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ACCA June 2013 changes

04 January 2013

The formats of the ACCA’s P4 and P5 optional papers will not look the same come the June 2013 exams.

The ACCA examiners for P4 (Shishir Malde) and P5 (Alex Watt) recently announced, via the ACCA website, that their paper formats will be changing significantly next summer.

PQ expert Sunil Bhandari explained that students sitting the June paper must study what the examiners have said and review the related syllabus changes along with the pilot papers.

In summary he said Q1 will be a 50 mark case study style question with a mixture of numerical and written. There will be marks for structure and presentation.

Q2, Q3 and Q4 will each be for 25 marks and the student must ‘do’ two of them. Again there will be a mixture of calculations and theory.

Bhandari said it looks as if the ACCA has decided to adopt a format for P4 and P5 that has been very successful for CIMA at the strategic level. He stressed: “The ACCA must be hoping that the P4 and P5 pass rates will now start to rise and get closer to what CIMA is achieving.”

He now wonders if the ACCA will go the whole way and create a common pre-seen set of data for the exams? He thinks not.

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