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When to sit P1 and P3?

03 November 2017

ACCA PQs have just three sittings left before the introduction of new innovative four hour Strategic Business Leader case study.

The new case study, which replaces P1 and P3, will be introduced in September 2018. This leaves the December 2017, and the March and June 2018 exams for students to pass the two papers. Any student with only one pass, in either P1 or P3, will have to sit the new case come September.

An ACCA’s spokesman said if a student has passed all the skills papers come January 2018 the advice would be not to sit P1 and P3 in March. “It would be too risky to take P1 and P3 for the first time at that sitting,” he said. The worry is you could be ill or have transport/family problems, which mean you could miss a paper and put too much pressure on yourself at the next sitting.

However, that does not mean students need to stand still. You can take the P papers in any order, so you could opt for P2 and one of the optional papers. So it shouldn’t delay them getting qualified.

If you have one of the two papers already, the advice is to concentrate on just the other paper you need to pass at the next session. “Focus on that and don’t spread yourself too thinly,” was the advice from the ACCA.

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