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ACCA EXAM SESSION UPDATES

2021

These resources are for students subscribed under the MIA/ACCA Joint Scheme who will be sitting for exams in the March and June 2021 sessions.

Need some help with Exam Preparation? Take a look at this link for a compilation of the relevant study support resources available.
Applied Knowledge
Relevant to students preparing for Applied Knowledge exams, the webinar Studying and passing your ACCA On-Demand exams is available on demand.
Applied Skills
Core Applied Skills Sept/Dec sample exams are available on the Practice Platform – the corresponding examiner reports are available under the ‘examiners’ reports’ section of the study support resources for the relevant subject.

Performance Management (PM)
Supporting resources including key links and webinars with practical techniques and insights for students sitting for the Performance Management exam can be found here.
Audit and Assurance (AA)
Supporting resources including key links and webinars with practical techniques and insights for students sitting for the Audit and Assurance exam can be found here.
Financial Management (FM)
Supporting resources including key links and webinars with practical techniques and insights for students sitting for Financial Management exam can be found here.
Support for CBEs
This one-page support document includes various resources to guide you with Applied Skills Computer-Based Exams, including a comprehensive guide to the CBE software, the practice platform, and other relevant resources to help you practice and succeed in your exams.
Strategic Professional
Please see the below student support on demand webinars to help you produce answers that will earn the marks needed for exam success. Also for AAA, here is a video with guidance for students on how to debrief their own answers during question practice.
Exam success – Earning Marks in Strategic Business Leader (SBL)
Exam success – Earning Marks in Advanced Financial Management (AFM)
Exam success – Earning Marks in Advanced Performance Management (APM)
Exam success – Earning Marks in Advanced Audit and Assurance (AAA)


Strategic Professional as computer based exams (SP CBE)

Remember that Strategic Professional exams will be in CBE format in Malta from June 2021.

  • The CBE guidance documents for SBL and all other non-SBL exams are a comprehensive guide to the SP CBE software. It is an invaluable tool detailing all the features and functionality of SP CBE.
  • Further information to get you ready for SP CBE and the Practice Platform is available on this on-demand webinar.
  • New resources have recently been added on the ACCA website to help support digital skills, providing further learning support for session CBEs, including videos showing expert tutors working through an AFM CBE question demonstrating an effective use of the spreadsheet functionality.
  • Examiner reports are also available under the ‘examiners’ reports’ section of the study support resources for the relevant subject.

Other Support
This Student Podcasts series includes EPSM insights and a new podcast with PQ Magazine editor Graham Hambly, who gives advice to students for keeping on track with their studies based on his experiences of talking to thousands of students over the past 20 years.
Syllabus and study guides for 2021-2 can now be found online via the student study resource finder: designed to help with planning study and to provide detailed information on what could be assessed in any examination session, including summary of any syllabus changes.
All the best with your studies!


    2020

    June – Covid-19

    Date: 6th May, 2020 
    The below September 2020 variant exams are available for entry through your myACCA account:
    • Corporate & Business Law (LW)
    • Taxation (TX)
    • Advanced Taxation (ATX)
    The Early exam entry deadline for the September 2020 examination session is 11 May 2020.
    The Standard exam entry closing date is 27 July 2020.
    There will be no changes to the syllabus and  you will be examined on the June 2020 syllabus.
    Since the ATX is a paper based exam, the September 2020 exam will use the existing June 2020 exam paper.

    The exam paper will even have June 2020 stamped upon it. The LW and TX will be held as CBE exams.
    The exams will be the same format as they would have been in the June 2020 Session.
    Date: 4th May, 2020
    ACCA confirmed that the Foundation in Accountancy and ACCA Qualification variant exams will take place in the September 2020 examination session using the June syllabus.
    This decision, allows ACCA to keep the exam content secure and allow most students who were intending to sit these exams in June the opportunity to do so.
    You can refer to the full list of affected exams here. If your exam is not listed, this means it is going ahead as scheduled.
    Students will be able to enter for the September 2020 examination session from 5th May.
    Date:  27th March, 2020
    The Malta Institute of Accountants has been working closely with ACCA to provide you with the latest updates regarding the June 2020 Examination Sitting.
    Please be informed that the June 2020 session has been cancelled. More information can be found via the following link dedicated covid-19 webpage.

