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


    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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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