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Why 94% pass rate?

Why did the UCT Board Course students achieve a 94% pass rate when the national average was 86%?

Great question! We have some thoughts on the matter because we are keen to go even higher in 2015!


  1. We start early

The APC is in an entirely new exam format for those writing – the sooner our students get informed the better. That is why our first lectures are in the week beginning 16 March and access to our Virtual Learning Environment is even earlier. This gives us the first mover advantage.


  1. We provide outstanding practice

When something is new, you can learn a lot about it beforehand but there is no substitute for experiencing it and learning through practice. From the start we will be exploring the APC paper that was written in 2014 and adding to it additional tasks that highlight the difference between ITC and APC type questions. We find that those who hear what to do are less equipped than those that are given loads of practice from the word go. One thing our 2014 students appreciated was that our mock paper in June had 11 tasks, so that when the SAICA paper had 9 they felt well prepared.


  1. We provide outstanding feedback

Every practice opportunity is seized upon as a learning opportunity, and extensive feedback is provided. This feedback is future focused and is designed to empower candidates to constantly improve. Feedback moments in APC 2015 include: 6 discipline-specific assignments, Group assignment, Mock exam, Business communication mentorship, Individual assignment and the Final assessment.


  1. We get you to work in teams

I’ve written about teamwork recently in a previous blog post. The bottom line is that the five days you get to research is a game-changer compared to other exams you have written in the past. Tackling the APC in teams is something we get you to practice right from the start.


  1. We aim higher

We start early, we end late and we aim higher. We want all our students to be outstanding professionals that do not just add CA(SA) behind their names but take the designation higher through their future actions. We include real business news, look at best practice in integrated reporting, and provide guidance on new IFRS standards and tax updates. All of these are designed to create professionals that add value.


We are incredibly proud of the UCT Board Course class of 2014 and we are reflecting on what we have learnt to help the 2015 cohort go even higher!


(Click here for more details on our APC 2014 results)


Article by Paul Maughan