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Seriously speaking, For those of us who are in full time employment, sitting for ACCA exams every 3months is a bad idea. 6months feels like 3months… 3months will be like 1month… its hard though possible. i foresee a multiplied multiplicity of multitudeness of fails than passes…
I strongly agree with this, though this is a professional exam it assumes that the candidates/ students should be competent and be able to complete the courses with knowledge previously gained thus making the new ones easier to grasp. CPA for many years have been having exams like this and the classes are set up in such a way that it prepares the students for exams and not teach the fundamentals of accounting because this they should already know. and also it keeps the students in that mode of studying and preparation for exams it will also help in their work environment.
I donot agree with this.Looking at the Global ACCA pass rates this would’nt work very well.It would become a rush which should not be done in professional Qualification like ACCA.
@salu007, How is taking 2 exams every 3 months different from taking 4 exams (like some students do at the moment,,) every 6 months?
it should actually improve the pass rate and since they will be able to dedicate more time to 2 exams, they will study in greater details.
I do not see ‘rush’ in this approach, it is not mandatory, I see flexibility
@admin, Well sir you might be right.But there are students who take 2 exams every 6 months and still dont pass possibly because most of them are doing full time jobs.Although it might work if they take 1 exam every 3 months.I used the word RUSH becoz dont you think some students might start taking 4 papers every 3 months this will not happen unless ACCA puts a restriction on the no of papers that can be taken every 3 months.i agree with you with the flexibilty that it has got.I think if this happens ACCA should put a restriction of Max of 2 Papers every 3 months so that the strudents can get enough time to go through the entire syllabus. And also one more thing students who take 4 exam papers at a time are very less actually and few of them actually pass all the papers this thing is also worth considering .in the poll where the students can appear after 1 month i agreed with that becoz i have seen a lot of students failing with a percentage between 45-50% they wont have to wait for 6 months to appear for the paper again .That is all from me my personal opinion the results of the poll tell a different Story wharever is the decision taken i wish all the ACCA students best of luck!!!!
This is a profession and I dont thick rushing to finish it isn’t a good idea, but having to understand it and apply what we study the entire life we have. So I would say its not a good Idea to write exams every 3 months. Nooooooooo!!!!!
I can only yes to this debate only for resits. CIMA had a project of this type and as they say the rest is history.
Dont bluff yourself! If you cannot pass with 6 months preparation how on earth you can expect to pass with only 3 months’ preparation? You better pray harder!!
every 3 or every 4 months is perfect for me,this would greatly save my time on failed exams. And those students who are not able to prepare in such a short time can sit exams every second session if they are every 3 months.Only thing is that exam results have to be early otherwise what is the sense?
I feel there should be 3exam sessions a year,that would help because most of the students prepare 3months before exam ,even the tuition providers give tuition n revision in that period…so I think it would be ideal to have exams every 4months say,in April ,august n December …n they get two 3months for each session…qnd for others who don’t want 3session cud write twice a yr….because in 4exam session a yr…in march ,June,sept,December…..u will have only 2months to prepare….but considering the re-sits of those who failed in the exam it’s alright maybe to have 4session…but 3 is still ideal..
That option should be given. It’s up to students. Do it in six months or three months. We all make individual choices not collective choices.
@joycelyn37, i don’t think it would be mandatory but student would do exams when they are ready so if a particular student is ready to sit within 3 months then that can be done while another might need 6months to prepare for the exam
I work full time whilst raising a family and self studying. In addition to this I have seen throughout my working life that you need to apply your skills in practice so its not all about how quick you can pass an exam. Have you got the ability to be able to apply this in practice? From what I’ve seen in pratice some ACCA quailifieds who have rushed through exams are not able to apply their qualification in practice. For that reason I would say why the rush!
@deborah123, Cheez you want to spend 10 years writing acca? Come on. It boils down to the same crap.
Everyone who is currently writing ACCA exams and keenly follows ACCA Exam administration procedures is able to see how ACCA is struggling with the current 6-month exam interval system. The online payment system and MYACCA window keep crushing now and then. There is need to upgrade the current set-up before ACCA can think of changing to 3-month interval. It could be a good idea to students but an administrative nightmare to ACCA, and I can foresee disastrous inconviniences, I wonder why people can’t see it. Additional resources need to be put into improvements to the current system. Otherwise, students will bear the cost of any errors through hiking of Subscription and Exam fees. They are already too.high.
@ed3d, Did you realized that the fees are going up every year? So……
@joycelyn37, Yes they go up every year, even without this
foreseeable trigger. How high will it get if we factor this in.??
@ed3d, Actually, every 3 months would improve the system… as there would be fewer students rushing to every ACCA deadline,.. since it would be spread out..
@admin, That makes sense,,thanks
of course it is nice option, it is very nice for those who could not attempt more then 2 subject because of burden of official work, they can save time and attempt more paper in short time.
Yes please. We sometimes attempt 3 papers in 6 months and most times fail all three, because it is too much stuff to retain, especially for students who work.
However if given the opportunity to write the exams more often, we will try to concentrate on only one and finish the course faster.
This is a fantastic idea and acca should definitely look into this matter. However students have a choice, that can either wait for six months or the three months. We all are different.
yes! but there should be a qualification criteria to it!
It will be a bright idea and I am confident that ACCA has got the human resource and intellectual property that can support such an initiative.
I think 3 times in a year will be more ideal at least one can do one paper at a time and put more concentration only when one fails then can do 2 paper. This will reduce on the burden on those who sometimes do 4 papers at a go. Also ACCA should be ready to produce results soon.
