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Here are the results of the Instant Poll, and breakdown of 15 top countries
Is it ok if the main Exams are in June and December and the re sits restricted to March and September?
I think its a logical idea to write every 3 months, so what are you waiting for ACCA?
Let it happen in 2013. Nothing is permanent except change
Exams 4 times a year gives candidates more flexiblity. Retakers who are sitting 1 or 2 papers are likely to welcome this. Candidates sitting for the 1st time could do it after 9 mths instead of 3 if they need more time for preparation.
However, there are going to be cost increases which all ACCA related parties particular students will need to pay for. This will be in subscriptions and exam fees. Are you willing to pay for this increased flexibility?
I think not so don’t hope for this to happen in the short term. There is no free meal in this business world.
I think exams should be every 6 months, but those who failed an exam should not have to wait another 6 months. I therefore think retakes could take place 2-3 months later. If we fail an exam why the hell should be have to waste another 6 months of our lives before we can attempt the exam again. This is particularly painful when you have failed an exam by just 1% or 2% and/or you know you made a silly error in an exam, which lost you those vital few marks.
I expect the reality for the ACCA is that it would be an administrative nightmare to coordinate 2 more exam sessions a year, so I expect it will never happen.
Having said that, they should look at what CIMA does. CIMA allows retakes a few months after a main exam session. If it works with CIMA, the ACCA could also make it a reality too! What about benchmarking, ACCA? You preach it, why not practice it?
Every 3 months would be great, I could do 4 in a year easily then, I dont like studying for 2 at the same time!
I believe having an exam session every three months is perfect. Those who wish to write their papers every 6 months can still do so. After all the maximum number of papers per year is still 8 papers. Every three months will help with rewrites and also for those who wish to finish exams quicker. This would be perfect !
Or how about every 4 months?
OH you have got to be joking on this…..
It sounds like a crazy idea to me. Even six month is not easy come to talk of three month.
It will be great . Just great.. it will save our time. ACCA should arrange exam every 3 months …
a very good idea….we’re turning old so have to get through the papers faster
I think the idea is great.
OT, are you going to share these poll results with ACCA?
we already did
@admin, has ACCA replied yet? I am very interested in their comments about this topic.
We did not receive ( and do not expect) reply from ACCA
But they got the message
Yes, 6 months is such a long period for especially re-sits. But this works better if results can be released faster.
I believe that the 3 month option is very attractive for persons who wish to resit exams, rather than students who are writing a paper for the very first time. Its very painful to go through a whole six month period to sit an exam you’ve already studied for but really need the time to sharpen on exam techniques that need work. I believe its a wonderful initiative. For people like me who have resit exams before, I endorse it 100%
I don’t see why and what right people have to monitor other people’s exam frequency preference or mental capacity.
Exam entry is not compulsory, The fact that exams are every 3 months doesn’t mean students ought to sit exams every 3months. Those who cannot cope with sitting exams every 3 months simply do not enter every 3 months. Wait for 6 months and them enter for your exams, that way every body’s happy so, I don’t see what the problem is?
I don’t think people should have the right to decide what other people’s mental ability is or should be. People saying the extra exam sittings should be used only for resits are doing just that when they say that. What if some people have the mental capacity or even have no resits and they can better utilize the extra exam sittings by passing other papers in 3 months time rather than waiting for a whole 6 months?
Having exam in every 3 months looks good but in my opinion the main exam should be in every 6 months with an option to do a resitting for those who fails in main exam. The resisting should be limited for those who took part in last session of the exam.
Its a +ve change that ACCA is moving on to 3 months exam scheme.
so there should be more and more focused study.
but ACCA should have to add some more value added services to raise the credibility of its certification.
Even Here in Pakistan the Student who qualifies but lacks practical knowledge in a sense that accountancy firms are reluctant to employ them so an ACCA qualified is of no value to them even after completion so ACCA should not only change the exam schedule but also needed to add some valuable services to bring shine in its certification. And those who vote No… I believe they are dumbest and laziest
well my opinion is that 3 months would be better considering that there will 4 sittings, students can focus on 1 paper every 3 months if they want and as such they can be more efficient in exams. 3 months for 1 paper would be very nice and we can perfect ourselves in each and every paper
yes undoubtly it would prove a better option for acca students..its already 76%of students who want this change..76%means a lot n so many students cant b wrong..acca should look into the matter…
Yes,it should be,especially for resits
Could you please let me know when this poll is going to end and when these survey results would be submitted to ACCA.
in 2 or 3 days
@admin, Thanks for prompt response.
6 months is too long time. Out of that 3 months is wasted anyway. So taking exam every 3 months will keep student more in touch with studies and some may have the opportunity to finish ACCA qualification quicker.
