Which is the best combination of ACCA Papers?

Many students have problems choosing which combination of ACCA exams to sit. We have conducted a survey, and over a 1,000 students participated.Here are the results:

2 ACCA Papers – the best combination

2 ACCA papers best combination

2 ACCA papers

3 ACCA Papers – the best combination

3 ACCA Papers best combination


  1. avatar says

    Sir, i have finished reading P3 text . I am planning to give two papers on coming December 2014 which are P2 and P3 . I have just started reading/practicing from P2 text . There is approximately 75 days remaining for Dec.2014 exam and it means i have to cover kit questions for P3 + P2 and complete text study for P2 . For next 75 days , i can devote 8 hours for daily study . Please suggest should i go for P3 + P2 exam or only for P3 , as i have finished reading complete text of P3 . Please reply as i have to pay exam fee which is approaching .Than you . Waiting for your reply .

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      As they say in UK lotteries “You can’t win it if you’re not in it” Other than the cost of an exam entry fee (that I accept can be material to someone, dependent upon their personal circumstances) what else have you got to lose?

      Why not try this as a strategy (and enter for P2 AND P3)? Spend 1 or 2 hours per day on P3 workin past questions from a reputable revision kit and the other 6 or 7 hours working through the P2 text and , hopefully, finding time to work through those past questions

      It has been done in the past and it will certainly be repeated in the future. In other words, it’s doable.

      What do you think?

  2. avatar says

    My combinations were, (F5 and F8), (F4), (F6 and F9), (F7 and P3).

    The logic behind it was to have at least a day between exams.
    This will not be the case in my next sitting as i’m doing P1 and P2.

    A point to note is that I have passed F1,F3,F5,F7,F8 and P3 by using Opentuition.com only. All were first attempts. So i would like to take the opportunity to thank John, Mike and the P3 tutor (sorry but I didn’t find his name) for their dedication,effort and innovation.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      You’re leaving it late, aren’t you!

      For F7, download the free course notes from this site, listen to the audio / video lectures (also free on this site), obtain a revision kit from a reputable publisher and get stuck in.

      The key is practice! The more past exam questions you can attempt and become confident with, the easier success will be achieved.

      Now post your question on F5 and see what John has to say

  3. avatar says


    I am writing 3 papers in Dec 2014 – F8, P1 and P2. The first attempt was in Dec 2010 – F7 and F9; and have not written exam since then. What can I do within this short period to pass all the papers and more importantly score not less than 60 marks in F8?


    • avatar says

      are you sure you wish to tackle three papers after such a long absence?

      if you are studying full time then its possible but if you are working and have other responsibilities it may be best to tackle two papers.

      A theory and computation in the form of F8 and P2 or straight theory with P1 and F8.

      whichever way you choose listening to the lecture here along with the course notes and tons of practice is the only way to pass.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      You can download our Course Notes yourself from this website (but appreciate that to get proper value from them you should watch the free lectures that go with them).

      For practice, you must buy a Revision/Exam Kit from one of the approved publishers – they contain lots of questions to practice on, and practice is of course vital.

  4. avatar says

    hi mike and john..i need your advice please
    last sitting I had 40%-f5, 46%-f7, 44%-f9 and 44% in f6 please advice on what I should sit for in December considering the changes and the best study strategy. thank you in advance

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      It seems that 4 papers is stretching you too much! I would recommend that you concentrate your efforts into probably just two papers. The ACCA recommend that you take the papers in numerical sequence and I cannot think of any good reason to vary that advice.

      F6 you should certainly attempt in December because the rates and rules will change for the 2015 exams

      I suppose therefore that my recommendation is for F5 and F6

      Let’s see what John has to say!

  5. avatar says


    i failed F8 and F9 for june ’14 sitting,and f8 i already took 3rd time and get 43 marks only.and F9 only 31 marks.now i have tuition for F7 so what is yr advise for this december sitting?

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      What about F7 with F8. For F8 you need no longer to look at any study text – you should now be into a revision kit of past questions and answers. Do you have a senior, colleague, friend, relation that is already qualified and who will be honest with you?

      Ask him / her to look at some of your past exam F8 answer attempts to appraise them critically and try to show you why you continue to fail this paper

      There really is no reason why anyone should not be capable of successfully attempting F8!

  6. avatar says


    Could do with some advice please if possible.

    Unfortunately I need to resit F9 in December as I failed it in June 2014. I sit 2 papers per sitting and I’ve passed F1 – F8. Which paper would you recommend to sit with F9 in December? I’ve heard P2 is really difficult so I’d like to steer away from that one (I think?), so my choices are P1 or P3?

    Thanks in advance,

  7. avatar says


    I’m struggling with picking up the best combination for f6. I have F6, F7, F8, F9 left and I don’t know what to choose. Based on the diagrams it is either f7 or f8, what would you suggest?

  8. avatar says

    i want to ask. if i take p2 p3 p4 p6 for this dec exam, it is tough or not? since i repeated p2 p3. and this is my last semester supposedly. and i am full time student. and i have hard time to make decision which paper i would take for this dec exam. would u help me?
    thank you

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      4 P level exams is asking a lot of yourself! particularly since you have already tried two and not reached the required standard

      I think if it were me in this situation, I would try to get through the two papers already attempted

      What do you mean “and this is my last semester ”

      Are you time barred by ACCA or is this the end of your full-time studies?

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      F7 with F9 is quite a popular combination

      As for advice re F7, practice, then practice again and then practice some more, and more and more

      Get hold of a reputable publisher’s revision kit and start in NOW practising the multiple choice questions.

  9. avatar says

    Dear tutor,
    In this Dec session I’ll take F4 n F6 exam.Then I have left F5,7,8&9 sub in part 2.Which is the best combination for next jun series 2015 exam.Someone suggest me that F8 is most suitable for the last combination as is difficult and it includes all area of ideas in f7,9…like that!But I don’t know clearly,so plz give me some advice in order to pass the combination sub in first attempt.Thz in advance…

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Why not F5 and F7? And why do you want to believe the word of someone else who says F8 is difficult? Different students find different papers difficult. You may find F8 to be incredibly straight-forward, but struggle with a paper that your friend found to be easy.

      F5 and F7 is as good a combination as any. F7 with F8 is a popular combination but that would leave you with F5 with F9 and that’s not such a good idea? Although it’s a popular choice I believe that John warns of the possibility that you could confuse the issues from those two papers

      I’d go for F5 with F7 followed by F8 with F9


      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        As Mike said in his reply to you, F5 and F9 together is not such a good idea. Although they both have the word ‘management’ in the title, performance management is very different to financial management. You are certainly allowed to do them together, but you risk causing yourself a lot of confusion.

  10. avatar says

    hi I am new to OT but am hoping to get the most and best from here.i need advice based on my effort and concidering the December changes. I had 40% in F5, 46% in F7 and 44% in f9 I also attempted tax 40% should I try to do all these papers again.if so what would be the best strategy to use

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      I would suggest that you tried to take on too much last time – 4 exams in one sitting is very hard to achieve.
      In December I would restrict it to just perhaps 2 exams (F5 and F6). It is better to take a bit longer to get through all the exams, rather than to fail many on the way. I would certainly take F6 as one of them because all the tax rules will change if you wait until June next year.

      The syllabuses for all four of the exams will be the same in December as last June, and so you do not have extra things to learn.

      You should go through the relevant free lectures on here to really revise properly what you learned before, but most importantly you should practice as many questions as possible.
      I assume that already have Revision/Exam kits. However for F5 (and F7 and F9 is you choose to take them), the December exam will include a section with multiple choice questions. It would therefore be worthwhile getting new Revision/Exam Kits for these papers so that you can practice this different style of question. (For F6 this does not apply, and so your existing Revision Kit is sufficient)

      Do make use of our Ask the ACCA Tutor forums – if there is anything you are not clear about, then do ask in the forums and we will do our best to help.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      It very much depends which exam you are talking about – for most of the exams there have been some changes in the syllabus. In some cases fairly minor, but in others more substantial. Also, for Papers F4 to F9 (excluding F6) you will be aware that the format (layout) of the exams are changing for December. If you are referring to one of these papers then certainly you should get a new Revision Kit in order to get practice on this type of question.
      Whether or not you need a new Study Text depends on which paper.

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        Sorry – I didn’t notice that you said before it was P1 :-(

        Best is to ask the question in the P1 Ask the ACCA Tutor Forum, and Mike (the P1 tutor) will be able to help you.

  11. avatar says

    Hey Mike and John,
    I was almost giving up but I passed F7 after 2 trials,Now what is the best combination in F series should I take?.My problem is time management since am a full time working mother of 2 7yrs and 3yrs.Can I take 2 papers and still make I am tired of being a failure or I stick to 1 paper and concentrate on it,many thanks to open tuition and for the past papers.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Hi Monasha

      Having lived through the trials of trying to work and at the same time help to look after a young family, I appreciate your dilemma. But the answer lies within you! How much time can you devote to studying after the children are in bed? Is it possible for Gran to look after them – maybe for a day at weekends – or babysit them for a couple of hours each evening?

      Is the father around to take some of the pressure off you to give you those precious extra study time hours.

      You don’t say which F level papers you are faced with. please give me an idea and thenwe can see whether 2 in one sitting is possible and let me know how many hours per week you can put into this. And be realistic when you estimate the hours available!

      • avatar says

        Thanks Mike,

        I can only depend on the father over the weekends the grannie lives away from us but I can get extra help if I organize myself though quite expensive.Well about which paper,I tried F4 and F5 and failed I almost gave up,I went ahead for F6 and F7 and passed F7.So please advice on which paper I should try to tackle.

        Thank you in advance.

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Hi again – so you have F4 – F9 excluding F7 and you have already tried F4 and F5. Right so far?

        I think you should have another go at F4 – it’s cbe from 19 November (do you have a local cbe centre) and enter also for F5

        Spend the rest of August, September and October working on your F4 with a bit of F5 thrown in for variety and interest (50% / 50% F4 and F5 throughout October and up to 12 November). Then concentrate / focus on F4 and take the F4 cbe as soon as you are able after November 19.

        Spend the rest of November studying F5 and do that exam in December

        You are presumably aware that all the F level exams will now have a percentage of mcqs in there so you’ll need as a minimum new revision kits so you can get plenty of practice of mcqs and there will be some on this site soon

      • avatar says

        Hey Mike,
        To be precise I am in Mombasa,Kenya.I don’t know much about the CBE unless I check out for that but I believe its possible.Do you think the past papers on open tuition will still be useful with the new changes on exam structures which I believe are meant to be beneficial to us.I forgot to mention that I passed F7 after joining OT to me its my Savior,So I will still depend on that whats your take on that.
        Thank you once again.

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        The new formats for the F level papers do not affect the syllabus content (minor changes) so the recorded lectures are still fine (except where the refer to question numbers and the format of the paper.

        Nice to have you as a member of the OT family and, remember, we are always here to help you

  12. avatar says

    Dear Sir ,

    First of All thanks to Sir. Mike Little for F7 , I passed my Paper F7 and F8 in first attempt , now I am confused in taking the further papers most of my colleagues told me that to take 3 Papers i.e. F9, P1, P2 but some told me not to take 3 I should go with 2 Papers and that would be F9, P2 . as F9 and P2 are both tough Papers and need extensive practice, I would be very grateful to you if you give me some advice on what should I do ? I mean should I take 3 papers or 2 and how should I prepare for this session a study plan would be very helpful although I am attending my college I am a full time student but still I watch OT Lectures .

    Thank You in Advance

    • avatar says

      Dear John Sir ,

      First of All thanks to Sir. Mike Little for F7 , I passed my Paper F7 and F8 in first attempt , now I am confused in taking the further papers most of my colleagues told me that to take 3 Papers i.e. F9, P1, P2 but some told me not to take 3 I should go with 2 Papers and that would be F9, P2 . as F9 and P2 are both tough Papers and need extensive practice, I would be very grateful to you if you give me some advice on what should I do ? I mean should I take 3 papers or 2 and how should I prepare for this session a study plan would be very helpful although I am attending my college I am a full time student but still I watch OT Lectures .

