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Anyone else find this really really hard? I couldn’t even do the first question calculation and question 3 was really weird, I didn’t really know what to say on each division?
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I did this. Was a bizarre exam... I was sitting FM and BPT at the same time so I didn’t put much revision into this exam tbf. I had no idea what transfer pricing or residual income even were... question 2 for me was the bad one haha
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Was exactly like BPT in that the questions didn’t seem to be anything like any past paper Qs.
Hopefully it threw everyone off equally and the marking moderation will sort it out
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Totally agree, I didn’t know what residual income was, had nothing much to write about transfer pricing and then in the third question I didn’t really know how to get marks beyond stating the obvious ie like gpm Is lower price growth is lower etc
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There's always a curve ball they through in BST. I wouldn't worry too much. The pass mark for BST is one of the highest out of all ICAEW exams. As long as you've attempted every question and given it a good go, you should pass. Don't worry about not using models either. If you could fit one in it's a nice to have but the most important thing always is to have logical answers which are scenario focused. Person A might write something totally different to Person B but both could get full marks if they make a sensible point and it's backed up by info given in the exam paper.

From speaking to tutor, the main reason people fail is :
- Not reading what the question is asking
- Not attempting every question
- Not finishing the paper

Best of luck.
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I sat the same exam and thought the same! Completely threw me off! Even q1 was really weird with data analysis.. Found the exam difficult been worried since last week Preparing for BPT in December.. Have you got any tips on how to prepare,best approach etc I've heard so many horror stories with BPT?
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