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A multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ) style examination typically consists of 20/30 short statements, each of which is followed by a number of alternative answers. Only one answer is strictly correct. This allows the examiner to mark candidates' responses in an objective rather than subjective fashion. This style of examination question has recently been adopted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is also used in third level institutions.
MCQs have a number of advantages over traditional examination formats. First, they allow the examiner to ask questions on every topic on the syllabus and thus test the candidates range of knowledge. Perhaps more importantly, correction of answers is entirely objective and comparatively easy. Large numbers of scripts can be objectively tested in a short space of time.
Objective tests can also be an effective teaching tool. The topics covered in each chapter are logically sequenced so that as the student progresses through the chapter they build up their know¬ledge and skills in relation to that topic. In addition, the book emphasises problem areas and attempts to help students avoid common mistakes in financial accounting. Thus the tutor can indicate the correct solution and also explain or seek responses as to why other plausible answers are incorrect to the given statement. Such a process should ensure greater understanding of the topic under discussion.
This book is suitable for students taking introductory financial accounting examinations of the professional accountancy bodies, third level accounting students or other students studying introductory financial accounting courses. The three revision examinations at the end of this book are reproduced with the kind permission of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.