06 February 2019

Learning from the December 2018 Results

ACCA’s December 2018 SBL pass rate was 48%. An improvement on September, but the key messages from the Examiner’s Report are very similar.

Our top 5 learning points are:

  1. Every sentence in your answer needs to be specific to the scenario. Your technical knowledge must be demonstrated by applying it to the business, not discussion of a theory.
  2. Any of the exhibits could be relevant to your answer. Your reading and planning time is therefore essential.
  3. Marks are only given once; make a point and move on. Repetition or multiple explanations of the same point might fill the page, but you are wasting time.
  4. Just because you know something doesn’t mean you should write it down. Your time is limited and your answer must be focused: answer the requirement and nothing more.
  5. Exam practice is essential. 4 hours is a short time to address all the requirements and a long time to concentrate.

So how should you prepare for the SBL exam? The technical material is your starting point, get those ACCA approved study texts and work through them. But you must have completed this learning a minimum of 8 weeks before your exam.

The final 2 months of preparation should be focused on exam technique and knowledge consolidation, not learning new theories. 4th June can’t be the first time you spend 4 hours demonstrating your knowledge using a case study; you will fail. Not because you don’t know the material, but because you can’t apply the material in the way the examiners require.

Our Exam Technique Development programme will begin in the middle of April for June 2019 SBL students, and will use 4 mock exams to give you an exam process that works for any scenario. Through webinars and marked scripts you will have the feedback you need to show the examiner exactly what you can do.

Join us now and be ready to pass SBL this summer.

  • Trisha

    I passed :) Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the team. I still can't quite believe it but I'm so happy!