ACCA P1 Exam Tips September 2017


ACCA P1 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 P1 Exam Tips September 2017:

ACCA P1 Exam Tips September 2017 session are given below by famous tuition providers


Each P1 paper offers 4-6 marks for displaying professional skills, which can easily be the difference between a pass and a fail. The marks are available for both format and the tone and style of your answer, where you may have to prepare a speech or write a letter on behalf of the Board addressing specific concerns. Take a look at the Article of 24 August 2009 for more guidance and some great hints on style.

P1 is a very wordy paper, and the examiner wants to ensure that you have a good grasp of the theories behind the questions, but also that you can successfully apply the theories to given scenarios. Therefore, it is very easy to get lost within a question if your layout and approach to a question is poor.

A good approach is to apply 3 rules in your answer:

Introduction – this should be very short, but can help you get over any ‘writers block’. It might include a read back of the question, or a definition of the subject matter (for example, if the question asks for the roles of NED’s, start by very quickly defining what an NED is)

Theory – this section will show the examiner that you actually understand the issue being questioned, again, as with the introduction, this should really be kept short, it can be a section quote from the code, or a reference to an author (Cadbury or Greenbury et al).

Application – This will be the main bulk of your answer and should relate directly to the scenario. This is often the most difficult section of the answer, but should be made easier by the use of the introduction and theory sections.

In addition remember the golden rules of written questions:

  • Plenty of white space
  • Headings as required
  • Short punchy meaningful paragraphs

Following are some of the famous topics that were tested in past

  • Corporate governance critique and improvements.
  • Effective internal control systems, reporting within differing jurisdictions.
  • Influence of and intervention by institutional investors.
  • Diversification of Board
  • Function and importance of internal audit.
  • Risk definition, analysis of risk and the role of the Board of Directors.
  • Risk correlation and strategies for management of such risks.
  • Ethical standpoints and their application to business decisions.
  • Corporate codes of ethics critique and improvements.
  • Tucker’s ethical decision making model.
  • Social and environmental footprint.
  • Sustainability accounting.
  • Integrated Reporting
  • Conflict of interest and independence
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


Section A’s compulsory 50-marker uses a lengthy scenario, often based on real-life events, tests all three main syllabus areas. Typically consists of four written requirements, some of which may be broken down into smaller sub-requirements.

The 4 professional marks are available for producing some form of written communication (briefing note, press release or letter to shareholders).Due to the typical size of the compulsory scenario BPP advise PQs that you use the notional 15 minutes (now part of the 3 hour 15 minute exam) to plan this question above all others.
Recent exams have tested content from the examiner’s technical articles (such as June 2015 on corporate social responsibility (CRS) strategy& strategic CSR) so ensure you are familiar with any new articles.

Expect to see the use of stakeholder, ethical and other CSR theories applied to scenarios, as well as the use of risk, control and governance syllabus content especially relating to board directors, remuneration and reporting.
Test yourself with past-papers, especially those focussing on dysfunctional behaviour in areas such as bribery & corruption, environmental risk or poor ethical stance.


  • Agency risk.
  • Rules v principles governance.
  • Governance principles (e.g. transparency, scepticism).
  • Independence of NEDs.
  • Director remuneration.
  • Family Companies/2 tier boards.
  • Objective v subjective risk.
  • Enterprise risk management.
  • Risk audit.
  • Need for Internal audit.
  • Internal control reporting and audit (SOX).
  • Corporate codes of ethics.
  • Kohlberg moral development.
  • Tucker 5 questions.
  • Bribery & corruption.
  • Corporate citizenship.

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