ACCA APM Geoff Cordwell’s Diagnostic Assessment (for retake students)



    Welcome to my unique Diagnostic Assessment.  This is designed for the retaking student who is perhaps uncertain as to what went wrong the last time the paper was sat.  Such uncertainty is common in APM.  Did you know enough?  Was it a technique issue?  Was it poor writing style –are you too succinct or to verbose?

    This assessment will help you understand where you may have gone wrong and, crucially identifies the areas where you need to improve.

    Knowledge assessment 

    You will complete a knowledge test covering all major syllabus areas. It will inform on your overall knowledge and identify where you need to spend extra time.

    Writing assessment

    There is also a writing test comprising a short 15 mark question which is submitted for feedback. You get feedback on your ability to apply effectively, structure your answers, writing style, technical content and your ability to score professional skills marks.

    Both these short tests will guide you on what you need to work on to secure a pass next time.

    Detailed contents

    Diagnostic knowledge assessmentA test of your knowledge with 30 objective test questions in key APM areas
    Diagnostic writing assessmentAn assessment of your writing style with a focus on style of writing, structure, explanation, and application skills
    Diagnostic feedback and adviceGuidance on where you need to focus following the diagnostic
    The diagnostic ensures you take the right next steps.
    For a comparison of my APM courses please click here.
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    (*1) HD Videos can be streamed to your PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone (technology permitting) and can be watched as many times as you wish prior to your exam sitting.

    The descriptions above are indicative of what you will receive if you enrol on this course, but not an undertaking to deliver a certain number of contact hours. The contents / structure of this course are constantly evolving, and Geoff therefore reserves the right to make changes where he believes this will increase your chances of passing.

    Additional information


    March 2021, June 2021, September 2021, December 2021, March 2022, June 2022, September 2022, December 2022, March 2023, June 2023, September 2023, December 2023, Any exam sitting

    Sample video of package tuition course


    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply to all FME courses can be found at the foot of each FME website page.  These additional terms and conditions refer only to this course.

    Deferral policy

    • Please make any deferral request by email or by What’sApp to Geoff Cordwell
    • There is a £40 admin fee
    • You can only defer once: no subsequent deferral allowed
    • Deferral is not allowed once the standard exam entry date for the relevant exam has passed