At FI we see proof that attempting mock exams has a positive impact on exam results time and time again. In March 2023, FI Ltd ACCA students that took 2 mock exams (included with FI tuition and revision courses) had an 85% chance of passing the real exam. This is compared to a 57% chance for students that did not attempt mock exams.
The mock result does not matter – it’s all in the practice
Whether you pass or fail a mock exam, we’ve found that simply attempting the practice exam and experiencing exam conditions is enough to significantly boost your chance of a pass. We have seen this in every exam sitting for every qualification over the past 4 years. Our student pass rates show that by attempting two mocks, FI students are 50% more likely to pass the real thing – a stat that can’t be ignored.
Why do mock exams work?
Whilst the exam results speak for themselves, hearing from some of FI’s most successful students helps us to understand exactly why mock exams have this impact. CIMA prizewinner, Eleanor, explains that attempting mock exams allowed her to spot gaps in her knowledge, or instances where she had not read the question properly:
“Having three mocks with feedback really helps to cover a lot of the course and identify where my knowledge was lacking. Or indeed, where I had not read the question properly.”
– CIMA Prizewinner, Eleanor Tapia.
Eleanor achieved the highest mark worldwide at Operational Case Study in August 2020. Read her full interview to learn more about her exam technique and study experience: How to become a CIMA prizewinner.
Using question practice to your advantage
Whilst simply attempting mock exams and experiencing timed conditions is proven to boost exam success, what you do after practicing questions can make a real difference to your result. Some of FI’s most successful students have used mock exams as a tool to identify which areas to focus their revision efforts on.
Ali, who achieved an ACCA Gold Medal and the highest marks worldwide at Strategic Professional level, explains this key study technique:
“I attempted all questions in full, under timed conditions from the outset. Then, I’d give myself unrestricted time during the self-assessment phase to re-attempt segments and create notes.”
– Ali Ahmet, ACCA Gold Medal Prizewinner
Rachel won the ACCA Gold Medal prize for her performance in her Strategic Professional level exams. She explains the important role question practice played in her exam preparation routine:
“I would write out notes in my own words, which would help me to absorb the information, and then practise all of the questions in the question bank, making sure to revisit any areas that I struggled with. Question practice is key to passing these exams and think it is essential to do at least one mock exam under timed conditions.”
– Rachel Ilott, ACCA Gold Medal Prizewinner
You can learn more about Ali’s and Rachel’s study techniques and experiences below:
Significantly increase your chance of a pass with an online mock
Mock exams are included with all FI tuition and revision courses. No matter your qualification you can also access precious exam standard questions. We use the best markers in the business – many are real exam markers and therefore their feedback is invaluable. Mock exam deadlines are scheduled at the optimum time during your exam preparation phase.
Standalone mocks are available for ACCA students as part of Question Based Days or Online Final Mocks.
AAT students can purchase an Online Mock Bank package that can be attempted at any time and anywhere you have internet access.
We wish you the best of luck in your next exam.