ACCA Results: Navigating Your Path to Professional Success

by Neha Singh

ACCA Results

The anticipation and excitement surrounding the release of ACCA results are palpable among students worldwide. These results signify the culmination of months of preparation and hard work and pave the way for future opportunities in the professional accounting landscape. 

 This guide aims to provide a clear and comprehensive understanding of accessing your ACCA results, the meticulous process behind their assessment, and the steps you can take to query your score. 

From logging into the myACCA portal to navigating through options such as Administrative Reviews and applying for Mitigating Circumstances, we cover all the essential aspects to empower you with the knowledge to manage your results confidently. 

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Key takeaways

  1. ACCA Global Reach: "ACCA is globally recognized, with over 500,000 members and students in more than 170 countries."
  2. Exam Participation: "Each year, an estimated 300,000 exams are administered by ACCA, showcasing the scale and dedication of individuals pursuing excellence in accountancy."
  3. Pass Rates: "Recent sessions have seen average pass rates across various ACCA exams ranging from 30% to 60%, highlighting the rigorous standards upheld by the ACCA qualification."
  4. Administrative Reviews: "On average, less than 5% of ACCA candidates request an Administrative Review, underscoring the confidence in ACCA's fair and thorough assessment process."
  5. Mitigating Circumstances Applications: "Approximately 10% of candidates apply for mitigating circumstances in any exam session, reflecting the ACCA's commitment to fairness and understanding individual challenges."

How to Check Your ACCA Results

ACCA results are released online and can be accessed through the myACCA portal. Here’s a straightforward guide to checking your results:

  1. Login to myACCA: Access your account using your registration number and password.
  2. Access the ‘Exam Status and Results’ section: Here, you will find your results listed by the exam session.
  3. Email Notification: ACCA also sends results via email and SMS to the contact details linked to your myACCA account.

How does ACCA process results

ACCA prides itself on a rigorous and fair assessment process. After administering exams, they undergo a detailed marking and moderation process to ensure accuracy and fairness. 

This process includes multiple checks and balances, with a panel of experts reviewing the results before they are finalized. 

  • Marking Scheme: Before marking begins, markers and the examiner agree on a detailed scheme.
  • Moderation: The examiner closely moderates marking to ensure consistency.
  • Marginal Marks: Special attention is given to scripts with marginal marks.
  • Specialized Marking Software: Built-in checks ensure each question is marked correctly and totals are accurate.
  • Independent Verification: Checks to verify that marker data is correct.
  • Finalizing Marks: Discrepancies are resolved before finalizing results, with additional checks at the printing stage for accuracy.

What is the ACCA Administrative Review process for ACCA results?

If you believe there was an error in marking your exams or the administration of your exams was not up to standard, ACCA offers an Administrative Review process. 

  • Purpose: Ensures all marking and result release processes were correctly followed if you feel results don't reflect your performance.
  • Eligibility: If you receive an incorrect absent mark, a mark despite absence, or believe quality controls need to be applied appropriately.
  • Nature: It's not a re-marking service but checks process adherence.

Download the administrative review form from to apply

Administrative Review Expectations

  • Feedback: Provides where good understanding was demonstrated without individual marks or returning marked responses.
  • Strategic Professional Exams: Email outcome includes Pass/Fail status for each question attempted.
  • Applied Skills and Foundations in Accountancy Exams: Syllabus feedback with performance rating by area.
  • Dip IFR Exams: Email outcome with Pass/Fail status per question attempted.

If Administrative Errors Are Found on ACCA results

  • Outcome: Marks adjusted to accurate result, possibly lowered if the original mark was inflated.
  • Refunds: The review fee will be refunded if your mark is adjusted due to the review.
  • Exam Status Update: Reflects any change for future exam entry.

Applying for an Administrative Review

  • Process: Submit the request and pay the fee (£57 per exam) via myACCA.
  • Availability: For session-based CBEs, not available for on-demand CBEs.
  • Deadlines: Check the "important dates" section on the ACCA website.

Unsatisfied with Review Outcome?

  • Next Steps: Appeal to the Examinations Appeals Committee by following your review feedback email instructions.
  • Fee: £57 per exam, with appeal submission deadlines available in the "important dates" section.
  • Appeals Process: Confirms procedural adherence without additional performance feedback.

How to apply for Mitigating Circumstances 

Life can be unpredictable, and sometimes, personal circumstances can adversely affect exam performance. ACCA recognizes this through its Mitigating Circumstances process, which allows students to apply for consideration if they believe their performance was affected by circumstances beyond their control, such as illness or bereavement.

Applying for Mitigating Circumstances

  • Process: Submit details via the Exams section on your MyACCA portal.
  • Deadline: Check the "important dates" section for submission deadlines. All evidence must be submitted by this date.

Eligible Issues for Mitigating Circumstances

  • Examples:
    • Recent bereavement
    • Severe illness before or during the exam
    • Immediate care responsibilities for a severely ill relative
    • Technical issues during the exam

Evidence for Mitigating Circumstances

  • Importance: It is crucial to provide documentary evidence of your circumstances.
  • Examples of Evidence:
    • Medical letters or certificates
    • Incident reports
  • How to Provide: Upload via myACCA with your mitigating circumstances submission. Must be submitted by the deadline.

Mitigating Circumstances for On-Demand CBEs

  • Availability: Only for session-based exams, not available for on-demand CBEs.
  • Alternative: Reschedule the on-demand CBE if affected by personal circumstances.

Options if Circumstances Are Not Fully Considered

  • Appeal Process: Email to request an appeal.
  • Appeal Fee: £30, with deadlines available in the "important dates" section.
  • Procedure: The fee will be added to your account, and you must pay it by the deadline. The committee reviews each appeal once per session, focusing on procedural adherence rather than reconsidering circumstances.

