BPP ACCA F9 Exam Tips for June 2016
20 multiple choice questions worth 2 marks each. The MCQs will largely be knowledge based and will balance out the questions in Section B to make sure that all aspects of the syllabus are examined. It is likely that some of the MCQs will test the financial management and objectives (ratio analysis, the concept of shareholder wealth) as well as economic environment and financial institutions topics (financial intermediation, fiscal and monetary policies). The efficient market hypothesis is likely to be tested here too. But bear in mind that the whole point of setting MCQs is to test good coverage of the syllabus in the exam.
Q1 – Q3: Three 10 mark questions. The questions will be broken down into sub requirements and may also be based on a short scenario.
Areas expected to be tested in questions 1 to 3 working capital management (the impact of a change in credit period or accepting a factor’s offer), business or security valuations (assets method and earnings valuation), financial risk management (most likely in the form of currency risk but it is possible that interest rate risk is examined here).
Q4 & Q5: Two 15 mark questions which will be broken down into sub requirements and be scenario based. These two questions will focus on these topics investment appraisal (likely to be an NPV with inflation and tax), working capital management and business finance (either an evaluation of financing options – interest coverage and gearing ratios are likely to be important here or a cost of capital calculation are most likely). Whichever of these three topics does not feature in question 4 or 5 will appear in question 1, 2 or 3.
F9 has the following syllabus areas:
A Financial management function
B Financial management environment
C Working capital management
D Investment appraisal
E Business finance
F Business valuations
G Risk management