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The New Year is well under way and with that the first exam results of 2024 have been released. Have a look at who made the list of Top Achievers in the February 2024 exams. Well done to those that achieved a remarkable score in their exams.

Chantal Groenewald SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 3 97%
Frederik Breedt SACOB South African College of Business Management Accounting and Control Systems 95%
Jenny Vermeulen SACOB South African College of Business Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 95%
Gleneley Stander Self studying Management Accounting and Control Systems 92%
Geteme Du Preez Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Cost and Management Accounting 92%
Jenny Vermeulen SACOB South African College of Business Payroll & monthly SARS returns 92%
Judine Du Preez SACOB South African College of Business Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 92%
Gloria Bwanali Mafuta Self studying Management Accounting and Control Systems 91%
Tshililo Rasalanavho SA-German Training Services Business and Office Administration 2 91%
Clinton Grootboom Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 91%
Mona Bufacchi SA Accounting Academy – Correspondence Payroll & monthly SARS returns 91%
Wanda Fourie SA Accounting Academy – Correspondence Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 91%
Talita Ryzenberg IBTC – Cape Town Correspondence Management Accounting and Control Systems 90%
Nicolette Du Toit Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Cost and Management Accounting 90%
Dikeledi Masogo SA-German Training Services Business and Office Administration 2 90%

Congratulations!! And well done to each one that passed the exams!

Missed a previous month’s Top Achievers? Have a look here and remember to follow our blogs for helpful study tips.

Remember: The top achievers are those students that achieved an overall mark of 90% or higher in the respective subject. This mark includes their final mark which consists of the tests, assignments and the final exam that was written.
Want to know how the marks are made up? Have a look at this article – How are the marks made up?

GETTING HELP WITH ASSIGNMENTS AND PORTFOLIO’S

In the realm of academia, integrity stands as the cornerstone upon which knowledge is built.

It’s not merely about the grades or the credentials; it’s about the journey of learning and the authenticity of one’s accomplishments. As students, it’s crucial to uphold academic integrity, especially when it comes to completing portfolios, which serve as reflections of your very own academic and personal growth.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PORTFOLIO’S

Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) showcase your skills, achievement and progress. They are not just a compilation of paperwork that needs to be completed, it is actually a way to reveal the depth of your own understanding of your academic journey and preparation for the Summative (end exam). Your PoE allows you demonstrate YOUR capabilities and understanding.

ASKING FOR HELP FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO?

If you struggling with your PoE, or you running out of time, it is just so easy in today’s world to want to ask others or ask for assistance in completion on social media.

The internet is flooded with services offering help in completion of assignments and PoE’s.  Portfolio’s lose their  purpose and undermines the very essence of academic integrity and as such becomes a Compliance issue if they are not completed by the student themselves  It surmounts to cheating on the process and ultimately yourself.

OPPORTUNITY FOR SELF-GROWTH AND REFLECTION

Each assignment, and Portfolio is not just a tickbox checklist, but an opportunity for self discovery and reflection. Learn to celebrate your wins with the challenges you overcome of fully understanding the content as opposed to just completing the assignment (especially if done by others).

I WANT MY COMPLETED PoE AND EXAM PAPER BACK TO SEE WHERE I WENT WRONG

Again, in terms of examination and academic integrity, it would be unrealistic for the examination body to give you, your past assignments and exams papers as this compromises the exam process. The exam process is to test the person’s understanding of the material and not parrot fashion learning. (please also see below articles)

Your college will give you that tuition support if you have not yet passed the exam or PoE process.  The exam papers and Portfolio of Evidence also remains the Intellectual Property of the Examination Body, and not for risk of distribution.

CRAFT PORTFOLIO’S AND ASSIGNMENTS WITH INTEGRITY

If you complete your PoE with integrity it is testament to your commitment to learning and growth, and that you value your academic journey and end success. (Please also see below articles)

You are wanting to pursue a career in finance which demands trust, respect, integrity and commitment to excellence. So, start this journey of integrity with your Portfolio and Assignments

 

With the first exams of 2024 around the corner, we thought it would be a nice boost to share the Top Achievers of the December 2023 exams. Have a look below to see who overall achieved 90% or higher:

