P3 Exam Tips December 2015
P3 Exam Tips December 2015
ACCA P3 Exam Tips:
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ACCA P3 Business Analysis Paper Exam Tips for December 2015 Session are given below by famous tuition providers
Embed your knowledge on the core models from Johnson and Scholes(the examiner based this paper on their work).
When answering questions,write answers like you are writing to your senior management.Make it as professional as possible.Marks are allocated to this in section A.
Do not start writing answers straightaway.Take a minute to think about the structure and presentation of the answers.
It is important with this level to remember that writing lots of knowledge and theory will not get you through the exam.The key is application to the material and expanding the relevance to the scenario.
We suggest watching the news/reading the papers,but with a critical eye.For instance when you see that a business has launched a new product or moved into a new market think about the theories you have learnt that may be relevant.In this case it could be:
● Porter’s generic strategies
● Bowman’s clock
Then apply those theories to the real life situation–understand why they have created this product/why they have gone into this market.With practice you will find it easier to apply the theories to the scenario.
And of course you can do this for other areas of the syllabus.
There is nothing worse for a marker than getting a script which is just a page of writing.Try to think about making your script easier to read for the marker.Headings and Sub-headings along with a bit of space will help.Then use your paragraph to explain the point you are making.
If it is easy for the marker to see the points being made this can make the difference between pass and fail for a borderline script,include application,plus relevance within your statement,avoid listing.
If you use the word‘and’in your answer,are you making two separate points?If yes,maybe you need to split your paragraph into two headings/sub-headings.
There are 3 professional marks which will constitute professionalism,presentation and layout.
● Know the theory and apply it.
● Create mind maps of the key knowledge,then learn these.
● Do practice questions under timed conditions and if possible,get them marked.
● Make sure you’ve read all the current examiner articles,available on the ACCA website.
● Get good business awareness–read a quality newspaper.
● Use the reading time to select questions,and get frameworks for answer plans.
● Do a section B question first.
● Don’t focus on the numbers–do not spend more than 15 minutes on them per question.
● Watch the clock–allocate your time efficiently–don’t overrun.
● Layout your answers in a way that the marker can clearly read and understand.
● Read the question carefully!
Critical success factors and KPIs.
Role of the corporate parent,including BCG matrix/Ashridge.
Managing strategic change,including force field analysis.
When you doing external analysis,we are talking about Porter Five Forces Model or perhaps about PESTAL Model.Remember examiner is interested in strategy and strategy is about future.So although it is important to identify what is happening in the outside World at the moment what is more important from examiner point is to identify what will happen in the future.
Strategic choice and financial implications of a strategic choice.
Evaluating software and controls over IT.
Environmental analysis,people with financial analysis.
Information technology–pricing strategy.
● When you are allowed to,start doing the Question 1 on the exam paper itself.Remember,for all questions to out your answers in the proper format where required:briefing paper,memorandum,report.
● Make sure you write something for every part of every question.You are unlikely to be able to finish every part of every question–either because you run out of time or you get stuck–but you can always write something for each part.In the calculations each part of the workings is marked separately,whether or not you have finished.In the written parts,each comment is marked separately.
● Even if you can only think of one brief comment and get just one mark,that could turn a 49%fail into a 50%pass.
● For calculation parts of questions,show your workings neatly.It is the workings that get the marks(whether the final answer is right or wrong)but the marker can only give you the marks if they can follow what you are doing.
● For the written parts of questions,make sure that your writing is legible.(Before the exam day,ask someone if they can read your writing easily–if they can’t then consider printing the words–though that is slow!)
● For the written parts of questions,write each separate point on a new line(with a line space between points).If you write one long paragraph containing several points,then there is a danger that the marker will miss some of the points.
● Allocate your time.You should allow 45 minutes for each 25-mark question,and 90 minutes for the 50 mark question.Within question allocate the proper time to each part(1.8 minutes per mark).
● Start each part of each question on a new page in the answer booklet(if you run out of pages they will provide an extra booklet!).That way you can always go back to questions and be able to add more to your answer neatly,if you have time left at the end of the exam.
● You do not have to attempt the questions in order or even every part within a question in order,but do make sure you make it clear at the top of the page which part of which question you are answering.