Exam Digest for the F Papers – Issue 2

eemeiyi —  February 16, 2017 — Leave a comment


Exam Digest for March 2017 Exam

F4 Corporate and Business Law

It is observed that the majority of the candidates tended to be better prepared for topics listed in the earlier part of the syllabus. It could be that the earlier topics are revised first and the candidates can relate better to them as being relevant to their everyday lives and work. With respect to the later topics, since they are likely to be revised last, the candidates probably did not have sufficient time to revise them. It is hoped the candidates will plan a revision time-table that leaves them with sufficient time for the topics towards the end of the syllabus and with sufficient time for all topics. While there is little evidence to suggest that the examination is actually time pressured, it is significant that some candidates did not attempt all of the questions.

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F5 Performance Management

The examination consisted of three sections. Section A contained 15 objective test questions of 2 marks each, for a total of 30 marks; Section B contained three scenarios each consisting of 5 objective test questions of 2 marks each, for a total of 30 marks; and Section C contained two questions of 20 marks each, for a total of 40 marks. For success to be achieved in all exams at this level there is a significant investment required in terms of time, discipline and energy in order to obtain the necessary level of knowledge and application. Candidates that do invest this time in an effective way will generally perform well. Candidates who do not invest this time and do not cover the whole breadth of the syllabus are unlikely to succeed.

Question spotting will simply not work, especially given the structure of the exam as it now stands. As always, candidates must remain vigilant when reading and interpreting the requirements of a question. It may be useful to underline both the instruction and the content required. An instruction tends to be in the form of a verb, such as prepare, discuss, explain or describe. The content is the subject matter that needs to be prepared/discussed/explained/described. When writing an answer to a question, it is useful to keep referring back to the requirement and making sure that the answer is actually reflecting the requirement’s instruction and content. This point will be discussed in more detail later on.

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F6 Taxation

There were two sections to the examination paper and all of the questions were compulsory. Section A consisted of 15 multiple choice questions (two marks each) which covered a broad range of syllabus topics. Section B had four questions worth 10 marks each and two longer questions worth 15 marks, each testing the candidates’ understanding and application of the Singapore tax rules in more depth. The majority of candidates were able to complete all of the questions in the time allotted, suggesting that the exam was not overly time pressured. Candidates were generally more confident in dealing with computational questions than questions requiring narrative answers. Where questions were left unanswered by candidates, this

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