What Is The Paper Pattern For ACCA Exams?

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To become an ACCA affiliate, you have to pass exams in 13 ACCA papers across 3 levels, complete an ethics module online, and gain 3 years of relevant work experience (before, during, or after participation in the ACCA Course). Before giving you an insight into the paper patterns, let us take you through some basic knowledge about them.

1. ACCA Curriculum

Fundamental Level Professional Level
A.      Knowledge Module A.      Essentials
1. Business & Technology 1.  Strategic Business Leader
2.  Management Accounting 2.  Strategic Business Reporting
3.  Financial Accounting
B.      Skills Module B.      Optional (any 2 / 4)
4.  Corporate & Business Law 4.  Advanced Financial Management
5.  Performance Management 5.  Advanced Performance Management
6.  Taxation 6.  Advanced Taxation
7.  Financial Reporting 7.  Advanced Audit & Assurance
8.  Audit & Assurance
9.  Financial Management


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2. ACCA Exam Schedule

    1. The first 4 papers AB, MA, FA & LW are computer-based objective exams, on-demand and can be taken throughout the year. On-demand CBEs allow for flexibility in your studies as you can set them at any time of the year. Also, your results are displayed immediately at the end of the exam and uploaded to your account within 72 hours.
    2. From the 5th paper onwards, there are 4 exam windows each year in March, June, September, and December. Exams are Computer Based Exam ( & can be taken either from Home (assuming you have the requisite IT infrastructure) or at ACCA-approved Exam Centers.

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3. ACCA Exam Flexibility

You can choose how you study, and how often you sit for your exams. You can even appear for one paper at a time every 3 months.
Maximum limit: You can appear for a maximum of 4 exams in 1 attempt. The maximum number of exams that he can write in one calendar year is 8.

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4. Duration

A full-time student who wants to complete all ACCA exam papers starting from F1, technically, can complete in only 1.5 years with a maximum of 8 papers per year (Total 13 papers). On average it would take 2.5 to 3 years assuming you write at least one paper every quarter.

Let us examine the paper pattern of ACCA with the help of the following table.

Subjects Exam Type Exam Mode Exam Duration- Hrs Exam Evaluation- Marks Pass Marks Centers Examination Months
Knowledge level AB, MA, FA 100% Objective Computer Based Online Exams (On Demand) 2 100 50 CB Centers Across India On-Demand Exams
Skills Level LW
PM, TX, FR, AA, FM Objective & Structured Computer Based Online Exams (Quarterly) 3 100 50 ACCA Approved Centers March, June, September, December
Professional Level SBL, SBR, AFM, APM, ATX, AAA 100% Structured Computer Based Online Exams (Quarterly) 3 (SBL-4) 100 50 ACCA Approved Centers March, June, September, December


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The high point of this course is that the syllabus covers Strategic Decision Making, Business Strategies & Professional Ethics at an advanced level to help you transition from executive to managerial roles with a focus on analytical skills and application-based philosophy. Students acquire valuable professional skills in business management and strategy apart from in-depth knowledge in finance and accounting. Hence ACCA qualified professionals are highly preferred and in high demand by the employers across the levels of hierarchy in an organization.

Employers in finance, accounting, banking, consulting and management will recognize and respect your global ACCA Qualification and know you have the right skills needed for the job. Today, ACCA students and members are making a mark in the global world of finance as CEOs, CFOs and finance heads of organizations and again – it is beyond accounting.

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