You are right.
yes….falling a paper does not mean u cant u jz need a little time to make up to the challenges on that paper u falled…rivising with in six months will be a long period of time but three months is ok……
taking exams after three months will compromise quality of the product, effective learning goes with a reasonable period of time. ACCA has been the leading provider of accounting studies and it is no coincidence that the time frame of six months has played a significant role.
@manyoni, I disagree that the number of exam sittings has an influence on the quality of the students completing their ACCA studies. The gate-keepers of quality are the examiners therefore the only way the quality will drop will be if the examiners (and thus ACCA) reduce their standards. Having more sittings in a year will increase the throughput of students and could only be a good thing for ACCA.
I wonder how many of us fail our exams because we have been drawn into a false sense of security knowing that 6 months equals ages (I know I have and am now pooing myself). This isn’t, before anyone says, ACCA’s fault. It is ours alone. If the exams were every 3 or 4 this would enable focussed study and more inline with tertiary institutes. It will enable students to complete 8 papers a year by sitting 2 at a time (I’m back on 3 month sittings) when they may not be able to under the current schedule.
In saying this, however, I am aware that there are a lot of us students around the globe and the logistics of holding two sittings must be a nightmare – but 4? Wouldn’t like to be the one in charge of that )
I get results and return to college the following week, study for three months and then exams, the gap that is between sitting the exam and results is wasted even if you know you messed up in the exam hall and will have to repeat, so rather than continue to study for a repeat there is just no point as six months is far to long.
if there was a repeat option in say March and August then people could keep study and get better marks and ultimately be more competent in the paper complete quicker. Acca make a fortune out of us all so we should demand more services for this money.
I will go with Yes..coz it will help to improve learning & make it easier for students to take less papers and pass them easily…it is sort of flexibility for students of ACCA…If this happens that will be a very Good thing!
its great idea to have exams every 3 months but ACCA should focus on pass % as well should reduce to 40% and also provide relief for those students who fail in papers having support financially with 50% off.
I think 3 months is ok but the result should be announce by the 10 th of January so that the students have sufficent time for preparation.
provide free of cost our solved paperz to improve our efficiency n to remove our mistakes
Yes, that would be great
Exams should be every three months,it is simply better for students. It allows gentle progression through the sylabus and would in effect make resits possible and quicker. Having to study again for 6 months after failing an exam by a few percent is unfair. Many of my friends have taken the CIMA route for this reason.
I’m not convinced. This will make qualification easier and may devalue the ACCA qualification in the eyes of employers in the longer term. I’m quite happu to put in the work required to pass under the current system, as are thousands of others.
well, to be honest, If ACCA ever considers making such changes, they will contact approved employers for their opinion,
I can see one point why employers might like the idea though it will give flexibility to their employees/students
it is not uncommon, that students go to courses and exams in their busy periods.. if exams were 4 times a year, employers could decide when their students could take exams so it does not affect their business as much.
i think acca should held exams every 4 month,,,instead of 3
i agree with all of you guys but i feel because of the depth of the syllabus six months is ok and three months sittings should be for those who are re-taking the subject
@semumutiro, this is my opinion as well.exams every three months should only be for resit
@semumutiro, Exam entry is not compulsory, The fact that exams are every 3 months doesn’t mean students ought to sit exams every 3months. Those who cannot cope with sitting exams every 3 months simply do not enter every 3 months. Wait for 6 months and them enter for your exams, that way every body’s happy so, I don’t see what the problem is?
as somebody had said earlier having exams every three months would keep students energetic throughout and also don’t have to wait long to finish remaining last paper.
It is totally understandable if ACCA couldn’t do this b/c of the increased workload , possible delays in communication worldwide etc….
I Pray that ACCA would come up with some idea that would benefit both, students and ACCA itself.
i have been wanting this since forever …this will be a dream come through if this happens….the six months waiting period makes me lazy…so the three months will make work harder and get through faster
no, because there is alot to read.
@bbbee, if you could sit for 4 exams per session then you would only sit for two in three months, tht’s all.After all you need to study what you have to study and as you know ACCA is already very flexible in this regard(i.e. no number of papers compulsory per session) . Does that make sense?
This can make those who have failed to complete in time manage to do so whilst what they had studied still fresh in their minds.
it should definitely be every 3 months..
I feel ACCA should be holding exams every 3 months yes. Some students remain with only a single paper to complete but it becomes burdensome to wait until the lapse of 6 months just to finish. This delay also contributes to missed opportunities like job offers and career progression. Most employers specify ACCA as a precondition for entry into their system. With current economic challenges one would need this paper faster so as to mitigate the effect of financial hiccups.
it should definitely be every 3 months..
is this change possible or just a dream??
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