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Exam results dates: straight from the horse's mouth

Alan Hatfield wrote to PQ about exam results dates. Here's what he said…

April 2016

I’d like to explain to PQ readers about ACCA’s exam results dates. As we continue to implement our new four exam session a year model we are currently advising that results will be issued on a ‘week commencing date’ and we’re asking for patience from our students while we introduce a number of improvements.
In addition to providing the opportunity for students to sit exams every three months, we also want to publish results faster and we’re aiming to reduce from eight weeks to six weeks. We did that successfully in the September and December 2015 sessions where we were able to publish results on the Monday of the week-commencing date.
This will be our first March session and we’re delighted that thousands of students are taking advantage of it, as was also the case with our pilot in September. So we now know how much students love the flexibility of our new exam model. We’re also confident students will appreciate getting their results earlier, and other benefits such as our dual exam session booking feature.
We appreciate that students and learning providers would prefer to have a fixed results publication date. It is our intention to go back to a fixed date once we have embedded this new and innovative exam model.
Also, once it becomes clear during the marking period when results will be published, we will advise students of the exact date. It is a new process for all involved, and we’re asking students to come with us on this journey, with the new exam sessions being just the first of many exciting exam developments we will be sharing with you in the future. So, with an eye to the future – Think Ahead is our strapline after all – we are confident we will be able to offer fixed exam dates later this year and we promise to keep you in the loop on this.
• Alan Hatfield is Executive Director – Strategy & Development, ACCA

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