- October 19, 2021 at 6:28 am #638401vjm6789Member
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Is it better to marginally pass on the first or second attempt or to pass with high marks (let’s say 70-80 plus) on your 3rd attempt?
VivekOctober 19, 2021 at 9:11 am #638432SpangoMember
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In my mind a pass is a pass. It doesn’t matter how you got there so long as you did.
Sure, some employers/interviewers want first time passes but generally so long as you pass that’s all that matters.October 19, 2021 at 11:31 am #638456Kim SmithKeymaster
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Regardless of how many times – a high mark in an applied skills exams suggests a better foundation for the strategic professional exams that necessarily build on it. I wouldn’t particularly recommend candidates choose an option like AAA if they only scraped passes of 50% in AA and SBR.October 19, 2021 at 3:56 pm #638503f6aliMember
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By the time you achieve the desired high mark, you would have already paid the exam fees thrice and spent 9 months (minimum) repeating the same syllabus. Would the desired result compensate for this input? Maybe, maybe not. Its all subjective.
From employer’s perspective and the way ACCA exams are structured, a pass is all that matters. It means you have obtained sufficient knowledge in a specific area and were able to execute that in a skillful manner under time-pressured exam conditions.
Personally, i have always preferred gaining clear understanding of the knowledge, so that i am able to demonstrate the same knowledge when required (whether in exams or otherwise). It is good to achieve a high mark, but it is even better to be good at understanding the concepts and having the ability to explain them in a simple way.
Furthermore, if you are good at basics of a subject, then it helps a lot when the syllabus advances in later exams.
Hope this answers your question.October 20, 2021 at 4:53 pm #638629vjm6789Member
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Thank you everyone for their answers.
Why do I see some employers taking only ACCAs or CAs who have passed exams in their first or second or even third attempt, then? Surely, they must have given it a thought, prioritising your foundations over passing sooner.
Also, I have seen some people saying that marks in papers F7-F9 do count when you are doing the BSC in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes. Can someone comment on this? Personally speaking, I haven’t seen any mention of this on any official sources. If someone can clarify this for me, then it would be great.
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