Kristie Kleynhans SACOB South African College of Business Income Tax Returns 97%
Eugene Myburgh SACOB South African College of Business Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 96%
Kayla Tilma Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Business Law & Accounting Control 94%
Kaylah Paster Milpark Education – Correspondence Business Literacy 1 93%
Clinton Grootboom Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Business Literacy 1 93%
Carmen Chadinha SACOB South African College of Business Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework 92%
Jalize Herbst SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 3 92%
Jalize Herbst SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 1 92%
Monique Struwig Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 92%
Frederik Breedt SACOB South African College of Business Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework 91%
Sherese Coetsee SACOB South African College of Business Financial Statements 91%
Alison Labuschagne Institute of Business Management of SA – Correspondence Financial Statements 91%
Johanna Van Jaarsveld Unicollege Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 91%
Lorna Hughes IBTC – Cape Town Correspondence Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 91%
Caryse Kloppers SA Accounting Academy – Correspondence Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 91%
Megan Payn SACOB South African College of Business Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 91%
Courtney Sears Self studying Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework 90%
Cheryl Laing Intec College – Head Office Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework 90%
Susana Florez Alvarez SACOB South African College of Business Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework 90%
Zahraa Abrahams IBTC – Sandton Correspondence Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 90%
Delron Lubbe SA Accounting Academy – Correspondence Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 90%
Helen Beatham SA Accounting Academy – Correspondence Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 90%
Jeane Coetzee SA Accounting Academy – Correspondence Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 90%
Bianca Roets Skills Academy Supported Learning Business Literacy 3 90%

A HUGE shout out to each and everyone that made the list. Your hard work and perseverance paid off.

Missed a previous month’s Top Achievers? Have a look here and remember to follow our blogs for helpful study tips.

Remember: The top achievers are those students that achieved an overall mark of 90% or higher in the respective subject. This mark includes their final mark which consists of the tests, assignments and the final exam that was written.
Want to know how the marks are made up? Have a look at this article – How are the marks made up?

You have all been waiting for it…. And it is finally here! The top achievers for November 2023 are out. Have a look below to see who made the list:

Maryna Engelbrecht Unigrad College Business Literacy 1 98%
Maryna Engelbrecht Unigrad College Business Literacy 2 98%
Vaughn Fourie Self studying Business Literacy 3 98%
Harishka Makoo KIB Accounting & Computer Training Centre Business Law & Accounting Control 97%
Linah Tshegofatso SA-German Training Services Cost and Management Accounting 97%
Issaka Harouna SA College of Technology (Cash Acc) Financial Management and Control 94%
Carla De Jager SAAHST Economics 94%
Chantel Kidson SAAHST Economics 94%
Naledi Dikgwatle SA-German Training Services Cost and Management Accounting 94%
Sara Gafane Novel Academy Business Literacy 3 94%
Chante Du Toit SAAHST Economics 93%
Allison Rose Mananga Centre Business Law & Accounting Control 93%
Omphemetse Senokwane SA-German Training Services Cost and Management Accounting 93%
Lerato Tsotetsi SA-German Training Services Cost and Management Accounting 93%
Jan Welman Incredible Skills Business Law & Accounting Control 93%
Jan Welman Incredible Skills Business Literacy 2 93%
Desiree Radyn Incredible Skills Business Law & Accounting Control 93%
Hugo Jansen Self studying Cost and Management Accounting 92%
Jerry Mutema Skills Academy Supported Learning Business Literacy 1 92%
Colile Dlamini Mananga Centre Office and Legal Practice 92%
Anneli Swart Incredible Skills Business Law & Accounting Control 92%
Nadia White Self studying Business Law & Accounting Control 91%
Maryna Engelbrecht Unigrad College Business Literacy 3 91%
Amanda Zondi Damelin – Durban City Business Law & Accounting Control 91%
Issaka Harouna SA College of Technology (Cash Acc) Business Management 3 91%
Carla De Jager SAAHST Human Resources Management & Labour Relations 91%
Carla-Jade Brown Mananga Centre Business Law & Accounting Control 91%
Tinisha Sago Incredible Skills Business Law & Accounting Control 91%
Banele Nxumalo Mananga Centre Business Law & Accounting Control 91%
Nonkululeko Mahlalela Unigrad College Corporate Strategy 90%
Chantel Kidson SAAHST Human Resources Management & Labour Relations 90%
Avela Hlulani Damelin – Mowbray Cost and Management Accounting 90%
Nombulelo Gama Mananga Centre Economics 90%
Vaughn Fourie Self studying Business Literacy 2 90%
Vaughn Fourie Self studying Business Literacy 1 90%
Nompumelelo Dlamini Mananga Centre Payroll & monthly SARS returns 90%

Well done and congrats to each one that passed, with special recognition to those that made the list!

