The ACCA has announced it is removing the restrictions relating to the 15 minutes’ reading and planning time. In effect this makes all F5 to P7 exams 195 minutes long!
From this September candidates will be able to use this time ‘however they choose’.
The ACCA said nothing really changes, as the total exam time remains the same at 3 hours and 15 minutes long.
ACCA says candidates had said that completing the candidate answer grid for the MC sections for F5 to F9 was taking up a lot of time. The pressure to write legibly was also a struggle, and it was suggested that extra time might help here too.
Interestingly the ACCA also point out that as young professionals candidates have to take responsibility for managing their time.