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

    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!

    • Avatar 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

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