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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857327658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857327659
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 2.1 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every accountancy qualification requires students to prepare financial statements from a trial balance as it tests the core skills of double entry bookkeeping and knowledge of accounting standards.

This book will take you from the basics of double entry bookkeeping assuming no prior knowledge through to accounting standards examined at advanced levels of professional examinations, covering everything in between.

A student’s guide to preparing financial statements is split into three sections. Section 1 covers topics typically tested at foundation levels such as depreciation, accruals and prepayments and irrecoverable debts. Section 2 is aimed at intermediate level topics tested such as tax, leases, revenue recognition and financial instruments. Section 3 focuses on advanced level topics including pensions, share based payments, advanced financial instruments and foreign currency transactions.

Additionally, it is accompanied by over 100 pages of free on-line content including mindmaps, technical discussions, recap questions and answers and a glossary.

The book is relevant to all professional accountancy qualifications as well as A-level and university degrees. The book is suitable to be used either by dipping in and out of it as a reference book or by reading it from cover to cover. A student’s guide to preparing financial statements will prove to be your indispensable companion through all your accountancy exams and beyond.

About the Author

Sally Baker is a tutor specialising in financial accounting papers. Sally trained with Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte’s) and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1999 and moved into teaching in 2000. She has experience of teaching students at all levels of professional exams. As well as teaching she has written student learning materials and articles for student magazines.

Visit Sally’s blog at www.debitcreditpassit.com and follow her @DrCrPassIt


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This book is a brilliant addition to the series and as a lecturer I would highly recommend it to all
accountancy students studying for A-levels, degrees and professional exams.
It starts with the proformas of financial statements and the basics of double entry bookkeeping and
takes students all the way through to deferred tax, pensions and financial instruments. It is suitable
for all students studying financial accounting and the sooner you buy it, the better!
Every topic is clearly explained and then illustrated by an example showing how to account for it in
the context of preparing financial statements from a trial balance - a key skill tested in exams.
The on-line resources are also great with section recap examples taking you through how to answer
exam standard questions step by step as well as mindmaps to help your revision.
It is perfect for those that need to brush up their knowledge if they have gained exemptions or had a
gap in their studies and will also prove beneficial in the work place as a quick reference guide.
As with all the books in Kaplan's Student's guide series it is written in a clear, simple way & is
wonderfully bright and colourful.
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I am studying CIMA F1 and have been having trouble understanding how to prepare financial statements.. I bought this book and have read chapters 1 to 3 so far.. It's easy to understand, easy to follow and already I feel like certain aspects have fallen into place.. I am so happy I've found this book as I believe it will be the key to helping me pass this exam.
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As a Tutor I would highly recommend that all accounting students not just ACCA or CIMA but students studying for any other professional exams, degrees, A levels and especially if you have been exempted than this is a MUST HAVE BOOK!

When I teach ACCA F7 and CIMA F1, students tell me they are struggling with basics as they have gained exemptions from ACCA F3 and CIMA CO2 and want a quicker route to close that knowledge gap, I would advise them to buy this book.

It is so clear and easy to understand. The book starts with a very good introduction to double entry debits and credits which if you feel you have never understood double entry, rest assure she will help you finally understand it!
Sally then gradually progresses with different accounting standards in a very simple way to follow and off course her layout of the book is very attractive with her choice of colours, lovely and bright like Sally!
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The delivery service is "excellent". Over and above expectations.
The quality of the book is again over and above expectations: new!!
I have purchase this item to assist me in tutoring a friend and thus I cannot yet comment on the content quality but will do so as soon as possible.
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I am currently studying for my F7 paper and initially I was really struggling. My only prior accounting knowledge was from studying for my F3 paper,which was more than a year ago. In my opinion, F7 is a HUGE jump from F3, in terms of technicality. I bought this book based on a recommendation from a friend. I was glad I did! This book is so easy to read. It strengthens my fundamental knowledge and guides me through the complicated standards that are in F7. The comprehensive examples accompanying each chapter further reinforce my understanding of the subject. There are another section in the book that deals with P2, so I will run back to this next term.
If you are in a similar situation, with a limited background in accounting, do yourself a favour and get this book!
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I am currently studying for my ACA qualification. I have just finished studying Financial Accounting (FA). This book contains many of the sections that I have studied in the previous week as well as many more which are relevant to my Financial Reporting (FR) exam syllabus I am studying for imminently. The layout is clear and user friendly, including many understandable and more complex examples which have enabled me to develop my knowledge in the areas which I struggled to keep up with in class.

This book has benefited my understanding of the syllabus and the areas that the examiner is looking out for in the exam. I wish that this book had been published sooner as it follows on from the concepts taught to me in the Accounting module excellently. It would have put me in an advantageous situation going into my FA course, reducing the volume of work during my time at college.
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This book was recommended to me by my Kaplan lecturer and it's a must have!! I'm currently studying for my CIMA and it breaks crucial topics down into bite size chunks which are easy to understand. Besides that it's colorful and an easy read. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants additional background knowledge!
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This book helps you build a solid foundation in Accounting. It covers all topics required to prepare financial statements in such easy to understand chapters. The book is so well written, and everything is so simplified. I couldn't have passed my ACCA P2 exam without it!

Thank you very much Sally.
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