It’s that time of year again, when ACCA pass rates are released. If you sat your ACCA exams in June 2017, you’ll already know how you did – but you might be interested to see how your results stack up to everyone else.
Below we analyse the global ACCA pass rates for June 2017 – and share some key lessons learned.
Global ACCA pass rates from June 2017: How the world did
According to the ACCA, 135,259 students sat over 185,000 ACCA exams this June. Over 5800 students completed their final exams and became fully-qualified ACCA members (if that’s you, huge congratulations!)
These were the ACCA pass rates from this June:
Papers F1 and F4 had the highest pass rates at 83% and 77% respectively. Papers P7, P5 and P4 were the lowest, at 32%, 32% and 34%.
Within the skills level, students struggled most with papers F5 and F8, and found paper F4 easiest to pass. Of the fundamentals papers, F1 was some way ahead at 83% compared to 68% and 64% for F2 and F3.
The essentials papers had similar pass rates, at 51%, 47% and 54% for P1, P2 and P3, and the options papers were considerably lower.
The patterns are much the same as previous years. One major shift though, for the first sitting since last year over 40% of students passed P6.
What can you learn from the ACCA pass rates this June?
We asked our LearnSignal ACCA tutors what students need to remember for the next round of exams.
1 – Study the whole syllabus
Often students overlook small syllabus areas they think are trivial, but that can be your downfall. As ACCA F5 tutor Garrett Mulvin says, “the margin between a pass and a fail is so small. One or two small multiple-choice questions can make the difference. Knowing every area of the syllabus will get you over that line”
Read more: How to pass ACCA F5 with Garrett Mulvin
2 – Work on exam technique
The July 2017 ACCA pass rates prove, especially at professional level, students let themselves down with poor exam technique. Students should leave more time for practice papers, so they get used to writing to time, structuring answers correctly and gaining maximum marks.
3 – Find an interest
ACCA F7 has a low pass rate again this sitting of 48%. According to F7 tutor Wojtek Lyjak, a major problem is lack of interest. If you’re sitting F7, go back to basics and find what you love about the topic.
Read more: Pass ACCA F7 with Wojtek Lyjak
4 – Read the questions properly
Every ACCA tutor admits a real frustration with the low ACCA pass rates, because often students make stupid mistakes that hold them back.
Take the 46% pass rate for F9. F9 tutor Steve McCormick thinks not answering the question properly is to blame, with students “missing easy marks”.
Read more: Pass ACCA F9 with Steve McCormick
5 – Don’t assume you know the basics
Garrett Mulvin gives an important reason for the low 43% F5 ACCA pass rates: students come to F5 with exemptions on F2 and then lack the foundations to excel.
If you have F2 exemption, ensure you’re deeply familiar with F2. Only 64% of students passed F2 this June, so the paper is clearly more difficult than you think!
If you’ve still got papers to sit – or re-sit – these lessons learned will help you secure your place in the passing percentage. Take heart. The ACCA pass rates are often low, but every tutor we’ve spoken to says students could easily improve their performance with a series of simple fixes like better exam technique.