      Thank You in Advance

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        Congratulations on passing F7 and F8 – I will pass your thanks on to Mike.

        F9 and P2 certainly are both tough papers, but I would take them in numerical order (as the ACCA recommend). If you decide to take 2 papers, then F9 and P1; whereas if you decide to take three papers then F9, P1 and P2.

        As to whether to take 2 or 3 papers, it so much depends on how much time you have available for studying. You say that you are a full time student. If you are studying ACCA at college then certainly you should be able to cope with 3 papers. However, if you are studying something else at college and therefore studying for ACCA at home in the evenings/weekends then obviously time is more limited and 2 papers would be better.

        We cannot produce a study plan for you – so much depends on what time you have available, and only you know that. Essentially you should work through the free lectures on here for whichever papers you decide to do, and leave plenty of time to practice every question in your Revision/Exam Kits – it is practice that is so essential.

        (and obviously when you have any problems then ask them in the relevant Ask the ACCA Tutor Forum and we will do our best to help.)

      • avatar says

        Dear John Sir ,

        Thanks for the reply .

        Yes I am a fulltime student and studying ACCA in an Approved College of ACCA and as you said I have much free time i.e I have 3 Days classes and 4 days off , so can I take 3 papers ?

        I will try to cover P1 from OT as well and any other issues which I face I would try to post them in OT Ask Tutor Forum.

  13. avatar says

    hi John
    am revising for f6 & f7 for December 14 what advice do you
    have for me in passing this time around. Because I want to pass very well.
    thank you and stay blessed for you are doing a good job.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      Hi Monica

      The best advice that I can give you is obviously to study, but then to practice, practice and practice.

      You don’t say whether you or taking F6 and F7 for the first time, or are retaking.
      Whichever it is, you should download our free Course Notes and use them while watching our free lectures.

      Make sure that you obtain a Revision/Exam Kit from one of the approved publishers and practice every question. Do not look at the answers until you have had a good go yourself, and then learn from your mistakes.

      If you are unclear about anything then do ask for help in the relevant Ask the Tutor forum.

      Finally, read the reply from Mike Little to Sharlene (further down this page). Everything he has written about preparing a study schedule is relevant for any ACCA exams.

  14. avatar says

    Hello…will b retaking f5,I think I just need to practice more questions and manage my time for it cos I had 45 and combining it with F6 nd F9…please how do you advise I plan my reading schedule

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says


      I am sorry that you failed F5, but having got 45 there is no reason why you should not be able to pass in December.
      Practicing questions is vital – if you do not have a Revision/Exam Kit from one of the approved publishers then do get one (and if you do have one, then consider getting one from another publisher so that you have different questions to try).
      Remember also that in December all the F papers will have a section A containing multiple choice questions. We will be uploading shortly tests containing this type of question so that you can practice, but a new Revision Kit will have lots of them.

      Do think carefully about whether or not you will have the time to study for all three papers. It is certainly possible, but there are a lot of rules to learn for F6. F9 is much more about understanding, but be careful – many people think F5 and F9 are similar, but this is not the case and can cause confusion.

      With regard to planning a work schedule, do read what Mike has written lower down this page in reply to Sharlene. Although she is taking different papers, everything he has written is equally applicable to all papers.

      (and as Mike has written, do make use of our Ask the Tutor Forums if you have any problems – we will do our best to help :-) )

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        They are both good, so it is hard to choose between them.

        Were you happy with the style and the content of the BPP Paper F5 book? If you were then probably best to stay with BPP. (If not then maybe change :-) )

  15. Profile photo of MikeLittle says

    Do what all the prize-winning students do! Organise a schedule showing those days and hours that you have set aside for revision (F8) and for studying (P1)

    Make sure that you build into that schedule some leisure time for family, friends, birthday parties, friends’ weddings, sporting activities and whatever else you spend leisure time on.

    Build into the schedule regular breaks – maximum concentration time according to a recent American study is 45 minutes

    Try to do 2 sessions per evening for 4 evenings in the week and 8 sessions (at least!) for either Saturday or Sunday. Hopefully you can motivate yourself to doing another 3 or 4 sessions on the other weekend day

    Revise whatever you were taught in P1 in the evening as you travel home or when you get home (don’t do this if you’re driving)

    If you’re on public transport, try flipping through F8 pass cards or P1 mnemonics or just the opentuition course notes for F8 or P1

    Enlist the help of your family (see if they can take some of your own other workload off you – cooking, cleaning, ironing, and whatever else it is that women do and promise them that you’ll make it up to them after you have passed your exams. Hopefully they won’t remember your promise)

    Tell your friends what your plans are and ask them please not to invite you out except on one or two evenings per week – Friday night lime and one other?

    As you plan your schedule, make it achievable! Don’t plan for 16 hours a day revision after work or 24 hours a day at weekend. If it’s not achievable, it’s demotivating and will have completely the opposite effect that you are trying to achieve

    Decide early on which chapters for which paper you’re going to be looking at on which days at which time – and then stick to that time allocation!

    And keep asking questions on opentuition – we are here to help you :-)

  16. avatar says

    Hi Mike and John

    just wanted to let you know you all are doing a great job. with your assistance I passed all my F papers except for the June 2014 sitting I failed F8. I have already started studying for P1 now I have to do two theory papers for December 2014 sitting which I am not excited about since I don’t particulary like reading that much. can you give me some advice on studying for two theory papers . Factoring full time job 8-5 self studying F8 attending classes for P1

  17. avatar says

    Hi, I wondered whether you may be able to advise me if possible please?

    I am looking to sit 3 exams in Decemeber, and need to choose between F6, F7, F8 and F9.

    Which 3 would you recommend sitting together?

    Many thanks,

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Hi Tim

      The ACCA recommend that you tackle these exams in sequence so 6,7 and 8 would be the answer

      Thinking ahead, and assuming you pass the 3 that you settle on, next June sees the last F and then ?????

      Yes, P1 and probably P2 following the ACCA advice.

      P2 is a big step up from F7 and it would be difficult to follow P2 consolidations if you haven’t suffered F7

      Ok, so F7 is a must for this December.

      F8 is a lot of common sense and some technical knowledge. Given that you are an intelligent person, (I’m assuming!) then I don’t believe that the stress of studying F8 will be too great

      So that’s F7 and F8 so far.

      What little I know about F6 and F9 …. it’s difficult for me to make that choice.

      I imagine that F6 would be the one to get out of the way.

      That would leave F9 for June 2015 and that would be a good basis for the equivalent P level option paper

      This looks like I’m leaning heavily towards F6, F7 and F8!

      Hope that helps

  18. avatar says

    Dear John Moffat,
    I’ve been following ur video lectures on f9 and must commend that they are really helpful. I have challenge on my study time $ I think this made me to fail 3 papers(f5 f6 and f7) last attempt was June 2011. But now I want to resit f7 and attempt f9 in Dec’14. Is dis doable. Pls advise what other study style can I adopt considering the fact that am full time worker. Your advise will be most appreciated. Tnx

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      Hi Ogama

      Thank you for the comment about the lectures :-)

      Certainly resitting F7 and attempting F9 should be doable. (Although I do not understand why you do not want to rest F5 and/or F6 while the knowledge is still more fresh in your mind).

      With regard to study style, you do not say what you method of studying has been in the past. My suggestion (whichever papers you decide to take in December) is that you watch all of our free lectures (using with them our free Course Notes), and that when you feel confident in the topics you practice as many questions as you can. For this you really should obtain a Revision/Exam Kit from one of the approved publishers – they contain lots of exam standard questions to practice on. Try the questions yourself first (without looking to the answers) and only afterwards check with the answer and learn from your mistakes.

      In particular, spend time thinking about the written parts of questions. In F7 and F9 there are a lot of marks for the written parts – too many people concentrate solely on the calculations and lose marks on the written parts.

      Finally, if you have any problems or are confused about anything, then do ask in the relevant Ask the ACCA Tutor forums. We will do our best to try and help.

  19. avatar says

    Hello everyone,

    Firstly, thanks for sharing your knowledge about the ACCA. Really helpful.

    One question:

    I have just passed F5 and F6 with 74% and 71% respectively and only by self-study and working full time

    What do you think of sitting F7-F8-F9 assisting classes?

    About the Oxford Brooke’s degree. I opted in when I registered and I have the English qualification as well, Is there anything else I need to do?

    Thank you in advance!

  20. avatar says

    Hi – I have passed all other f papers – hope to sit f6 and f7 in December (I’ve already studied both syllabus but will need to revise!) I’d also like to take on one of compulsory p exams in December – what would you suggest p1 2 or 3 or am I being unrealistic?

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      If you are confident that you have the time to revise properly for F6 and F7, then I suggest you take P1. (The ACCA suggest that you take the papers in numerical order)

      But do make sure that you revision of F6 and F7 includes lots of question practice. It is practising exam standard questions that is more important than anything else :-)

  21. avatar says

    Hi I was advised to do combine F6 nd F9 with F5 in dec cos my retake F5 and I think it was my lack of time mgt dt y I did pass so if I practice questn a lot. Nd revise it,guess it will be ok.so will the combination go

  22. avatar says


    can you please advice me the best way to study P4 & P5 for december 2014 exams, like should i depend more on study text or else should i just use course notes and revision kit (along side with your video lectures). thank you

  23. avatar says

    i have not yet started to study for the December 2014 exams i work full time (8 to 5 Monday to Friday) do you think it is possible to start study both P1 and P2 for the exams in December

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Yes! By all means. What I suggest for P1 is repetitive reading through the course notes free on this site. It should take not much longer than 2 hours – just reading through. Do that 3 or 4 times. Then open a revision kit of past exam questions and plan what you would have written for those questions if they had faced you in an exam environment

      Check your plan against the printed solution

      Then do the next one, and the next one and the next one and the ne ……

      You get the idea

      For P2, read through the free course notes and appreciate the solutions

      2 or 3 times

      Now, get into a revision kit (and be prepared for a major shock!) but don’t get disheartened.

      Try the past exam questions and check your efforts against the solutions.

      Appreciate where you went wrong and then do them again, and again, and aga….. you get the idea

      Then, when you come across something you really cannot understand, post again

      And then it’s December

  24. avatar says


    I will be sitting my first two ACCA exams in Dec 2014. I am exempt from F1-F4, I am unsure which papers to sit, are there any suggestions as to what papers I should begin with? I was also unsure what a suitable pairing woukd be for F5 as I will not be doing F4? Sorry if this has already been answered before.

    Thank you.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      The ACCA recommends that you attempt the exams in the same sequence as their numbers (not a big issue, but that’s what they recommend)

      Because those first three are all cbe (are you near an approved cbe centre?) there really is no issue about when to take them

      As for a partner for F5, it seems that F6 or F7 would go well with that (even F8 bit not F9)

      Hope that helps

      • avatar says

        Thanks for the reply.

        If I was to sit them as follows:
        F5 & F6,
        F7 & F8,
        F9 & P1
        or is there a better option which would suit P1?

        Thank you,

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        Your plan is very sensible (and F9 and P1 together does make sense also – it is good to take a calculation paper (F9) together with a written paper (P1)).

      • avatar says

        However, would F5 and F6 be too hard when the exams come round and they are the day after each other? And if (worst case scenario), I fail F6, will all the tax rules be different next year?

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Well, answering your second question first, yes, the tax rules will change.

        The basic principles of governments raising money through taxation doesn’t change though so the fundamental elements remain the same

        The fact that the exams are on consecutive days shouldn’t be a problem – how much F6 learning were you planning to leave to that last 24 hours before the exam!?

      • avatar says

        Ha I’m not much of crammer. I study consistently throughout the year, just 3hrs and 15mins exams two days in a row would be tiring but doable I guess. Thanks for your help.

  25. avatar says

    i have already studied f8 which i will re sit in dec 14 attempt..now is it better to take p1 and p2 along with f8 or p2 and p3..btw i want to take p2 p3 i just need ur advice..my all other F level papers are clear.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Hmm, I think maybe just P2 – it’s one BIG step up from F7!!

