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    ACCA P3 Tips & FAQs - Kaplan



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    ACCA P3 Tips & FAQs - Kaplan

    Bài gửi by minhlong on Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:58 am

    P3 Business Analysis (BA)

    Embed your knowledge on the core models

    Embed your knowledge on the core models from Johnson and Scholes (Steve Skidmore, the examiner, has based this paper on their work).

    Formal writing

    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.

    Stucture and Presentation

    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.

    Relevant Theories

    I 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.

    Make it easy to read

    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.

    Quick fire tips

    Know the theory and apply it.
    Create mindmaps 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 or 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 section B question first.
    Don’t focus on the numbers – I wouldn’t 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!

    Q.Do I need to learn all of the models?

    A. Yes, you need to know the models in order to apply them to the scenario. You should know how to draw them (although a diagram is unlikely to gain any marks it can be a useful structure for a plan) but more importantly how to apply them to case.

    Q. How to I get business awareness?

    A. Read a quality newspaper, watch the news and listen to BBC Radio 4

    Q. What models should I use in the exam question?

    A. Always start with common sense and then see if you can turn a common sense answer towards application of a model. For example, an issue for most businesses is competition. This means using 5 forces and see if the case study gives a clue to whether there is a threat of new entrants and if there are barriers to entry in place.

    Q. How do I start answering a question?

    A. Always start with identifying what the question is asking of you and not what you know!

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