ACCA F9 Key to success

Nature of the ACCA F9  paper

ACCA F9 Paper – Financial Management – is concerned with managing the finances of a business. Some topics were introduced in Paper F2, particularly discounted cash flow and inventory control. These, and other new topics, are examined at a higher level.

Structure of the ACCA F9 paper

There are two sections to the exam:

Section A comprises 20 multiple choice questions of 2 marks each;

Section B comprises three 10 mark questions and two 15 mark questions.

The two 15 mark questions will come from working capital management, investment appraisal, and business finance areas of the syllabus. The Section A questions and the other questions in Section B can cover any areas of the syllabus.

There are three hours for the exam, plus 15 minutes of reading time.

Approximately 50% of the marks will be for calculations and approximately 50% will be written.

Emphasis of the ACCA F9 exam

Although most of the arithmetic involved is not difficult in itself, the calculation parts of questions are designed to check that you understand the techniques, and can decide what information is relevant, rather than checking that you have just learned rules.

For the written parts of questions there are several financial management theories that can be examined, but many of them are again checking that you understand the techniques and their assumptions and limitations.

How to pass ACCA F9 exam

Use the OpenTuition ACCA F9 lectures along with the F9 Course Notes. Make sure that you are happy with the arithmetic, but also listen carefully to the lectures and check that you really do understand the techniques and the theories

When you are confident of a topic then practise as many past exam questions as you can. See also F9 revision lectures based on past exams

See also:

F9 Forum Support - post your questions to get help from other students

Ask the Tutor ACCA F9 Exams

Paper F9 Syllabus & Study Guide
Exam formulae & maths tables
F9 Past exam papers
F9 Examiners’ reports
F9 Examiner’s approach interview 
F9 Examiner’s approach article 
F9 Examiner’s analysis interview
F9 Technical articles
F9 Pass rates

Comments

    • Avatar of John Moffat says

      In recent years it has only been asked about in the written part of a question.
      A good question with calculations is Basril, which was asked in December 2003. You should be able to find it in your Revision/Exam Kit.

  1. avatar says

    I just discovered your website. looks good and promising. I am going to sit for F9 for the first time in June 2013.Personally I like F9 subject. my favorite topics.finance. Thanks for this website.

    • Avatar of John Moffat says

      @raja777, Most of the written sections in Paper F9 are not in fact theory but are questions testing your general business knowledge and understanding.

      The best way to learn for them is to study the examiners answers to the written parts of past exam questions. They are longer that we he expects from students in the exam, but they are shorter than reading text books (and his answers obviously cover the points he wants!).

      In terms of style, make sure that you are answers are easy for the marker – they are marking thousands of exams, and however hard they try there is a limit to how much time they will spend trying to understand your answers.

      Make sure your writing is easy to read – try giving one of your answers to a friend and see if they can read your writing!

      Don’t make several points in one long sentence. Make a point, then leave a blank line, and then make your next point. (If you make several points in one sentence then there is a danger that the marker will miss some of them)

      Underline key words in your points to make sure that the marker does not miss them.

      Unless the question actually states how many points are wanted, assume 1 mark for each point. So if there are 5 marks for the section then try to make 5 points. It is difficult always to think of enough points, but remember that you are aiming for at least 50% in each part of a question, so if you can only think of 3 points then at least you will be passing on a 5 mark section.

      Consider answering the written parts of a question before the arithmetic parts. You might not be able to think of much to write and when you run out of ideas, leave the rest of the page blank and try the calculation parts on the next page. Often, while you are doing the arithmetic you will think of other points to make and you can go back and add them.

    • Avatar of admin says

      @nagutta,
      How to pass ACCA F9 exam – like it says on this page:

      Use the OpenTuition ACCA F9 lectures along with the F9 Course Notes. Make sure that you are happy with the arithmetic, but also listen carefully to the lectures and check that you really do understand the techniques and the theories

      When you are confident of a topic then practise as many past exam questions as you can. See also F9 revision lectures based on past exams

      • avatar says

        Hi Admin,

        Open tuition provides a very good sources and support for ACCA students, grateful to you all up there.

        Where can I find the answers to the questions in the revision notes? You reply very much appreciated.

      • Avatar of admin says

        we are planning to post updated f9 revision notes with the answers in 1 or 2 weeks
        at the moment, some answers are available in the revision lectures

    • avatar says

      nagutta, you should believe in yourself..No worries. Keep doing pratices and try to understand the notes than memorizing it.. always ask the lectures if you have any doubt and most important do your past year question. i m about start my acca next week. Quite nervous.

Leave a Reply