- March 29, 2021 at 10:11 am #615448hiiamramMember
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I’m a student who has 9 paper exemption and am studying to write my first professional paper which is sbl in June through the help of this Amazing platform and your lectures. I’m able to understand the concepts and models so far but the thing is when practising the exam kit questions after reading the question and requirements I have the answers coming up in my mind as points but I find it difficult to write pages and pages of words as shown in the solution as my previous habits of writing exams was mostly based on bullet points. also when reviewing the answers after attempting I find that some of the points in my head have been included beautifully in the answers shown which I found difficult to include in those paragraphs of mine. do you have any idea how I can get better at this and does Acca give marks for writing in points/bullets, often what answers I write for 1, 1.5 pages are written as a 3 to 4-page answer in the kit so does size matters? will Continuing to just practise and reviewing help change my style since I’ve just completed around 8 exam kit questions
Thanks and RegardsMarch 29, 2021 at 11:49 am #615461Ken GarrettKeymaster
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ACCA does not mind bullet points as such, but they each must be at least a sentence so that you properly explain the point you are making. A list of one or two word will gain few if any marks.
Try a progression:
1 Use one or two word bullet points for planning – presumably you know why you have mentioned the point.
2 Expand that into one or two sentences to fully explain the point and its implications and possible response.
3 You won’t have to add very much to turn each bullet point into a paragraph (or even to combine two related points into one paragraph. Instead of bullets.
Markers always hope for separate paragraphs as they make answers much easier to read and to award marks. They hate pages with no paragraphs as it is much harder to allocate marks.
So you are starting at the right end of the spectrum: easier to turn bullet points into paragraphs than turn pages into paragraphs. Of course, you will never have time to write as much as is in model answers, but that isn’t needed.
Note that is you are doing your exam using their CBE system and the word processor, you can easily use the above system: first the one or two word bullets. Then amend by expanding these and maybe reordering to produce a coherent answer.March 29, 2021 at 3:32 pm #615469hiiamramMember
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Great thanks for the quick response. I’m Writing using CBE and practice using a word processor Also your reply was also much easier to read as it was in small paragraphs compared to a clumped question of mine.
So I think I get what you mean by the examiner finding it difficult to read huge clumps of words.
I’ll be sure to use the system you have mentioned with my practice moving forward so that I can perfect it.
Once again thanks for the insights means a lot Sir
Have a great day
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