Missed a previous month’s Top Achievers? Have a look here and remember to follow our blogs for helpful study tips.

Remember: The top achievers are those students that achieved an overall mark of 90% or higher in the respective subject. This mark includes their final mark which consists of the tests, assignments and the final exam that was written.
Want to know how the marks are made up? Have a look at this article – How are the marks made up?

Results have been out for a week and we know you all want to see who the top performers were in the October 2023 exams. Have a look below to see who made the list:

Lindi-Ann Greaves Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 95%
Evette Grobbelaar Institute of Business Management of SA – Correspondence Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 93%
Nicol Hoare SACOB South African College of Business Business and Office Administration 1 93%
Thea Kotze SACOB South African College of Business Income Tax Returns 92%
Ronél Marais IBTC – Cape Town Correspondence Cost and Management Accounting 91%
Selome Ramsamy SACOB South African College of Business Business and Office Administration 1 91%
Suzanne Snyders SACOB South African College of Business Cost and Management Accounting 91%
Alison Tyler SACOB South African College of Business Financial Statements 90%
Geteme Du Preez Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Financial Statements 90%
Joanna Sherratt Skills Academy Supported Learning Cost and Management Accounting 90%
Lindie Van Dyk Skills Academy Supported Learning Income Tax Returns 90%
Paul Ngwenya SACOB South African College of Business Financial Statements 90%
Phumelela Mdlalose Amilak Training Center Cost and Management Accounting 90%
Raeesa Bux Academy of York Financial Statements 90%
Samantha Craeye SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 1 90%
Suzette Bothma Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 90%

Well done and congrats to each one that passed, with a special note to those that made the list!

Missed a previous month’s Top Achievers? Have a look here and remember to follow our blogs for helpful study tips.

Remember: The top achievers are those students that achieved an overall mark of 90% or higher in the respective subject. This mark includes their final mark which consists of the tests, assignments and the final exam that was written.
Want to know how the marks are made up? Have a look at this article – How are the marks made up?

Results were released and now we can celebrate the Top Achievers of the September Exams. Have a look at those who made the list of Top Achievers:

Sunaina Govindram Careers IT – Chatsworth Management Accounting and Control Systems 98%
Irma Breytenbach SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 3 95%
Aimee Van Rensburg Self studying Business Literacy 3 95%
Nokulunga Mntungwa Academy of York Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 93%
Schalk Van Der Linde Academic Institute of Exellence- Correspondence Management Accounting and Control Systems 92%
Leandie Ehlers Academy of York Management Accounting and Control Systems 92%
Frederik Breedt Unicollege Corporate Strategy 92%
Marlize Middleton CTU Training – Pretoria Business Management 2 92%
Brian Brits Skills Academy Supported Learning Marketing Management & Public Relations 92%
Nina Rossouw SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 3 92%
Christine Rose SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 1 92%
Clarista Le Roux SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 3 92%
Kerryn Stanley Self studying Business Literacy 1 91%
Ryan Lohler Optimi College (Pty) Ltd Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 91%
Victoria Neilson SACOB South African College of Business Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 91%
Desiree Katake Transcollege – Correspondence Corporate Strategy 90%
Richard Jafta Skills Academy Supported Learning Management Accounting and Control Systems 90%
Mariska Ridgard Self studying Management Accounting and Control Systems 90%
Christine Rose SACOB South African College of Business Business Literacy 2 90%

Congratulations to each one that passed and a special congrats to those that made the list!

Missed a previous month’s Top Achievers? Have a look here and remember to follow our blogs for helpful study tips.

Remember: The top achievers are those students that achieved an overall mark of 90% or higher in the respective subject. This mark includes their final mark which consists of the tests, assignments and the final exam that was written.
Want to know how the marks are made up? Have a look at this article – How are the marks made up?

While we understand that students may occasionally face challenges or have grievances, we believe it is essential to emphasize the importance of using appropriate channels for communication and feedback within our academic community.

This not only helps in resolving issues more effectively, but also maintains the professionalism and integrity of our institution.

To remember, Social Media is not the mechanism for effective nor professional communication. It is exactly that, a social platform.

Also the number of people posting on social media is NOT indicative of the total number of members in an institution.  So to bear in mind there could be thousands of very happy customers but a very small minority that constantly resort to social media.

