Tips : How to Pass ACCA F8 AA Audit & Assurance?


F8 Students ( if you have not been able to pass despite repeated attempts ): stop studying, start practicing! The nature of the exam is such that 'learning' notes and books and watching videos becomes redundant after the 2nd attempt- ONLY practice. Write/type the answers instead of simply going through the standard solution. Once attempted by hand, read the standard answers as if you are reading a book. Understand that the examiner is not looking for English language; she is looking for  the 'audit' language.

How to pass AA(F8) ? Read a story of three attempts.

ACCA paper AA (F8) Audit and Assurance is a theoretical paper . In reading AA , it feels like it,s easy one and we can pass it easily . But in reality this paper is a tough one in ACCA ,  because in audit there are general things which you think are easy to grasp but actually you get them escaped from your mind soon after reading .

Mostly students struggle in AA many times and then get passed after many attempts.This article is all about a personal experience of an ACCA student who passed AA in his third attempt. According to him sharing his personal  experience regarding AA is like helping others to get passed ACCA paper AA Audit and Assurance paper in first attempt.  So here below is his story of three attempts:

First attempt :

In first attempt i attended regular classes of AA . I used bpp textbook and kit and also did some past papers too.My preparation was well and i was like i will get passed easily. In exam i attempted 94% paper and i thought my paper is passed because i wrote a lot and tried to copy textbook lines on the answer sheet.In my mind it was that i attempted majority of the paper so my passing margin is high. Overall knowledge wise  i was also good because i followed book in exam particularly. So i was confident that i will get passed in first attempt. But finally , result comes and i got 49 marks can you imagine i was fail in f8 on 49% . I was upset by seeing my result and started abusing ACCA and examiner's.It was demotivating for me because one more mark and i was pass in audit paper.But there was no other solution to my frustration that i should re-appear in AA exam to pass it .

Second attempt :

With demotivated heart and energies i started preparing AA again . In second attempt i was not taking classes again because i was hiding from my friends in college . This time i also used bpp book and bpp kit . My preparation was good enough to pass audit paper this time also. I attempted 85% this time . Due to bad time management this time my safety margin was 35% only . So that,s why i was not sure that i will get passed this time or failed. 

But again result comes , i got 48 marks and i was fail in AA on 48%. I was totally upset . I was confused how to pass AA paper ! 

Third Attempt :

In third attempt i reviewed my study plan . I was failing my paper again and again . Now one thing was in my mind that there is something wrong with my preparations or study plan not with the ACCA AA examiner. So first of all i accepted i am wrong somewhere and changed my mind set in favor of examiner that he is right and i am wrong . In third attempt i did some additional things also which are given below :

1-Used Bpp book / kit , because i love Bpp contents due to detailed coverage of my studies and clear explanatory language used by publishers.
2-This time i did written practice of some past papers to over come time management problem.Because due to bad time management i was unable to attempt 100% paper and it also contributed towards my failure.

3-Interesting thing here is that before attempting this paper i joined audit firm too. I availed this opportunity via a my friend's reference . Joining audit firm changed my mind towards attempting the audit paper in exam. This time i attempted my paper with an auditor mind not as a student who is just writing bookish knowledge on answer sheet.As an auditor mind means auditing something using genuine procedures , judgments , evidences like an practicing  auditor and forming conclusions using knowledge built during his auditing assignment . 

4-One thing was in my mind that i will attempt paper with accuracy this time not just copy pasting my bookish knowledge on answer sheet.So i wrote to the point and concise this time in exam.
5-I read technical articles published on ACCA website.There was 15% of paper from those technical articles . It means reading technical articles for every papers is vital and has a worth in paper.
6-I made a list of 50 plus words from textbook which were commonly used in exam answers and learned their proper use.

So guys , applying above mentioned areas in my exam i got passed my AA paper in third attempt at a score of 72 % . Finally i was free from AA paper for rest of my life i felt like this after passing  it. But one thing again i missed in my exam and that was good time management to attempt 100% paper. I attempted almost 90% paper but got 72% marks .


  1. thanks for the article above on how to pass AA. Please help me with Koplan study text for F8AA for september 2019 exams.

  2. its really helpful for aa students


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