ACCA Computer Based Exams Structure Detailed Guide

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ACCA Computer Based Exams Structure Detailed Guide

This document ACCA Computer Based Exams Structure Detailed Guide explains what the new Computer Based Exams (CBEs) for F5, F6(UK), F7, F8 and F9 are like, talking through the question types they contain as well as the exam functionality.


The new CBEs use the same kind of technology found in today’s workplace, including specially designed spreadsheet and word processing question types. This means our exams more closely reflect how modern finance professional works.

It is important to note that the new exams assess the same learning outcomes as the paper version, so students need to cover exactly the same content regardless of which format they take.

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All the exams apart from F8 have three sections, featuring:

• Objective Test questions (also known as OT questions)
• OT Case questions
• longer, Constructed Response questions

F8 exams are slightly different. They are in two parts and feature OT Case and Constructed Response questions.


The following section gives some explanation of the question types found in the new CBEs.

Objective Test questions (OTs)

OT questions are single, short questions that are auto-marked and worth two marks each. Students have to answer the whole question correctly to earn their two marks.
There are no partial marks.
The next few pages give definitions of the different types of OT question, along with examples of what these might look like.

ACCA Computer Based Exams Structure Detailed Guide


Objective Test questions ACCA Computer Based Exams Structure Detailed Guide


Multiple choice questions are also used in paper exams. Students need to choose one answer from a number of given options.


These are a kind of multiple choice question, except students need to select more than one answer from a number of given options. The question will specify how many answers need to be selected, but the system won’t stop students from selecting more answers than this. It’s important to read the question carefully because the Navigator and Item Review screens will
show these questions as complete even if you have not provided a full answer.


This question type requires students to type an answer into a box (usually numerical, but maybe text). The unit of measurement will sit outside the box, and if there are specific rounding requirements these will be displayed.
The only permitted characters for this question type are:
• Numbers
• One full stop as a decimal point if
• One minus symbol at the front of the
figure if the answer is negative
For example -10234.35
No other characters, including commas, are accepted.


Drag and drop questions involve students dragging an answer and dropping it into place. Some questions could involve matching more than one answer to a response area and some questions may have more answer choices than response areas, which means not all available answer choices need to be used.


This question type requires students to select one answer from a drop-down list. Some of these questions may contain more than one drop-down list and an answer has to be selected from each one.


For hotspot questions, students are required to select one point on an image as their answer. When the cursor has hovered over the image, it will display as an “X”. To answer, place the X on the appropriate point on the diagram. The image will have been set so that as long as part of the X is touching the line that represents the correct answer, it will be marked correct, but not if it is also touching another possible answer.


These are similar to hotspot questions, but instead of selecting specific point students are required to select one or
more areas in an image. It’s important to read the question carefully because the Navigator and Item Review screens will
show these questions as complete even if you have not provided a full answer.

Objective Test Case questions

Each OT Case contains a group of five OT questions based around a single scenario. These can be any combination of the single OT question types and they are auto-marked in the same way as the single OT questions. OT Cases are worth 10 marks (each of the five OTs within it are worth two marks, and as with the OT questions described above, students will receive either two marks or zero marks for those individual questions). OT cases are written so that there are no dependencies between the individual questions. So, if a student gets the first question wrong, this does not affect their ability to get the other four correct.
The OT Case scenario remains on screen so students can see it while answering the questions. However, a movable splitter bar enables the student to focus on either the scenario or the questions.

Constructed response questions

The biggest development with the new F5-F9 CBEs is in the expert marked section – our constructed response questions. For these question types, students produce individual wrote and numerical answers which they insert into blank word processing pages, blank spreadsheets, or pre-formatted templates. A number of standard word processing and spreadsheet functions are available via the menu and toolbar for students to use when responding to the question.

Because students provide unique answers, either in their own words or by calculating and presenting numerical answers in spreadsheets, this section will be marked by an expert. All workings and calculations will be viewed and assessed, just like in paper exams – this means, for example, that if students use any formulae for the spreadsheet questions, markers will see the formulae and not just the final answer, so they will understand how students have reached their answers.

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