From 2016, ACCA will be running 4 exam sittings in March, June, September and December. The increased number of exam sittings offers you more flexibility, but may also be a little confusing as you now have much more choice. Kaplan are here to help you plan your studies, and decide on the best route for you to keep your studies on track.
We recommend that you aim to sit 4 papers a year, as this is the recommended optimal number of exams for the majority of students who are also working full time. This means you can aim to qualify within 3 years, and will also mean the gap between studying 2 subjects that follow on from each other (for example F7 & P2) is less, which helps you to retain the knowledge.
Depending on how and when you want to study, these are your options:
Traditional; twice a year
Studying two subjects in two core sittings (either June & December, or March & September) will give you 12 to 16 weeks to prepare for your exams and still allow you to know the results from your previous exam sitting before moving onto the next. You can really focus on your new subjects without having to worry about waiting for exam results. Plus, you can still use the other 2 sittings to resit any papers and keep your studies on track.
Intensive; every quarter
Studying 1 paper every 3 months allows you to focus on one subject at a time which you may find beneficial as you progress to the higher level papers. This is because some of the subjects in the higher level are harder, or have a larger syllabus to cover. However, this might mean that you have to start studying for your next paper before you have the results of your most recent exam if you want to have the optimum amount of time to prepare. If you want to wait until you receive your exam results before starting your studies for your next paper, this would mean studying over an intense period of 7 weeks.
This approach is ideal if you want to have more flexibility throughout the year and vary the number of papers you take at each sitting; to allow for peak times in work or important events in your personal life. For example, you could sit one subject in March, two in June and another in December. This would mean you are still sitting four exams in a year, but you have time for a summer holiday.
Still not sure?
There is not one set approach, it all depends on your circumstances. If you try one approach and it doesn’t work for you, you can always try a different path, so it is important to consider the following:
Kapan are here to support you once you have started studying. If you book a course in advance for a specific exam sitting and then don’t get the results you are hoping for, you can defer your course to a future exam sitting, to allow you to resit first.
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