Complete ACCA SBR Study Guide – Syllabus, Paper Pattern, Academic Plan, Mock Exams, Tips And More



ACCA Strategic Business Reporting (SBR) assumes knowledge acquired at the Knowledge Level (F3—Financial Accounting Paper) and Skill Level (F7—Financial Reporting Paper). The ACCA SBR paper will teach students how to examine corporate reporting from the perspective of various stakeholders.

The SBR syllabus requires the assessment and evaluation of the reporting decisions made by the management and their implications for a range of stakeholders and entities. The SBR syllabus in the ACCA course also explores the professional and ethical responsibilities of the accountant to these stakeholders. Let’s dissect it more in our ACCA SBR study guide below.

To summarize, the ACCA SBR paper will teach students how to :

  • The ACCA SBR syllabus prepares students to apply fundamental ethical and professional principles to ethical dilemmas and discuss the consequences of unethical behavior.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of the financial reporting framework and critically discuss changes in accounting regulation.
  • Apply professional judgment when reporting the financial performance of a range of entities.
  • Prepare financial statements of a group of entities.
  • Interpret financial statements for different stakeholders.
  • Communicate the impact of changes and potential changes in accounting regulations on financial reporting.
  • Demonstrate employability and technology skills.

The ACCA SBR paper is about the practical application of knowledge and understanding of accounting concepts learned in FA ( Paper 3) and FR (Paper 7) paper to evaluate, advise, discuss, and explain the accounting treatment and corporate reporting for a business transaction as per financial reporting standards.

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The comprehensive SBR Syllabus can be divided into the categories mentioned below. We have systematically divided the ACCA SBR syllabus into sections, ensuring an understanding of the topics and facilitating preparation.

A. Fundamental ethical and professional principles
  • Professional and ethical behavior in corporate reporting
B. The financial reporting framework
  • The applications, strengths, and weaknesses of the accounting framework
C. Reporting the financial performance of a range of entities
  • Revenue
  • Non-current assets
  • Financial instruments
  • Leases
  • Income taxes
  • Provisions, contingencies, and events after the reporting date
  • Share-based payment
  • Fair Value Measurement
  • Reporting requirements of small and medium-sized entities (SMEs)
  • Other reporting issues
D. Financial statements of groups of entities
  • Group accounting, including statements of cash flows
  • Associates and joint arrangements
  • Changes in group structures
  • Foreign transactions and entities
E. Interpret financial statements for different stakeholders
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial information and measurement of performance
F. The impact of changes and potential changes in accounting regulation
  • Discussion of solutions to current issues in financial reporting
G. Employability and technology skills
  • Use computer technology to access and manipulate relevant information efficiently.
  • Work on relevant response options, using available functions and technology as required.
  • Navigate windows and computer screens to create and amend responses to exam requirements using the appropriate tools.
  • Present data and information effectively using the appropriate tools.

Hack: The ACCA SBR paper is about applying a conceptual understanding of the conceptual framework of accounting and reporting requirements per financial reporting standards. Firstly, a thorough understanding of the SBR syllabus and all financial reporting standards (IAS/IFRS) is necessary. To gain a strong command over the concepts and reporting requirements per financial reporting standards, focus on the study text. Having gained a conceptual understanding of the financial reporting standards, the next step in our ACCA SBR study guide is to solve exam kit questions. Practice as many questions as possible. This will help you gain confidence in interpreting the requirements of the given scenario and then apply the conceptual understanding as asked in the question.


The ACCA SBR syllabus is assessed by three examinations. It examines professional competencies within the business reporting environment.

Students will be examined on concepts, theories, and principles, as well as their ability to question and comment on proposed accounting treatments.

Particulars Based on Number of Marks
Section A – Two scenario-based questions 50
Question 1 – 30 marks The financial statements of group entities, or extracts thereof (syllabus area D), and is also likely to require consideration of some financial reporting issues (syllabus area C).
Question 2 – 20 marks It will require candidates to consider the reporting implications and the ethical implications of specific events in a contemporary scenario.
Section B – Two Questions – 25 Marks Each Scenario or case-study or essay-based and will contain both discursive and computational elements. 50
Total 100

The current issues element of the paper (syllabus area F) may be examined in Section A or B but will not be a whole question; it is more likely to form part of a question or give a current context to the question scenario.

