Siti Nadiah Sh Salleh with the award she received from ICAEW.

A 19-year-old student from INTEC Education College was shocked to learn she was among 50 students in the world who bagged a perfect score for an internationally recognised accounting examination.

Siti Nadiah Sh Salleh, who made headlines recently for scoring a 100% in Accounting for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) examinations, said it was a dream come true.

“I received an email two months after getting my result inviting me to an award ceremony organised by ICAEW.

“Then, out of the blue, my friends started telling me that stories of my achievement went viral on social media,” she told HE Today in an interview.

Siti Nadiah said she was not aware of all the attention she received as she did not own any social media account unlike her friends her age.

“I was never interested in social media, but I do spend my time on Youtube listening and watching music videos,” she laughed.

But it was a journey full of hurdles, said Siti Nadiah, as she almost failed her trial examination prior to that.

“The passing mark for the paper was 55% and that was what I got. I was so shocked that I almost failed the paper.

“At that time I thought to myself, ‘How did this happen?’,” she said.

Admitting that she might have played around too much before sitting for that paper, she vowed to work harder for the actual examination.

“I didn’t let that incident break my spirit, instead it fuelled me to work even harder,” she said.

The Johor lass said she first became interested in accountancy when she was in form three at Sekolah Sri Puteri in Cyberjaya where she learned basic accounting for Kemahiran Hidup subject.

After finishing the Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) examination, she decided to enrol in the accountancy stream at school.

But it was not an easy path to choose for her at that time as some people questioned her decision since she managed to score really well in her PT3 examinations.

“It is common for school students to be pressured into taking the science stream if they score well in PT3.

“But I knew that my choice is right because I don’t have the passion for science subjects as I do with accountancy subjects.

“No matter what, always listen to yourself first when it comes to big life decisions as it will determine the course of your studies. Follow your interests and know your capabilities,” she said.