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Study like an ICB top student: Here is some advice

ICB assessment week is around the corner. To help you prepare we decided to speak to the experts - students who excelled in the last sitting. There were five IBTC students who made the ICB top achiever’s list. We are so proud of all of you!

IBTC Top Achievers




Loami Myburgh

Cost and Management Accounting

Financial Statements



Desne Ariefdien

Business Literacy 1


Jeanine Toua

Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework


Elaine-marie Bergman

Computerised Bookkeeping


Kgothatso Mohlala

Bookkeeping to Trail Balance


Woody Allen said that, “80% of success is just showing up,” so if you’ve booked to write your exam next week and thinking of giving it a skip because you don’t feel ready. Don’t. Show up and you’re 80% there already. 
We chatted to top student, Jeannine Toua, and ask her advice on how to pass first time.  Jeanine wrote Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework in February and achieved an outstanding 91%.

"Give yourself enough time to study and make sure you go through the assessments carefully."
Work commitments and a busy family schedule meant it was difficult to study during the week but her goal to work as an accountant one day pushed Jeannine to put aside enough time to focus on her studies.  
"I knew I would benefit a lot from studying ICB so to guarantee success I always gave myself as much time as possible for studying. I work fulltime and it's sometimes difficult to be dedicated to my studies during the week, but before I write I commit to at least six weekends where I do as much studying as possible," says Jeannine.
When asked how she prepared the night before the exam, Jeannine had the following to say, “I made sure to get enough sleep the night before my exam, as I can't concentrate when I'm tired, and during my exam I took my time and read every question carefully. I make silly mistakes when I'm in a hurry, so I tried to never rush myself,” she added.
Studying alone can be a little tricky so it is always great to have assistance available should the need arise and, according Jeannine, it is this assistance that made a difference in how she studied.

“The trial exam paper that I received with my IBTC study material was a big help. I knew what to expect in the exam and I could prepare accordingly,” she said.  With only her Research Theory and Practice left to tackle, Jeannine is just one step to becoming a qualified ICB Financial Accountant.

“I am happy with my decision to study ICB. I'm currently working as a debtor’s administrator and the subjects I studied helped me to understand the business better as well as improve my work performance,” she concluded.

We are delighted to have walked this journey with Jeannine and we look forward to celebrating with her again when she completes her thesis. 

Good luck to everyone writing next week. You’ve got this! For more information on studying ICB at IBTC call Robert on 0861 111 411 or email