ACCA director of qualifications Catherine Edwards Said: We will not be producing MCQ sections in future
She explained that students sitting the F papers now have three exams worth of multiple choice questions to practice from as good examples – i.e. the pilot, December 2014 and June 2015.
Edwards is urging students to use the examiner’s report for each sitting, as they clearly set out what students do well and less well in. She revealed these reports will also include some MCQ items that sitters have struggled with, not just for this session, but will indicate changes to future sessions, too.
Finally, she explained that the ACCA’s approved providers for content have also had their revision banks assessed by the exam team to ensure that their additional questions are at the appropriate level.
Edwards admitted that when the June 2015 exams for F5, F7, F8 and F9 were initially published ACCA received quite a few queries about why the MCQs had been omitted.
The reason for this is that the policy, in line with what it does for it other exams with MCQs, is not to publish the MCQ sections. The exception is after the first session of a new exam structure.
This is why it published the December 2014 papers in full, and why F6 was published in full this June. She admits the ACCA did not communicate this policy clearly and in response to demand from students decided to publish these in full for the June exams.