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What do the four exam sittings mean for you?

ACCA are now running 4 exam sittings in March, June, September and December. The increased number of exam sittings offers you more flexibility, but may also be a little confusing as you now have much more choice. Kaplan are here to help you plan your studies and decide on the best route for you to keep your studies on track.

We recommend that you aim to sit 4 papers a year, as this is the recommended optimal number of exams for the majority of students who are also working full time. This means you can aim to qualify within 3 years, and will also mean the gap between studying 2 subjects that follow on from each other (for example F7 & P2) is less, which helps you to retain the knowledge.

Depending on how and when you want to study, these are your options:

Traditional; twice a year

Studying two subjects in two core sittings (either June & December, or March & September) will give you 12 to 16 weeks to prepare for your exams and still allow you to know the results from your previous exam sitting before moving onto the next. You can really focus on your new subjects without having to worry about waiting for exam results. Plus, you can still use the other 2 sittings to resit any papers and keep your studies on track.


  • Gives you more time to ensure you fully understand the material which will give you a greater chance of passing and retaining the knowledge.

  • It also gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the workplace and put it into practice to complete your Practical Experience Requirement (PER).

  • Studying for 2 sittings will provide natural breaks, so you have more time to plan your studies around your personal life.


  • You will be studying two subjects at a time which can be very demanding, particularly at the higher levels.

What are my options?

For this approach, it is important to plan ahead, and make sure you can sit the subjects when you want - we have full 12 month timetables so you can plan your year in advance.

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June and December


Kaplan are running all core papers in
every centre, plus Live Online and Distance
Learning for the June and December sittings,
so for these sittings you can study anywhere
that suits you.

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March and September


For March and September we are
offering a range of classroom
and Live Online courses,and we have
Distance Learning options available.

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Still not sure?

There is not one set approach, it all depends on your circumstances. If you try one approach and it doesn’t work for you, you can always try a different path, so it is important to consider the following:

  • Your workload – do any of the exam sittings clash with busy periods at work?

  • Your personal life – do any of the exam periods clash with holidays or events?

  • Your employer – What is their preference and when might they give you the time you need to study?

  • What suits you and your approach to learning – Would you prefer an intense period of study with breaks or continuous study?

Kapan are here to support you once you have started studying. If you book a course in advance for a specific exam sitting and then don’t get the results you are hoping for, you can defer your course to a future exam sitting, to allow you to resit first.

Need further help and advice?

If you would like some help and advice, our Customer Support team are on hand to talk you through your options. They are available until 10pm weekdays and weekends until 6.30pm on 01908 540068.

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