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ACCA CBE specimen papers published
23 June 2016
The ACCA has now published its specimen papers for the new CBE exams, being launched this September.
Anyone who is planning to sit the new-look F5-F9 exams can now sit the practice exam by going to
The CBEs use spreadsheets and word-processing question types, which the ACCA believes better reflects the workplace.
The association is also keen to stress these new-style exams test the exactly the same learning outcomes to the same standard as the paper-based exams, which will be running in parallel in September.
Students will need to have the following browsers to take advantage of these new resources: Chrome 31.0, Firefox 33.0, Internet Explorer 11.0, Safari 8.0.
You will also need to ensure you have applied the Mircosoft update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian Rouble (Windows 7 and above).
Pop-up blockers on your browser have to be disabled before commencing the exam and your screen resolution has to be set to 1280 x 1024.
In all there are three types of CBE specimen resource for each exam:
Full specimen exam
This 3-hour exam reflects the live exam experience in terms of structure, range of questions and functionality. ACCA explains that as this exam is being delivered in an online browser answers are not saved. So, you will need to take a screen shot of your answers before exiting.
Extra constructed response questions
ACCA has added an extra set of constructed response questions (long questions), giving you more practice in answering these questions. You need to use these in the revision and final phase of your study.
Constructed response workspace
This allows PQs to answer exam style questions from question and answer banks using word processing and spreadsheet answer spaces, just like those in the exams. The ACCA is hoping students will use the workspace to ‘play’ with the functionality and try out different ways to present both the narrative and numerical answers.
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