The highest mark in the world

Our latest ACCA prize-winner, Rachel Ilott has received the highest mark worldwide for the Strategic Business Reporting exam in September 2018. Rachel switched from her previous tuition provider to FI this year, in search of concise course notes, in-depth question debriefs and expert tutors.

The highest mark in the world

Our latest ACCA prize-winner, Rachel Ilott has received the highest mark worldwide for the Strategic Business Reporting exam in September 2018. Rachel switched from her previous tuition provider to FI this year, in search of concise course notes, in-depth question debriefs and expert tutors.

What is your job title and which company do you work for?
I’m an Assistant Accountant at De Soutter Medical LTD – a medical company that develops and manufactures medical power tools.

Which exam did you take in September?
Strategic Business Reporting (SBR)

What was your approach to studying?
Reading through every part of the notes, writing out any particularly difficult sections in my own words, answering every question in my question bank (and going back to ones that I did not score well on at a later date) and always completing a mock exam to be marked by the tutor. I was given invaluable advice regarding my SBR mock – that it is not enough to do your calculations correctly if you haven’t explained why you have done them!

What was the most important factor that lead to you becoming an ACCA Prize Winner?
Hard work and dedication. There is no shortcut!

Did you have support from your employer?
Yes, I had financial support and a great deal of moral support, particularly from my manager, Clare.

What made you choose FI?
The quality of the course materials is a major factor. I have purchased materials from other learning providers in the past and have found that they include so much information that it is impossible to retain it all and their example questions are not as well explained. Additionally, every tutor that I have had has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful – answering questions clearly and thoroughly. The free coffee also helps!

If you had one piece of advice for future students that are aiming to be prize winner, or just pass their exams, what would it be?
Question practice is essential. It Is not enough to just learn the course notes.

The team at FI are very proud of Rachel’s success and wish her the best with her future and career!

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