Part A:MCQs will be from any syllabus area.
Part B:Some frequently tested areas in the past were
NPV with Inflation and Taxation
Cash operating cycle
Cost of Equity&Debt
Foreign Exchange Risk Management
Interest Rate Risk Management
Sources of Finance
Don’t just keep focusing on numbers.Although the numbers are important but approximately half of the marks are for the written elements.Prepare every topic thoroughly to increase chances of passing the exam.
ACCA F9 has a new exam format from the September 2016 exams onwards.
15 multiple choice questions worth 2 marks each.The MCQs will largely be knowledge based and will balance out the questions in Section B and C to make sure that all aspects of the syllabus are examined.It is likely that some of the MCQs will test your understanding of financial management and objectives(ratio analysis,the concept of shareholder wealth)as well as the economic environment and financial institutions topics(financial intermediation,fiscal and monetary policies).The efficient market hypothesis is likely to be tested here too.
But bear in mind that the whole point of setting MCQs is to test good coverage of the syllabus in the exam.
Three 10 mark mini case-studies.Each case-study will be broken down into 5 separate 2 mark multiple choice questions(so 15 questions in total).
Areas expected to be tested in this section are working capital management(the impact of a change in credit period or accepting a factor’s offer),business or security valuations(assets method and earnings valuation),and financial risk management(most likely in the form of currency risk but it is possible that an aspect of interest rate risk is examined here)
Two 20 mark questions which will be broken down into sub requirements and be scenario based.These two questions will focus sections C,D and E.Section C is working capital management,section D is investment appraisal and is likely to feature NPV with inflation and tax.Section E is business finance;either an evaluation of financing options(interest coverage and gearing ratios are likely to be important here)or a cost of capital calculation are most likely.Whichever of these three topics does not feature in section C is likely to appear in section B.