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Inspired and Uplifted: Thomasian CPA takers empowered to take the Board Exam

“INSPIRED AND UPLIFTED” were the words described by upcoming Thomasian Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board exam taker Victor Panganiban after attending the mass and program held at the Santissimo Rosario Parish Chapel and AMV-CoA multi-purpose hall last June 9.

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“INSPIRED AND UPLIFTED” were the words described by upcoming Thomasian Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board exam taker Victor Panganiban after attending the mass and program held at the Santissimo Rosario Parish Chapel and AMV-CoA multi-purpose hall last June 9.

     Another exam taker, Kristine Rosales said she felt ‘refreshed’ as she characterized her feeling after attending the said event.

     The activity proved to have a positive response from board takers in motivating and encouraging them to do their best in the upcoming Board Licensure Examination for Certified Public Accountants (BLECPA) scheduled by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on July 20, 21, 27 and 28.

Challenges and Realizations

     Chairman for Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) Program and Asst. Prof. Christopher German, one of the speakers of the program, challenged Thomasian CPA takers to set a new record and own the CPA board exam this year.

     “You are the flag carrier this 2014. Own it,” he remarked.

     He said this following the significant decline of the University’s passing rate from last year at 50 percent compared to the performance of the board takers over the years from 2008 (69 percent), 2009 (59 percent), 2010 (77 percent), 2011 (72 percent), and 2012 (69 percent) respectively.

     Moreover, the chairman said this due to board takers being already used to waiting for approved petition classes and for a tentative date for the board exam.

     For example, the CPA board exam for this year was originally set on May 11-12 and May 18-19 but was postponed “due to the vacancies in the board leaving only two active members of the seven-member board,” according to the PRC website.

     Following his speech, German emphasized the experiences of being an accountancy student in AMV—the struggles, acceptance, and crying nights.

     German said that these struggles are given to motivate the board takers and added that the exam reviews were made for the board takers to realize their shortcomings and overcome them.

     “There are many realizations. You’ve been matured through time,” he said as he advised the board takers to not waste their chance and to do their best.

A ‘new’ batch of takers

     “But in case there is a slim chance of failure just remember, in due time you will [also] get there,” Acting Dean of the AMV College of Accountancy Associate Professor Patricia  Empleo said as she motivated the board takers in her speech.

     She also noted that this batch is a “totally new batch of examiners”, which emphasizes the point of them not having the idea of how this board examination really goes.

     “Pero it should not affect your performance in the CPA Board examinations kasi kakaunti lang yung eksakto – kung tama, tama. Kung mali, mali. That means, therefore you have to continue studying,” Empleo added.

     Lastly, with 41 days still remaining before the exam, she encouraged them to be as productive as possible.

     Along with her motivational speech, she said necessary lectures and clarifications branded as their “one last service” for the examiners will also be given.

Armed with preparations

     Board takers are given the challenge this year to make up from last year’s decline reminding them of the necessary attitude which is to always be prepared.

     Consequently, when asked on the preparations he is making for the upcoming board exam, Panganiban said “well siyempre una, babalikan ko yung mga notes ko sa undergrad bago ako mag-handouts sa review school. Tapos, yung mga notes ko din at saka mga libro (sic)…chini-check ko ‘yung mga dapat balikan.

     Almost the same point has been raised by Rosales as she answered the same question.

     “Bilang sa level ko, yung preparations ko, of course, binabalikan ko yung handouts ko from reviews and pati ‘yung notes ko nung undergrad,” she said.

     “I don’t mind them” and “Live with it” are the corresponding responses from Rosales and Panganiban as to how they deal with the pressure for the upcoming exam.

By Kenn Anthony Mendoza and Christelle Lois Ann Mapa
Photo by Adrian Castillo

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