ACCA F3 – Nature of the paper
ACCA F3 Paper – Financial Accounting –is concerned with the preparation of financial accounts. The topics examined cover everything from basic double entry through to the preparation of statements of cash flows, and basic consolidated accounts.
Structure of the F3 paper
There are 50 questions of 2 marks each – all of which are compulsory. There are 2 hours for the exam.
The questions are all multiple choice where you are presented with some information and have to choose between (usually) 4 possible answers. If you are taking the computer based examination, then in addition to multiple choice questions, some of the questions will require you to calculate a figure and then type in the answer.
Emphasis of the F3 exam
Depending on your previous studies and what you do at work, you may be happy already with many of the topics. However the syllabus is very large and there is a lot of time pressure in the examinations – it is difficult to complete all 50 questions in two hours. Additionally, there often small ‘tricks’ in the wording of the questions which (especially under time pressure) lead to it being easy to choose the wrong answer even if you are happy with the particular topic.
Although all the questions carry equal marks, they are not all of equal difficulty. You will find some of the questions very quick and easy, whereas others will take much longer.
Although the majority of questions involve calculations, there will be some questions asking you to choose between several written statements. This particularly applies to questions about the Financial Reporting Standards.
How to pass ACCA F3 exam
When you are confident of a topic then practise as many past exam questions as you can.
Of great importance if that you then start trying tests of mixed questions (from one of the revision/exam kits available). You should practice determining which topic each question is examining quickly, and you should practice under strict time pressure. If you do take as long as you want then you will get most of the answers correct, but it is under time pressure that you are more likely to misread questions and make silly mistakes.
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