How many CBE are available within the ACCA and CAT Qualification and the FIA Suite of Awards?
All three knowledge module papers within the ACCA qualification are available by CBE, as well as by paper-based exam:
- F1 Accountant in Business
- F2 Management Accounting
- F3 Financial Accounting
These papers each share a syllabus and exam format with the following papers in Foundations in Accountancy:
- ACCA F1 and FAB
- ACCA F2 and FMA
- ACCA F3 and FFA
The first seven papers in the FIA suite of awards and the CAT qualification are also available in CBE format.
For more information on the Foundation Level qualifications, please see the Related Links in the top left of the page.
What are the main differences between computer-based exams and paper-based exams?
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.
New question types were introduced into F1-F3 and the equivalent Foundations level exams, FAB, FMA and FFA in February 2014.
The table below compares current format computer-based exams with their paper-based equivalents:
|Paper||Paper-based format||Current CBE format
|Introductory certificate|| ||
|FA1||50 MCQs||50 MCQs
|MA1||50 MCQs||50 MCQs
|Intermediate certificate|| ||
|FA2||50 MCQs||MCQ & short objective-style questions
|MA2||50 MCQs||MCQ & short objective-style questions
|FAB (F1)||50 MCQs||MCQ & short objective-style questions
|FMA (F2)||50 MCQs||MCQ & short objective-style questions
|FFA (F3)||50 MCQs||MCQ & short objective-style questions
|Option Papers|| ||
|FAU||MCQ + 9 longer questions||N/A
|FTX||MCQ + 9 longer questions||N/A
|FFM||MCQ + 6 longer questions||N/A
When the changes are made to F1-F3, FAB, FMA and FFA, CBEs (and Paper exams taken in June 2014 or after) will be split into two sections as follows:
Objective Test Questions (OTs)
Multi Task Questions (MTQs)
|F1/FAB||16 x 1 mark questions|
30 X 2 mark questions
|6 x 4 mark questions
|F2/FMA||35 X 2 mark questions||3 x 10 mark questions
|F3/FFA||35 X 2 mark questions||2 x 15 mark questions
- Objective Test Questions are traditional short questions, each relating to a single scenario.
- Multi-task questions (MTQs) contain a series of tasks for students to complete which relate to one or more scenarios. These tasks can be made up of different question types – multiple choice, multiple response, multiple response matching, number entry, hotspots and gapfill questions.
How can I learn more about the changes being made to the exam formats?
All of the exam formats and question types are outlined on the CBE Specimen and Related Resources page (link on the left hand side of the screen). Please ensure that you access these resources before you attempt a live exam.
What are the benefits of computer-based exams versus paper-based exams?
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.
How is it best to prepare for the ACCA Qualification Knowledge module exams?
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, and multi task questions if taking a computer-based exam.
It is recommended that students sit the relevant CBE Specimen exam.
Are section weightings for computer-based exams the same as for paper-based exams?
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.