Here are a few points to consider:

  1. Official Channels:
    We have established official channels, such as our website and email, for students to address their concerns, seek guidance, or provide feedback. These channels are designed to ensure that your concerns are heard, documented, and appropriately addressed by the relevant departments or authorities.
  2. Privacy and Respect:
    Publicly airing grievances on social media platforms can sometimes lead to misunderstandings, miscommunication, or unintended consequences. It is essential to maintain respect and privacy when discussing sensitive matters related to our institution and individuals within it.
  3. Effective Resolution:
    By using the official channels provided, you are more likely to receive a timely and effective response to your concerns. Our faculty and staff are committed to helping you succeed and resolve any issues you may encounter during your academic journey.
  4. Documentation:
    When you communicate with a company through official channels, you have a record of the conversation, which can be useful for reference in case you need to escalate the issue or refer to it at a later stage.
  5. Maintaining a Positive Relationship:
    Engaging in a direct conversation with the company allows for more constructive and potentially positive interaction.  Publicly complaining on social media can lead to confrontational exchanges and damage relationships.
  6. Malpractice risks:
    Often times people resort to social media vents, and this could contravene malpractice policies especially if found after that the complaint was unfounded and brand damaging.
  7. Brand damaging: If your complaint is one sided, unfounded and brand damaging, sharing it on social media can prompt the company to take swift action.  This could lead to a number of steps open to the company or institution.

Please see below extra information on ICB’s policies: Click here

As Examination body, irregularities are priority to manage within the Education landscape. As such during the examination process, identifying these lead to the disqualification of some exams in order to uphold the integrity of the examination process and qualifications.

Our commitment to maintaining the integrity of the examination process is unwavering, and we take these irregularities seriously.

With exams, both exams in a physical room and an online exam, the invigilation starts as one enters the room (physical and online) right up until the result release date.

This means for example online exams can be watched, flagged, reviewed many times by a variety of invigilators and academic staff – not just the day of the exam.  Just like paper exams can be reviewed after for plagiarism, or reports received from the invigilators or other means.

Prevention:

We will continue to take steps to strengthen our examination processes to prevent similar irregularities in the future. Your feedback and input on how we can improve are invaluable to us.

Students now have the benefit of writing exams in the comfort and security of their own home/workplace/friends house.  All the more reason that strict and ever evolving methods are in place to safeguard the integrity of these exams.

If strict proctoring and academic integrity was not put in placeEducation merit would decrease dramatically and as such workplace and employment opportunities would also decrease.  So if the affected minority of students do not comply and are affected by means of disqualification. then we as an Examation Body are then effectively doing our job!

Safeguarding integrity then is for the benefit of our students and future generations.

 

Sources:

https://www.teqsa.gov.au/students/understanding-academic-integrity/what-academic-integrity#:~:text=Academic%20integrity%20is%3A,’%20or%20’academic%20dishonesty’.

https://www.turnitin.com/blog/what-is-academic-integrity-definition

Results are out and we need to know who made the Top Achiever list this month. Have a look below for those who achieved 90% and above in the August 2023 Paper Exams:

Chelsea Walker Damelin – Port Elizabeth Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 96%
Jacobus Maritz Unigrad College Financial Statements 94%
Elmien Mostert MSC Business College – Head Office Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 94%
Mzwabo Dlamini Mananga Centre Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 92%
Karabo Goliath ATTI – Bloemfontein Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 92%
Siyamthanda Kuhlane Port Elizabeth TVET College Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 92%
Iviwe Maneli Port Elizabeth TVET College Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 92%
Norisha Moodley Unicollege Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 92%
Carisna Herbst Incredible Skills Payroll & monthly SARS returns 91%
Anushce Pretorius Novel Academy Business Literacy 1 91%
Fisiwe Sikhosana Mananga Centre Business Literacy 3 91%
Ncobile Mavimbela Mananga Centre Cost and Management Accounting 90%
Wendy Flank Brilliant Accounting and Training Payroll & monthly SARS returns 90%
Nadia Vincent Kishugu Business School Cost and Management Accounting 90%
Geozarian Bruintjies Port Elizabeth TVET College Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 90%
Tshepang Mashilo Novel Academy Payroll & monthly SARS returns 90%

Well done to each one that passed and a special congrats to those that made the list!

Missed a previous month’s Top Achievers? Have a look here and remember to follow our blogs for helpful study tips.

Remember: The top achievers are those students that achieved an overall mark of 90% or higher in the respective subject. This mark includes their final mark which consists of the tests, assignments and the final exam that was written.
Want to know how the marks are made up? Have a look at this article – How are the marks made up?

