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February 15, 2005
Gwinnett Technical College Produces Nation’s Top Test-Takers
Two Accounting Students Receive Best Scores on National Accrediting Exam
Gwinnett Technical College consistently puts out top scorers for the national accounting accreditation exam, but the most recent test was the first time two students from the college had the two highest scores in the nation.
“It is quite a coup [for Gwinnett Tech] to have the high scorer and a tie for the second-highest score on one exam,” said Cassandra Newby, acting director of the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). ACAT is the independent testing organization that administers the Accounting Business Advisor (ABA) exam, a nationally-recognized professional designation.
Gwinnett Tech’s accounting students to ace the ACAT exam were April Hammett (the highest scorer in the nation), and Janie Moore Welden, second highest scorer in the nation (tied).
“We salute both of these students, soon to be graduates, for their hard work,” said Lanny Nelms, accounting program director, Gwinnett Tech. “[They] bring a lot of pride to our program.”
“The ABA exam is a way for professionals to say to clients and employers, ‘my skills have been tested and you can have confidence in me,’” said Newby. The ABA exam is divided into two sections: Practice 1 tests knowledge of accounting principles, Practice 2 tests knowledge of taxation, ethics and business law. Applicants must score at least seventy percent on each section in order to pass the exam.
There were 101 applicants who took the test in December. The exam is offered in December and June annually, with a similar number of individuals taking the exam each session. The pass-rate is about fifty percent.
“Gwinnett Tech always turns out a high percentage of high scorers,” Newby said. “The college has had the top scorer at least twice, but this is the first time with both a high scorer and a tie for the second-highest score on the exam.”
The ABA credential is for practitioners who specialize in the needs of small-to-mid-size businesses and in financial services to individuals and families. Applicants must have three years of related work experience, up to two of which may be through college credit.For Immediate Release
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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