What You Should Know Before Taking the ACCA Exams in Nigeria

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Why Take On ACCA?

Do you aspire to become a well respected financial accountant? Do you aim for a bright career abroad as a management consultant? Or would you like to become a tax consultant abroad?

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, ACCA Qualification is a definite choice for you and this article is a must read for you. Here’s everything you need to know if you are looking to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, accredited by the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA).

What is ACCA?

ACCA stands for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Based out of UK, ACCA is an international accountancy body with more than 70,000 members and 4,360,000 students. It was formed in 1904 and carries with it a rich history. It is headquartered in London and has operations in 180 countries. It has a hundred offices and more than 7000 employees around the world.

What is ACCA Qualification?

Chartered Certified Accountant is one of the major professional qualifications given by the ACCA. It is considered as a desirable qualification for young professionals and students, given the numerous benefits associated with it. After the completion of the exams and relevant experience, you will become a member of ACCA.

Who can apply for ACCA?

Here is the best part of opting for the ACCA

Nigeria2 passes at West African A Level [grades A-E] / GCE A Level / Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate  [grades A-E or 9-4]PLUS3 passes at Senior School Certificate [grades 1 – 6] / GCE O Level / Cambridge Overseas School Certificate [grades 1-6] Sufficient for Registration
NigeriaDiploma (from a Federal University)Sufficient for Registration
NigeriaNigeria Certificate in Education (NCE)Sufficient for Registration
NigeriaAdvanced Diploma (from a Federal University)Sufficient for Registration
NigeriaDiplomaSufficient for Registration

Remember, the eligibility changes with your nationality.

How to register for the ACCA exams.

You can register for the ACCA Qualification online on their website. The registration can be done at any time of the year. You should attach the supporting documents and a passport size photograph along with the application. The supporting documents include proof of your educational qualification and proof of identity. You will be intimated through mail regarding the status of the application. Once the application is approved, you can kick-start your exam preparation.

In order to become a Chartered Certified Accountant, you need to complete:

Ø A total of 14 exams in different modules

Ø Practical work experience of 3 years

Ø And the ethics and professional skills module.

Nuggets to help you prepare for a successful exams.

Instructions

The first critical instruction to follow is to arrive at the correct CBE centre or exam hall at the correct time. Always allow plenty of time to get there so that you will be fully ready to approach the exams in a calm state of mind. Ensure that you have brought your stationery, calculators, your examination dockets and your student identification.

Read the exam instructions carefully and always check the number of questions to be attempted and the time you have.

When reading the questions, read the requirements for each question carefully. It is useful to underline/highlight key words and understand the verbs in the requirements. This will ensure that you answer the questions correctly and to the point.

Manage time

You need to make sure that you will be answering the correct number of questions, and that you spend the right length of time on each question. The amount of time you spend on each question is determined by the number of marks available. Applied Knowledge (AB, MA, FA and LW) computer-based exams (CBE exams) are three hours long and Applied Skills (PM, TX-NG, FR, AA and FM) CBE-exams are three hours and 20 minutes long. The extra 20 minutes given for the Applied Skills CBE exams are to account for an extra 10 marks of objective test content (either five single OT questions or five OT questions based around a single scenario) which are included to ensure fairness, reliability and security of exams, but do not directly contribute towards the candidate’s score.

Paper-based Applied Skills (PM, TX-NG, FR, AA and FM) exams and Strategic Professional exams, with the exception of Strategic Business Leader, are three hours and 15 minutes long to reflect the manual effort required as compared to CBE exams.

The Strategic Business Leader exam is four hours long as it includes reading, planning and reflection time which can be used flexibly within the exam.

Prior to the start of each exam, there will be time allocated for students to read the exam instructions. Time should be taken to ensure that all the information and exam requirements are properly read and understood. You are encouraged to take time to read questions carefully and to plan answers, but once the exam time has started, there are no additional restrictions as to when you may begin answering questions.

  • As a guide to how much time you should spend per mark, take the total exam time and deduct the time you have set aside for planning, then divide this by the total marks available – ie 110 marks for Applied Skills (PM, TX-NG, FR, AA and FM) CBE exams and 100 marks for all other exams. For example, if you are sitting for a three hour and 15 minute paper-based exam and have set aside 15 minutes for planning, you should aim to spend 1.8 minutes per mark – ie (195-15)/100.

Presentation

Planning your answer properly and presenting it clearly is another critical component to ACCA exam success. While you’re planning how your answer should be structured, consider what format it should be in and how long each part should be.

