CPA Exam First-Time Pass Rate is Highest in State

by Jenni Hodges, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University ranked first in Ohio for the first-time pass rate on the 2011 Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, according to a report released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

The CPA exam consists of four sections that amount to 14 hours of testing. Candidates must pass the exam to qualify for licensure as CPAs.

Of the Cedarville alumni who took sections of the exam last year, 73.1 percent passed on their first attempts. The national average pass rate for overall performance is 45.5 percent.

Loren Reno, dean of the school of business administration, said this achievement demonstrates Cedarville’s leadership in the field of accounting.

“It’s an affirmation of the quality of the faculty we have and the students we attract,” Reno said.

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