Students’ Notice Board: Important Dates

February

8th Exam results will be sent by email and text and can be viewed at myACCA.

March

The closing date for December administrative reviews is this month. Further details can be found under ‘Administrative reviews’. The closing date to request to sit at a special exam centre is this month. Please see ‘Exam centres’ for more information.

8th Early exam entry closing date for the June exam session. Exam entries must be made via myACCA.

April

The closing date for December administrative review appeals is this month. Please see ‘Administrative reviews’ for more information. An exam attendance docket will be available to download from myACCA approximately two weeks after standard entry closes. This includes a timetable of all the exams entered for; details of the desk that has been assigned for each paper; and the address of exam centre.

8th Standard exam entry closing date for the June exams. Exam entries must be made via myACCA.

The closing date to make amendments to exam variants for the June exam session. Changes must be made via myACCA.

Requests for additional support during June exams must be received by this date.

Monday 1 June F5 Performance Management
P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance
Tuesday 2 June F6 Taxation
P4 Advanced Financial Management
Wednesday 3 June F7 Financial Reporting
Thursday 4 June F8 Audit and Assurance
P5 Advanced Performance Management
Friday 5 June F1 Accountant in Business
P6 Advanced Taxation
F9 Financial Management
Monday 8 June F4 Corporate and Business Law
P3 Business Analysis
Tuesday 9 June F3 Financial Accounting
P2 Corporate Reporting
Wednesday 10 June F2 Management Accounting
P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics

Additional Exam Sessions Announced

In September 2015 ACCA will be offering an additional exam session in some of our larger markets, which will be followed in 2016 by the introduction of four exam sessions a year across all markets, allowing students to take exams in March, June, September and December. These four sessions will be available to all – not just those resitting – giving students much greater flexibility in how ACCA exams are studied for and taken. This is in direct response to students’ feedback asking for more flexibility in the ACCA exam schedule.

The first exam session in September 2015 will give students in some of our larger markets the opportunity to use this new session. This means around one-quarter of students can make use of this opportunity but, at the same time, ACCA is acting on feedback from education providers to avoid ‘big bang’ changes.

The following markets will be able to take exams in September 2015: UK, Ireland, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As this is a limited roll out, exams will be available in the main cities only. This is an opportunity for students to think about how they can use the new sessions – for example, some students say they will use the additional flexibility to take resits faster or to spread exams over the sessions, focusing on one exam at a time.

What is clear is that students will use the new sessions to maximise their chances of success in the exams. The September 2015 session is therefore an ideal opportunity for students in these Phase 1 markets to test some of their ideas for potential usage of the additional sessions.

If a student is entering for the September 2015 session one will also be able to register for December exams, to ensure that students can plan ahead and benefit from the added flexibility. To help students in their planning, key dates are as follows:

June 2015 ACCA Exaination Timetable

  • Results from June 2015 exams will be issued one week early on 1 August 2015.

  • As September is a pilot, exam entry for the session will be different from normal process and will open on 6 July and close on 10 August, to ensure those waiting on their June results can enter.

  • Exams for the September session will start on Monday 7 September.

  • Results will be issued in October. December’s exam entry period will be extended to ensure that those taking exams in September can also register for December exams.

As ACCA starts to offer the new sessions in 2015/2016, ACCA will be changing the exam entry and results issuing dates, to enable students to enter for the sessions that best support them and their chance of success. ACCA will publish more information on this next year to ensure that students are fully prepared for the new September session and any changes to the exam process.

All main papers and the larger volume variants for Papers F5-F9 and the Professional Level will be available in the September 2015 session and throughout the four exam sessions in 2016, while lower volume papers will continue to be offered only in the June and December sessions.

A further benefit is that all ACCA exams will be offered in one week (a reduction from the current eight days), to allow for the earlier issuing of results. As we move into 2016 and the four exam sessions, results will be issued five weeks after the end of the exams, which is a reduction on the current timescale.

The feedback being received from students around the world is extremely positive. While ACCA would encourage students to make the most of these new exam sessions, they are reminded that the exams will continue to be as rigorous as ever and will still require the same amount of planning and preparation.

The maximum number of different exams students can take over a year remains at four in one session or eight across the year (excluding resits), so this is not a way for students to rush through the qualification. Instead, ACCA encourage students to use the new sessions to maximise the chances of success in their exams.

The Life Of An ACCA Exam Paper

ACCA goes to great lengths to ensure that each exam paper is rigorously checked and tested so that it fairly and accurately tests the abilities of well prepared students. This section explains the process involved when setting and checking all ACCA exam papers.

Setting the exam papers

ACCA’s exam papers are set by a team of Examiners and subsequently checked by a panel comprising the Examiner, an Assessor, Subject Co-ordinator and Exam Sitter.

Each Examiner is responsible for setting the question paper, writing the suggested published answers and producing a marking scheme. No member of the team is permitted to teach students who may be sitting any of the papers for which he/she is responsible. Examiners are required to report to ACCA any attempt made by a student to discuss future papers with them.

Once an exam paper has been drafted, it is reviewed by an Assessor whose job it is to ensure that the questions are relevant to the syllabus and that the paper is fair and balanced throughout. The Assessor also ensures that the suggested answers and marking schemes are suitable for publication. Next, a Subject Co-ordinator examines the agreed version of the question paper, suggested answers and marking scheme to ensure that they have been set in accordance with the standards required for that level of the exams. The Subject Coordinator also checks to see that the exams are consistent with previous exam sessions, avoid unnecessary overlap with other papers and ensure progression. Once the paper has been fully considered, it is attempted by the Exam Sitter – the examiners don’t expect students to sit a paper that they are not prepared to sit themselves!

The purpose of this is to ensure that the paper can be completed by an average student in the time available. The Exam Sitter then produces a report outlining in detail any problems encountered sitting the question paper.

At all stages, the Examiner, Assessor and Subject Co-ordinator for each paper work with ACCA’s full-time team of Education Advisers who co-ordinate and monitor the papers throughout the process, providing an additional level of quality assurance.

Marking exam scripts

Each Examiner co-ordinates a team of Qualified Markers responsible for marking candidates’ scripts. Markers’ meetings are held as soon as possible after the final paper for each exam session to discuss potential problems and establish a clear marking strategy. To ensure fairness in the marking of scripts, the marking team does not know the identity of the candidates.

We do not set a target percentage of candidates to be successful at each exam sitting. Results in each and any paper are totally uninfluenced by any previous exam record, or the performance of other candidates.

Examiners and Markers pay particular attention to borderline scripts and the need to ensure consistency between exam markers.

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