Make use of headings, sentences, paragraphs, bullets and tables to present your answers in a clear and concise manner. Paragraphs that are too long or which lack a header do not help the marker. It is also essential to include all your workings in your answer. For paper-based exams, always show which question you are attempting clearly and remember to use black ink. Do not scatter question parts from the same question throughout your answer booklet. If you are stuck with a question, leave a space in your answer booklet and return to it later.

Relevance

To score well, you must follow the requirements of the question, understanding what aspects of the subject area are being tested and ensure that you tailor your answer to the question asked. You should make it a point to read the requirements at least twice and this will determine what information you should provide in an appropriate format.

Always plan your answers and do not just include everything you know about a topic. Check whether your plan covers all relevant points and exclude irrelevant material. Remember, credit will only be given for what is relevant, and by including irrelevant points, you will also be showing the examiner that you lack the ability to judge what is important.

Don’t forget professional marks where available. Professional marks are awarded for the overall quality of answers, and for effective professional communication skills. These will be determined by the strength of arguments, the use of logic, sensitivity to the intended target audience, and for structure and presentation.

Remember that examiners are not just looking for a display of knowledge; they want to see how well you can apply your knowledge in the context of the exam questions. Evidence of application and judgment will include writing answers that contain only the relevant information. ACCA is for people who think outside the box, there is nothing like COPY AND PASTE.

Easy marks

Get the easy marks first – do the things you find easiest, it guarantees you some marks right away, and gets you into the ‘flow’ of the exam. You should also select the optional question you feel you can answer best, basing your selection on the topics covered, the requirements of the question, how easy it will be to apply the requirements and the availability of easy marks.

Some questions require you to present your answer in the form of a report or a memo or some other document. Use the correct format – there could be easy marks to gain here.

Survival

We have all had those nightmare exams where you don’t recognise any of the options or you don’t even understand the question; don’t panic. Take your time, leave it and come back to it if necessary, but don’t become demoralised.

If you don’t understand what a question is asking for, state your assumptions. Even if you do not answer the question in a manner precisely the way the examiner requires, you should still be given some credit, if your assumptions are reasonable.

If you find yourself stuck on a question and unable to answer it, then move on to another question and return to this question later. Move on and come back later.

Success

Success is what you can expect to achieve if you apply all of the above tips and techniques during your exams. To achieve success, you must also sufficiently revise for your exams as many times as possible, if by one month to your exams you are not sure of yourself, kindly shift your exam to the next diet. Being prepared will help you enter the CBE centre or exam hall in a confident frame of mind, which will help you as you start your exams. Make sure that your revision covers the breadth of the syllabus, as all topics could be examined in a compulsory question.

Another crucial factor in achieving success is practice. Going through question practice and mock exams will prepare you for the real exam. The more exam-standard questions you practise, the more likely you will be to pass the exams.

Remember, the key to your success lies in your own commitment and resolution towards doing well in the exams. So, get prepared, write your own success stories and be prepared to IMPRESS.

Challenges in effective preparation towards your exams.

The major challenges to effective preparation for your exam are

  • ability to revise over and over and over again.
  • being honest with yourself when you know you are not well prepared
  • method of presentation when revising.

Where you can get resources to prepare for your exams.

The ACCA website is fully loaded with all kind of resources you need ie both past questions and answers,there is also a resources finding tool on there website and  your study centers can also be of help.

List of training centers in Nigeria.

ABIA

1. CREDENCE BUSINESS ACADEMY LIMITED

Location: 37, Awolowo Street

ABUJA

1. TOPNOTCH LEARNING CENTER

Office Address

Suite 23, 2nd Floor, O’neal Centre, Plot 360 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Jabi – Abuja.

Lecture Centre

Government Junior Secondary School, Patrick Bokkor Street, Off Ebitu Ukiwe Street, Jabi – Abuja.

2. BRATIM

Location: Sanusi Dantata House, Plot 274 Cadastral Zone, Central Business District, Abuja.

3. HEDGES PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Location: Suite 323, Lozumba Plaza, Area 10, Abuja

4. X-EDGE

Location: Ground Floor, Right Wing, Nigeria Reinsurance Building, Plot 784A Herbert Macauley Way, Central Business District Abuja

DELTA

1. INTEGRITY PROFESSIONALS (IPAS)

Location: 253, Warri Sapele Road. Delta State.

EDO

1. ASHREV

Location: 43, Mission Road (3rd Floor), opposite Total Filling Station, Benin City.

KWARA

1. ABBAD PROFESSIONAL TRAINING LIMITED

location: 2nd floor, Omolola House opposite GSS, Asunnara Ildrin, 234031.

2. GAINS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE

Location: 2nd Floor Omolola House, opposite GSS Maraba, Ilorin.

KADUNA

Location: 1, Prime Training & Consultancy Services Limited

Suite 2/3, Legacy House, Mogadishu Layout Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Behind Chachangi Airline Ticket Office, Kaduna.

