Q. Are there any guaranteed topics?
A: No. Although there is usually an optional (Section B) question on “current developments in performance management”.
Q. Why do questions sometimes appear ambiguous in terms of what is required as an answer, i.e. that they aren’t obvious link to one of the chapters in our notes?
A: Although we have to sub-divide our notes into chapters to create discrete topics, in reality businesses are dealing with a variety of the aspects of performance management at a time. At this level of the ACCA qualification you are expected to be able to connect the wider implications of performance management so, to mimic reality, a single question will require you to draw on a number of topics across various chapters.