- October 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm
Seeking some advice perhaps from people who have been in a similar position.
So far I have had a pretty easy path to SBL. I started on F2 around 2 years ago I had one failure on F6 (49) but resat this along with F7 and passed both comfortably. The rest of my passes have been straight forward. I did F9 and then did AFM straight after and passed this too. My methodology of self-studying using a combination of Kaplan, ACCA articles and Open Tuition to supplement has worked every time.
I repeated my same studying style and went into SBL and came out relatively happy. I understood the models and content and happily worked through many passed papers which I was identifying the right areas against the marking schedule. However, I just received a 43 which has left me stumped.
Perhaps if was the professional marks that let me down or perhaps it’s my style of writing. I’m not quite sure. Has anyone had a similar experience and how did they go about ensuring that next time was successful as I’m really annoyed at having to sit this 4 hour paper again. Would accessing a Tutor to run some sample answer by be of benefit? I even watched the 2 x 1hour ACCA webinars on answering and picking up marks in preparation for September sitting. Any advice is greatly appreciated and apologies if this appears arrogant but I’m really not sure what went wrong.November 17, 2019 at 4:17 pm
Did you have any luck with an answer to your question?
I too am struggling with this exam.January 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm
I just failed SBL for the 3rd time now.Did you pass in this attempt? If yes,then I would like to know the studying methods and resources which you used.
My mark in this session was 43.
Kindly reply anyone of you had similar experience and made it through.
I need some advice
Also this is my last paper,I passed other 3 papers with ease. I haven’t had experience like this in any of the ACCA papers.
My prep included Kaplan revision kits case study questions and ACCA specimen and past papers
I used local lectures notes for topics covering.
If anyone can help me,I will be forever grateful.
Please help…………………………….January 15, 2020 at 5:44 am
Here is my story and advice with regard to SBL.
I first started studying for SBL with classroom lessons last July and sat the exam in September 2019. I left the exam center very confident that I had succeed. There was nothing unknown to me in the exam… And yet, I failed with 42%. I was literally shocked. I had also failed AAA with 48% in this same sitting.
When my grieving period faded away, I decided to get back on track and put all my effort into AAA rather than SBL. I had read that some people managed to pass SBL without even studying since most of it is common sense.
However, I decided to tackle SBL the following way:
1. Restraining myself from writing too much theory (rote learning is bad in SBL), rather I would rely on the scenario and common sense as much as possible (Common sense is what they call COMMERCIAL ACCUMEN)
2. I would make as many points in my answers as the question is worth. For instance, if a question is worth 10 marks, there would be at least 10 bullet points in my answer (even 1 or 2 more in case I miss some).
3. The exam format. Learn to write an email, a memo, a report, a briefing paper and slides with notes in the appropriate format.
4. I used BPP study text for the knowledge side of things
So, with that in mind I showed up to the exam in December 19 for the second time, with very little hope, since I had barely prepared the exam.
I completed the paper within 3 hours instead of 4h (which was even more concerning) using my techniques above-mentioned.
After the exam, I was much less confident in my performance than I was in the September 19 sitting.
However, it turned out to be an efficient approach since I passed the exam with 58%.
And surprisingly, I got only 50% in AAA. This was the paper into which I had spent the most of my effort and time.
I hope this will inspire those of you who have failed this time.
Kind regards.January 15, 2020 at 9:37 am
which resources did u use for questions practice?
Should I practice individual questions which are of p1 and p3 as I find this totally different from SBL type?
Can you explain ur overall approach to passing SBL?
I referred kaplan case studies and ACCA specimens and past exams.
I dont know what else should I do to pass thisJanuary 15, 2020 at 11:43 am
My overall approach is as I described above in my post.
I didn’t know P1 and P3 therefore I can’t relate to them.
I practice questions from BPP workbook and revision kit.January 15, 2020 at 4:09 pm
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