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ACCA EXAMS – DAY ONE
04 September 2018
Many ACCA students sitting the AAA paper on the first day of the exams left the hall feeling "miserable" and "gutted." Quite a few admitted to being thrown by the sheer volume of work needed in Q1. One PQ said they spent 2 hours and 15 minutes on it. They weren’t alone! The problem is that by the time they got to the other two questions they felt drained and exhausted. One sitter went as far as calling Q1 “a bit evil.”
The worry is that time is such a problem that exam technique goes out of the window, and it becomes just a scramble to survive, said another sitter. As one PQ explained: “The exam is so frinkin long. OMG.”
Students are also wondering if the examiner knows it’s not a four-hour exam! It was even claimed the examiner couldn’t finish the paper in the allotted 3 hours and 15 minutes. A student who tweeted PQ said this exam had "taken time pressure to a new level."
If you are sitting CBE exams then you will need ear plugs, is the big piece of advice coming out of the September sitting. If students go straight onto section B then their keyboard tapping is really distracting those going through the MCQs.
Those ear plugs might also help you avoid noisy fans and chattering invigilators, which both came in for some stick on the Open Tuition notice board. Also one guy who went to the toilet and came back to find his exam was gone!
When it came to the actual exams sitters felt the MCQs were pretty easy. However, one PQ said they didn’t expect an analytical procedures question in this exam. But it was the deficiencies of cash collection process that many admitted struggling with.
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