How do I best prepare for the ACCA? Is there a trick to passing ACCA exams?

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What’s the trick to passing the ACCA?

The difficulty with the ACCA is that there is no trick. There’s no clever workaround.

The major thing, which isn’t a clever shortcut at all, is planning. There’s no way around this. You need to plan. You need to practice. You need to put in a lot of hard work.

To pass the ACCA, you can’t just go and sit an exam after studying for three weeks and pass. Maybe you get lucky, once, but that’s not a strategy. Mostly, that’s just not going to work.

So you need to plan ahead. We recommend you spend about 12-weeks studying for every subject you’re taking. And yes. That does mean, when you finish one set of exams, you only get a few days off before starting your next session.

But that’s the best way of doing it.

And if you do that, you might do really well in some of those exams. Maybe you get a mark of 60 or 70. And that actually brings us to another question, because students have asked us: If I get 60, or 70, did I work too hard? Did I waste my time?

The answer to that is a definite NO. When you get 60 or 70 in your ACCA exams, especially in the fundamental exams, that result will be hugely beneficial when you start doing the professional exams. It means you’ve got a fantastic grounding of knowledge to move forwards with.

So that’s that. The only secret to passing the ACCA, even passing the ACCA with flying colours, is to prepare, prepare, prepare. You might fluke an earlier paper with limited preparation time, but why would you put yourself in that position, of potentially failing and having to study all over again?

Go slow, go steady and study rigorously, and you’ll be much more likely to get the result you want. That’s the only “trick” there is for passing the ACCA.

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