What are Nullified ACCA Results

In rare cases, exam results may be nullified. This can occur if there’s evidence of malpractice or if a significant administrative error has affected the exam’s integrity. ACCA takes these situations seriously and ensures that all parties involved are given a fair hearing.

Ensuring Validity and Credibility of Exam Results

ACCA takes several steps to maintain the integrity of exam results:

  • Live Invigilation: Utilizes robust methods for monitoring exams in real time.
  • Quality Assurance Procedures: Post-exam reviews identify any irregularities in responses.
  • Irregular Results Panel: A team of experts, including external representatives, assesses any unusual exam responses without disclosing specific details of irregularities except to clarify that technical issues do not lead to nullified results.

Consequences of a Nullified Result

If irregular conduct or anomalous results are suspected:

  • ACCA's Rights: May nullify the exam result, withhold results, suspend future exam eligibility, and retain the exam fee, as per Exam Regulation 20.

The Irregular Results Panel

  • Composition: Includes at least one independent representative, one from Oxford Brookes University and two from ACCA.
  • Function: Meets before results release for March, June, September, and December sessions to decide on the credibility of results, with potential actions being released, nullified, or withheld for further investigation.

Appealing a Nullified Result

  • Process: Students may appeal within 14 days of notification by contacting, directing their appeal to the Head of Exam Delivery.
  • Consideration: The Irregular Results Appeal Panel will review appeals, ensuring ACCA's procedures are correctly applied.

How to Obtain ACCA Exam Results Transcripts

Upon passing your exams and completing the Ethics and Professional Skills module, you can request official transcripts and certificates through myACCA. These documents are crucial for your professional recognition and can be requested for a nominal fee. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do so.

Active Students, Affiliates, and Members

  • Active Students and Affiliates: Access your exam status report directly on myACCA.
  • Active Members: You need to contact ACCA directly. Be sure to provide your full name and client ID in your correspondence.

Inactive Students, Affiliates, and Members

  • Fee: There’s a fee of £25 for requesting an exam transcript.
  • Payment Method: Call the ACCA Connect department at +44 (0)141 582 2000 to make payment over the phone. Your transcript will then be sent to you via email.

Obtaining ACCA Certificates

Active Students and Affiliates

  • For Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Certificates: If you’ve previously received a certificate that has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you can download a replacement from the print a-certificate service on myACCA free of charge, provided your account balance is evident.
  • Eligibility: This service is available to students who have completed the requirements for each level since 2001.

Active Members

  • Payment: Call the ACCA Connect department at +44 (0)141 582 2000 to make payment over the phone. Your certificate will be posted to you.

Inactive Students, Affiliates, and Members

  • Fee: There’s a standard fee of £25 for requesting and issuing an exam completion certificate.
  • Payment Method: Call the ACCA Connect department at +44 (0)141 582 2000 to make payment over the phone, and your certificate will be sent to you via email.

Additional Information

  • Ensure your ACCA account is active so you can receive transcripts free of charge.
  • Always provide accurate and complete information when contacting ACCA, including your full name and client ID.
  • For any queries or additional support, consider using the links provided on the ACCA website to access exam status reports and printing certificates.

Closing comments on ACCA results

In wrapping up, navigating your ACCA exam journey—from checking results to understanding the robust evaluation process and considering your next steps—is vital for your growth and success in accounting. ACCA's dedicated efforts ensure that every candidate receives fair and accurate results, with ample support for those needing further clarification or facing unexpected challenges. 

Remember, whether you're gearing up for the next exam or reflecting on your latest results, EduYush is here to bolster your efforts. With a suite of study materials and online coaching designed to help you pass, Eduyush is your partner in turning ACCA aspirations into achievements. Let's move forward confidently, embracing every opportunity for professional development and success.

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There are several ways to prepare for the ACCA exams, including studying the exam syllabus and practicing past exam questions. You can also attend review courses or hire a tutor to help you prepare. It's also a good idea to create a study schedule and stick to it, and to take breaks and pace yourself during your studies.

If you fail an ACCA exam, you will need to re-register and pay the exam fees again. You may also want to consider reviewing the exam syllabus and studying more before attempting the exam again. It's also a good idea to talk to your tutor or mentor for guidance and to get feedback on where you may have gone wrong.

There is no limit to the number of times you can attempt the ACCA exams, but you will need to pay the exam fees each time you register. It's a good idea to carefully review the exam syllabus and consider seeking additional help if you are struggling to pass the exams after multiple attempts.

ACCA Exams are held four times a year for skill level and strategic level exams. These are held every quarter

March, June, September and December

The CA (Chartered Accountant) qualification is offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). The ACCA qualification is offered by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

The CA qualification has been in existence for over 150 years, and is a globally recognised qualification. The ACCA qualification has been in existence for over 100 years, and is also a globally recognised qualification.

The CA qualification is available in India only, while the ACCA qualification is available in over 180 countries.

The ACCA subjects are assessed on a 100-point scale. The pass mark is 50 points. A score of 60 or more is required to achieve the grades of distinction, credit, and merit.

Yes. Passing all exams with a high percentage is an excellent accomplishment and demonstrates that you have a high level of understanding of the material. Employers will see this as evidence of your competence and be likely to consider you for a position if you are looking for work in the accounting field.

The hardest ACCA paper is the F5 performance management paper. This is because it requires a detailed knowledge of financial accounting and management accounting in order to pass.

Other papers that are difficult include the F7 financial reporting paper and the P2 advanced auditing and assurance paper. However, all of the ACCA papers are challenging, so it is important to thoroughly prepare for each one before sitting the exam.