Students at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) School of Accountancy came out top in the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination.They achieved an excellent result, a 84,2% pass rate compared to the national average of 76,2%, in the examination facilitated by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica).A total of 64 out of 76 students from the university entered the ITC examination for the first time and were successful. The ITC is known for its challenging nature. The students received a standing ovation from the university’s management for their excellent performance collectively. Prof. Hentie van Wyk, programme director at the of School of Accountancy, attributes the high pass rate to diligence. “This is due to our student-centred teaching module, which was introduced four years ago, and committed academic staff of the School of Accountancy from the first to the fourth year.”Van Wyk envisages a bright future.“With the coming June 2019 ITC sitting, our pass rate for 2019 will most probably be more than 90%. Our three-year rolling average for 2015-’17, 2016-’18 and 2017-’19 were 83%, 86% and 90% respectively. Hopefully we can maintain the upward curve,” said Van Wyk.