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ACCA June 2019 exam tips

What do our experts think is coming up this June? Here's what they think

Sniff a Lemon

If you want exam success then it may be time to put down the highlighter, stop burning the midnight oil – and start sniffing lemons instead!

Seeded questions to be scrapped

Unmarked seeded content will no longer be included in the Applied Skills session CBE exams, the ACCA has announced.

Take time to read the case

ACCA SBL exam sitters need to set aside 40 minutes to read the case study and requirements and plan their answers, says the examiner.

‘Going concern’ audit worry

Auditors need to show they have robustly challenged management’s assessment of going concern, say new proposals from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

Goodbye FRC, hello ARGA

PQ editor Graham Hambly reports on major changes in UK regulation

Exam technique marks: 3 things you must do

Ashim Kumar holds your hand and walks you through the tricky Strategic Business Leader exam

Patisserie Valerie: a case for internal audit

BDO looks at the Patisserie Valerie fraud and the perils of neglecting independent assurance

Taking stock - by air

PwC has completed its first stock count audit using drone technology. Here's how...

You need stamina to get SBL pass

Do you have the stamina to pass the ACCA SBL exam?

A healthy mind

Bev Roberts shares her top health and study tips for exam success

Value judgements

To touch or not to touch? That is the question that’s been troubling Richard Poole. Here he explains why...

IFRS 16 in action

Tesco explains how the new leasing standard will change some figures, but will ultimately have no economic impact on the business

Making a statement

In the second of his two-part article, Tom Clendon looks at how the revised framework measures assets and liabilities, and considers the role or the statement of other comprehensive income. This stuff you need to know

Adapt and thrive

An exciting career in accountancy awaits - but what skills will tomorrow's accountants need to possess? That was one of the key questions speakers tackled at our 'Careers in Accountancy: Your career, your future' conference

Frame the question

IN part one of a two-part series, Tom Clendon explains what the revised conceptual framework is and why it is important

The professionals

When it comes to getting qualified, it’s not what you do but how you do it, says Catherine Edwards

Don't hide failure

Ashim Kumar has a plan to help you bounce back from exam failure

How do you audit a robot?

AI is here to stay: what is vital is how organisations manage and control their 'robots', says Henry Irving

Solving your problems

PQ magazine's troubleshooter Philip Dunn explains how the balanced scorecard and target costing work

From à la carte to a set menu

Mustafa Muchhala has some top advice on how to focus your study for the compulsory questions in Advanced Performance Management exam

Audit Sector 'broken'

The Competition & Markets Authority has outlined how it wants the audit sector in the UK to change

How to survive SBL

Sean Purcell has five top tips to help you pass the Strategic Business Leader exam

ACCA CBE sitters need to book early

ACCA PQs are being advised to book early if they want to get into an exam centre close to home.

Team players not wanted

Employers believe the accountant of the future will need greater data and analysis skills and become a business’s strategic thinkers, says a new AAT poll.

Don't be afraid of failure

James Taylor explains why if we are to succeed then we need to fail

International Standards for smaller firms

The IFRS Foundation has developed new resources for learners to help them understand the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for SME standards.

Shows some emotion

Narayanan Vaidyanathan explains why emotional intelligence is a human quality that will stand you in good stead in your career

Is anyone out there?

Tony Frascina explains why collaborative working is so important, especially in the digital age

An ethical success

Gareth Owen charts the progress of and reaction to the EPSM module, which was introduced by the association 15 months ago

IFRS to the rescue

PQ recently visited the new home of the IFRS Foundation is Canary Wharf and discovered the wealth of great resources to be found on its website for the knowledge-hungry accountancy student

Essential information

PQ editor Graham Hambly sat down for a chat about SBR and SBL with ACCA director of skills and assessment Catherine Edwards

Make time pressure a thing of the past

Paul Merison explains how you can tackle Question 1 of this paper without running into time trouble

Build your strength

You need to build up your ‘exam stamina’ to be successful in this paper, says Gary Leyshon

It takes two, says Paul

How many calculators do you take to the exam hall?

Getting fit for the role

Judith Bennett has some advice on how to tackle the SBL and SBR exams

Preparing for that all-important pass

Paul Kirkwood has some top advice on making the most of the last month before your exam

It's all in the mind

Andrew Mower offers some tricks of the trade that will help you to remember the stuff you need to remember

ACCA APM - Listen to the experts

Tom Bulman has some top advice on how to best prepare for the Advanced Performance Management optional paper

Safety in numbers

Corporate governance doesn’t just protect investors, it can save lives, says ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izzy.

What makes a good online course?

What should you look for in an online training course? Mark Ingram explains all

Long arm of the law (paper)

This month our friendly Agony Aunt turns her attention to law


Adrian Davies continues his threepart series on trading losses. The final instalment will be in next month’s issue of PQ magazine

From Russia with love

Sunil Bhandari has some good news for ACCA PQs sitting option papers – the AFM examining team are playing fair!

Feedback from June

Here’s your chance to learn from the mistakes of those who sat the June exams. We look at what the examiners of two papers with poor pass rates have to say about how you can do better.

ACCA exam tips for December 2018

Tips for this winter's sitting are here...

