Starting ACA at big 4 next month.


I will be starting my ACA next month at a big 4 firm and had a few questions to ask.

  1. How difficult are the exams overall and how many hours on an average would be recommended for self studying after coming back from college every day?

  2. What is the general pass rate for the ACA exams overall?

  3. What is the best way to go about studying for these exams. I have heard that the question bank is the best thing to use but are there any particular study methods or tips that you’d like to give?

  4. Is the work-life balance really as poor as it is made out to be especially during the College days or is it possible to take a Saturday off for example?

  5. How long after the first day at the job do we start studying for the exams, i.e go to college? Is it the very next day or is there some sort of an induction week?

I thank you for all your help :slight_smile:

  1. The exams are very difficult. Definitely harder than any undergraduate course at university. I recommend about 3 hours studying after college, plus weekends.

  2. About 75% of people pass an exam first time.

  3. The question bank, and lots of practice.

  4. Yes. It’s miserable. Don’t take any days off.

  5. Induction week and then pretty much straight in.