THE UNIVERSITY dominated the October board examinations for certified public accountants (CPA), but recorded a lower passing rate in the licensure exams for mechanical engineers last September.

UST was named the second top-performing school in the CPA exams after 364 Thomasians passed out of 382 examinees, or a 95.29-percent passing rate, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed.

This was significantly higher than last year’s 67.53-percent passing rate, in which 52 out of 77 examinees passed the exam. Last year, the UST Alfredo M. Velayo-College of Accountancy added another year to its curriculum. As a result, Thomasian examinees last year were composed of repeaters and those who did not graduate on time.

May Anne Reyes placed seventh and led this year’s batch of Thomasian accountants, with a score of 91.29 percent. She was followed by Ma. Rosa Reyes who placed eighth with a score of 91.14 percent.

The University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman remained the top-performing school after recording a 98.70-percent passing rate, with 76 out of 77 examinees making the cut.

The national passing rate improved to 41.06 percent, or 5,468 passers out of 13,317examinees, from last year’s 37.02 percent or 4,123 passers out of 11,137 examinees.

UST meanwhile posted a lower passing rate of 63.21 percent in the licensure examinations for mechanical engineers. Sixty-seven passed out of 106 Thomasian examinees.

Last year, UST recorded a 92.03-percent passing rate, wherein 127 Thomasian examinees passed the test out of 138.

UP-Diliman dethroned Batangas State University as the top-performing school, with a 96.61-percent passing rate.

The national passing rate plunged to 55.25 percent with only 2,136 passing the test out of 3,866 examinees, lower than last year’s 77.06 percent or 2,960 passers out of 3,841 examinees. D.T. Cudal and D.A.F. Gabriel

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