Learning providers FAQs on exams

What is the pass mark for the examinations?

50 per cent for all exams

What styles of questions are set in the ACCA Qualification exams?

Exams vary in their structure and style. For detailed guidance on this, you should refer to the individual syllabuses and study guides.

Most examinations consist of a mix of computational and written questions. Certain subject areas lend themselves better to written questions than others but you should be prepared for both.

Are practice questions available?

Our website includes a full sample exam for both the paper-based and computer-based versions.

In addition, our approved publishers BPP Learning Media and Kaplan Publishing include practice questions and practice exams as part of their study materials.

These materials are intended to support both paper-based and computer-based exams and therefore include CDs and/or online materials to support revision for computer-based exams.

Why can students no longer access past exam questions for Applied Knowledge exams?

We use questions from past exams as part of our question bank for future computer-based exams. We have decided not to publish past exams as a way of  discouraging candidates from simply memorising these questions and answers.

Students should become familiar with the range of question styles they might meet in the exam instead. They can do this by practising questions from study materials and by practising questions in class.

Examiners have reviewed the questions included in study materials by our official publishers BPP Learning Media and Kaplan Publishing. So, by using these texts, you can be confident that you are practising questions of the right type and standard.

A pilot exam is also available for each of the exams. Furthermore, after each session, the examiner produces a report that releases up to three questions in which students performed badly in each exam, together with an explanation of what went wrong. Over time this will become a useful bank of additional questions.

Can students take the ACCA Qualification exams in any order?

Exams must be taken in line with the following module order, however you can attempt the exams within each module in any order:

  • Applied Knowledge exams – available by on-demand computer-based exams (CBE)
  • Applied Skills exams  – available by paper-based or session CBE depending on location.  Some variants will only be available as paper-based exams.
  • Strategic Professional (Essentials and Options) – available by paper-based format

If your status allows you to enter for exams across modules, please remember that you must complete the exams in order and enter for outstanding exams in your current module if you wish to enter to sit exams in the next module.

For example, you may have already passed the Accountant in Business (AB) and Management Accounting (MA) exams.  You can enter for the Financial Accounting (FA) and Corporate and Business Law (LW) exams at the same time, but you would not be allowed to only enter for Corporate and Business Law (LW).

If a student enters for two upcoming exam sessions at the same time, progression rules will look across both exam entries and treat them as one.

For example, a student can enter for Audit and Assurance (AA) and Financial Management (FM) in September and Strategic Business Leader (SBL) and Advanced Performance Management (APM) in December at the same time. Once both entries have been accepted, any subsequent results from the first session will not affect the exam entry for the second session.