ACCA F5 Exam Tips September 2017 Session


ACCA F5 Exam Tips September 2017 session given below are just intelligent guesses from exam point of view provided by famous tuition providers. These exam tips must not be relied on totally. To increase chances of success in Exams you must prepare full breadth of syllabus and topics

ACCA F5 Exam Tips September 2017:

ACCA F5 Exam Tips September 2017 Session are given below by famous tuition providers


MCQ’s can come up from any syllabus area so cover the breadth of every topic.

Section A:

ABC, Life Cycle costing, Target Costing and Throughput Costing are very commonly tested topics while Environmental costing is rarely tested.

Section B:

Usually there are two questions from this area. Commonly tested topics are
– Relevant Costing
– Pricing
– Cost Volume Profit Analysis
– Limiting Factor
– Make or Buy or Shutdown Decisions and other Short term decisions
– Dealing with Risk and Uncertainty

Section C:

There are two questions from this area. Variances analysis is more commonly tested topics while Budgeting is also tested off and on. Every exam has some variances in it and could be basic or advanced variances.

Section D:

Performance evaluations is another area where questions always come up – very hard to learn a set method as each one is different. The important thing is to read the question carefully and make sure you link your analysis to the scenario. Commonly tested areas are

  • Transfer Pricing
  • Balance scorecard

The examiner does not like students who simply quote from the textbook, writing information that is not relevant to the question. The examiner also likes you to have an opinion – has the company done well or not? Clearly state your opinion and reasons why it is so.


As any syllabus area could be tested in sections A & B the best advice is to study all areas of the syllabus.
For section C expect (but not limited to) planning and operational variance, mix yield variances & evaluation of the company performance (either as a whole or on a divisional basis).

There is no longer any formal reading and panning time at the start of the exam. You are strongly advised to plan answers to section C questions before starting to write. Ensure to make reference to the scenario in your answer!
The exam is approx. 40% calculation and 60% discussion – so doing the maths won’t be enough to pass this paper. Interpretation and application are crucial, especially in section C.


Sections A and B: Costing methods (ABC, throughput & lifecycle) and decision making (relevant costing, linear programming and uncertainty).

Section C: Transfer pricing, budgeting and advanced variances.

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