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 want to know why the percentage for taking F4 & F9 is so low? Actually, at first i’m taking F4, F5 & F6 this coming december but i eventually drop my F4 because is too heavy for me as well i hope to get higher marks for every paper that’s why i made this decision. So, in June 2015 i will be taking F4 & F9 is this reasonable? I wan to seek for advice. thank you.

  2. avatar says

    Hello MikeLittle,

    I am considering taking the ACCA next year at BPP full-time. I am exempt from all the fundamental papers (F1-F9) from my accountancy degree (graduated 2012)

    I know that BPP is a really reputable institution, but I would like to get some assurance that I wont struggle in the professional papers. Do you know what are the pass rates for ACCA at BPP?

    I’m planning on taking P1-P3 and Advanced Auditing and Advanced Taxation. since I haven’t done any sort of accounting in the past year or so, am I likely to struggle?

    many thanks,

  3. avatar says

    I am currently down to sit F6, F7 and F8 in December. However, have not had as much time as I would have liked to study. I have done a fair amount of study for F7 & F8 but haven’t started F6 yet. I’m in two minds as to whether I should sit F6 in December. Not sure if its unrealistic to do in the timeframe or not?

    Also, not sure if I should just give it a bash or if its better to be absent and therefore not have a fail on my record. Does this count for anything?

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Grace, you can start anytime that you are ready. Clearly we are not available 24 / 7 but we set our own target to answer questions within 48 hours and we rarely miss that target.

        Audios and videos are available for you to view at any time and as often as you want but you cannot download them

        Course notes are reviewed and updated as necessary every 6 months

        Now it’s time for you to do us one little favour ….. recommend us to all your friends! (Provided that you are happy with the service :-) )

  4. avatar says

    hai, im planning to take an ACCA paper in june 2015. i would like to ask if the notes available here are the same for the next june exam or it will be updated to new notes, because i notice that the notes available here have been titled as december 2014. so im kinda confuse. can you please help me?

    thank you.

    • avatar says

      Hi Tharani

      The Notes on this website are for Dec’14 and June’15, since there have been changes to the syllabus, they would have updated the notes. Nothing will have changed but just to be sure its best to read the changes in the syllabus on the ACCA website. I’m also sitting in June as I have to claim exemptions for F1-3 and until I do that, I’m also sitting in June!

      Hope this helps!

      Avnish :D

      PS: Watch the lectures as they accompany the notes anyway. Use the appropriate Study Text (Kaplan,BPP,Becker) and the notes in there if you want to make sure!

      • avatar says

        Hi Tharani,

        I am taking hopefully F5, F4, F7 and F6 in June

        Otherwise only 3 papers if it gets too much for me!!!

        Which ones will you be taking?

        Good luck and thanks


      • avatar says

        I’m planning to take P1 in June.

        Good luck to you too. Don’t rush if you can’t do. Slow and steady wins the race.


  5. avatar says

    Hi. I’ve never taken any papers before and I got exemption from the first 9 papers. Was planning to tackle P1 P2 P3 for dec sitting but I haven’t started anything for now. Once I do though, it’ll be on a full time basis. What do you think?

    Papers will be on 8,9,10 Dec

    • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

      Hi Nelly

      P1 follows (just a little bit) from F8 auditing, a bit of F4 law, even a bit of F5

      ……. but not much from any of them.

      P2 follows on from F3 and F7 and it’s really important that you are on top of F7 consolidations

      P3 I can’t say much about but taking all three exams at the one sitting is a big ask. It has been done many times in the past and will be again in the future. But you’ll need to devote your existence to studying through the whole of October and November

      Apparently you studied accounting at an approved university to be able to claim your 9 exemptions so regular intensive studying should be (I emphasise “should”) second nature to you. If that’s the case, then go for it!

  6. avatar says

    I need some advice. I am planning to do f7, f8, f9 and p1 in the june 2015 sitting. I would like to know if it is a wise thing to do. Is it extremely difficult to attempt these papers in one sitting? I will be studying full time… no kids… no extra hobbies so i have some time on my hands. however, I just hope that i won’t be overwhelmed by the volume of stuff i would have to learn even though i will be studying full time. Please advise. Thank you.

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        That’s an impossible one to answer – so much depends upon the individual!

        Some are able to read and assimilate immediately whereas others need to go through matters two or three times

        An 8 hour day, broken down into 1 hour sessions with a ten minute break between sessions for a coffee and 45 minutes for lunch. Start at 08.00 and finish at 17.45. Same on Saturday but take Sunday off.

        Take each paper and break it down into one hour sections

        Vary your papers so you finish up doing 2 hours per day on each of 4 papers

        Mix up numbers with theory and ……

        …..see how you get on

  7. 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?

      • avatar says

        Thank you, Sir. I have submitted required exam fee for P2 and P3 for coming session of December 2014. I kindly request for your’s valuable suggestion regarding my dilemma – – – which textbook is more relevant to P2 ( BPP or Kaplan, I have latest version of BPP Text and Kit but I have Kaplan Text and Kit which is just six months previous version) . I will manage my exam preparation time according to your advice I. E. From 8 A. M. to 17.45 and will strictly follow 2 questions daily for P3 from BPP latest Kit and will devote rest of the time for P2 from BPP Text plus Kit. I hope you will reply my P2 related queries in the future as my study progresses.

      • Profile photo of MikeLittle says

        Hi Rabin

        I cannot recommend neither one nor the other! They are equally as good / bad?

        Just make sure that they include integrated reporting and IAS 41 Agriculture

        And try to stick to your plan! And good luck! :-)

      • avatar says

        Thank you Sir, for your genuine advice. Yes, new BPP text explains the two standards ( IAS 41 and Integrated reporting @ page 534 and 78 respectively). I hope I will get required suggestions regarding P2 queries in the future. Once again thanks for your speedy reply. This is my first interaction with you and I am impressed with your genuine interest towards solving problems that are related to most of the ACCA students.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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