    SEPTEMBER session

    This information is for students subscribed under the MIA/ACCA Joint Scheme who will be sitting for exams in the September session.

      31st August, 2020
      With your September 2020 exams approaching soon, we know that you are keen to continue to make progress with your exams, but also may feel worried about what will your experience of sitting the exams be like given the current conditions imposed by Covid-19 global pandemic.
      Our key priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students and we’re liaising with ACCA to ensure that exam centres operate safely.
      Further to previous updates on the precautionary measures, a number of students have been in touch with us and ACCA to ask for further clarifications specific to the Malta exam centre. Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions can be found below:
      • It is stated that masks should be worn throughout the exam. Would the same guidelines apply if the guidelines for running the exams in Malta state that face masks or visors are to be worn by students when entering and exiting the exam venue but only optional for the duration of the exam?
        You will be required to wear the mask at the exam venue – on your arrival, during the examination and until you leave the venue. This measure is deemed necessary to ensure safety and wellbeing of all students and staff at the venue.
      • Information from ACCA provided to students suggests ‘gloves may be worn’. Can you confirm if the use of gloves will be mandated in Malta?
        This will not be mandatory, unless included in the list of latest requirements stipulated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Health in Malta (applicable on the day of the exam).
      • Will the latest government guidelines relating to the necessary physical distancing be followed?
        Yes, the latest advice given by Office of the Superintendent of Public Health in Malta will be strictly followed.
      • What will be the arrangements at my exam centre in Malta, to abide to the specific guidelines relating to distancing as stipulated by the local governments?
        In Malta, the latest advice given by Office of the Superintendent of Public Health in Malta will be followed. Please click here for further information.
        All exam venues will be cleaned thoroughly before and between sessions.
        • What should I do if I cannot attend the exam, due to medical reasons, including Covid-19?
          Please click here for ACCA’s list of frequently asked questions, relating to September 2020 exams, under ‘what if I’m unable to attend the September exam?’
        • Will I be required to provide my personal information?
          As required by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Health in Malta (as applicable on the day of the exam), each student’s name, mobile number, and identification number has to be provided to facilitate contract tracing (if needed).
        The information provided is correct at the time of this update, however, the external factors relating to Covid-19 may dictate further change to these conditions, due to changes to local conditions or government guidelines at very short notice.
        26th August, 2020:
        In preparation for the ACCA September exam session and following the guidelines issued by ACCA which can be found here, we would like to reassure you that the measures which will be imposed by the invigilators during your exam will be in accordance to the Maltese government’s COVID-19 guidelines at the time of your exam. Although you may take personal precautions, such as carrying your own sanitiser or wearing gloves, you will only be asked to follow local regulations which are imposed at the time.
        If there are any changes in the situation prior to the exam session, you will be sent an update via email. Please ensure you check the emails for the email address recorded on your ACCA and MIA accounts frequently for any updates.
        You may access the relevant FAQs which will be shortly updated with further information in line with your questions.


        December Session

        Last updated: 28th October 2020
        Please note that ACCA have confirmed that the December 2020 exam session is going ahead as planned on 7th-11th December. Due to social distancing requirements, some venues have a reduced capacity and you are encouraged to submit your entry as soon as possible. More information may be found here.
        Remember that the deadline for exam entry is Monday 2nd November!
        To aid in your preparation, here are links to useful information which ACCA has made available for students sitting for the December session.
        • If you will be facing Applied Skills objective test questions, this video will help you with using the online scratchpad effectively.
        To help you plan ahead, the ACCA 2020 study planner may be found here. If you are in need of some inspiration, check out this webinar featuring two Maltese Prizewinning students.
        As you know, CBE format for Strategic Professional exams will be launched in Malta in June 2021 and from then, paper-based exams will no longer be available. You may find more information on ACCA’s website here and in this support document.


                       
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