      If you insist on three papers (including the F8 resit) maybe think about entering for F8 with P1 and P3.

      Most students seem to like mixing a written paper with a numbers paper but P2 is one heck of a numbers paper so maybe try the other 2 P essentials

      • avatar says

        well i am more comfortable with p2 so i want 2 choose bw p1 and p3 which one is easier..?? i cant handle too much theory 3 theory papers at a time.

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says


        I keep being asked “Which paper is easier?” and I keep being reminded of the presenter on “Who wants to be a millionaire?” who annoyingly keeps saying “These questions are only easy if you know the answers”

        It’s the same with ACCA exam papers – they’re all easy if you know your stuff

        The ACCA recommend that you take the papers in sequence so why not go for F8 resit, P1 and P2?

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      No – you have to complete your F papers (or be taking them at the same time).

      The only think that you could do is register for F4, F9 and P1, but then not attend for F9. However you would not be refunded the exam fee for F9.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      You can, but it will mean losing an exam entry fee. You could enter for F4, F9 and P1 but simply not turn up for F9

      Why not instead enter for F9 and P1 and aim to do the F4 with effect from 19 November when F4 becomes available to be attempted on line. Of course, that means that you should have near to you an approved cbe examination centre

  26. avatar says

    I am new to the ACCA and have just gained exenption of paperF1 , I would want to take paper F2 and F3 through CBE in November and then take Papers F4 and 8 in December 2014. Please advice

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      Taking F2 and F3 by CBE in November should be no problem, provided that you have a CBE centre in your area (I do not know which country you are in). You can find a list of CBE providers on the ACCA website.

      Is there any special reason for wishing to take F4 and F8 in December? You are certainly allowed to, but I ask because both papers are written (as opposed to calculations) and most people prefer to mix the papers. The ACCA recommend that the papers are taken in numerical order, which would make F4 and F5 maybe a better choice. (Especially since F5 is a continuation of F2, and you would just have been studying for F2)

      F4 will be available as CBE from 19 November, and so for that paper you are not fixed to a December date.

      Whatever you decide, do not underestimate the level of difficulty. It is important that you start studying now.
      We have free lectures and Course Notes for all of the papers. You should also get hold of a Revision/Exam Kit from one of the approved publishers. They contain lots of exam standard questions and the more practice you get the better.

      If you have any problems with your studies, then do ask on the relevant Ask the ACCA Tutor forum and we will try to help.

  27. Profile photo of MikeLittle says

    Hi Delson

    Three papers may be too much. If you were to read John Moffat’s recent posts about F5 and F9 and about how they are not really closely related, he suggests that by trying the two together could cause you some degree of confusion

    Are F5 and F9 your last two at the F level? I presume they must be if you’re talking about moving on into P2

    P2 is itself a really tough paper so trying that together with F9 which yoiu have already failed once could be too much.

    However, F5 with F9 is itself not a good combination.

    But, if those are the only 2 F level papers left, then try those two and forget about P level until next June

    Hope that helps but sorry to appear to be so negative

  28. avatar says

    I have papers F6-P1 left to complete. I am looking to complete 2exams in Dec ’14 and 3exams in June ’15. What order would you recommend? I was thinking F6 & F8 followed by F7, F9 and P1?

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      That sounds like a reasonable plan although maybe F7, F9 and P1 could be sen as ambitious.

      If you’re prepared to potentially waste an exam entry fee, you could maybe do the three exams F6, F7 and F8 in December.

      If you should happen to fail 1 of them, then at least you will have done a lot of work in that area so a resit with the F9 and P1 would not be so bad

      What do you think?

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        I am afraid that you cannot take F7, F8 and P1 in December.
        You have to finish your F papers before starting your P papers (or be taking them at the same time)

        Sorry :-(

  29. avatar says

    Hi Mike

    I have attempted F7 four time but still haven’t pass. Got 42% this time. Any tips please. Also, since there is a change in syllabus and exam structure from Dec 2014, I have books for June 2013 attempt. Should these books be good or I should buy the latest one.


    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      No, the books should be fine. You’ll need to make sure you get up to speed with IAS 41 Agriculture. The course notes have ben revised to include a chapter on Agriculture

      As for tips, question practice.

      The revised course notes now include LOADS of mini exercises – get stuck into those as soon as you can

      I wouldn’t now spend time going through any text books (other than a reputable revision kit) – you must already have done that at least twice if you’ve failed the exam three times.

      Just question practice, question practice and then some question practice until you are heartily sick of F7 questions. When you reach that point then ….. do some more question practice

      Hope that helps

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      The syllabus has not changed and so the books you used for June are still valid.

      However it could be worth getting hold of a new Revision Kit because the format of the exam will change, with the introduction of multiple choice questions in Section A. The more practice you get of the new style of question the better.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Personally I can’t think of a better choice. Maybe you could consider doing F4 cbe if there’s a centre close to home. That way you can forget the time pressure of December and tackle F4 before the December exam week, or after

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      You don’t have that choice! You could enter for all three P1, P2, P3 and P7 and one option paper and then simply not turn up for one (or even two or three) of the others

      But the basic rule is that you shall have passed P1 – P3 (or at least be entered for them) before you can start into the option papers


      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Hi Nageen

        The answer to that really depends on what else you have in your life. Are you a full-time student? Do you work at a job? Are you a mother whose time is limited by the demands of children?

        If you can get yourself organised and if you have few other diversions, then P1 – P3 is achievable.

        If there are other demands on your time or if you don’t wish to submit yourself to the pressure of 3 P level exams then settle for just P1 and / or P2 and / or P3

        Hope that helps

  30. avatar says

    Thank you, I do have the bpp revision books (get them for every paper) but as I found f5 so hard I concentrated on that. I have June 2014 regions book for f8, should I buy a new book as it will have questions similar to the December 2014 exam or can I stick to the June 2014 book and just use open tuition like I did for June 2014 exam. Thank you – you do work late on a Saturday night!!

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      You should really get a new Revision Kit. Not because the syllabus has changed, but because there will be multiple choice questions and, again, the more practice that you get the better.

      (And yes – it is late :-) I am going to bed now!)

  31. avatar says

    Hi, I had my first fail in f8 46 percent but I didn’t do any question practise, just listened to lectures and read the past f8 exa papers. would f7 or f9 be better to do with f8? If i do f9 it is the day after f8 in December 2014, whereas f7 has a days break in between the two. My only hesitation in f7 is that I absolutely hated f5 (which I did pass with shock) but had to work so hard at it hence why I didn’t do enough work for f8. I loved f6 and found f4 so interesting (past both of those). Obviously the days break is better so it would be f7 and f8 but I want to give enough time for f8 this time and still deep In the knowledge of how hard I found f5 and how much work I had to do for it to pass. I don’t come from a costing back ground I work for an accoutant. So what would you do, can’t bear another fail. Thank you.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      F7 has no connection to F5. F7 is financial accounts and so costing is not relevant.
      I think therefore that you would be best taking F7 and F8.

      You said that you did not do any question practice for F8. Question practice is vital for all papers. You really must get hold of a Revision/Exam Kit and practice as many questions as possible (for both papers).

  32. avatar says

    I was so eager to complete my level 2 but unfortunately I did not pass in F8, it’s very hard on me as I was much prepared and found the exam okay..and it’s the first I fail so! I was taking F7 and F9 too.
    I’ve started P1 and P3 and was looking to sit both in Dec but now I have to resit F8.
    Is it good doing them 3? F8, P1 and P3?

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      That’s a LOT of writing / theory. F8 Auditing is 100%, P1 Governance Risk and Ethics is almost certain to be 100% written and (from what little I know about P3) P3 is nearly (?) all written

      I would think seriously about attempting just F8 and P1 in December, then P2 and P3 in June 2015 and finish off with your two option papers in December 2015

      Sound good?

      • avatar says

        I wanted to do P2 all on its own because I’m not a fan of F7 and I heard P2 is a hell compared to F7. And I also want to (hopefully) finish with the exams next year.

        You are meaning that it would be difficult to memorise all the theory? Would it be really too much?
        F8 is one week before P1 and P3 and there’s a day between them both..my hand could rest with all the writing, haha.
        And I have plenty of time to study, no job or whatsover except p1 and p3 classes once per week. Up to now both are okay but I don’t know what is coming up in the next classes.

        Concerning F8, I am not planning to take classes again. I plan revising my notes, read my Kaplan book, watch lectures here and practising questions. Would that be enough since structure of the paper has now changed?


      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Hi Sertu

        With that added information about no distractions and unlimited study time, ok, you could do it. It sounds like you are more wordy orientated than numbers so possibly 3 non-numerical papers could be the answer.

        Go for it!

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      The ACCA suggest that the papers should be tackled in sequence (though that’s not really a big issue)

      P3 (so far as I am aware) is totally written as also is P1. Maybe the 35% numbers in P2 could give a welcome interlude between the total theory that would be represented by a combination of P1 and P3

      • Profile photo of aishaasad says

        Thank you Sir. So shall I go with P1 and P2 ?
        Moreover is there any benefit of having passed F7 just in june 2014 sitting that would help little bit in P2 ?

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Hi, yes, a recent pass in F7 will make the passage into P2 that little bit easier (but P2 is a BIG step up from F7!)

        Yes, go for P1 with P2 – I can’t think of a good reason to try and talk you out of that choice

  33. avatar says


    I was exempted from F1, but not from F2, F3. I passed F6 + F7 last June 2014. I would like to sit F4 + F5 in Dec 2014. However, as I did not take F2 yet, I consider F5 is not an appropriate choice. Is it better if I sit F4 + F8 in Dec this year, then later on sit F2 followed by F5? Please help to advise.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      I assume that you have passed F3?

      You are not allowed to take F4 and F5 until you have passed F2 (unless you take all three at the same time).

      I would suggest therefore that you would be best taking F2 and F4.

      • avatar says

        Actually I have not taken F2 and F3 yet, but are still eligible to sit F6 + F7 and passed. As these exams are held monthly as computer-based papers, I can arrange to take them before Dec 2014.

        Other papers can only be held twice per year, so it’s more difficult to decide which ones are the best combination.

        What is your advice?

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        Ah – that is OK then. No problem :-)

        Assuming that you do take F2 CBE before December, then I really would take F5 in December. It continues from F2 and so many topics will still be fresh in your mind.

        Assuming you have the time for studying, then certainly F4 and F5. Now that F4 is becoming CBE also from 19 November, you could always take F5 in December and then F4 shortly afterwards to give a bit more time if you find you need it.

      • avatar says

        I am afraid that I do not have enough time for studying F2 then F5 for this Dec exam, so I consider another combination F4 + F8. However, after your reply, I think I need to concentrate on studying F2 from now on to prepare for F5.

        It is new to me that F4 will be a CBE soon, so it’s easier for me to plan studying schedule.

        Thank you so much for your advice. It is very helpful :)

      • avatar says

        Well, I mean that I will finish F2 CBE in Sep or Oct, then sit F4 + F5 in Dec exam (hope I have enough time). It sounds good, right?

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        Yes – that sounds good :-)

        (and because F4 will be CBE, then if you find you have too much work then you could delay F4 until January or February if you need to)

  34. avatar says

    Hi! I am a full time student. I failed F5 for the third time and F8 and F9 for the first time. I would like to ask that should I resit F5, F8 and F9 for December 2014 exam? Please help to advise me. Thank you.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Why not concentrate on your nemesis F5? Maybe, just maybe, combine it with one other – I suggest F8.

      To fail F5 three times suggests that you are not fully understanding the subject and, by concentrating on just F5 using F8 as a variation in your studies, you can get your level of understanding up to examination standard.

      But trying three in a single session appears to be too much.

      Hope that helps

  35. Profile photo of Violeta says

    I’m planning to sit F2 very soon and I was thinking about studying for December exams F5 and F6 starting from September. I’d like to sit F3 and F4 ( as it is soon going to be available as CBE) later, like in February / March 2015.

