Passing multi-choice papers F1 – F3

soramsey —  23 May 2013 — 19 Comments

by ACCA student Elyse Burns-Hill

The first three papers of the ACCA Qualification are multi-choice, so I’m going to share with you a few bits of advice that will help you study and pass these papers.


F1 is very theory based, so you need to find a way of remembering the information. I find mind maps a very good way of remembering as I’m quite a visual learner. You could also try drawing pictures, recording yourself speaking your revision notes or writing out notes over and over.

I would encourage you to try a few different things at this stage; it’s an opportunity to try different revision techniques while the work isn’t too difficult.  You won’t have time later on to be trying to figure out your best revision methods.


F2 starts to involve numbers and is your first taste of management accounting. Again there is a fair amount of theory, so another opportunity to practice and experiment with your revision techniques.

On the numbers side of things; practise. Try and work through whole questions, so you fully understand each part. Also practise multi-choice questions to get used to the style of the exam.


F3 is basically bookkeeping. I can give you no better advice than to get your head around double entry. It will help you with this paper and every ACCA paper afterwards. There are apps out there that can help you learn and understand. 

As for F2; lots of question practice so that you have a very good understanding of what you’re doing.

Computer Vs Paper

You can choose whether to take these exams on paper in June or December, or as a computer based exam (CBE) at any time. If you think the computer will distract you, go for the paper exam, or if you don’t want to wait for June or December; take the CBE.

 As always – questions or comments welcome!


19 responses to Passing multi-choice papers F1 – F3


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        Dear M A A Sohag. I have also replied individually via email to your blog comment. Kind regards, Sophie Ramsey (ACCA Marketing Team)


    Can u explain tu me whats corporate governance and csr? Im confused.. Please reply


    What is corporate governance? – Corporate governance is simply the system by which organisations are directed and controlled. It is a set of relationships between a company’s directors, shareholders and other stakeholders. There are underlying corperate governance concepts such as *Transparency(open and clear disclosure of relevant info. to shareholders), *Accountability, *Integrity, *Honesty etc..

    CSR?- corporate social responsibility: Well large businesses in particular are under increasing expectations that they will exercise CSR. There are 4 levels of CSR( Carroll’s Model) ; (1)Economic,(2) Legal,(3) Ethical and (4)Philanthropic, responsibilities. Goodluck with your exam


    Very nice tips – I will note your tips for my next week Foundation Module exams. Thanks Elyse Burns-Hill


    Hey everyone…. I need help from you guyz about how to clear my f3 exam …. I’ll be giving my 2nd attempt next week so plz help……


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    darlington barns 1 June 2013 at 8:59 am

    am now learning acca f1 f2 f3 how should i go by them so that i can pass n pass well?


    nice info

    Godwin Thomas Kisavio 6 October 2013 at 9:41 am

    Thanks pple for your advice on how to attempt the multiple choice qns….but till nw I dont understand acca body because I submit everythings but they put me at foundation in accountancy stage n am already bought books I am already starting revision am student at university of dar es salaam and I wonder why they refuse me and I sent the email to them of claiming but till nw a dont see any changes and whn am open my acca am still in foundation in accountancy stage and I have good necta result so what can I do people??????….


    Give me some tips for f3


    What’s up, after reading this remarkable post i am too
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    which one is better? CBE or paper based exam.


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