After completing a Business Science degree at UCT, Fazlin Esterhuizen went on to complete her PGDA through UNISA. She is now in her second year of articles at Mazars Cape Town, which requires long hours and lots of learning. When it was time to prepare for the ITC exam, Fazlin chose to do so with UCT Board Course, and we caught up with her to find out about her experience on the ITC preparatory course.
How did you feel about the exam before you started the ITC Preparatory Course?
The ITC was going to be my first professional exam, where absolutely anything could pop up. I was therefore extremely nervous, as I was not sure what to expect, what the ITC topical issues were, or if I knew what to cover to ensure that I am prepared.
In what ways did you feel that preparing for SAICA’s ITC with UCT Board Course benefitted you?
The UCT board course gave a nice outline of what was required of us, as well as what the topical issues were. I was not flooded with too much information that I already knew. I also practiced most of the preparation questions available, which were mainly past exams. This helped to give me an idea of the layout of the exams and what topics I still needed to cover.
Did you feel well supported during the course?
The UCT Board Course staff was always available to answer questions relating to questions per the preparation question pack. These responses were also always quick. There was definitely sufficient support during the course.
Did you feel confident and ready to write the ITC at the end of the course?
Yes! I felt more prepared in terms of going through enough prior exam questions and being more comfortable with the level of technical knowledge I was required to have.
What would you say to anyone considering doing the course?
I would recommend this course to anyone. It allows you to be more confident that the ITC exam can be passed, through access to the lectures, support and very large question pack with which to prepare yourself technically and professionally.
Any advice for people writing the ITC in January next year?
My advice to anyone is to practice, practice, and practice! Weeks up to the ITC exam are not the time to go back to your notes. Use the question pack provided by the course to the best of your ability by selecting your weakest topic and/or subject, and practicing questions related to it. You need to do topics you know well too, but do not place focus on them. Just practice a few to get an idea of how the ITC would test it. Remember to work hard. It’s one step closer to CA (SA), but first a busy and long three years of articles.
Thanks Fazlin, and good luck for the road ahead!
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