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January 19, 2019 at 2:16 pm #502685albacore33
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I was curious to see if anyone has answers to this.
Why are the pass rates for ACCA so low compared to CPA Canada for similar exams. I googled the rates and for PM it’s in the 30s and CPA is in the 80s.
Why such a massive difference?January 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm #502687albacore33
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Link to CPA Canada pass ratesJanuary 20, 2019 at 1:07 pm #502778Vee
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Do CPA students tend to have taught courses and work in the field while studying? Plus most have native English language level skills?
The ICAEW exams here in England and Wales can only be sat by employed trainees, usually on courses and overwhelmingly in the UK. If they fail a certain number they will be sacked and progress no further. Therefore the exam pass rates are much higher.
I suspect the ACCA results would be quite varied if we were able to see country specific results. Or how they vary depending on how people study and whether they work in the field.
From reading on here I suspect some students don’t work hard enough. The exams are difficult but they are very possible if you are prepared to work hard. Aptitude helps but it won’t be enough.January 20, 2019 at 2:57 pm #502788jetaviModerator
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So personally I find it quiet judgemental to compare two qualifications on the basis of pass rates.
Whether its ACCA, CPA or any other qualification… Each one of them functions on different dynamics… In terms of requirements, syllabus, exams, work experience etc.
Also, it is not necessary if one person finds one paper difficult another person would find the same paper difficult.
Then, reasons for low pass rates doesn’t mean that that qualification or paper has some fault instead it indicates the faults students have in regards to exam techniques, Practising questions and studying.
Moreover, if you talk particularly about ACCA, well ACCA wants its students to pass! They have provided students with ALL the necessary resources for them to secure a good pass. If students fail to utilise these resources, that is NOT the fault of the qualification.
Continuing to this, did you know a candidate’s paper with a score btween 47% – 53% gets checked by the examining team about 4 times!? Cuz that could make a difference between a pass or fail.
Finally, if we have to compare two qualifications it is best to do it in terms of recognition, repute, value of the degree provided, your job desire( the criteria/role you want to work and establish a career), etc.
Hope that helps.January 20, 2019 at 3:43 pm #502803eagledaveModerator
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All EU professional accounting qualifications follow the same rules and standards from IFAC and the EU law. I would say, what makes a qualification seem better than the other is perception. Maybe look at the number of MRA’s the qualification has and also the level of support that it provides to its members. MRA indicates that this qualification can help you go internationally and be recognised.
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