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L4 AQ16 difficulty

Hello all,

I am studying professional level and it has been a disaster.. Always passed at the first attempt the previous 2 years (level 2 and 3) and this year I did 4 exams, 3 failed (39%, 49% and today I have received ETAU 64%) the only one passed was MABU 79%. I did Cash Management on the 23rd August and if before I felt confident that I am going to pass it, now it ain't happening anymore..

Does anyone else finds a big gap from level 3 to professional level in terms of difficulty?



  • Atahar01Atahar01 Registered Posts: 14
    Damn I'm not looking forward to these exams bruh. Already got two booked
  • KoopaCooperKoopaCooper London, UKMAAT, AATQB Posts: 226
    @fedemenni - actually, I did notice something similar on the AQ13 syllabus.

    Levels 2 and 3, I breezed through - passed all exams first-time, high scores, and with basically no revision needed. Reminded me of GCSEs and A-Levels actually (where I did the same thing) and levels 2 and 3 are equivalent to GCSEs and A Levels so that makes sense.

    Moved into level 4, started failing exams. Too many facts and figures and definitions for me to remember off the top of my head, I guess. Had to actually revise before exams, once I did that, I began passing them again.

    Passed Budgeting and Financial Performance on the first try, but passed Financial Statements (ugh, cashflow statement), Personal Tax, and Business Tax on the THIRD attempt at each after I finally got them fully revised. And six resits at £60 a pop is no joke either. xD

    And apparently, there's a similar jump in difficulty to ACCA F4 to look forward to, as well....
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