in the option questions

• Other areas may be:

• Supply chain management
• Choosing & evaluating an IT system

P4 – Advanced Financial Management

Section A

• Business valuation (various methods, with pros and cons)
• Option pricing – Black Scholes model

Section B

• Interest rate hedging (futures and options), bond pricing and credit spreads
• Stakeholders and conflict of objectives
• Investment appraisal – with foreign currency

P5 – Advanced Performance Management

• Corporate failure as per recent article (July 08)
• Pricing (transfer pricing)
• Strategic planning and gap analysis
• Performance measures for both private and public sector
• Environmental management accounting

P7 – Advanced Audit & Assurance (UK & INT variant)

Core areas of the syllabus expected to be examined in every sitting:
• Engagement planning and risk (audit risk likely this sitting);
• Gathering evidence;
• Ethics/professional issues; and
• Engagement reporting (particularly audit qualifications).

Subject of recent articles:
• Forensic investigations and audit (September 2008). (Likely to include elements of planning and/or gathering evidence similar to question 2 of pilot paper).

"Peripheral topics" from exam approach article yet to be covered:
• Regulatory framework;
• Obtaining professional work; and
• Corporate governance.

source : opentuition
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Khan said...

Kindly posts the tips for papers F4 to F9 as well.


Anonymous said...

Can I have the tips for P6 Malaysia? Thanks.

tropicallove said...
the mock exam for kaplan for all papers is out

L said...

can i knw when the Dec 2009 high risk exam area will be post ?