Pev  Overhead variances
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Jo Chambers
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Hi,
I'm still really struggling with knowing which figures to use to calculate all of the overhead variances  any tips on remembering what is what?
I work in an accountancy practice so DFS revision is going well but i just don't know where to start with PEV! Don't seem to be able to get to grips with budgets at all!
If anyone has any tips on remembering each calculation it would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks :D
I'm still really struggling with knowing which figures to use to calculate all of the overhead variances  any tips on remembering what is what?
I work in an accountancy practice so DFS revision is going well but i just don't know where to start with PEV! Don't seem to be able to get to grips with budgets at all!
If anyone has any tips on remembering each calculation it would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks :D
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Hi.
What worked for me was writing down each formula on a small card and I carried them around with me and kept reading them at random points in the day. I had the variance on one side and the formula on the other. Then would test myself.
The other thing is to think about exactly what they are asking you do to which should help you think about which figures you need to use.0 
Thank you, will definately give that a try.0

Hi, i know they say memorising stuff isn't a great way to understand a topic but i found this helped when I was trying to understand overhead variances (plus for me i find it easier to memorise it first then understand it):
Fixed Overhead Expenditure Variance: Simply actual cost  budgeted cost
Remember that the Capacity Variance + Efficiency Variance = Volume Variance, so....
ABC: Actual Hrs  Budgeted Hrs x BOAR = Capacity Variance
SAE: Standard Hrs(1)  Actual Hrs x BOAR = Efficiency Variance
1) Standard hrs of actual production.
&..... Volume Variance = Standard Hrs  Budgeted Hrs x BOAR
Once it's done a few (hundred) times it may start to stick!0 
Thank you so much  thats great, looked at it this morning & have remembered it! Off now to complete a past paper, lets hope it sticks!0
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