- October 30, 2018 at 12:59 pm
Hi ALL !
am seriously considering ‘self study’ of ACCA from F5-F9. I already have exemptions from F1-F4.
Would welcome any comments/advice on how realistic or otherwise my plans are!!
Have been unemployed for a while so funds are limited but have lots of time at present.
ThanksOctober 30, 2018 at 2:08 pm
I have self studied ACCA for all exams (no exemptions) and have just one exam left to pass, and I work full time. No reason you can’t self study too.
I used Kaplan text books and exam kits. Although you can use the OpenTuition notes and lectures instead of the text book, you will still need to purchase an exam kit for each exam to give yourself the best chance of passing. The key to success with ACCA is lots of question practice.
If you’re in the UK, the exam kits for F papers cost £20 + £6 P&P and the exam fee is £108 for standard entry, just so you know the costs if your funds are limited.October 30, 2018 at 8:51 pm
Well many ACCA students self study, mainly for 2 reasons either they are in a full-time employment and cannot squeeze time for classes or they cannot afford to pay for ACCA classes.
In either case it is very much possible to pass the exams by self-studying provided one is focused and is systematic in their exam prep techniques.
Now from what you have mentioned, you have presently great amount of time. Which is great!
So can give easily more time to studying and preparing for the exam; making sure you secure a good first time pass.
But having more time in hand can also backfire at times, there are risks of slacking, losing focus, taking things for granted and losing track of your studying. If this becomes the case, students end up rushing through their preparation just days before the exams to cope up and that’s not right.
You need to have a good momentum from the very start and maintain it till the end.
For that you will have to make an organised (and achievable) plan.
The best part is, ACCA provides “Study Support Guides” which comes with a plan layout they have made considering the recommended time frame to give to each paper. (So ACCA has done most of the work for you!)
You may want take a print out of the plan layout, something what i had done.
Make the plan and stick to it.
Regarding the resources, ACCA has provided students with enough resources that will help them pass.
Technical Articles, Examiner’s Reports, Constructive Response Questions Workspace, Past papers, free CBE mocks, etc(In fact the Study Support Guide is also a part of these).
You can find these resources for the relevant paper in the link below.
Moreover to what you have mentioned, OT provides free lecture videos and notes that are enough to help you pass. You can also post a question on the Ask Tutor forum of the relevant paper, if you need help or advice from the tutor’s side( on a personal note – the OT tutors’ advises have surely been a great help for me in passing my exams)
If you want for further reference a study text, you can buy that, but only if you want to. But as @chris has mentioned you will have to get an exam kit from an ACCA Approved Content Provider ( You can use the discount code for OT students)
I have used both Kaplan and Bpp and have ‘personally’ found Kaplan more user friendly than Bpp… But both of them are ACCA Approved.
Now, it is really important that you understand that you simply can’t pass the ACCA papers by merely mugging up the Textbooks… You need to know how to apply those concepts in a more practical perspective.
For this tons of amount of practice is important because the examiner’s surely challenge the students. Practice is the key to securing a good first time pass .
Feel free post any queries you have on the forum.
Hope this helps.
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