GRAD­U­ATES RANK HIGH IN PASS­ING CPA EXAM

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

ACC grad­u­ates ranked high­est among Texas com­mu­nity col­leges and eighth among all in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing in the state in pass­ing rates on the exam for qual­i­fy­ing as a cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­coun­tant.

The 18 ACC grad­u­ates who took the test from April through June passed 65 per­cent of the sec­tions they at­tempted. Lone Star Col­lege in the north­ern Hous­ton metro area ranked sec­ond among com­mu­nity col­leges, with 63 per­cent.

“We are very proud of our stu­dents and grat­i­fied that the rank­ing re­flects the rigor of ACC’s ac­count­ing pro­gram,” said Charles Quinn, dean of busi­ness stud­ies.

The CPA exam has four sec­tions, said ACC spokes­woman Alexis Pat­ter­son.

“Can­di­dates may take as many sec­tions as they want dur­ing a given test­ing pe­riod. Be­cause of the length and dif­fi­culty of the exam, many can­di­dates take only one or two sec­tions at a time,” she said.

McMurry Uni­ver­sity in Abilene, Sul Ross State Uni­ver­sity in Alpine and Am­ber­ton Uni­ver­sity in North Texas posted 100 per­cent pass­ing rates, but only one or two stu­dents from each of those schools took the exam.

Uni­ver­sity of Texas grad­u­ates ranked fourth over­all, pass­ing 80 per­cent of the sec­tions they at­tempted. Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity ranked fifth at 75 per­cent.

Among other schools in Cen­tral Texas, St. Ed­ward’s Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates passed 56 per­cent of the sec­tions they at­tempted; Texas State Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates, 52 per­cent; and South­west­ern Uni­ver­sity, 36 per­cent.

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