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All knowledge module papers within the ACCA qualification are available by CBE, as well as by paper-based exam:
New syllabus and study guides have been introduced for all ACCA Knowledge exams papers F1, F2 and F3. This is to accommodate for the following exams with common syllabuses:
The first seven papers in the FIA suite of awards and the CAT qualification are also available in CBE format.
More information on the FIA suite of awards
Questions in both formats of the exam are written to correspond with the syllabus and students should expect to see questions covering all aspects of the syllabus in both paper-based and computer-based exams.
In all cases, the computer-based version is automatically generated so that each candidate gets a different set of questions, whereas the written exam is made up of a pre-selected set of questions.
The table below compares computer-based exams with their paper-based equivalents:
|Paper||Paper-based format||CBE format|
|FA1||50 MCQ's||50 MCQ's|
|MA1||50 MCQ's||50 MCQ's|
|FA2||50 MCQ's||MCQ & short objective-style questions|
|MA2||50 MCQ's||MCQ & short objective-style questions|
|FAB (F1)||50 MCQ's||MCQ & short objective-style questions|
|FMA (F2)||50 MCQ's||MCQ & short objective-style questions|
|FFA (F3)||50 MCQ's||MCQ & short objective-style questions|
|FAU||MCQ + 9 longer questions||N/A|
|FTX||MCQ + 9 longer questions||N/A|
|FFM||MCQ + 6 longer questions||N/A|
Computer-based exams have the advantage of being available at any time of the year and give instant results at the end of the exam. However, students who have not previously used or who lack confidence in using computers may prefer completing the exam on paper.
Students should ensure that as part of their revision, they are familiar with the multiple choice style of questions as well as the wider range of objective question types if taking a computer-based exam.
It is recommended that students sit the relevant CBE Pilot exam.
Both computer-based and paper-based exams have the same weightings for different syllabus areas. Weightings for each area have been given to reflect their relative size and importance.
Last updated: 18 Sep 2012