Professional skills for APM

From September 2022, we'll be introducing professional skills marks into the ACCA Strategic Professional Options exams. Find out more about how professional skills will be assessed in the APM exam.

APM professional skills overview

Section A questions in APM always ask for a report requested by an organisation’s senior management to address key matters facing the organisation. 

This report should have appropriate report headings, sub-headings and an introduction which explains the content of the report to follow. The candidate response in the body of the report should look professional, use appropriate language and be clear and effective. It is vital that the report content is relevant to the requirements, including adhering to any specific instructions given in the examination question.


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New: Read the mind of the marker articles

Enhanced and interactive articles designed to give you a better understanding of what a marker will be looking for when it comes to marking your APM response. 

The articles cover two candidates' answers to question 1 from the APM specimen exam. Use these along with the specimen exam on the ACCA Practice Platform.

First read the marker's observations on the requirement. Then read the candidates' response and roll over the curser to reveal the marks awarded an examiners' comments.

Please access articles on desktop for full functionality. 

New: Mock exam and debrief videos

Complete the pre-September APM mock exam in the practice platform and then watch an expert tutor debrief questions, giving useful exam tips and guidance on how to succeed in the real exam.