Taking the right approach to using the SBL Pre-seen is key to your success. Here are the key points you need to consider as you use the Pre-seen to prepare for the SBL exam.
The main aim of the Pre-seen is to enable you to become familiar with the business activities of the case study organisation and the industry in which it operates before the exam session. Familiarity with the important contextual information included in the Pre-seen will help you to better understand and apply the further information that will be provided in the exhibits in the SBL exam. The Pre-seen is designed to provide background and context only and will not signal areas of the syllabus or tasks that will be included in the exam.
There are two parts to the Pre-seen: the industry information and information that relates to the organisation.
ACCA will continue to base the case study exam on an industry or sector of the economy. You should familiarise yourself with the information provided in the Pre-seen, even if you are already familiar with the industry. This is because for the purpose of the SBL exam, certain facts about the industry may be simplified.
The organisation in the Pre-seen is fictitious and will not represent a real organisation. The specific information provided will vary depending on what is appropriate for each SBL exam. You will need to spend time becoming very familiar with the information in the Pre-seen. You may do some research to better understand the terminologies and activities of the industry. However, there is no expectation that students undertake further research. Remember that the SBL exam is based on a fictitious organisation and the exam tasks will relate to this organisation specifically and not to any general research that you may have undertaken independently.
As SBL is a closed book exam, you are not allowed to take your own annotated copy of the Pre-seen into the exam. A copy of the Pre-seen will be available to you for reference purposes during the exam. During the exam, you should know where to find information within the Pre-seen, as this will save you time.
Due to the varied effects of Covid 19 globally, the Pre-seen and the SBL exam will not consider any specific Covid 19 related situations affecting any industry, organisation and government. You should ignore the effect of COVID 19 for the purpose of the SBL exam.