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December 2005

Release date: December 5, 2005

For ASU, CPA is Easy as ABC

Angelo State University accounting graduates are among the best in the state when it comes to passing the Certified Public Accountant exam, according to the results for the most recent testing period.

Seventeen ASU graduates took 26 sections of the test in July and August, passing 18 sections. The passage rate of 69.23 percent was the best in Texas among institutions that had more than one student take the test.

Texas A&M had the second-highest passage rate at 65.24 percent. ASU's pass rate also was by far the highest in the Texas State University System. Texas State-San Marcos' rate was 37.63 percent, Sam Houston State's was 37.31 percent and Lamar University's was 30.77 percent.

ASU's passage rate in July and August continues an upward trend for the school. Eighteen graduates had a 52.63 percent pass rate in the April-June period, and seven graduates had a 50 percent pass rate during the January-February period.

Receiving a CPA allows an accountant to sign audits for public companies. It is not required by law for most accountant positions, but it gives applicants a competitive advantage in the job market.

In addition to their accounting coursework for bachelor's or master's degrees, candidates may take a test-preparation course. A few universities offer CPA prep courses either through private companies such as the Becker CPA Review or by using faculty to teach non-credit reviews.

"We are very proud of the achievements of our students," said accounting professor Dr. Norman Sunderman. "I think that the success of ASU students is due to the rigor of the accounting program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and the fact that many of our graduates take the Becker CPA Review course before attempting the CPA exam."

ASU graduates and CPA recipients go on to work at top accounting firms in San Angelo and throughout the state.

"ASU's accounting program provided a great foundation for taking the CPA exam," said Brianne Killam, a recent ASU graduate who works for Harold Shelburne, CPA, in San Angelo.