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Which Exams (F1-F9) to take together?

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Which Exams (F1-F9) to take together?

I am thinking about taking 2 exams in June, but don't know which 2 to take together, any suggestions?
I have exemptions for F1-F3, and I sat my first ACCA exam in December which was F6- Taxation.

December 16th 2014 AN ACCA USER 130 Points

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I would suggest that you sit for F4/F8 and choose either F7 or F5 with it.

There are two reasons for this.
First, F4 is a law paper which doesn't involve any sort of calculations or numerical stuff so to create a balance choose the other paper that involves numbers (F7/F5). This will really help you. Otherwise if you select F4 and F8 you'll be overwhelmed by the amount of theory. Also remember that ACCA suggests that students should follow the exam sequence set by ACCA. It isn't a compulsion, just a suggestion by ACCA.
Second, If you choose F8 You'll have to memorize a lot of stuff so this combination will allow you to have gaps between exams which is essential for good performance as you'll need a good amount of time to relax and revise.

F4 is a CBE exam now which is available on demand so you may decide to finish it before hand and sit 2 exams in June 2015.

Lastly do consider your next set of exams i.e. Dec 2015 to ensure that you don't end up giving consecutive exams in Dec 2015 as a result of your selection in June 2015.

December 17th 2014 AN ACCA USER 5,330 Points 2 Flags
Edited December 19th 2014 AN ACCA USER
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Because F4 is now a CBE, its a bit different now.
I did F4/F6, F5/F9 and F7/F8. The latter two sets complemented each other as there was some overlap.

I would suggest this:
Do F4 as a CBE (so you can do that at any time).

F5/F9 in June. This will give you 4 days between exams (Monday and Friday).

Then you have a few options.

Either do 1 exam every quarter or do 1/2 exams in September and 2/1 exams in December.

If you were to do 2 exams in either period, I would suggest doing F8/F6 together as this gives the longest spread between exams. Unless you'd prefer the overlap, then do F8/F7 although they are on consecutive days (as they are currently).

Hope that helps.

December 17th 2014 AN ACCA USER 860 Points
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Hi, I would suggest you to take papers with intervals so that after writing the first paper you can have maybe one or two days available for another revision of the last paper. I used to sit papers consecutively and I found it difficult to remember a lot of information for the second paper given that I had to sit for it immediately the following day after writing my first paper. What I do now is taking maybe f5 and f8 and so on.

December 16th 2014 AN ACCA USER 8,970 Points
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Hello Moshe,
I have got exemptions (F1-F4) & i'm going to take F5,F7 & F8 for June 2015.
Is it okay? what's your take?
December 24th 2014 AN ACCA USER 230 Points
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Huma that was a very brilliant suggestion there, on the other hand i will suggest that for people who consider reading and memorizing a whole lot of problem, i will suggest that you sit for F4/F5, F6/F9, and F7/F8, this will help relax the brain with some reading and make it interesting later with some calculations.
January 15th 2015 AN ACCA USER 760 Points
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I will do F5/F9 together in June and F7/F8 in December.

You can do CBE from F4 so it can be easily sorted out and if you are keen to finish the Fundamental modules in this year, you can do F6 in September.

Good luck. ;)

January 26th 2015 AN ACCA USER 290 Points
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Hi, Im also struggling to decide on what to sit in June 15.

I've only got F5 and F6 left to take, however I'm not sure about sitting these two together - will it be too much calculation? Especially as I've never done any tax before and they are one day after each other.

I thought about doing 1 June and 1 September but I spoke to BPP today and they haven't confirmed if they are doing lectures yet for September sitting - although I assume they will do something.
Would it be better to sit one F paper in June and then possibly the last F and P1 in December?

February 11th 2015 AN ACCA USER 140 Points
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Hi Rita, hope you could help me. I have entered exactly the same as you F5 & F9 together and F4. F4 is obviously a computer based exam, when you say it can easily be sorted, when can we sit this paper? Sorry to be a nuisance. And how to book an exam for F4?
All the best wishes with your study.
March 3rd 2015 AN ACCA USER 200 Points