I am completing my account certification with ACCA. ACCA certification requires passing up to 14 professional examinations (called 'papers').
I am interviewing for positions that ask whether I have passed the papers on the first attempt (which is important for some employers), and while I had to retake some of the papers, other potential candidates I am competing with completed everything on their first attempt.
Answering the question directly has no upside for me as it only highlights failure. Is there any way to express retaking a failed professional examination in an interview that may be viewed in a more positive light?