Yes l think it will be perfect provided the results come early so that one can start preparing for the next session.
No,I do absolutely against it.for we candidate need time to balance work and study,not all of candidate are full-time students.
please remember, it would only add flexibility.. you would not be forced to take it every 3 months, you could take it every 6 months, or however suits you best..
for students attempting for the first time, the time may be to short to prepare,but it can be fine for those re-sitting who marginally failed the previous sitting.
Having exams every 3 months is a great idea as it will give students more opportunity to take as many exams as they feel they are prepared for sooner. Additionally, it will also allow for you, if you so chose, to take one exam @ a time and still complete more exams as you may have if taken every six months.
LOL , hey its not that easy to arrange exams every three months with the current exam system .
twice a year is much better and ideal , for current exam system .
btw i read somewhere that ACCA is changing written exam to some computer based exam, so in that case it would be managable for both the students and the ACCA .
3 months with the expectation of training a seasoned Accountant??
@elisha, there are students who take 4 exams per sitting,. so they can take/pass 8 exams in one year.. are you saying they are a seasoned Accountant?
I think it would be much better for ACCA to maintain the current timeframe. Instead the ACCA management should focus on ensuring that exam results are received by students more earlier than is currently the case so as to enable students start preparing in earnest for the next set of exams.
I think three exam sessions a year, every four months, would be ideal: as someone who is trying to sit five papers this year it would be much better to spread them out more! It would also be a shorter time for resits, and I agree that many students study over a 3 month period rather than 6 months, especially if only taking one paper at a time.
i don’t agree, cause if we look at the standard of exams and their syllabus, it won’t be possible for students to prepare well for their exams. Well this can be done for the ones who are having a resit for paper but wouldn’t recommend this as a whole.
yes 3 months is good as it will save time.
4 months is much better, hope ACCA is seeing this
In keeping in line with CIMA ACCA should offer students the opportunity to retake failed exams one month later. This would be very beneficial to those students who marginally fail. Say achived 40%-49%.
yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss I hope
Its agood idea , In my openion why acca not split the exam between 2 part of exam after three month supoose that for paper F6 exam 1 total mark 50% and the exam2 part 2 total mark 50% for each exam pass rate 25% and the total will be 50% which is pass rate I .thinK this is the good I dea becouse student how not pass the first exam can do the second one to cmponsit the loss marks.
It will save time for the candidates and they will serve the social as soon as they can with high-class service
Yes, every 3 months sounds perfect
It would be good for people who are rewriting a paper, otherwise for first timers i feel it might comprise quality of the qualification.
No!not suggestible because candidates,having six months, could not hit high pass rates as expected then imagine having exams every three months might seem good to those of us who want complete ACCA exams quickly.Do you think 4 x exams every year could solve that? do not think so! the benefit will be to ACCA to amass a lot of money within a year from failing students as one of our friend here suggested the passing rate will be expected to deteriorate
Yup, every 3 months is the best. For those retake, no need worry will forget as need another 5 months to sit exam. And somemore, we can save revision class fee^^
I feel that the three months interval is to allow for exams administration and student preparation for the ACCA to be able to conduct two exams section in one year.
three months is great, can shorten completion time for focused students
I mean 4 Month will be Ok and fine for the exams
if think it is in the best interest of everyone as you will have the chance to resit the one you fail three month before
I think 4 month will be fine really 6 month will be ok
@kpmg1, I am just curious as I see comments about 4 month period.. why 4 months would be better? please elaborate
according to our previous surveys, most students starts really studying 2-3 months before the exam..
i think that 4 exam sittings in a year sounds just so brilliant, it will definitely bring about the freedom and choice we so much need. Surely people need to understand that it would not be so much different from the CBE that we take for F1 – F3, i suppose in the past those were only taken twice a year like the current skills level and i don’t think when the “as and when ready” approach was introduced it made them lose any quality at all….!!! So lets do that…have exams every 3 months!!!
the best suggestion is for ACCA to hold exams every four months to give students enough time to prepare and study for exams adequately and they should also quicken up with exam results the come too late two months is too much with technology everywhere.
I think yesss. Most students are going for two papers in each exam session which is after 6 months. this way day can divide this 6 months to two 3 months. so that is they fail in a paper they will study another paper in next three months and also can review the failed paper to pass after 3 months. THIS IS A GREAT IDEA.
with the current low pass rates i am not sure if students would be able to handle 3 months periods when they are struggling with 6 months. so nooo keep the 6 months until the pass rates improve.
@calvinchineka, just because exams would be every month, or every 3 months.. no one is forcing you to take them..
it is all about a freedom of choice to take exams when you are ready..
anyways, this idea for a poll is not mine, some students asked for this poll
I am just a messenger,
@calvinchineka, Come on . Same difference.
yes… or maybe every 4 months would be perfect !!!
ACCA being left behind by CIMA in terms of exam entry & results turnaround. Only thing they ever seem to do to me is demand money and crash their website on my computer.
It might cause loosing the quality. It needs consideration. I think it could encourage students to just pass the exams quickly to be qualified earlier.
but it would be suggestable to have exam after 4 months, not 3 months
I think exams after every three months would be ideal especially for students who are desperate to finish the course. Although, I think the failure rates will increase.
Yes ACCA should hold exams after every three months so that the students who failed to attempt once have a chance to take the exams after three months instead of six months.
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