How to be a big game player

Claire Bennison explains the importance of ACCA’s SBL leadership module

Future perfect?

The Financial Reporting Council unveils the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code.

FM in the spotlight

The ACCA Financial Management exam assesses students on the knowledge and skills expected of a finance manager, in relation to investment, financing and dividend policy decisions. Students often find this a challenging exam, so we’ve asked AVADO’s Agony Aunt, Caron Betts, to deal with some of the most popular FM student queries.

Embracing change

The world of accountancy training is rapidly changing – and you must exploit these changes to your advantage, says Alex Leach

TOP of the TIPS

Here's BPP's tips for the September 2018 exam sitting. Read carefully there have been some big changes...

SBL: in with the new

Ashim Kumar explains everything you ever wanted to know about the new ACCA Strategic Business Leader examination, examinable from September

How to beat the beast

Liz Hulls has some top tips on passing the Advanced Tax paper

Words + numbers = pass

Alex Wakeham has some advice for business strategy studiers who tend to struggle with the numbers

Put down that calculator!

ACCA CBE sitters need to put their calculators away and use the spreadsheet software, says the F5 examiner.

IFRS: classifying financial intruments

Why is the IASB consulting on the accounting for financial instruments with characteristics of equity?

Audit quality falling – and that’s official

PQ editor Graham Hambly reports on what’s happening at the UK’s financial watchdog

Getting over the line

Rob Sims offers some wise words on how you can turn a near miss into a solid gold win

Think ahead to September

Alan Hatfield explains imminent changes to some of the ACCA exams

No more Carillion scandals?

Is it time for fundamental changes in the audit maket? Both Labour and BDO think so, reports Graham Hambly

What the ACCA examiner wants

What did the ACCA examiner reports highlight after the March sitting? Here’s the F5 to F9 papers

Getting ready to pass Audit & Assurance

Paul Kirkwood has some simple advice: if you want to improve your chances of passing then read the examiners’ articles

Tax: no safe havens

PQ magazine editor Graham Hambly reports on how the UK is reforming offshore tax evasion

Why you can’t ignore the money laundering regs

Tim Pinkney explains why AML is a subject that you really need to know about

FRC ups the ante

The Financial Reporting Council has announced big plans to enhance its monitoring of the six largest audit firms.

Practical experience essential to qualifying

You can’t become an ACCA member just by sitting classes, says Linda Calder

OT questions: make the right choice

Tutor Tom Bulman explains how best to tackle OT exam questions, now the heart of the ACCA exams

Why reports matter

Mark Clatworthy poses the question: who actually uses financial reports?

ACCA Professional exams: the same – but different

Two experts in the field explain the changes to the core ACCA exams

Why you can’t ignore the money laundering regs

Tim Pinkney explains why AML is a subject that you really need to know about

Carillion fallout: FRC ‘under threat’

The future of the Financial Reporting Council has been thrown into doubt after the government promised an independent inquiry into its whole operation.

Where’s the mark allocation?

ACCA P7 sitters want to know why they are treated differently to international sitters.

Cryptocurrencies: so what do you know?

Accountancy professionals need to better understand cryptocurrencies, says Narayanan Vaidyanathan

What did you think?

Here’s our paper-by-paper guide to the March sitting, courtesy of those who sat the exam!

Preparation is the key to success for CBEs

Andrew Mower offers five top tips on how you can get through the CBEs

PSCs: a question of control

What is a PSC and how does it work? Here’s what Companies House has to say...

Make your mark

Alan Hatfield tells you exactly what you need to know to improve your leadership skills

Blockchain and the future of accountancy

With bitcoin seemingly always in the news there’s much interest around the blockchain concept. David Lyford-Smith explains what it is and how it works

Keeping it real

Philip Dunn explains the importance of financial statements and who they are of most use to

P5: How to be part of the 29%

Mustafa Muchhala offers some sound advice on how to pass the Advance Performance Management paper

ACCA - the examiners' reports

Do you measure up to examiners’ expectations? We look at the December skills and option level papers with the worst pass rates

Why the ‘why’ is the key to passing P3

Paul Anderson explains what you need to do to get through this tough paper

Be wary of the seven-year rule

Professional level ACCA students need to be aware that they now have seven years to complete their exams before the results ‘expire’.

Are sample papers an Achilles’ heel?

Sunil Bhandari is skeptical about how useful ACCA sample questions are when it comes to students trying to pass the real thing

A new ethical dawn

Stephanie Keenan explains how the new Ethics and Professional Skills Module will work

So you think you know how to learn?

PQ has a guest editor this month – Craig Coda. Here he offers some top tips on how to pass ACCA – and he should know the score, as he did it in two years!

Everything you need to know..

Welcome to PQ’s one-stop briefing for the new ACCA Professional Level exams, which come into play from September 2018 – courtesy of BPP’s Tony Sharples

Still room for improvement in corporate reporting, says FRC

Regulator expects more detail and less ambiguity, according to report

Making Tax Digital: VAT

Despite delays to various staging post dates, the government’s digital agenda juggernaut is rolling on…

Ethics survey shows there’s more to do

A new report from ACCA exposes a worrying level of unethical behaviour in the workplace in the UK. ACCA’s Brian McEnery explains all

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