Should students who failed their ACCA exam be allowed to retake it 1 month later?

Here are the results of the poll, you can still post your comments below, if students should be allowed to retake ACCA exam 1 month later? We will forward them to the ACCA

Here is the breakdown by country (Top 10 countries only)


  1. avatar says

    hello, all of u (including me) who thinks exam technique should be changed, should also consider that its not easy for such a huge organization like ACCA.
    Consider if they think about it, what will happen.
    1st, we get exam results after two months and in these two months until we are not sure which subject we are going to take in next session e.g. i went on F7, F8 ,F9 exams Dec.I was thinking I won’t pass F7 And will pass F8 for sure .I started studying F7 .But i got passed in F7 and failed in F8. So two months have been Wasted.
    Now think if they arrange for retake they will have to arrange it in all the exam centres (at least two exam centres) in each country . They will employ more staff , more fees will be charged,may be double than it is now .
    Besides this consider we go to exams in Dec two months (Jan, Feb) have already been wasted (as mentioned above).
    We will study one month ( march) go to exam in say end of march.we will get results in May (In two months). And after the exams we will have two months for June exams (and we are not sure we have passed the last exams or not), AND we can just prepare for one exam in two months time .
    So where is the time efficiency and what’s the benefit.

    • Profile photo of admin says

      Totally valid points

      It is not my place, but how I would imagine it would work though,
      only for students with 45-49% marks
      and only 1 paper allowed to be sat.
      Exam 3-4 weeks after the exam results (so All papers would be set in one day)

      and because the number of students would be a lot smaller.. around 10% – maximum 30% only, of all students who would re-sit the exam.. ACCA should be able to mark all those scripts easily within 1 month :)
      if they can mark 363,000 exams in 2 months,.. it seems like 2 weeks would be enough for 50,000 scripts :)

      (I am not for or against it. just giving you perspective! :)

  2. Profile photo of ricia says

    Some restructuring ought to be done. I agree with a previous comment that more examination sittings should be held during the year, e.g. CGA has multiple sittings I believe every 3 months where coursework is submitted during the period of study. Thus students are gaining marks before the final examination. ACCA can adopt a similar approach to the number of exam sittings ( every 4 months) will be adequate. Also, I do agree persons should be allowed to resit their papers 1 month after the date of posting results. Six months is along time to wait especially when you are resitting your final paper.

  3. Profile photo of tauraiversatile says

    I vehemently agree with this idea because it even helps those who do not hold any other qualification to be quickly recognised on the market. We need to get going and providing this chance keeps students focused and really makes the carrier enjoyable. Paying subscription for only a maximum of two seats a year is even disheartening, hazviite!

  4. avatar says

    It will be better to have a resit exam 2 months after results for those who obtain marks from 40% and perhaps ACCA can improve some more by announcing the results within a month after exams and providing detailed breakdown of the marks for each students so that one can understand precisely which areas of questions they have failed to gain pass marks!

  5. Profile photo of lewist says

    i think we should be allowed because after this period we get rusty and are more likely to fail again, even though some may be tempted to rush themselves when they are not fully prepared but yes i think we should be allowed. it may not be one month but just imagine waiting six months of your life to gain something like an 8% improvement or worse still 2%. please Let it be that we can retake our exams in one month. thank you for the enquiry.

    • Profile photo of admin says

      to be honest with you, we left this issue (how many times…) for another Poll in 1 weeks time :)
      so.. here please don’t get distracted, and concentrate on this current question! :)

  6. avatar says

    Hello i gave 3 papers this time….f4 f5 and f6…..and i happened to fail in all three papers…..What shall i do???I’m taking f7 and f9 classes….
    IS it fine if i give paper 5, 7 and 9 this time???Would it be okay???Or will it be way to tough???
    For addition i sat for exams this december without any preparation at all…..Studying them right from now on for June exams…Will it be fine???Please help me!!!

    • Profile photo of tamour says

      ,5,7,9 requaires a lots of lot prectice…
      there is lots of similar concepts in 5,7 and 9…i also attempt these papers in june10 and passed all….synergies are very high…
      in my opinion best option….
      but on other side before this i,ve passed f4 and f6,,,,
      therefore in december attempt i was able to go with f8,p1 andp2…
      they are also interrelated….
      in last whatever you select,work hard and be confident inshaallah ,ll succeed…

  7. Profile photo of tamour says

    i passed my first 12 papers in 2 years(in first attempt)…but from last one year i am not able to pass p7.i,ve studied p7 twice and i,ve confidence in my concepts…but on the day i,ve made some real childish mistakes thAt caused me 18 months…
    i agree with admin…
    i m ready to pay 100 pounds per paper

  8. avatar says

    Resits a month after results is a great idea. I don’t think it will flood the marketplace with ACCA qualified accountants because you still have to pass the resit exam. Some people are talking like it’s like giving someome a pass with a resit one month after results. That’s not the case. It helps people who do pass get through the qualifications faster as they don’t have to wait until the next sitting to resit, but it doesn’t mean more will pass. There maybe should be a cut off that says those with a mark between 45 and 49% should get the chance to resit. Less than that should wait until the next sitting. Some other accounting bodies allow resits a month after results and I don’t see the market being flooded with accountants as a result of their decision to allow this. I think it’s a great idea.

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