    What do you think about this paper combination? Is it very difficult to pass them if they are in this order?

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      I don’t the the sequence in which you take the exams is going to make a major difference although ACCA themselves recommend that you attempt them in sequence

      You do have a problem with taking F5 and F6 in December because you have not yet cleared the first three papers F1 – F3

      I suggest that you study for F3 and attempt that later this year. If you find it easy (and the free course notes and lectures on this site should make it a straight-forward exercise) then you may be able to study for F5 and F6 at the same time ready for December

      I am concerned that you may be being a little ambitious. You have no idea about the amount of work involved in these later F level papers (F4 – F9) so I wonder whether it may be “safer” to aim for F3 and F5 for this year followed by F4 in early 2015 with F6 and F7 in June next year

      Hope that helps

      • Profile photo of Violeta says

        Thank you so much ! I’ve already passed F1 .

        I will listen to your advice and after passing F2, try F3 as CBE and F5 in December. I will leave the rest for the next year.
        I’m a full time student, so I can study how much I want ;)

        Thanks again !

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Ok, that’s good news that you have unlimited study time.

        Should you need to, please feel free to post any questions on this site and we’ll get back to you

  36. avatar says

    I just did my paper f4,f5 and f6 last semester and passed them all. I am considering to take paper f7, f8 and f9 this December 2014. Should I drop f8? Since all of my friends telling me that taking all 3 of them is hard. I’m a full time student. Thank You.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      A full time student should be able to take and pass three exams given that you have 4 months to prepare. And if your friends were to say that Iceland is very sunny, would you believe them? The degree of difficulty is up to you. If you prepare yourself fully you should be easily capable of passing three papers in December and prove your friends wrong

      And if you have any problems, post on this site and I, Gromit and John will give you answers to your various questions

  37. avatar says

    Hi, I see that F7 & F8 is a popular choice for most. I’m thinking of doing this in December. However, there seems to be a lot to learn in F7 and the F8 pass rate is rather low. Could someone advise me on the best strategy to ensure I pass? Cheers!

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      The best strategy? Start work now. Read the free course notes, listen / watch the audio video lectures, get stuck into flash cards on this site, get hold of a reputable up-to-date revision kit (or download past exam questions and answers from this site, read through the questions and answers, over and over and over again.

      Get totally familiar with the contents and keep doing that repeatedly until you come out of that exam room in December knowing that you’ve nailed both papers

      And if you get stuck on anything, anything at all, post your question on Ask the Tutor and I or Gromit will get back to you as soon as we are able

      Does that help?

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      The combination is certainly OK, and I would not consider changing papers now. If you studied for them for June, then keep studying for them for December – do not waste the time you have already spent. If you take other papers instead you will forget what you have already learned.

      • avatar says

        F5 and F9 are recommended as the 5th best combination on this poll so it must be good for some? They both follow on from F2 but in different ways I’ve been told.

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        That is true – they follow on a different ways.
        F5 is performance management (variances etc). F9 is financial management (investment appraisal, foreign exchange risk etc). They are very different papers.

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Andrea – yes, it’s the fifth most popular. But that’s out of only six choices! Only F8 is less popular and that could be a symptom of many students having no experience at all of auditing and displaying an element of fear of the unknown

      • avatar says

        Yes I saw that it was recommended as better than doing F5 & F7. F7 is supposed to be quite solid so wasn’t sure it was the best with F5. But possibly with F8 if you are saying. I was told that F5 and F9 compliment each other in some ways. Also, is it essential to buy another updated F5 textbook?

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      You have not said which papers you have already passed (or been exempted from).

      You can take it with any other F paper, but the ACCA do recommend you take them in number order, which is sensible.

  38. avatar says

    Kudos to all the Open Tuition crew. You are doing such tremendous work!
    I have F9 and the P papers to write. I am looking to qualify by June 2015 hence I plan to write 3 papers( F9, P1 and P2) in Dec 2014 and the final 3 papers( P3, P4 and P7) in June 2015. Are these combinations wise without me shooting myself in the foot. Thank you.

  39. Profile photo of segolame says

    hello everyone

    I want to start reading and preparing for June 2015 exams (for paper F4 + F5+ F6 do you think its too early?) by November this year due to the fact that I am having my wedding on 13 September. what do u think

  40. avatar says

    Hello John, I’ve loved your lectures in past and passed F9 with them. I attempted P1 and P3 in June, Passed P1 and failed P3. What exams should i go for any suggestion should be helpful? Should i go for just P2 and P3 or take P4 with them as well.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says


      Thank you for the comment, and congratulations on passing P1 :-)

      It really depends on how much time you have available for studying. However P2 and P4 are both hard exams, so I would suggest just taking P2 and P3 in December. Then you will just be left with P4 and one other to take next June.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      You cannot take P1 unless you take F8 and F9 at the same time. (Unless you register for all three and then do not attend for either F8 or F9 – but then you will not get your money back).

      I would suggest that depending on your marks in June, you either just retake F8 and F9, or you attempt all three.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      Well I think you should retake all three papers in December.

      F4 will be all MCQ’s; F5 will be part MCQ’s and part longer questions; F6 will not have MCQ’s – it will be the same format as the June exam.
      Don’t worry about the MCQ’s – the knowledge required does not change. Just make sure that you practice lots of them to get used to the style.

      If you have access to a CBE centre, then you will be able to take F4 as CBE from November 19th. Then you could concentrate on the remaining 2 for December.

  41. avatar says

    hi i just wanted to confirm, i plan on re-sitting f4, f7 and f9, in december i have already cleared p1, which one would you recommend from p2 or p3 to go with in december? or do you recommend that i should do f4 in cbe and do f7, f9 and p2/p3? a quick response would be appreciated.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Given that three of your papers are to be retaken, I’m wondering whether you may be over facing yourself attempting four in each sitting. Possibly you should concentrate on getting through those three that are causing you problems

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Hi again

        I still think you should concentrate on these three. f4 CBE and F7 and F9 in December.

        If you are adamant that you want to start into the P level in December then why not look at P1. F7 is almost completely numerical, F9 (I understand) is around 50/50 numbers and written and P1 is entirely written. It could be a good balance

        It’s difficult to imagine you coping with P2 when you say you are already struggling with F7 so P1 is looking favourite

  42. avatar says

    I will be resitting paper f4 and f9 in December 14 . I m confident that I will pass this time therefore I want to pick one p level paper too . Can you please suggest which P paper would be good to give with f4 and f9. . Many thanks.

  43. avatar says

    Hello MikeLittle
    I passed F1 and F3 last month with the help of opentution and Preparing for F2. Hopefully I will finish by the mid of Aug.
    One of my friend who helps me in my ACCA suggested me to take F8 with F5 but I am bit confused with F8 since I hate theory and book reading. He says Hold F4. F6 is too lengthy to be taken with F5. So please advise me regarding the combination of F5 with F8 as I see this combination in worse category.
    Is it possible to pass F8 and F5 in this dec studying from sep to nov.
    I am doing job from 8 to 4. I do self studies.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Hi Ahmad – sure you can pass F8 with F5 – but did you think about F7 with F5? Or even F4 and F5 – now that’s a popular combination. You have to face the facts – at one time or another you’re going to have to pass them all so there’s not a lot of point in delaying any – it still has to be passed.

      Keep posting whenever you come across something that you don’t understand and we’ll try to explain the matter to you

  44. avatar says

    hello sir.i have passed my F2 exam using your lectures and mocks and i got 71%,
    now my initial plan was to take 4 papers for December f4 f5 f6 f7, but some people have told me not to..they told me to take 3 papers f4 f5 f6.
    can you please guide me what to do?
    now that F4 is confirmed CBE (checked in myacca and its giving me 2 options, paper based and CBE )
    im now thinking to take f5 f6 f7 and do my best to clear these three and take f4 seperatly as CBE after december exams, hopefully clearing that aswell will make 4 papers gone in 6 7 months time.
    kindly suggest what to do.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      Congratulations on passing F2 :-)

      I do think that taking 4 papers at once is too much. They are at a higher level than F1, F2, and F3 (I assume that you have already passed or been exempted from F1 and F3?).

      Leaving F4 until after the December exams is a good idea, and so leaving yourself with 3 for December.
      That is certainly possible, but it very much depends on how much time you have available for studying.

      What would be sensible would be to start studying now and decide for yourself how easy or difficult you are finding the papers. If you are finding that you are managing well, then register for all three papers. On the other hand, if you find that you are having big problems with one or more of them, then just register for two of them.

      Obviously everyone is different as to what they find easy and what they find hard. The only way to find out for yourself is to actually start studying them :-)

      • avatar says

        thanks for the reply,
        i was in FIA and i got expemtions from F1 F2 F3, but they are all same right?
        my classes are starting from 11th augest, so ur suggesting i should take f5 f6 f7 work hard and clear them in one go and take f4 in CBE after december? its a good plan right?

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        Yes, they are the same :-)

        And yes, try F5, F6 and F7. But why not spend some time before your classes watching a few of the free lectures on here first.
        That will give you an idea of the level of difficulty. Hopefully you will find no problem, but if you do decide it is too much then you will be able to change your mind.
        (Watching some lectures on here will make your classes easier for you as well :-) )

  45. avatar says

    Hi. I completed F2 and F3 in June 2014 (exempt from F1). I was wondering what combination you would recommend to do next? My lecturer recommended F5 and F6. Would anyone think this is a good combination from past experience? Or would F5 be better combined with F9? I want to do F5 next as I hear it follows on from F2 and hopefully what I learned will still be fresh in my head! Does F9 also follow on from F2? Thanks in advance for any advice! Much appreciated!

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      I would certainly take F5 next while F2 is still fresh in your head.

      Although F9 also follows on from F2, I would not take it with F5 – there is very little connection between F5 and F9. (F5 is mainly continuing the costing/budgeting/variance part of F2; F9 is continuing the investment appraisal (DCF) part of F2).

      I would take either F4 and F5; or F5 and F6.
      (F4 is 100% written – no arithmetic; F5 is 50% arithmetic and 50% written; F6 is almost 100% arithmetic.)

      F4 is going to go CBE soon (it is not yet certain when) and when it does then you will be able to take it on demand. That could be a reason for choosing F5 and F6 this December.

      • avatar says

        Hi John,

        Many thanks for your quick reply.

        Yes I have heard that F4 might be going CBE here next year so I am thinking of holding of on it.

        My lecturer did recommend F5 and F6 together too but a lot of people think that combination is too hard. People say there is a lot to cover in both F5 and F6 and that it is very hard to cover everything while doing both together.

        However, if I do end up doing F5 and F6, what subject would you then recommend to do with F9?

        Thanks, Andrea

      • avatar says

        Dear sir,
        I am trying to be early bird for the exam entry of course it’s cheaper. I choosen F2 F3 CBE and F6 at the same. The two cbe papers, the message shown plz contact your nearest centre. I was charged just F6 alone. What if until the month of Dec i still havent pass or fail F2 F3 will i be able to sit for F6 which was paid. I think this what treasure 22 is trying to ask, i guess.

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        Hi Jason

        Yes – you will still be able to sit for F6.
        As long as you have chosen F1, F2 and F3 as well (or have already been exempted or passed) I, then there is no problem.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      I’m not so sure there is a ‘best’ paper to take with F6. The ACCA recommend that you take them in number order – that’s the way they designed the programme of exams.
      If you look at the charts above it seems most students suggest F4, but it obviously depends what papers you have already taken or have been exempted from.

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        In that case I would suggest F7 as being the most logical (and the chart above confirms others think the same, if you rule out F4 and F5)

        That leaves F8 and F9 to do together, which is good because one is all written and other is half arithmetic.

  46. avatar says


    I am thinking of taking F8 with 2 P Level papers in December, just wanted to get people’s thoughts if this may be too heavy a workload? If possible what would be the best combination?

    I’m leaving my job a month before exams and going to use that time to focus solely on studying. So I’m hoping that additional month would give me enough time to prepare…

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      There is no reason why you should not be able to manage it.
      However, have you already passed F9? (Because you have to finished all your F papers (or be taking them at the same time) to be able to start the P papers.)

