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Delays, time pressure – it’s the ACCA exams

18 June 2018

Delayed exams and computers crashing seems to be a common theme of students sitting the ACCA CBE June exams in the UK.
PQ magazine got reports of problems at Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Chelmsford colleges for F7 and F8 sitters. The delays were anything from 40 minutes to over two hours.
One PQ asked if there are rules about how long students have to wait for a delayed exam before they are cancelled.
Turning to the actual papers, the time pressure for many of those sitting the P7 June exam was just ‘unreal’. One angry sitter said they just don’t understand what the examiner is looking for. They said: “I will be back in September not because of my lack of knowledge but my inability to manage the time pressure!” Many felt they would need at least three-and-a-half hours to get close to doing the paper justice. Another frustrated PQ said: “I don’t think the examiner really understands this from a student perspective.” For one it was “the most time-pressured exam I have ever sat.”
P2 sitters felt they had a decent chance of passing as the examiner hadn’t made the last-ever exam “too difficult”.
Students sitting in the UK aren’t loving the CBEs. One said they “hated it”. Another worry is the number of students who admit that just aren’t familiar with how they work.

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