LAGOS:

1. SYNERGY PROFESSIONALS

Location: 2, Afric Road, Off Western Avenue, behind Leadway Assurance Building Iponri.

2. Starry Gold Academy

Location: 12, Ikosi Road, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.

3. GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE – GIC

Location: No. 26, Block 12 (end of Admiralty Way), Off Awolowo Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

4. CENTRE FOR LAW AND BUSINESS LTD (CLB)

Location: 18, Babatunde Jose Road, (formerly Festival Road), off Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

5. FRONTIER BUSINESS SCHOOL

Location: 52, Ijaiye Ogba Road (Beside UBA Bank), Ogba Ikeja, Lagos.

6. THE EXECUTIVE BUSINESS SCHOOL LTD – EBS

Location: Naccima House, 8A OBA Akinjobi Street,  GRA Ikeja, Lagos.

7. PACE FINANCIAL TRAINING LTD

Location: (Global Markets Dept. 1st Floor, Building B) Stanbic IBTC Bank, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

8. HARVARD PROFESSIONAL TRAINING NIGERIA LTD

Location: 86b, Iju Road, Opposite Guinness Co-operative House, by Jungle B/Stop Pen Cinema, Agege, Lagos.

9. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL – IBS

Location: Lecture Centre: 91/93 Muritala Mohammed Way, Onayade St, Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos.

10. LEVERAGE ASSOCIATES LIMITED

Location: 5, Olusoji Idowu Street, Off Association Avenue, Ilupeju, Obanikoro B/Stop, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.

11. BENCHMARK BUSINESS SCHOOL

Location: No. 5, Ojolowo Street, off Samuel Awonmi Street by Salvation B/Stop, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos.

12. PYE NIGERIA LIMITED

Location: 14 Oweh Street Jibowu, Fadeyi, Yaba Lagos,

13. WYSE ASSOCIATES LIMITED

Location: Maryland School Complex, Maryland.

14. CBA BUSINESS ACADEMY

Location: 300, Ikorodu Road, By Bank Anthony Bus – Stop, Lagos. (Same complex with UBA)

15. TOP TALENTED

Location: Rasidat College, Lekki Epe Expressway by Ikoyi bridge, Lekki

16. MTI COLLEGE

Location: 8, Onansanya Street, off Ishaga Road, Surulere

17. WESTERFIELD COLLEGE

Location: 7, Huges Avenue, Alagbomeji, Yaba

18. LEGENDS BUSINESS SCHOOL

Location: Legend House, 105 Ogombo Road, Off Abraham Adesanya Estate Gate, Lekki Scheme 2, Ajah Lagos

19. TOMASHILL ASSOCIATES

Location: 31/33 Iwaya Road, Yaba.

20. ADRAC BUSINESS SCHOOL

Location: Legomo House, 151, Ikorodu Road, Onipanu

21. GM CONSULTING MULTIPURPOSE LIMITED

Location: 22, Thomas Salako Street, Ogba, Ikeja.

22. HARLEY REED TRAINING

Location: 148/150 Bode Thomas Street, Surulere.

23. TREASUREHALL TRAINING

Location: Waterfront Plaza, 1st Avenue (opposite Mr Biggs), Festac Town

24. IVY LEAGUE ASSOCIATES

Location: 1b, Birrel Avenue, Beside Fidelity Bank, Sabo, Yaba

25. BCG LIMITED

Location: 6/9 Church Street, Opebi, Ikeja

26. THE NEW SYNERGY SPECIALISTS (TNSS)

Location: Nigerian Law Publication House, Otunba Jobi Fele Way, Beside CITN Building, Alausa CBD,, Ikeja.

OSUN

1. CORPORATE TRAINING CENTRE

Location: 8, Ajegunle Street, Oshogbo.

OYO STATE

1. COLLECTIVE COLLEGE OF ACCOUNTANCY LTD

Location: 1, Laditi Street, Benjamin B/Stop, Ibadan.

2. ICLASS TUITION

Location: 31, Awolowo Avenue, Old Bodija, Ibadan

3. IMPACT BUSINESS SCHOOL

Location: Impact House. General Gas Road, Kolapo Ishola Estate, Akobo, Ibadan

4. MEMPHIS PRE-VARSITY

Location: 1 Memphis House , Olu-adeyoye street, off College Crescent Road, Ibadan

RIVERS STATE

1. POTEC TRAINING CENTRE

Location: 1 Chinda Street, Off Stadium Road, Port Harcourt.

2. TOPS PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS

Location: 5B, Omerelu Street, GRA, Port-Harcourt

3. NOVO ASSOCIATES

Location: 11 Iriebe Street, D-Line, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.


  


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