      • avatar says

        I took F9 with F7 in June, so I’m just considering what my options could be if I passed both.

        So for combination of P papers, would P1 & P3 work well together?

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Assuming that John’s point about having finished all your F level papers is satisfied, why not try P1 and P3? I suggest those because there is a clear day between the exams and it seems from numerous posts on this site that students believe that that is important. It gives that bit of space for last minute revision

      In addition, there is a little bit of overlap of F8 within P1 (ethics and independence)

  47. avatar says


    I am eligible for exemption of F1 to F9, want to know if it’s possible to apply to write other papers(thinking of taking p1-3 in Dec) before paying for the exemptions??

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      I doubt that very much! Think from the ACCA’s perspective! We let you do 3 papers and (hopefully not) you fail and decide not to go further! Er, no, sorry. I imagine that you shall have to be registered as a student and that, before you are allowed to enter any P level papers, you will need to pay for your 9 exemptions

  48. avatar says

    Hi, I want to modify f2 and f3 papers in MYACCA portal. I had registered previously to take the papers in the December session and I paid the fees already but now I want to take them through CBE in august or September. In the myACCA portal it is possible to change from paper base to CBE but the problem is that the center cannot be modified and I wish to take them in a different center not the one I registered in December, moreover there are other papers that I will maintain to take in paper base in the December session. I was wondering if I should just remove F2 and F3 from the December session which means my account will have a balance and when I will register for the june session I will need to pay a certain sum plus the balance to complete the fees for the papers in june session. I don’t know if this is possible

  49. Profile photo of paaras says

    Hello Everyone, i am sitting for F5, F7 and F9 exams in Dec 14. I failed F5 and F7 in a previous attempt. Can i still use two years old Kaplan study notes for F5 and F7?
    Any reply would be much appreciated

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      1, 2, 3 or 4 – it’s up to you. Most students seem to find that 2 each 6 months is enough

      Student registration lasts for 10 years but I’ve never heard of anyone being time-barred

  50. avatar says

    Hi, I am thinking of taking F2 and F3 CBE before Dec and take 2 or 3 more exams in Dec 14.
    I have only started a few chapters for F2 and I’m working full time.
    Do you think it is better/possible to take 2 or 3 exams in Dec and which papers I should take given I’ve passed F2 and F3.
    Thanks a lot!

    • avatar says

      I also work full time, I find that taking the time to focus one paper consistently and sitting the exam paper works best.
      then sit 2 paper base exams. but that depends on the amount of time you have available for study. it makes no sense to pay for 2 or 3 papers when you barely have time to study.
      I study on my own as there is no time for class, work and family.
      My method is to go through the OT notes and lectures and then all the questions in the revision kit and the last few days before exams do the mock exams. You cannot pass an acca exam without a lot of practice no matter if it is computation or writing.

      we are in july now i would suggest that if you can study and pass those two papers by September then go ahead and two dec. put if not doing F4 or F5 only for dec would be a good plan.

  51. avatar says

    Hi everyone, I just registered for ACCA and got one exemption (F1). I wish to take 4 papers in december 2014, f2, f3, f4 and f5. I was just wondering if is a good combination or is the work load too much?

    • Profile photo of angele1 says

      Hi, yes it’s possible to do all the four. F2 and F3 are easy and you might also consider doing the CBE for these papers anytime during the year. You would then be left with only F4 and F5 for december sitting.
      Good luck :)

      • avatar says

        Thanks, I would very much like to take F2 and F3 in the CBE session, but the problem is that I have already registered those papers in the December 2014 session. I don’t know
        if there is a possibility to switch them to CBE.

      • Profile photo of angele1 says

        Hi, you already paid for the 4 papers for december 2014?

        If yes, you can still modify your exam entry for F2 and F3 and register for two other papers (cause ACCA will not refund your payment) till the 8th september, with no additional cost.
        You can register for the two other papers for June 2015 sitting.

        For the CBE, you have to pay directly to the school or centre offering the exams.

        Best of luck :)

    • avatar says

      Thanks once more.One more question: Can I modify my exam entry for F2 and F3 and register for two other papers still for the december 2014 session and take f2 and f3 through CBE in the coming months. That means I will end up taking 6 papers within 6 months, that is 2 in CBE and 4 in normal session. Is this possible?

      • Profile photo of angele1 says

        Hi Bertrand, yes it’s possible to modify your exam entry for dec 2014. And yes, you can do 2 CBE + F4 and F5 in december 2014.

    • avatar says

      you answered your own question, as with all ACCA papers. you need enough time to cover all topics and practice and be comfortable in all areas and only you alone how much time you have to cover everything.

      what i can say is that the F7 paper covers a lot of info and you need a lot of practice for this one even more than the others (in my opionion)

  52. avatar says

    I sat F4 and F7 together passed both 7 mainly computational and extremely time pressured 4 is all rote learning and theory it needs to click in your head took me awhile I couldn’t have sat 6 with any other too much to learn and I thought 5 was horrible the worst of them all
    Good luck

  53. avatar says

    Please help me with this F2 question.A company which operates a process costing system had work-in-progress at the start of last month of 300 units (valued at $1,710) which were 60% complete in respect of all costs. Last month a total of 2,000 units were completed and transferred to the finished goods warehouse. The cost per equivalent unit for costs arising last month was $10. The company uses the FIFO method of cost allocation.
    What was the total value of the 2,000 units transferred to the finished goods warehouse last month?

  54. Profile photo of angele1 says

    Hi, F7 has some theory but not so much. Sometimes there are theoritical questions in Q4 and Q5.
    And F4 has lots and lots of theory…
    Hope you make the good choice. Good luck :)

  55. Profile photo of Lisa says

    hi , want to kno if taking f4 along with f7 is a good idea , i already passed f5 last time and sat for f6 and um skipping f4 in june 2014 as i didnt study enough , so will f4 and f7 go well together ?
    nd it would be helpful if som1 can tell whether or not if there is a lot of theory in f7

    tnx :)

    • Profile photo of angele1 says

      Hi, F7 does not have so much theory. But sometimes they ask some in questions 4 and 5.
      And F4 has lots and lots of theory…. more than any other F level paper (my advice: get rid of that F4 asap)
      Hope you make the good choice. Good luck :)

  56. avatar says

    I would not do F5 and F6 togther, I think it depends on what kind of studier you are. I prefer a more written exam like F4 or F8 with a more numerical one such as F6. I found F6 absolutely fine but I am not enjoying F5 in the slightest, am doing it with F8 – not sure that is the best combination but I looked at how many days apart the exams are, as I wanted time inbetween the exams – I did not want an exam on the day after a previous exam where possible.

  57. avatar says

    F5 seems to be quite complex so I would not take more than only one extra. Of course, it depends on how much time you can devote, if you work full-time etc. Pls consider also how complex your F6 variant is. Anyway, good luck! :-)

  58. avatar says

    please i need advice on the best combination.i want to sit for F5,F6 and F8 in dec.is this a good combo?
    kindly assist as i get confused every day on the best combo.

  59. avatar says

    plz help…. i m thinking of doing three papers in december 2014 sitting. i m now doing f4 and f5.. i wanna skip f7 and wanna do f6, f8, and f9.. is that possible.

    • avatar says

      You can’t progress to option papers before you clear P1, P2 and P3 so there isn’t much of a choice. Unless of course you choose the expensive way of paying for both P1 and P2 and one more chosen paper and then not sitting for either P1 or P2.

  60. avatar says

    Dear John

    Am remaining with F5 and F6, the things is have entered for Local Taxation Paper and if i pass this local paper am aligible for examption of F6. will i be allowed to enter for F5 and P1 for June Exam before results for this local taxation paper

    Kindly advice

  61. avatar says

    Hi, I’m thinking of taking F6 and F8 in June. Although this combination doesn’t seem very popular in the graphic above, I like the idea of having a day between papers to revise a bit. Do you think it is a good idea to sit F8 without studying F7 first? Do I need the knowledge from F7 to sit F8?

    Many thanks

  62. avatar says

    I have taken f5 got 43..i have completed 4 and 6 earlier,,I am willing to take f5 7 and 9 and my second choice is to take f5 and 9. which one will be better for me? pls..suggest me as earlier as possible.

    • avatar says

      hi, i need some advice. what do you think of this three combinations, f5, f7 and f8? btw, f5 will be my second attempt for this june 2014. should i or should i not drop my f5 for this june sitting? thanks.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      What do you think? You failed F4 with 46% and now you are aiming to try it again as well as two new papers? Yes, it’s possible and many students before you have succeeded. A lot depends on your own personal circumstances – pressure at work, family commitments, personal motivation, social life, time available.

      I cannot ( no-one can) answer these questions for you. It’s got to be a personal decision – only you knows the answers to these questions

  63. avatar says

    I have just passed f4,f5 (week between exams)
    I would like to take them in order, f6,f7 are on consecutive days though. Is that practical or would f6,f8 be a better combination, followed by f7,f9.

    any advice appreciated.

  64. avatar says

    I passed in F5 and already cleared F1-F5 all, but failed in F6 by 2 marks. I want to sit in June,14 exam with F6 and other two papers combination.

    Could you tell me which will be better option to take either
    F6+F9+P1 or
    F6+F7+F9 or
    F6+F9+P3 or else.

    Eagerly waiting for valued suggestion.

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      If you are not confident of your ability to attempt two papers in June …… then don’t. Why impose unnecessary additional stress on yourself which will probably be reflected by you not being able to give your best to either paper.

      Having said that, I know that this has been done by others in the past – I think it depends entirely on the individual and the amount of time that person is prepared to devote to studying

  65. avatar says

    In F level I have F7-F9 left.Can I take F7,F8 and P1 exams in June 2014?
    I doing a part time job.Will it be a good idea to do these three exams in one sitting?
    Please help!

      • avatar says

        johnmoffat is it not allowd for binc to enter for f7-9 AND p1 but just not turn up for f9? I have a friend who did that and left f4 until well into the p level exams – had to do f4 before she did p1 coz they are an the same day. Its an expensive way to do it – keep entering and not turning up but it is possible isnt it?

      • Profile photo of John Moffat says

        Of course it is always allowed to pay to enter exams and then not turn up. But I am certainly not going to recommend it to anyone (except in exceptional cases) since they lose the money if they do not turn up for the exam.

  66. avatar says

    Can anybody please advise me as to what happens if we have not finished all 14 papers within the 10 year period ?
    Will the BSc Degree granted by Oxford Brookes before the 10 year period would be validated if I could not complete ACCA but just the BSc Degree in time ?
    Do they extend this period in any given circumstances ?

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      It’s unlikely that anyone has ever run out of time – the ACCA seem to work on the principle that, as each change in syllabus takes place, they reset the clock to start at zero again.

      And the syllabus changes every 7 years or so.

      Moral: don’t worry about running out of time

  67. avatar says

    Hi all my friends,

    I am a new member to this forum… It is extremely helpful and useful.
    Would you please advise me whether I should do F6 with P6 (advanced taxation) together?
    I got exemptions for all F papers except F6. Thanks.

    • avatar says

      Depdends if you’ve finisehd F1 and F2 already.

      when you book your exams it will let you book F4 if you are also booking F3.
      Log on to myACCA and test it out.

      You can sit F4 before F3 if you tick the box to say that you’ll take F3 as CBE. It’s a bit of a cheat, but at the moment still works (ACCA told me to do that if I wanted to take a paper before taking F1-3).

      • avatar says

        Many thanks for your help. Yes, I have finished F1(exempted) and F2 (sat last Month, awaiting results, expect to pass)

  68. avatar says

    I am planning to write four papers in June as I am not working at the moment and I have the time to prepare. I have completed papers F1 – 3. What combinations do you suggest please? I had no accounting background prior to F1-3. Kindly advise. Thanks

  69. avatar says

    hi, i have attempted now F7 F8 and P1 i am pretty sure that will pass F7 easily but there is 50% chance of passing F8 and P1……. please guide me can i take P2 and what will be the best pair for P2 if i do pass both F8 and P1?

