Exam guidance

For technical podcasts for Papers F1, F4, F5, F9, P1, P3, P4, P5 and P7, click here to access the ACCA podcast menu on iTunes.

We have also produced a number of study support videos to help you with your studies. Click on the links below to access videos relevant to your papers:

 

Paper F1/FAB

Paper F1/FAB MTQ advice
Debbie Palmer from BPP discusses the new format of Paper F1/FAB exam taking effect in 2014, with details of what has and hasn't changed, the skills you need to maximise your chances of success and a look in detail at the question types.
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Paper F2/FMA

Paper F2/FMA MTQ advice
Andrew Mower from Kaplan discusses the new format of the Paper F2 exam taking effect in 2014, and looks at how to tackle the new multi-task questions (MTQs).
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Accounting for labour

Andrew Mower from Kaplan looks at tackling an exam question on accounting for labour, focusing on direct and indirect labour, remuneration methods, labour turnover and labour ratios.
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Paper F3/FFA

Paper F3/FFA MTQ advice
Libby Morris from BPP explains the changes to the computer-based exams taking effect in 2014, focusing on Paper F3.
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Paper F4

Paper F4: exam changes
Lucy Moore, learning support manager at ACCA, discusses the important changes being introduced to Paper F4 in November 2014.
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Paper F5

Changes to Papers F5, F7, F8 and F9
Lucy Moore, learning support manager at ACCA, outlines the important changes to Papers F5, F7, F8 and F9 being introduced in December 2014.
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Break even and profit volume charts
Karl Ballard from Kaplan Financial takes a look at how to answer exam questions on break even and profit charts.

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Decision-making techniques


Jo Ryan from BPP provides an overview of how to develop good exam technique when attempting questions on decision making for relevant costing.
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Decision trees

Jo Ryan from BPP explains how to approach Paper F5 exam questions on decision trees including a look at the definitions relevant to preparing decision trees, with reference to how to attempt Question 1 in the June 2013 paper.
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Question 1 debrief


Karl Ballard from Kaplan Financial provides a question debrief for Question 1 of the June 2012 Paper F5 exam, which covered short-term decision making, limiting factor analysis and non-financial factors in outsourcing.
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Question 5 debrief


Karl Ballard from Kaplan Financial provides a question debrief for Question 5 of the June 2012 Paper F5 exam, which covered performance measurement.
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Transfer pricing

Karl Ballard from Kaplan Financial provides an explanation on how to answer Paper F5 exam questions on transfer pricing.

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Variances


Jo Ryan from BPP considers how to answer exam questions on variances by focusing on the Paper F5 syllabus areas D2, D3, D4 and D5.
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Paper F6


Gaining the harder marks


Stuart Williams from Kaplan Financial explains how to tackle the more difficult questions in the Paper F6 exam. 
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Paper F7

Changes to Papers F5, F7, F8 and F9
Lucy Moore, learning support manager at ACCA, outlines the important changes to Papers F5, F7, F8 and F9 being introduced in December 2014.
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Cash flows and interpretations

Gemma Rudrum from BPP provides some guidance on tackling Question 3 in Paper F7 on cash flows and interpretations.
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Paper F8

Changes to Papers F5, F7, F8 and F9
Lucy Moore, learning support manager at ACCA, outlines the important changes to Papers F5, F7, F8 and F9 being introduced in December 2014.
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Audit evidence
Sally Vernon from BPP focuses on the area of audit evidence including a discussion on the theory of audit evidence and tests of control versus substantive procedures.
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Audit risk
John Glover from Kaplan Financial takes a look at how to approach audit risk questions using past ACCA exam questions to illustrate the key points.
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Paper F9

Changes to Papers F5, F7, F8 and F9
Lucy Moore, learning support manager at ACCA, outlines the important changes to Papers F5, F7, F8 and F9 being introduced in December 2014.
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Business finance
Jo Ryan from BPP provides an overview of how to develop good exam technique for Paper F9 questions.
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Working capital management

Chris Walsh from Kaplan Financial outlines some useful ways to answer Paper F9 exam questions on working capital management.
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Lease or buy

Chris Walsh from Kaplan outlines some useful ways to answer ACCA Qualification Paper F9 exam questions on lease or buy decisions
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Paper P1

Attempting Paper P1 questions on corporate governance
Steve Whittenbury, a subject matter expert at BPP Learning Media, outlines how to approach Paper P1 questions on corporate governance.
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Digest the news

In this video for Paper P1 students, Kaplan tutors Stuart Williams and Paul Kirkwood discuss the ethical, transparency and corporate governance considerations of the alleged FIFA bribery scandal surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Ethical theories made simple
Paul Kirkwood, a tutor at Kaplan, reviews and explains the core ethical theories in
Paper P1.
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Focus on risk
Steph Crook from Kaplan Financial outlines some of the key aspects of the risk element of Paper P1.
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Paper P2

Groups with accounting standards
Lindsay Hoyle from Kaplan Financial focuses on the compulsory Question 1 about groups with accounting standards, looking at how to approach Part A (the technical requirement) and Parts B and C (the written requirements).
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Paper P3

Key models in the Paper P3 exam
Julia Falvey, a tutor at Kaplan, discusses the importance of memorising the key models in the Paper P3 syllabus, using your reading and planning time (RAPT) effectively to consider whether to use a model, and applying a model to the scenario in the exam.
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Approaching Question 1


Gordon Faragher from Kaplan Financial provides exam technique advice on how to best approach Question 1.
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Paper P4

Applying the option pricing theory to investments

Doug Haste from BPP takes a look at the application of option pricing theory to investments, which is relevant to Syllabus area C of Paper P4.
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Paper P5

Paper P5 effective study and exam technique
Lisa Gilmore, ACCA qualification technical adviser, focuses on Paper P5, looking at the common misconceptions students have about Paper P5, the underpinning knowledge required, how to study and revise for it, and more.
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Performance measurement
Doug Haste from BPP takes a look at performance measurement, which is relevant to Syllabus area E of Paper P5.
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Paper P6

Capital gains tax
Steve Singleton from Kaplan Financial outlines how to approach capital gains tax questions in a Paper P6 (UK) exam using previous exam questions as examples.
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Paper P7

Matters to consider when delivering a valid audit opinion
Steve Whittenbury, a subject matter specialist at BPP Learning Media, considers how to approach Paper P7 type questions where candidates are required to offer a valid audit opinion as an external auditor in relation to a specific event within a company.
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Risk assessment and audit procedures


Steve Whittenbury from BPP provides some exam technique advice on approaching Paper P7, including what to expect in Question 1, syllabus requirements, examinable documents and examiner comments.
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Last updated: 11 Aug 2015