The June exams are almost upon us, and from the emails I have been getting, quite a number of you are at various stages, and making progress at covering the syllabus for the different exams you are taking.
The subject of some of the emails I have received is predicting questions for upcoming exams. They ask ‘what areas of the syllabus I think are likely to be examined‘ , ‘how likely it is to have a question on Discounted Cash flow for P4‘, ‘If big calculations on WACC is likely in F9 this year‘
The ACCA syllabus for each subject, as we all know, is extensive, and any help, or hope of help, with narrowing down the syllabus will be appealing to any student. this is the reason I think question prediction has been, and continues to be popular.
This is not to say students are lazy, but hey, who wouldn’t like to increase the odd on passing?
Generally, exam question predictions are made by considering the past papers, and the examiner’s inclination towards a particular area of the syllabus (again, this is from past papers set by the examiner).
There is NO guarantee of the examiner following the same trend, and even less, if the subject has a new examiner.
Question predictions generally should be used with caution. It would be poor exam preparation, for predictions to be used as an excuse for not covering all areas of the syllabus, or as many areas as one possibly can.