  70. avatar says

    Hello, I passed my P1 and P3 and awaiting for P2 results (essential module). Working full time. I’m taking P6 for June 2014 sitting. Say if I failed my P2 Dec 2013 and resit in June 2014. Still fail P2 but passed my P6, is my P6 still consider a pass? because i was told that to take the optional module i must first passed the essential module.

  71. avatar says

    Good morning :). I plan on sitting for both the F7 and F8 exams next June. But the thing is that I work in an audit firm at an average of 10 hrs a day. Is it too much to study for both while working full-time?

    Thanks in advance

      • avatar says

        I did F6 and F8 in December 2013 (so don’t know my pass marks yet).

        I found that F8 expects a certain knowledge of accounting, and therefore wished I had studied F7 before attempting F8. I am now doing F7 in June. My F3 was only two years ago so I could still remember enough to get me through.

  72. avatar says

    hi i have cleared papers f1 to f7..others are not attempted yet..can i take paper f9 and p2 without f8??if not then which is best combination of papers..f8,f9,p1 or f8,f9,p2 or f8,f9,p3 ?? i am full time student..please reply..Regards…

  73. avatar says

    I still have F8 and F9 and i’m planning to take 1 exam in June 2014 and 2 exams in December 2014.
    Any recommendation on which one should I take first?
    F8 in June 2014 then F9 and P1 in Dec 2014? or
    F9 in June 2014 then F8 and P1 in Dec 2014?


  74. avatar says

    Hello I’m doing the skills module now, I have set F5 during this session. Now I want to figure out which exams to sit next session. I am a student and I work full time in audit. I want to take F7 next session because I will also be taking Financial Reporting as a class in the University so it would be convenient for me. However, I am considering what to take with F7 I know the popular choice is F8 but since F8 is Audit and Assurance I want to take it a bit later (maybe next December) when I have more experience in audit so it can kinda help me with the exam. Any recommendations?

  75. avatar says

    Hello there
    I am about to start acca and i was thinking taking F2-F3 together for the june exams.is it a good idea or i should take them separately. i have exemption for F1 so i don;t need to take it.
    thx in advance

  76. avatar says

    Hi there,

    I am just about to start my ACCA as I have recently completed the AAT course. What 2 papers would be a good starting point for me to take and what revision tools work best (either BPP or KAPLAN) and other study material worth investing in. I currently work full time and am busy on Saturdays which will reduce amount of time available for exams but am keep and dedicated to suceedig.


  77. avatar says

    Hi! I am taking F5 and F8 for Dec’2013 session. this combination is my second attempt. Last session i passed F7 (score: 61) and F9 (score:61). How do you think, would it be easier to study F5 after passing F9? F5 is a hell for me :((((

  78. avatar says

    Dear Sir,
    KIndly confirm if there are differences between CBE and Paper base exam.CBE is available at any time whereas Paper Base exam are available 2 Times a year.What about the pass rates.CBE monitors displayed diffrent questions for candidates whereas Paper Base Exam all candidates used to get same paper and same question.Which are tough Paper Base or Computer Base and about the pass rates.Which candidates scored more marks Paper Base or Computer base exam.

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      The CBE and paper exams are both the same level of difficulty, and the same syllabus.

      The ACCA do not publish pass rates separately for CBE and paper based, and we do not have that information either.
      There is no reason why they should be different.

  79. avatar says

    Hi guys,

    started studying kind of late now I’m not sure what to choose.

    I’ve already started P1 and deciding between P2 / P3. I hope to choose P5 n P7 at future sittings, what do you think I should do now? Help please
    btw I work full time

    • avatar says

      P3 underpins P5 and P2 underpins P7 so, I would say choose the one you are more strong at given 2 months and 2 weeks to go before exams.
      I actually did P1 and P3 and then P2 with P7. which i think is the best because P2 knowledge in all needed in P7 so i do not have to revise Financial reporting topics for P7.
      In P5 only some part of the P3 syllabus is needed but P7 needs all P2 knowledge.
      so i would recommend P1 with P3 which have some overlaps as well, especially Stakeholder analysis,strategic decisions and risk.

  80. avatar says

    Hi Everyone, kindly give suggestions.
    I am full time working professional. My all F papers are passed except F5 which i have to re-attempt in Dec-2013.
    I am planning to attempt 1 paper from P1 to P3. which extra paper should i opt for considering time constraints
    due to professional and social commitments.

      • avatar says

        oh. thats fine, but P1 first. do all 3 together or P1 and F4.
        it is also ok to do p2 with f4 but if you are going to do p7 then it’s best to delay p2 and do it with p7 because you need all the knowledge in P2 for p7

      • avatar says

        Nothing in common at all. F4 is law, P3 is on strategy formulations and evaluation. so don’t do them together.
        F4 Law on business & companies good to go with P1 on company governance, Ethics, Risk and a bit of law besides F4 also have a bit of governance and risk so it’s a perfect marriage.
        Since you have only F4 to do in the F papers, the natural choice is to do it with P1.

  81. avatar says

    I failed the F4 and F7 exams in June and planning to resit them in December. I also want to add another paper as a first attempt. Which one would be a better combination with them F8 or F5? any advice please?

    • avatar says

      I personally would take F8 with F7 which is what am doing right now for December exams. I read many comments about them two being somehow linked and asked my friend who is a tutor at school and she confirmed F7and F8 is the best combination. However, you also have F4 which (as I suspect f8 will be) is another theoretical paper. If you failed f4 marginally you shouldn’t probably worry about having additional theory from f8 but one thing for sure – F5 will go better with f9 should you chose now f8. Good luck.

  82. avatarjohn85 says

    I’ve failed my June’13 sitting for F6, F8 & F9 and I was so totally desperated
    And I’m likely want to sit my 2nd attempt for F6, F8 & first attempt P1 for Dec’13. Is this the best combination?
    OR could someone advice and help me is there any best combination for me?
    I’m totally need your help.

    • avatar says

      I can’t advice how to prepare for them but can tell you my own experience since I had exact same combination last year. I work full time and learning theory is always painful for me, literally! I only passed F5 (which I found quite straight forward and more exercise focused rather than the theory where in fact you could write loads of about using your common sense rather then definitions from the book). I failed F7 and F9 and realised it was a mistake taking three papers for one sitting. In June this year I sat F7 and F9 again and passed this time F9, failing F7 by one mark (I know, gutted!).

      If you can devote plenty of your spare time studying outside of your school hours and are disciplined to spent at least several days on each paper to learn the theory really hard you will be fine. Good luck.

    • avatar says

      Thats too much you are basically attempting the 3 computation paper in this level and two of them very hard f9 is probably the easiest of the ones you have listed there as its mainly computation and less writing while f5 while they may say its 60/40 its more 50/50 writing and computation.

      If you are set on doing three try f5 and f9 along with a theory like f8. f7 has alot to remember as well.
      f9 – opentutition lectures and bbp kit working all the questions and understandidng the concept should work – topics to focus on npv, wacc and working capital
      f5- the same as f9 but you need to be sure that you can handle anything from each section as the questions are mainly senario base and you need to be able to apply. knowing for sure your advance variances, performance management and budgetting topics you should be half way there.

  83. Profile photo of rockerz says

    hi from options ive decided to take p6 but confused for the the other option i ve flunked in p5 thrice so thinking to switch to p7 but for that p2 knowledge is required which i have cleared more than a year ago would this be fine ? just advice me between p5 and p7 i really wanna be affiliate now plzz help me …

  84. avatar says

    hi there,
    i am s tucked with my optional papers (p4-p7) and i am keep sitting P6 for last couple of years but i am sure i will pass P6 next sitting .
    Can any one advise me whether i should go for P4 or P5 or P7 to be affiliate in first attempt .

    thank you all

    • avatar says

      Hi nowshin123,
      unless you are currently working in Tax. otherwise you should not be sitting 1 option paper that many times. this is the beauty about acca, you have more options to qualify.
      my advice to you is just check out the other syllabus which is more relevant to what you do at work or which ever is easier to you (P4 or 5 or 7). do it to become an affiliate (to qualify) then after passing the final paper you just need to call acca to do anymore paper you want to do the next sitting if you need to. Acca told me themselves that you can do that.
      i know that you have to pass P6 or P7 to be a register Tax adviser or auditor. but if any of them is giving you trouble to pass, you can always do it after being an affiliate, stress free that is in your own time.
      I personally want to do all the option papers. so i choose the two i think is easier for me to pass, then the rest i will do in my own time and no pressure to pass

      • avatar says

        besides , if you are working in practice or not working then do P7 but if you are working in business P5 i will recommend for you. finally if you are really good in computation the try P4

      • avatar says

        Have you done P4 and 5 or is the two a very hard combo. I personally have no interest in doing Audit or Tax. but then what you can pass i know persons who have taken the adv perf man paper at least 6 times.

      • avatar says

        P4 and P5 are perfect match especially if you want to be senior financial manager(CFO/FC/FD) and senior management accountant or financial analyst or advicer

      • avatar says

        Check out this article I posted in the ICAEW forum. copied below.

        Why would you want to do ICAEW (aca) or cima after ACCA?
        if you need to progress in business ofter being a professional Accountant the right way is The ACCA Global MBA or In finance is ACT with lots of exemption for ACCA member

        you can do the same jobs irrespective of which qualifications.
        there is very minor difference between them.
        the main differences are that aca you do not have option to focus in working in Industries or practice, therefore you have to do all 15 Papers (including the case study exam). all three final papers have a bit of management, tax, corporate reporting, auditing and financial management.
        Besides the final stage exam cannot be done if you are not doing the work related experience.

        With Acca you do 14 out of 16 papers (no case study exams), the final 4 papers you have the option to specialize two areas. these area are:
        e.g Option 1 -Paper P4 and p5 which are for those who work in
        – Financial management
        – Financial accountant
        – Management accountancy
        – financial/business analyst.
        – Risk management
        this option is usually chosen by those who work in industries (business/companies) or want to be management consultants in future or specialist working in such area in practices.

        Option 2 – Paper P6 and P7 are for those who work in:
        – Audit and assurance
        -internal Auditors
        -Tax accountant /advisers
        -Financial accountant
        -Risk management
        -professional engagement
        this options is usually chosen by those working Practice like auditors, tax advisers etc.
        a mixed of the four option papers can give you more option depending the area you are working/specialize.

        E.g another option could be P4 and P6 when working in multinational/ big company with a big treasury function or banks that have departments that provide Tax and financial management advice to clients.

        The Acca program is design for student to have a very flexible approach to there career, with the help of experts in businesses, shareholder, students and mostly importantly partners/seniors in big accountancy (including the big 4) who most of them are ICAEW members.
        The Acca project is to make both an all – rounder and and specialization in the final level of your professional studies. this is because as a professional accountant, you do not have to be a specialist in all accountancy fields.
        well i do not know any accountant who is a management accountant, a tax accountant,an Auditor and financial manager at the same time or in all their career. some focus in one other two. so acca lets you focus in two at a time with the option to change field/career in accountancy
        also to remove bottleneck and frustrations faces by students in getting qualified. e.g Cima and Icaew student are so frustrated by unnecessary requirements,
        say aca you cannot do the final stage without complementary working experience. not all student have the opportunity to have work related experience that easily, especially during their studies.
        cima students ( I do not know whether they change) but it was even difficult to have a certificate after passing all exams (unless you achieved the required experience), so student were frustrated by such thing because when then go for an interview with acca student ,the acca student provide certificate of what the have done while the cima qualified have to pill up loads of loose papers and try to explain what they achieved.
        Remember guys that what am saying is not a criticism of icaew or cima because no one in their right mind can be little cima or aca (and acca for that matter) as they are all an excellent qualifications i have high respect for those who hold the memberships/affiliate. the difference am saying is effect of the red tape.

