Test Information 2013

Important notes regarding CTA tests


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General information


Please note that in order to obtain exam admission in your CTA modules you have to meet the following requirements:

  • Hand in assignment 70 (contained in tutorial letter 101 of each module) before the specified due date for each module

  • Obtain a year mark of 30% based on the average mark obtained in the best three tests in each module. Year marks will be rounded. If you thus obtain a year mark of 29.5% and above you will be granted exam admission. Students with a year mark below 29.5% will NOT be granted exam admission. Statistics show that students with a year mark below 40% have a very slim chance of passing the module. Click here to view stats for 2012.

The School of Accounting Sciences strictly applies the 30% rule. No exceptions are made.

If only one or two tests have been written, the total marks obtained in the tests written will still be divided by three to obtain the year mark. If no test was written during the year, the year mark will be zero. The year mark contributes 20% to the final mark, whereas the examination mark contributes 80% to the final mark. The year mark will contribute to the final mark and will not only be used when it is beneficial to the student.


Please note that a sub-minimum examination mark of 45% is required regardless of the year mark. Please refer to Tutorial Letter 301 for a more detailed explanation of the calculation of the year mark.


The assignment 70 due dates for the modules are as follows:


FAC4861/NFA4861/ZFA4861 = 6 May 2013

FAC4862/NFA4862/ZFA4862 = 6 May 2013

FAC4863/NFA4863/ZFA4863 = 3 May 2013

FAC4864/NFA4864/ZFA4864 = 3 May 2013

MAC4861/NMA4861/ZMA4861 = 6 May 2013

MAC4862/NMA4862/ZMA4862 = 6 May 2013

TAX4861/NTA4861/ZTA4861 = 6 May 2013

TAX4862/NTA4862/ZTA4862 = 6 May 2013

AUE4861/NAU4861/ZAU4861 = 6 May 2013

AUE4862/NAU4862/ZAU4862 = 3 May 2013

Important facts to consider:


You have four test opportunities in each module. It is important to make full use of each one of these opportunities.


Test 1 written on 9 March

Test 2 written on 27 April

Test 3 written on 8 June

Test 4 written on 27 July


Please see SASALL tutorial letter 302 or links above for a detailed test time schedule and a list of available test centres. Saturday tests can be written at any of the test venues, as long as that venue is specifically listed in the SASALL 302/2013 tutorial letter. Please note that (if you are registered for all five modules) the tests will last the whole Saturday. Pay specific attention to the times when you need to be seated. Please ensure that you are seated or at the test venue 15 minutes before the reading time for the session starts.


The tests provide you with an excellent opportunity to prepare for the year-end exam:

  • It helps you to familiarise yourself with the CTA and SAICA exam paper format

  • It enables you to practice your exam technique and time management

  • It assists you to establish whether you meet the required level of competency

  • It enables you to build a good year mark that will lessen the pressure of the year-end exam

It is important that you should become accustomed to working under pressure as the time management restrictions of the examination paper poses a problem to many students. It is extremely important that you are aware of the tempo at which you should work to be able to complete an examination paper within the time allowed.


Please note that there is no provision for aegrotat or special tests. Due to resource and time constraints it is simply not possible to provide for these. If you miss a test for whatever reason you have unfortunately missed that opportunity. To make provision for the unexpected/unforeseen only the best three of four tests are taken into account for the calculation of the year mark and the required year mark for exam admission is set at 30%.


Please note that every year students are refused entrance into the test venues because they arrive late. No candidate will be allowed to enter the test venue once reading time for the module test has started.


It is therefore important to ensure that:

  • You know exactly where your test venue is located.

  • You arrive there on time (make ample provision for possible car, traffic, parking and other transport troubles).

  • Know the module codes of the modules you are registered for and are going to write.

  • You are seated or at the test venue 15 minutes before the reading time for the session starts.

Bring along:

  • All the necessary writing utensils

  • A calculator (see tutorial letter 302 for calculator policy)

  • The permitted reference texts (see tutorial letter 302 for permitted texts)

  • Bar code stickers for your test scripts if available

  • Some snacks and water to keep your blood sugar levels stable

Answer books will be provided. Each question must be answered in a separate book. Please write your student number, module code and full postal address on the cover of each answer book.


Important to complete cover sheet properly:


Please ensure that you write the correct student number and module code on the cover sheet of each answer book. Recording the incorrect module code or student number will result in an unnecessary delay in returning your marked script.


Please make sure that all your details are correct on your answer book.


Writing process


You will be handed the test paper, the answer books and a separate “REQUIRED” section to be placed face down. Please ensure that you have been handed the correct test paper (check the module code). Make good use of the 15 minutes reading time to familiarise yourself with the paper. You may make notes on the paper and also make use of a highlighter pen. During this reading time you are not allowed to read the separate “REQUIRED” section, which should remain upside down.


After the fifteen minutes reading time you may turn over the “REQUIRED” part, read what is required and then start writing in your answer books.


Please use a blue or black pen that will produce a bold and legible script. Please DO NOT use a pencil or red pen. Ensure that you organize and structure your answer in such a way that it is well presented and legible. Marks can only be awarded if the marker can read what has been written. Remember to show your workings and cross-reference them clearly to your final answer.

As each of your tests for the above-mentioned five papers will count 40 marks, you will have (40 x 1,5 minutes) = 60 minutes to complete your answer after which the test books will be collected.


Suggested solutions, test books and availability of result


Preliminary solutions will usually be available on myUnisa within three days of the test date at https://my.unisa.ac.za/. (Note that this is a secure site and, in order to gain access, you need to key in an "s" after "http".)


Test marks will be available on myUnisa as soon as the tests have been marked and captured. Marked tests will be returned to you as soon as possible. The questions, suggested solutions with mark allocations, and lecturer comments, will be published on myUnisa approximately two weeks after the test. No formal hard copy tutorial letter will be distributed.




After receiving your test results, you typically have a maximum of 30 days in which to query them, and have them adjusted, if necessary. Every module will communicate the cut-off dates for remarking of test on myUnisa and/or provide the information in the module tutorial letter 101. No test marks will be adjusted after this period has expired. Please click here for more information on the remark of tests.


We receive many requests for mark adjustments in August. Students only then realise that they need more marks to obtain the 30%. Requests for remark of earlier tests will not be granted at that stage.




Once all scripts have been marked student rankings will be posted on the CTA Support web-site. The student rankings will enable you to judge your performance against that of other students.