In the June 2021 Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) examination, Hannah Mumtazah Ahmad Murshidi, the Faculty of Accountancy of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) emerged at the top out of 21,000 students by scoring the highest marks (98 marks) for the Financial Management (FM) paper. She also went on to claim the top position for the Strategic Business Reporting (SBR) paper by coming in, first (1st) in Malaysia and second (2nd) in the world.
The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) is acknowledged globally as a world-leading accountancy qualification for aspiring professionals. ACCA supports a global community of 233,000 members around the world in 178 countries. The exams are held four times a year at designated exam centres; however, due to the pandemic, ACCA offers students the option to sit for their exam through a remotely invigilated (RI) exam.
Sharing her key success factors, she acknowledges that the continuous exam techniques and discussion sessions on past exam questions have helped her to excel. Driven by her high determination, commitment and discipline in her studies, she added that “I consistently maintain a checklist of topics and a study schedule to ensure I have a structured revision plan”.
Hannah also highlighted the essential roles played by her lecturers on the technical knowledge and exam techniques using the computer-based examination (CBE) platform. She would refer instantly to her lecturers or friends on topics that she does not understand and will always analyse her weak points after obtaining her tests and trial exams’ results to help her plan areas of improvement before the final examination.
This outstanding success has made Hannah more determined to pass all her ACCA papers in a straight sitting and graduate on time. Being the eldest of two siblings and a proud daughter of Ahmad Murshidi bin Ab Hamid and Hasfariza Binti Abu Hassan, Hannah attributes her success to her family and lecturers and friends.
In her statement, the Dean of the faculty, Professor Dr Haslinda Yusoff, said that Hannah’s achievement marked the faculty’s commitment to ensuring their professional programme’s quality of teaching and learning.
Haslinda also mentioned that Hannah was the result of the faculty’s strategic initiatives through smart collaborations with the JPPro, a special matriculation professional program offered by the Ministry of Education Malaysia and the ACCA. JPPro offers three (3) fundamental level ACCA papers, and students will continue with the remaining papers while in UiTM.
“Being the first and the only public university with the ACCA Platinum status of the Approved Learning Partner, we will continue to play our significant role in producing the country’s Bumiputera future global accountants”, she affirmed.