You are expected to score 50/100 to pass this examination. This is easily manageable with a clear understanding of the concepts, good practice of the questions, and a positive attitude. The pass rates of ACCA SBL paper across the globe average between 50% – 52% for most attempts.


In addition to the ACCA SBR study material from Synthesis Learning, you need to refer to these two content sources for your preparations primarily –

  • The Study Text – for conceptual understanding
  • The Practice/Exam Kit – for practice questions

There are only two ACCA-approved content providers that you should consider, namely Kaplan Publishing and BPP Learning Media. Apart from this, you can also refer to the technical articles published by ACCA on different topics. You can use this link to refer to the articles.

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Creating an effective ACCA SBR study plan is crucial for success in this challenging exam. Start by understanding the exam format, ACCA SBR syllabus, and study resources from Synthesis Learning.

Allocate study time wisely, focusing on weaker areas while revising stronger ones regularly. Utilize ACCA SBR Study material, practice questions, and mock exams to gauge your progress. Stay disciplined, follow your plan diligently, and seek support from our tutors.


Active reading means understanding what you are reading.

  1. Read the introduction, heading, and objective of the chapter and get an overview.
  2. Read and understand the chapters from ACCA SBR syllabus thoroughly and solve exercise questions given in the study text.
  3. Mark the important concepts and reporting requirements while reading and understanding the study text.
  4. Prepare summary notes for the core concepts of the chapters in your own words. This can be done in a form that you are comfortable studying – tabular form, charts, bulleted points, mind maps & so on
  5. Ensure you practice enough questions from the ACCA SBR Exam Kit, training yourself for ‘Exam Experiences.’


Always attempt mock tests before you take the exam. Going without solving mocks is like a soldier without a weapon.

You should practice at least three mock exams before you take the final exam. These ACCA SBR mock exams will give you first-hand experience of the exam online environment, the style of questions & how well you can attempt them in the given time.

These Practice Mocks (designed by ACCA) need to be purchased and you can access them once purchased via myACCA. You can purchase a single test or a set of three tests.

You can log in to the ACCA ‘Practice Platform’ to solve mocks using the following link.


One day before the ACCA SBR examination, invest all your time in revising what you have studied so far and focus on memorizing all the essential concepts. Skim through the ACCA SBR syllabus,  study text, and practice kit. Do not try to learn any new concept or solve any new question. Skim through the study text and practice kit to focus on memorizing the important concepts, theory topics, and formulas if required. Focus on memorizing all the formulae, concepts, and theories.


To understand how to pass ACCA SBR, thoroughly understand the syllabus and exam format. Develop a structured study plan to pass SBR ACCA, focus on weaker areas and revise regularly. Use study resources like textbooks, online materials, and practice questions.

Practice time management and exam techniques to ensure success. For additional support, take SBR ACCA exam tips from expert tutors at Synthesis Learning. By following these strategies, you will get a clear understanding of how to pass SBR ACCA exam.


After months of all the effort and hard work you would’ve put into the preparation for this exam, it is equally important to ace your exam. Here are some SBR ACCA exam tips-


  1. Time Management: It is important to complete the paper on time. Remember, time management is a key to success! Here is how you can allocate your time-
Reading and Planning Time 15 minutes
Section A 30 Marks Question – 51 Minutes
20 Marks Question – 34 Minutes
85 minutes
Section B Two 25 Marks Questions – 42.5 Minutes each 85 minutes
Final check 10 minutes
TOTAL 195 minutes
  1. Do not stress or panic during the exam, stay calm and write all you know. If you freak out, it is possible that you mess with other straightforward, manageable, and scoring questions.
  2. Do not leave any question unattempted
  3. Be prepared to find different and new styles of questions, with patience and linking to the concepts of your syllabus you should be able to tackle them well.


The SBR ACCA publishes an Examiner’s Report for every attempt which gives an insight into the marking process, the common mistakes that students make during the exams, and other useful techniques to do well in your examination. You must go through the Examiner’s Reports to understand what the examiner is expecting from you. It will help you understand how students have failed to tackle different questions and how they could have performed better. It’s like learning from someone else’s mistakes. You can follow this link to refer to a few of the examiner’s reports published by the ACCA.

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Our complete ACCA SBR study guide provides a comprehensive overview of the syllabus, paper pattern, academic plan, mock exams, and valuable tips to excel in the exam.

By diligently following this guide, aspiring candidates can prepare effectively and increase their chances of success in the ACCA SBR exam.

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