PART I – A DECADE TO REMEMBER: THE EIGHT LOUISIAN CPA BOARD TOPNOTCHERS

FIND HAPPINESS RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE

May 14-15 and 21-22, 2017 are the scheduled dates of examination of the CPA Board. May 2017 sets a decade since May 2007, a year of outstanding academic excellence for Saint Louis University – School of Accountancy and Business Management.

 HISTORY MAKERS

The dreams of 2,212 Louisians had been fulfilled on becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) out of 4,727 aspiring Louisian takers since May 2007. They are now part of the group of professionals in the business world who contribute to changes and transformations in the society, making it a better place through their own simple ways. The 47% passing rate of SLU was higher by 9% than the national/overall passing rate as an average of the past 10 years, which was 38% (60,590 passers out of 158,409 takers).

Since childhood, the importance of history had been explained to us as, “Ang Kasaysayan ay ang pag-aaral ng mga nakaraan upang maunawaan ang ating kasalukuyan at mapaghandaan ang hinaharap.” Knowing our past will make us understand our present situation, avoid our mistakes, and prepare us for the future.

KNOW WHO WE ARE

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In the last decade, eight CPA board topnotchers were graduates from SLU. The October 2007 examination made the SLU community proud when Mr. Richard Mulato Serrano landed on the Top 1 of the exam takers.

WAYFINDER

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Wayfinding is knowing where you are by knowing where you’ve been. SLU’s performance for the past 10 years can be compared with the national/overall passing rate.

Undeniably, October examinations had been producing the highest passing rates especially for the year of 2011 and 2010 for SLU and national/overall, respectively. 62% was the highest passing rate of SLU for the past 10 years dated October 2011. It can be inferred that 2010, the year with the highest passing rate for national/overall, was also the year where SLU had its greatest number of passers and takers. Last October 2015, the greatest number of national/overall passers was recorded at 5,468. 171 was the greatest number of Louisian passers on October 2014 where one was a topnotcher. Moreover, the highest difference of passing rate between SLU and national/overall was recorded at 23% on October 2014, the difference between 60% and 37%, respectively. While 2016 was the year with the greatest number of national/overall passers and takers. Also, this was the year where the highest difference of passing rate between SLU and national/overall was recorded at 13% which was 52% and 39%, respectively.

By the year 2014, the scheduled month of examination was moved from May to July.

MORE TO NUMBERS THAN MEETS THE EYE

Ratings, passing rates, grades, the number of passers, and the number of takers are just numbers – numbers that don’t primarily define an individual, and a school. There are plenty of factors that must be considered on becoming a topnotcher. An individual’s study habits, drive and motivation to study, faith, resources, environment, behavior, peers, the school’s grading system, faculties and teachers, and resources.

Let us always remember that a thing applicable to one may not be applicable to others. Indeed, we have our own unique ways of achieving our successes in life.

WHAT AND WHERE WE ARE MEANT TO BE

Dreaming big is not banned and prohibited. Instead, it is highly encouraged to be practiced by everyone. As long as we have hope and faith that we can achieve it, then nothing and no one can hinder us. As early as now, during our undergraduate course, we must act and prepare for the bright future that awaits us, that is destined for us. What we wish we could be, who we wish we were, it’s meant for us if we believe it. Claim it and declare it: “I am meant for something great!”

SOURCE: Professional Regulation Commission

Written by: Josiah De Guzman Bito

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Special thanks to Arianne Dalay-on, Dana Ayesha Maiquez Santiago, Jazel Kate Rillera Ramirez, Mark Anthony Arlegue Alferes, and Rinette Ambrose Dizon Cura

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