        My point here is just to help student clarify this issue of crossing carpet from one professional body to another. belief me no one of them is better than the other.
        this absolutely waste of time especially Acca student asking for exemption for aca. this is a waste of time.
        -Cima and Acca makes the best Management Accountant in my opinion (as you can specialize in this area) Icaew have too much tax not need for management accountant so do not waste your time.
        -Icaew and Acca are the only option if you want to be tax accountant and/or auditor because Cima member are not allow to do external Auditing and Taxation
        -if you live outside The UK Cima or Acca is for you because Aca focus on UK tax (as far as i know) but acca is global, you choose the tax Paper that applied in your country if available, other wise you can choose another option paper.
        -In UK the Icaew and acca do the same job and cima does what it does all over the world.
        -so if you are unsure of what u want to do Acca is for you, because when you reach the final stage you chose the area you want, less papers to qualified and have the same post qualifications options open to you just as for Cima or Icaew members

        But once you do Acca you do not need to cross membership to cima or Icaew by Acca have covers same topic required for the professional accountant. say doing 6-8 cima papers to be a management accountant or doing Icaew to be what???. with acca if you want to be management accountant of financial manager(CFO) all you need to do is p4 and p5 and if you want to be and Auditor and tax accountant is do Pb and P7.event after qualifying you can do it. just one paper with Acca not moving to another professional body. stop wasting your time. if you want to move to management Role (e.g CEO) Acca have got a very prestigious global MBA for it’s member recognize worldwide.

        if you work in finance, financial institution, MNC’s treasure departments or becoming CFO, Acca have agreements for it ‘s member to have direct memberships without sitting any exam or with few exams. e.g the Association of corporate treasurers.

        otherwise an acca can specialize in any form of Profession accountant. you can always do any of the option papers during your career, say if you qualified as management accountant or financial manager, when ever you want to do auditing or tax advice you can always sit the exams to qualify.
        A good example is acca member who do not do P6 option. if you want to cross to Aca because you want to do tax, aca will ask you to do 5- 6 papers. to much!!! just call acca and do one Paper p6, bang you are qualified to be a tax advise, this is not because acca is offering lesser knowledge, no. that’s not the case.
        As an acca you have studied all the rest you need to know in the skills paper F6, so P6 is advance topics and to fills in the gap to comply to requirement to be tax accountant. but with Icaew you will have do re-do corporate reporting, business analysis, audit and assurance which you have done with Acca to the same standard already, so you do not need that. this is the political bit between the professional bodies.
        -if you are Icaew or cima and want to do acca you must do all the professional level ( 5 papers with 3 years working experience) to be acca member. what?????
        if you are acca and want to be icaew member, if you did p7 and p6 you need to do 3 papers only. if you do not do p6 and p7 then you have to do 5 papers.(with working experience along side doing advance papers)
        Dose that mean that acca is is superior to aca, no way. this is because two things i said earlier.
        1. politics,
        2. Acca is more focus than aca who try to all at once. that’s why you do lesser papers with acca and during you choice of career you can do anything else you wish. say if you are not working in tax, acca allows you to opt out of advance tax paper as it is just a waste of time to qualify from acca perspective. whenever you need to do it, it’s always open for you. just one paper extra to sit.
        Fellow student stop wasting you time and confusing yourself.
        A student just told me on the chat forum that she has finished all acca papers and now think of doing CFA. what a waste of time. CFA have lots of paper and no exemptions are given at all and even you will have to do papers like financial reporting/analysis etc. for god same you a qualified professional accountant an Acca for that matter. all you need To do is to concentrate on your practical experience requirement(PER) to be acca member. if she want to be Cfa, she had really wasted her time.
        Although i will have to admit that some student that work in small Icaew register firms are being frustrated by their partners/seniors.( if what they said is true) according to some students these partners tells them they have to leave acca and do icaew to be able to be partners in those practice. that is politics and unacceptable and unprofessional from my point of view.
        ICAEW allows ACCA members to be their ICAEW member after five year of practical experience (as far as i know) i do not know of the allowance by ACCA for ICAEW members. so why those people doing that.
        The Big four accountancy firm will recommend both acca and aca to their trainees and the choice is left to you the trainee. so in all of them you have both acca and aca student or members working side by side.
        sorry for this long note and poor English grammar. all i wanted is to share ideas and help each in this process.
        just choose 1 professional body and concentrate on passing papers and getting experience to be become members. but moving from 1 profession body to another is not wise and is a waste of time.
        Icaew- superb qualification and excellence especially for tax accountants,financial management and assurance professionals
        Cima- superb qualification and excellence especially for management accountant and financial management
        Acca- superb qualification and excellence has the combination of both above, as you have option to specialist any area of you interest -Assurance,tax,management accountant,financial management.
        just chose the one you want and you cannot and should not criticize any of them.
        although i have my favorite but i did not mention because i think that is unprofessional. besides this note is writing specially in responds to acca student who are confusing them self of moving from one place to another. Acca Is as good as Icaew or cima.

        if you not sure of anything you can ask, i will be happy to answer but equally i could be wrong. rectify me if am wrong.
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        Key responsibilities include:
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        The ideal candidate will have strong technical ability and must be a qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA or equivalent). My client is looking for candidates who have a solid understanding of accounting principles and internal controls. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to build and develop relationships with key stakeholders across the business.

        The business is truly international meaning there will be travel involved in the role. You can expect to travel in the region of 50% of your time – this includes Europe and Asia, as well as the UK. Projects vary in length; however you can expect to travel for up to 2 weeks at a time to long haul destinations, whilst reviews in Europe tend to be completed in 1 week.


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      • avatar says

        Thank you Edra for your materialistic advise .
        But i am still confused whether i should go for P5 or P7 in terms of first attempt pass .
        i desperately need first attempt pass and does not really matter where i work .

        thank you once again

      • avatar says

        The answer to that is people are different, for some audit is easier than management accounting, which one is your strongest point?
        if you don’t know, check you performance in the F papers. F5 and F8 , which one was easier to pass for you. which one did you have higher make and how many time did you attempt it.
        if you join Acca through Degree route and exempted from the F papers, then compare P1 and P3. P1 is similar to F8 and P7, while P3 is similar to F5 and P5.

  85. avatar says

    Hi guyz. Am sitting for my first time in December 2013. I intend to do f.5, f.6 and f.8. Am working full time. would u recommend me to proceed or 3 papers at a go are too many????? if sp which 2 papers would of the three should i go for?

    • avatar says

      I’ll assume that you pass F4 already. the best option is one theory and one computation as it stand from what you wish to F6 is proably the easier of the 3 the other two require you to grasp a lot. f5 needs lots of practice and since the paper 60/40 computation you need to practice both written and computation.
      i would recommend f5 and f8 but you if want another option i think f5 and f9 while both are computation they are somewhat linked and you will maybe better grasp the concepts of why you do what.

      thats just my opinion

    • avatar says

      f4 and f8 is you dont mind too much theory but they compliment each other. f9 requires a lot of practice, but John makes it easy. his lectures and bbp revison kit helped me past first sitting.
      Mike in f4 makes you laugh and remember the cases again lectures and kit are great for passing but you need to cover all areas and practice writting your answers its a lot of information and if you dont grasp the concepts of all areas then you dont stand a chance.
      I’m doing f8 now its a lot of info.

      • avatar says

        Thankyou for ur quick reply..im good at theory soo i guess ill go ahead with this combo aftr ur advice,but i was wonderin in wat way is f4 n f8 related?
        You were very helpful

      • avatar says

        As per the Examiner guidance f8 is linked to f3 and f4 and p-.
        As i said im studying f8 now and i already found areas of corelation. In f4 there is a whole section on auditors their duties etc. governance and ethics is also covered in law and here in f8 as well.
        Lots of reading

      • avatar says

        Latoyah is right,
        in fact you need f4 for f8,f7,P1,P2 and P7especially corporate law-directors duties,agency relation etc
        and on contract law – contract comes in as engagement letters, law of tort is in f8 as professional negligence. etc etc.

  86. avatar says

    I am in a dilemma. I hope to enter the late (aug) intake for dec2013 sitting. i intend to take only two papers as i am entering late and i intend to take up a side job at the same time. Should i do f7+8 or f7+9???

    • avatar says

      without doubt P1 is a perfect match and a lot of similarities with F8.
      if you wan to do three papers that depends what option papers you want to do at the advance level.
      P2 should be take with P7 because the syllabus in P2 is all examinable in P7 so if you are going to do P7 then do F8,P1 & P3 first.
      i am currently doing P7&P2, they marry to each other. i have already pass P3 &P1 which also have some overlaps especially stakeholders analysis.
      But if you are going to do P5, the same thing applies, P3 & P5 are complementary brothers, 75% overlaps, so if you will be doing P5 then do F8,P1&P2.
      take my word for it. I have read almost all Acca text F1 to P7 and had lectures F1 to P7, in class and online. looked in detail the whole syllabus. lol. am mad about education which i think is good. i love to help so any question just ask.

  87. avatar says

    @Mike Little: I am preparing for F5 and F6 for December 2013 session. Do you think if I aim at attempting 3 papers instead of these two is too much a task? I am a bit confused about what I should do? And if you suggest a 3rd paper, which one do you think should it be? Need to make up my mind by this month so that I can start preparing and apply by October (early dead line).


    • avatar says

      I think i can give advice on this one.
      it depends how much time you get, if you are not working or have plenty time off work to revise, then do three. and make sure you choose papers that have at least a day or two in between. do F8 after F7 or do them together, so if you choosing a third paper do either F7 or F9 provided you already pass F4

      • avatar says

        I haven’t attempted the F6 paper yet but i can tell you that F5 needs a lot of time to practice and grasp the concepts you dont want to go into an f5 exam without a lot of practice. This paper is one that persons sit two and three times before passing so i suggest that you dont add anything to it especially since you chose two computation papers. I’d also advice that you practice all pass exam question repeatedly and read all the articles.

      • avatar says

        spot on latoyah. what is said is correct.
        f5 is demanding as every one would say.
        luckily for me I do not know how it was easy for me to pass it first time. my friends ask but i don’t have an answer. may be it is because I mastered some of the topics that are futures regularly in the paper F5. e.g budgeting and variance analysis. so look at the last 10 papers and identify the topics that are most regularly examine the master them. this paper need (1) understanding how business operates and are manage. (2) some analytical skill also required. (3) master the models and (4) practice past questions (5) practice (6) practice (7)practice…………………………………………………bang pass lol.

      • avatar says

        I think that was how i was able to pass F9 mastering the NPV and CAPM and the Dividend growth model, theory and a lot of practice I think i can do an NPV question in my sleep same for WACC and finding cost of equity and debt, i did so much of them i can do them blind folded even now!

  88. avatar says

    I’m planning to take F5 & F9 in December after having completed F4 in June. Judging from this survey F5 & F9 are a good combination. Has anyone got a suggestion on what may be a better combination? Thanks

  89. avatar says

    I’m taking F4 for December as its my last one from the Fs and I can’t decide between P1 and P2 for the second one. Note that I intend to do P1 self-study whereas P2 not. Plus this will be my first P exam. Anyone that could advise?

  90. avatar says

    i was thinking of doin F4+F8+F9 for the next session? I have doubts about it as its a lot of theory but i am good at theory but what do you think?
    NEED YOUR ADVICE,please let me know?

    • avatar says

      Hi! Have you past F5 yet? If not I’d advise you to take F5 first and then F9. It’s true that there’s lots of theory involved in these papers but none of the papers you intend to sit is really connected to each other so there should be no confusion regarding the syllabus. I sat F4-ENG with only 4 days of study and got a 48 (and I’m a foreigner) so I think its a rather straightforward paper, especially if you are good at theory. F8 is a bit more tricky if you don’t have any auditing experience and needs more practice with questions. I thought F9 was straightforward due to my academic background but I learned the hard way that you can’t pass the paper if you don’t offer a sound analysis and interpretation of the data/scenario so keep in mind that this paper is much more than mere theory in terms of exams

      • avatar says

        HELLO thankyou for your reply,yes i have completed f5,1,2,3,6, and due to exam dates n my institute schedule i decided this combo but i had doubts.im not a native english speaker too.the thing i was worried about was doing f8 n f9 widout f7? I dont have any work experience…..soo f8 will cause problems huh?
        anywas thanku again.