There is an increase in students becoming disgruntled about being disqualified in the exam process, and feeling that the presentation of the ID is something insignificant.  Some students feel that because they have seen complaints on platforms on social media with other students complaining that it must be the institution’s fault.  Comments are also often heard that if there is an increase in disqualifications that again the institution or examination body is at fault.

Let us categorically clear that myth.  Disqualifications and identifying irregularities indicate that the Examination body/Institution is doing exactly what they should – Maintaining Academic Integrity

Also to note, that the number of irregularities identified will increase with higher participation/registered learners writing the exam. All proportionate to exam entries.  Unfortunately, there are students in any educational faculty that resort to some kind of cheating and for this reason proctoring tools and Identification will always play a very large part and ever evolving to combat exam irregularities.

Exam integrity and showing identity are critical aspects of maintaining fairness and trust in educational and assessment processes. Ensuring that individuals taking exams are who they claim to be and preventing cheating or academic dishonesty is essential for the credibility of the educational system.

As is the case with paper exams (Matric exams included) at an external venue, all students need to show their ID before commencement of the exam.  It is standard practice in the examinations process nationally and internationally. It must be noted that the presentation of the ID/passport remains the responsibility of the learner at any stage.

Online exams is no different, that ID needs to presented to the invigilator who in this case is the online proctoring tool utilized for online exams.   The presentation and submission of Identity Documents is even more critical as the student is not in a physical exam room with invigilators walking around.

 

Online exams take place often in students’ own homes, or friends home or place of work.  The benefit of online exams is the student can write in a space they feel most comfortable in, and can control issues such as noise factors and safe zones. Students don’t have to worry about transport to and from the exam, parking issues at the exam. But this benefit naturally will come with tighter invigilation otherwise the exam academic integrity would null out this option and benefit.

Here are some key considerations regarding exam integrity and identity verification, note this is not all but examples of some and subject to change and evolve:

1. Identity Verification:

  • Government-issued ID: Many exams require test-takers to present a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport) to verify their identity.

2. Secure Exam Environment:

  • Proctored Exams: In online exams, proctoring software is used to monitor test-takers in real-time, ensuring they don’t use unauthorized materials or get assistance.
  • In-Person Exams: In traditional in-person exams, examiners  physically verify the identity of test-takers.

3. Exam Design:

  • Randomization: Randomize questions and answer choices to reduce the likelihood of cheating through collaboration.
  • Time Limits: Set time limits to prevent excessive research during the exam.

4. Online Security Measures:

  • Browsers: All other browsers and apps such as Team Viewer cannot be utilized
  • IP Tracking: Monitor IP addresses to detect multiple logins from different locations.

5. Plagiarism Detection:

  • Utilize plagiarism detection software to identify copied content in written exams or assignments.

6. Academic Honesty Policies:

  • Academic honesty policies are in place and adhered to

7. Education and Awareness:

  • Academic integrity is not negotiable and the consequences of cheating or not following policies to ensure exam integrity is classified as an irregularity and on investigation can lead to disqualification and/or banning of future exams.
  • We encourage a culture of honesty and ethical behaviour in educational institutions especially as students are embarking on careers in finance where integrity and honesty is paramount.

8. Appeals and Grievance Procedures:

  • If a student feels they have a legitimate issue pertaining to the irregularity raised they can contact the examination body to find out what the appeals process is and follow that course. Maintaining exam integrity while verifying identity can be a challenging task, especially in online or remote learning environments. Educational institutions and assessment organizations must continually adapt and improve their methods to stay ahead of evolving tactics used by those seeking to compromise exam integrity. It must be noted social media is not the appeals process and could potentially put the student in a bad light by highlighting the student being flagged for an irregularity.  Future employers often review social media profiles of potential candidates in the recruitment process and can also be in contravention of the malpractice policy.

Below is a reminder of ICB’s online exam Identification process:

 

and how you will be asked for your photo and presentation of ID:

ID verification

 

 

For the full Examination policy, please click here. And also have a look at the following important articles;

  1. https://icbhelpdesk.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/9000204791-what-you-can-do-in-the-online-exam-room-assessment-policy-s7-
  2. https://icbhelpdesk.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/9000196144-technical-specifications-for-online-exams-from-april-2021-
  3. https://icbhelpdesk.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/9000213868-how-to-complete-your-digital-poe-2022-2023