Insights: How to Become an ACCA World Prize Winner

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Becoming an ACCA world prize winner is a dream held by many including one Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera scholar, Putra Aqil Qarin bin Zulaadi. That dream came true for him as Putra scored top results for Management Information in the recent Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) June examinations. Hailing from Selangor, Putra shares his insights into his key study strategy and continued journey to become a professional accountant through his education in Sunway TES.

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Deciding course pathway

Why​ ​accountancy?

I chose to pursue Accountancy because I believe I am good with numbers. Having taken Accounting Principles for SPM, it was easily one of my favourite and strongest subjects. It also helps that I know ​I​ ​don’t​ ​like​ ​doing work​ ​involving​ ​​skills​ ​in​ ​​​inventing, or ​repairing​. Hence, by eliminating these options, it reaffirms my passion in studying Accountancy.

How​ ​did​ ​you​ ​decide​ ​on studying this​ ​course pathway of CAT then ACCA?

While looking over my options, I knew I wanted to pursue a course that will be important to my career in 4 years’ time. Furthermore, ​I​ ​discovered​ ​that​ ​there​ ​were​ ​not​ ​many chartered​ ​accountant​ ​in​ ​Malaysia and​ ​the​ ​qualification​ ​from​ ​ACCA​ will provide a strong pathway.

On a personal note, I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ pursue a different pathway compared to ​my​ ​brother​ ​and​ ​cousins​ who opt for diploma​ before going on to​ ​degree.​ ​​If​ ​possible, I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​finish​ ​my​ ​studies​ ​as​ ​quick​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​so​ ​that​ ​I​ ​can​ ​help my​ ​parents​ ​to​ ​support​ ​my​ ​sister’s​ ​education.   ​ ​

How did you find out about this Professional Accounting scholarship by Yayasan Peneraju?

I​ ​found about this scholarship​ ​from​ ​my​ ​accounting teacher​ ​in​ ​boarding​ ​school​ ​last​ ​year.​ ​She​ ​explained​ ​in​ ​detail​ ​about​ ​ACCA​ ​and​ ​the foundation​ ​program of CAT,​ ​along with​ ​the​ ​universities​ ​are​ ​​offers ​this course.​ ​Upon researching further, I came upon Sunway TES and applied for the scholarship through iScholar. It was a good learning process as there were assessments and interviews; and I am grateful that I was awarded this scholarship by Yayasan Peneraju and Malaysia Professional Accountancy Centre (MyPAC).

Exam preparations and strategies

​​What​ ​did​ ​you​ ​do​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​for​ ​your​ ​exams?

Most important strategy I used was consistent revision. For example, I​ ​revised​ ​all​ ​my​ ​notes​ ​and​ ​important​ ​points,​ ​which​ ​I​ ​focused​ ​more​ ​on​ ​facts​ ​such​ ​as definitions,​ ​pros​ ​and​ ​cons​ ​and​ ​factors. In addition, I​ ​worked​ ​all​ ​my​ ​EDC​ ​(Exam​ ​Driven​ ​Course)​ ​questions​ ​given​ ​by​ ​my​ ​lecturer.​ ​Most​ ​of​ ​the questions​ ​were​ ​past​ ​exam​ ​questions. ​There​ ​were​ ​many ​questions,​ ​which​ ​helped  ​in​ ​improving​ ​my​ ​skill​s​in​ ​answering​ ​calculation​ ​questions​ ​and​ ​helped​ ​me​ ​gaining​ ​more information​ ​about​ ​facts​ ​questions.​ ​

Lastly, I​ practiced on ​all​ ​the​ ​practice​ ​questions​ ​in​ ​ACCA​ ​Global​ ​Education​ ​Hub.​ ​These questions​ ​were similarly​ ​reflected in the  ​final​ ​exam​ ​questions,​ ​because​ ​they​ ​were​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​ACCA itself. Answering​ ​all​ ​questions​ ​before​ ​final​ ​exam greatly improved my confidence ahead of time.

Before​ ​I​ ​end​ ​my​ ​revision for the day,​ ​I​ ​will​ ​read​ ​up​ ​the​ ​textbook​ ​about​ ​the​ ​new​ ​chapters​ ​or​ ​parts​ ​that will​ ​be​ ​covered​ ​on​ ​the​ ​next​ ​day.​ ​So,​ ​on​ ​the​ ​next​ ​day,​ it will​ ​help​ ​me​ ​understand​ ​what my​ ​lecturer​ ​is teaching. I would like to give a special shout-out to my​ ​lecturer​ in Sunway TES ​and​ ​my​ ​peers​ ​because​ ​they​ ​helped​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​in​ ​distributing​ ​all​ ​the notes​ ​and​ ​questions.

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How do you strike a Balance between studies and leisure?

​I​ ​enjoy​ ​playing​ ​sports​ ​in​ ​the​ ​evening with​ ​my​ ​friends.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​proceed​ ​with​ ​my​ ​studies​ ​and​ ​my​ ​revision​ ​in​ ​the​ ​night​ ​at​ ​college. During the weekend,​ ​I​ ​enjoy​ ​playing​ ​computer​ ​games​ ​with​ ​friends​ ​and sometimes​ ​ ​watching​ ​movies​ ​at​ ​cinema​ ​or​ ​go​ ​back​ ​home​ ​and​ ​spent​ ​my time​ ​with​ ​my​ ​beloved​ ​family. Despite all the leisure activities, ​I​ ​always ensure that I shift my ​focus​ ​to​ ​studies​ ​when​ ​​final​ ​exams are​ ​two​ ​weeks​ ​away. This was useful during my high school days, and it is still working now that I am in university.

Moving forward…

​​Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​someone​ ​that​ ​you​ ​look​ ​up​ ​to​ ​for​ ​motivation/inspiration?​ ​Who​ ​would​ ​that​ ​be?

My​ ​inspiration for now ​is​ ​Datuk​ ​Zaiton Mohd​ ​Hassan.​ ​​She​ ​achieved​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​with​ ​her ACCA​ ​qualification.​ She is​ ​currently​ ​part of Sime​ ​Darby​ ​Senior​ ​Independent​ ​Non-Executive​ ​Director, Bank​ ​Islam​ ​Independent​ ​Non-Executive​ ​Director, BIMB​ ​Holding​ ​Berhad​ ​Independent​ ​Non-Executive​ ​Director, and MyPAC​ ​Chief​ ​Executive​ ​Officer. ​She​ ​spends ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​time​ ​giving​ ​speeches​ ​to young students,​ ​meet​ing​ ​with​ ​scholars​, ​and​ ​encouraging​ ​them​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​good​ ​scores​ ​in final​ ​exams.​ ​She​ ​is​ ​incredibly​ ​awesome.​ ​I​ ​envy​ ​with​ ​her.​

What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​aspiration?

I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​become​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​Chartered​ ​Accountant,​ ​be recognized as a member of ​ACCA, and​ ​work​ ​as​ ​a​ ​manager​ ​at​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Big​ ​4 accounting companies.  My life-goal is to give my parents and siblings a comfortable life after all they have done for me.

 

As Putra continues his journey to become a Chartered Accountant, we wish him all the best in his continued success!

 

Scholarship application is free for all students; so, apply for your dream scholarships with us today! Find more scholarships for diverse field of studies such as Accounting, Engineering, Business Administration, Foundation, and others at https://ischolar.my/scholarship .

 

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