  91. avatar says

    Is it good idea to switch from P4 to P7 . I have given p4 many times and haven’t been able clear it . If you look at the pass rate P4 pass rate is 34 where as for p7 it’s 31. Lot of my friends have suggested to switch to P7 . But I dont think it would matter as pass rates are more or less the same plus I have to study P7 from the scratch where as p4 I have studied before . Can anybody suggest what to do . Anybody travelling in the same boat as me,

    • avatar says

      P5 and P3 goes perfectly well together and In P7 Audit you need to remember P2 knowledge. so i recommend* you P3 and P5 together. I have these papers left F9, P1, P3 and two optionals so I am taking these three plus advance audit for december attempt.

      *(Note: You have to pay for P2 Exam Fees in that case)

  92. avatar says

    Hi all, I’ll be sitting for my first acca exams in December, and I got 4 exemptions, I then registered for f7 and f9, is that a good combination? And as a first timer would it be too optimistic to take 3 papers (self-study)? And any tips/advice? thanks

    • avatar says

      Hi there. You don’t tell us anything about your academic background or working experience nor the exact exemptions you got but taking into account that papers F7 and F9 have both low passing rates (and that’s for a reason!), in my opinion it’s not a very good match. Better try a more theoretical paper to go with F7, say F4 or F8, or maybe F5 as it is far less demanding than F9. If you are working full time you might want to stick with 2 papers and see how that goes ’cause particularly F7 is very demanding and time-consuming

  93. avatar says

    Hi! I have just passed f7, f8 and f9. I found it quite messy that these exams were on consecutive days. Now I am planning on sitting two P papers in December. However, I am not sure what the best combination would be. On one hand I would like to avoid having exams on two consecutive days (p3 is on a Monday, p2 on a Tuesday and p1 on a Wednesday). Therefore, the logical thing would be to take p1 with p3 but I am not sure if this is too much theory. Then I would have p2 left to take with p4 and p5. On the other hand, I’ve read that it would be good to take p3 with p5 as the material overlaps. I would appreciate an advice/opinion on the paper combinations, i.e. whether you think it is better to take p1 and p3 or p1 and p2 together. Thank you very much!

    • avatar says

      I found f5 fairly straight forward. I’ve done some research online this morning and from many pools amongst students in fundamentals F7 is considered the most difficult one. If you take it from scratch plus F8 be prepared for many hours spent on that as F7 requires much more time to study on your own than other papers. If you think you can find and devote your spare time (evenings and weekends) for solid preparation and feel quite strong from F5 then go ahead. Otherwise I wouldn’t take it. My experience is that as I took three exams last year (F5,f7 and f9) I only passed f5 and after taking the other two again in June, I now passed just F9 so still F7 to sit again. I know that I will not take only one additional paper to go along f7 as even though I consider myself now having strong fundamentals of f7 I will still have to spend numerous hours on practising the exercises and especially improve my theory (as I suspect this let me down in the exam). That will have to be shared with the other paper I am intend to take so don’t think I would have enough time and energy to revise the third paper and then have three exams in one week. I also work full time and after last year experience I know I will never take three exams at once. This is good for people who have a strong academical background in accounts or have some practical experience from work (I work in credit control so have only small bits useful for my studies). However, I think if someone is self motivated and can study hard at home, especially memorising loads of theory then even three exams in one go should not be a huge problem. Good luck in December!

  94. avatar says

    Hello Everyone.

    I am studying in London and just got my results this morning. Passed F9 and gutted about F7 (49 marks). From F’s I still have F6 and F8 to take before professional module. I am intending to take no more than 2 exams in December 2013 and as I will be repeating F7, can anyone advise me whether it is better to take F6 or F8 with it? Next, natural choice will be P1 (assuming I pass both December papers) and one more from F6/F8 whichever I would not take now, for December 2013. What two combitnations of F6,F7, F8 and P1 are optimal?

    • avatar says

      hello Pawel.
      I have just finished my F’s. I was taking 3 papers at a time. as I recommend you to take F8 with F7 as based on the same topic (financial reporting). after, you could take P1 with F6, asuming you pass both

      • avatar says

        Thank you ibra90. I assumed that f6 should better combination with f7 as it seems more difficult than f8 and by knowing big part of f7 already I would have more time to study f6 more thoroughly and make sure I will pass it. I got this idea by looking at the past pass rates and some pools by students where it seemed f* appeared easier to f6 but your opinion makes more sense I think so will definitely take it into consideration. Once again, thank you. (I took three exams last year and realised it’s too much for me so never again!)

      • avatar says

        yup for those who are working and studying at the same time….its better not to take 3 papers per sem considering acca ‘s syllabus.

        Yup F7 and F8 is a better combination.
        I failed f7 with 48 marks today and am devastated coz i thought i would pass. so yea i will also be taking F7 and F8 for dec sitting! ^^

      • avatar says

        Hi tiffany07. Ah, some compassion here….. :)
        I was initially thinking of taking the review but after reading quite few online comments aobut it, I don’t see much point and instead of wasting my money on it, I better spend it on another f7 exam and make sure this time I will prepare better. Especially that I really find this quite interesting. It’s just too much to take.
        Good luck in December! are you also in London? Where do you study?

    • avatar says

      Hi, I am a newbie, and reading your post, I’m a bit nervous since I registered for f7 and f9, and I’m beginning to think that i might have made a mistake :( but congrats on passing f9 :)

      • Profile photo of Plen says


        what do u mean by registered? you already paid ur fees? you still can change it if thats the case, you can do it online. Besides Im not really sure if combinations matter, eventually you need to complete them anyway!!!! f7 n 9 isnt bad after all

      • avatar says

        If she already registered for the exams, I dont think she can change. Its hard to disagree with you, eventually we have to pass all the exams and be prepared well for each pepar but specific combinations can make student’s life little bit easier. :)

    • avatar says

      Hi, the honest truth is that there is no right combinations to take and as I have just passed my f6 and f8……I would advice you take f7 with f6 because f8 is purely about auditing and has nothing to do with F7. Good luck with your decision.

  95. Profile photo of anisa786 says

    Hèy guys
    Need some help here as well……I’m doing p2……so what is a good combination with that……I was thinking p 5? Is that a good combo? I know some may say p4 but I’m not in an auditing firm anymore and started Acca after working as an auditor. So maybe it would b good to do p4 as I’m in financial services now……..pls help….would really like to get Acca over and done with

  96. avatar says

    Hey guys,

    Which Professional paper would be best to do with F7, I have been told to take P2 with it as they are similar but is it worth doing them toghether or would I be better of doing F7 & P1??

    • avatar says

      Take P1 or P3 with F7. F7 and P2 don’t go well along. Whole of F7 forms small part of P2 but its all the basics of F7 used in P2. The best for you would be F7 and P1 now. And if you want to take 3 then F7, P1 and P3. Later you can take P2, P5 and P6/7. F7 helps P2 and P3 helps P5 a lot.

  97. avatar says

    helo guys i am planning to take f5 ,f7 n f8 for this dec sitting so is it good combination ?? i am bit sacred of f8 bcoz its hard as f7 n f8 fall in 2 consecutive days so plzz help me :-)

  98. avatar says

    Im confused between F5 and F9…….can anyone suggest me which paper will be the best suited with F6 and F7 paper……….
    as i find both Management accounting and Financial Management tough so i want to take them one after another in each semester…….
    I have completed my F4 paper this semester……..and now i want to take 3 papers per semester………
    So kindly tell me what will be the best combination……….
    F5 F6 F7. Or. F6 F7 F9

    • Profile photo of John Moffat says

      Neither F5 or F9 really have any connection with F6 and F7 :-)

      However, best really to take F9 after F6 because there is a tiny bit of (easy) tax in F9 and it makes it even easier if you have already studied F6.

      So….I would suggest F5, F6 and F7 if you intend to take three papers.

      • avatar says


        What would you suggest if I am thinking to go for only two papers in Dec 13? I am confused about which subject I should go for with F6? Also, do you think 3 papers are doable if say I start preparing from now on? Which 3 papers? I appeared for F4 exam this June.

        Sorry for many questions :-(

        Looking forward for your advice soon :-)

      • avatar says

        I suppose you have passed F1-F4. My advice for you:

        F5+ F6




        options depend on you..

        In case you want 3 at a time:




        If you take 2, only one more session is added but more chances of passing in first attempt.

      • avatar says

        Just to be clear, I recently passed F4, F5 and F9 planning to do F7 and 8 Dec, is it possible to enter for F6 and P1 June?

        i dont which to attempt 3 papers in one sitting again ( i work fulltime plus i have a toddler) i like doing one computation and one theory, as it stands it looks like F7 is a lot of work

      • avatar says

        yes that should, when did f9 with p1 together.
        the best way to find out is got to the acca website try to book exam then you will find out if you are allow to do it because they will only allow you to book the once you are entitle to sit. just do finished the booking .

  99. avatar says

    hey guys…can you advise me whether F5 and F8 is a good combo or not? wanted to take F8 and F9 but the exam is on consecutive days which is hard for me. Do what do u all say? F5 and F8 for dec sittings.

      • avatar says

        Hey angele…yup its kinda tough trying to go through the topics within a day. Luckily i passed F6 on the second sitting…hope u pass as well:)

      • avatar says

        Hi Tiffany, I did F5 combined with F8 (thats before F7) and it is the best combo I have ever taken. The scary part is F8 (which need abit of F7 knowledge) but aslong as your F3 knowledge is fresh then it is doable. The consecutive days thing is not a factor aslong as you are prepared.

      • avatar says

        Thanks Yando that really helped…so F5 and F8 it is for Dec sitting :)
        True, consecutive days souldnt be a problem but the thing is in ACCA, no matter how much you are prepared u still feel unprepared due to the pressure etc. but really thanks :)))

      • avatar says

        Best option for you is to take F5 & F7 together…………
        If you have completed F7 then take F8………….
        F9 & F5 are both similar papers, it is always better to do F9 after F5…….

      • avatar says

        I wouldn’t do F5 and F7 together. Both require lots of study preparation, and you need to work as much as you can in order to pass. I sat for F5 with F4 , and F7 with F8, and this worked out well

      • avatar says

        I heard abt it too but i am thinking whether F5 & F8 or F8 & F9
        haha i didnt want to do F5 and F9 together was because it both very practical and comprehensive whereas F8 is of theory.
        anw thanks for yr thoughts:))

      • avatar says

        Did F5 55% and F9 50% did F4 too 64%. 4 and 5 were second attempt and f9 first attempt. found that F9 helped me cleared up issues with f5 and made it easier for me. Thinking what to do for dec f8 and 7 looks good but daunting. dont want to attempt three new papers thats a lot of work. other option is to do f8 and 6 and do f7 with p1 not sure yet. still looking at the material

      • avatar says

        not a good match.
        F8 & F7 -but F5 first or together
        F5 & F9 BUT F6 Should be done before f9 as you need some knowledge from f6 e.g capital allowance
        my recommendation is followed the order, the arrange from f1 to f9 for reason. but taking f7 with f8 is great. and F9 with P1 and P2. i did f9 with p1 and it works. but if you want to finished the F papers first, do F8 and F9 last because this will help you when you do P1 and P2. F8 have overlaps with P1 e.g ethics, internal control,auditor etc and F9 have knowledge overlap with P2 e.g financial instruments

      • avatar says

        well done, so you 3 to go then f6,f7, f8 are good combination. if you taking two papers only the do f6 and f7 or f7 and f8 but better f6 and f7 so that you can do F8 and P1 together good combination

  100. avatar says

    Hello people, I am a new student for acca from sri lanka studing in bpp. My doubt is : is it a must that we have to take 3 papers in dec or june? Can I only take 2 papers in june? I got my f1 exempted. So I got f2 f3 and f4. Can I only do 2 of this in june? Also how many times can i repeat one subject (example f4)? please do advice my friends.