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Where’s the mark allocation?

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

May 2018

First-time sitters of the UK paper contacted PQ recently to ask why there was no break down of the marks in what is one of the toughest of all ACCA papers.
LSBF’s Paul Merison confirmed that since the June 2013 sitting (he thinks) the UK stream paper of P7 has had a difference to the INT stream. However it only affects Q1, he pointed out. Merison said to counter this he deliberately makes UK students sit the INT stream during the revision phase so they can see the typical marks split.
He went as far as suggesting that sitting the UK stream of P7 is probably not a wise option, unless the student is pretty sure that they have a future career signing audit reports.
The ACCA ‘exam style’ for this paper confirms that for some questions the mark allocation will not be broken down between question requirements. The reasoning given is “to assess if candidates can gauge the importance of the matters they have to deal with in answering the requirements and allocate their time appropriately to those matters”. The ACCA also says that, in practice, combining mark allocations allows more flexibility in marking as marks are not capped for one particular issue, and this can be an advantage.

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