Candidates who were unsuccessful at the most recent qualifying examination (ITC or APC) can request a copy of their answer books with the accompanying results.
Answer books are kept for a maximum of 5 months (after the date the results were released), after which they are destroyed.
In view of the stringent marking and evaluation process, as well as the oversight provided by the Initial Professional Development Committee, no requests for re-marks will be entertained; nor under any circumstances whatsoever will any discussion or debate relating to a candidate’s script be entered into. (Refer to the ITC and APC Exam Regulation)
Access to an answer book and the level of competence by required task is granted in order to assist candidates who failed the APC to identify problem areas and to focus on these areas in their preparation for future assessments. Candidates should please review their responses in conjunction with the examiner's comments and specimen examples available on the SAICA website under PAST EXAM PAPERS to understand how the responses were assessed.
In accordance with the exam regulations you have two options in terms of access to information for APC:
Level 1 – prescribed fee R230.00 (incl VAT)
- a copy of your script plus the breakdown of the level of competence you achieved, by task
Level 2 – prescribed fee R2850.00 (incl VAT)
- a personalised comprehensive report on your script by task
NOTE: A Level 1 request must be first be made before a request for a Level 2 report can be entertained.
On receipt of your application for the Level 2 detailed report, an APC examiner will review and provide commentary, by task, on your response.
Depending on the number of applications received and the timing of when the application is received, this report could take up to two months after receipt of your application and prescribed fee.
The two-month delay is mainly attributed to the following:
- SAICA will be marking and finalising ITC results up until the end of March.
- Reports cannot be directly pulled from the marking system
- Senior Markers write the report, they would not have been involved in marking the candidate’s answer themselves and therefore need some time to read the answer and mark plan with comments before compiling a summary together with insightful comments on how to improve in specific areas in the detailed report for the candidate. This is NOT a remark or re-evaluation of the candidate's answer.
- Senior Markers are external to SAICA and we are therefore reliant on their availability and time to write these reports.
- Reports are also subject to an internal review before being sent to the candidate.
Candidates will receive a scanned copy of their answer books, along with a printed version of the mark plans from the electronic marking system. The mark plan for each question will indicate how the first and second marker independently allocated their marks, which resulted in the overall mark for each question.
Candidates should not review their mark plans without referring to the solutions for applicable exam published under past exam papers:
The cost amounts to R230.00 (VAT 15% included).
Steps to follow to get access to scripts/answer books
- Complete the Section 51 manual - PAI Act - Access to information document to be found at the following link: S51 Manual - PAI Act - Access to information.
- Print the document and complete pages 8, 9 and 10. Please ensure to sign and date the document.
- Make the necessary payment:
Payments can be made as follows:
- Direct bank deposit or
- Electronic (internet) transfer using the banking details below:
Nedbank Business Central Gauteng Branch no: 1284 0500 Account no: 1284 023230
Reference: Please quote your eight-digit SAICA number and your surname on your EFT/deposit slip otherwise delays may be experienced.
- Scan and email pages 8 – 10, as well as proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org (for ITC) and email@example.com (for APC)
- You should get an immediate response to confirm we have received your application after which we will aim to process your application within 5 working days (ITC and APC Level 1).
- An incomplete form/application delays the process and with the volumes, the SAICA secretariat needs to deal with, communication to you could possibly also be delayed
- An email will be sent to you with the requested information.
- See below for some tips/suggestions on completion of Section G of the application form.
Indicate which right is to be exercised or protected:
Suggested answer: Access to information
Explain why the record requested is required for the exercise or protection of the aforementioned right:
Suggested answer: I wish to determine where I went wrong in order to prepare for a future examination.