ACCA Exam Tips

Good morning,

2.1 Preparation Tips

Except for core papers, research the optional papers before deciding. Now, people normally would decide papers based on their job specialization. For example, if you are doing accounting & tax, you would take P6. I don't actually recommend this practice because be reminded the new ruling is 7 years to complete P papers, it might seem to be enough but I have seen people failing P-level paper (single) for numerous times, including myself : ) . So, just pick the option papers that you are confident with. Also, dont be afraid to switch papers but this need to be use with EXTREME CAUTION, I dont want to be held responsible. So, dont quote me on that.

After deciding what to sit, prepare your resources.The most critical resources are listed below:

1. Study text (backbone of your study material) - BPP (highly recommended), Kaplan and GTG also not bad. But it seems like GTG is shrinking, I used to like their P3 and P7 books.

2. Revision Kit (A must for practice) - BPP (highly recommended). I have never used other publisher. So, cant comment.

3. Your own personalized notes - depends on your style, I like to do my own summarized notes based on study text because I dont want to freak myself out during exam by seeing the wall of text.

Another important preparation is to know the examiner, you need to know your enemy before going into battle. Few ways to know your examiner, read examiner comments which can be found in ACCA web, read all the technical articles, surf (some top students will post tips there) and discuss with friends who have pass their papers recently.

2.2 Study tips

Consistency, study with consistency. I can say this, last minute study in ACCA will not work. Consistency here means, every week, you must be putting some input into your brain.

Usually, my plan is to familiarize a subject in the 1st - 3rd month. Then, 4th and 5th is usually practice and fixing weaknesses and loopholes.

Create your own personalized notes, making use of abbreviation, mnemonics, mind mapping and other study techniques you are comfortable.

After familiarizing, make sure you practice past year questions and ample practice via revision kit (at least 70% of the total questions).

Besides practice, you need to recall your subjects regularly. That's why you need a summary notes because P-level is very memory, fact-driven and theory intensive. Just like P5 examiner said, equivalent to a Master's degree with the exception you are writing your thesis in the exam hall with a time constraint of 3 hours 15 minutes. So, your research and inputs must be stored in your brain before exam : ) .

2.3 Exam tips

Exam tips is more towards health.

1. One week before exam, relax, exercise, go for movies. Don't let issues affect your emotional state. If you are in a relationship, tell your gf/bf to gtfo for the week or two until exam is done. Healthy mind, physical and emotion are important.

2. Before exam, I highly recommend avoiding caffeinated drinks because you are going to feel exhausted after 2 hours consuming caffeine. Highly recommend drinking FRESH FRUIT JUICES, good energy booster especially when you need to write a lot to increase your chance of passing.

3. Please go to web and research food to avoid before exam, oily & fatty foods for instance.

4. Attempt all questions. You need to try your best to attempt all questions even if you aren't confident. Markers can't award marks if answer scripts are blank.

These are mostly the tips I used to employ. So, if i recall anything, I would update again. Thanks for reading and Good Luck to you. Please share if you find this helpful.

Credit to: Binary Teo

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