CPA First-Time Pass Rate Highest in State

by Public Relations

For the second consecutive year, Cedarville University ranked first in the state of Ohio for the first-time pass rate on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. This information was released in April by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

According to the 2012 report, 78 percent of Cedarville alumni passed the exam on their first attempt — an increase from 73.1 percent in 2011. The national average pass rate is 45.5 percent.

“The expertise of the business faculty, along with an intense dedication from our students, is key to this exceptional result with the CPA exam,” said Loren Reno, dean of the school of business administration. “Education is a process so when a trend like this develops over time, it’s very rewarding to see. Clearly, this is also indicative of the exceptional students that attend Cedarville University.”

The CPA exam consists of four sections that amount to 14 hours of testing, and the test is offered during official testing windows each quarter. Candidates must pass to qualify for licensure as CPAs.

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