Change in Exam Duration – ACCA – Applied Skill Level

In the ACCA exam, there is a continuous exam development happening. From the current year, ACCA has made few changes in their existing exam pattern which will be implemented from June 2019. Unmarked seeded content will not be a part in the Applied Skill Session CBE exams. Even without including unmarked seeded content, exam flexibility, fairness, and result reliability can be maintained.

Exam Duration

 The changes in the schedule will be implemented from June 2019. The exam which is going to be held in March 2019 will follow the old pattern.

For March 2019 exam session, the pattern will be as follows-

Session CBE: 3 hours 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes to read pre-exam instructions)

Paper exams:  3 hours 15 minutes

For quality assertion purposes, there would be an additional unmarked question. The extra questions are referred to by the technical term ‘seeded questions’ and do not contribute to a student’s result.

Computer Based Exams in this session will contain 110 marks:

  • 100 marks will be contributing to the student result
  • 10 marks will be of seeded questions which would do not add to the student’s result

From June 2019 and beyond-

 Session CBE: 3 hours (plus 10 minutes to read pre-exam instructions)

 From June 2019, unmarked seeded questions will not be required. Therefore, an additional 20 minutes have been deducted from the earlier time allocation. It will be ensured that students get balanced and equitable questions and will be included in 100 marks content.

The changes and improvements to the exam model have been made to benefit the employers and students.


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