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Broad Alum Ranks Among Nation’s Top CPA Test-Takers

By Caroline Brooks

Sitting for the CPA exam is something many accounting students dread.

Passing the CPA exam is something they strive for.

One Broad College alumnus took “passing the CPA” to a whole new level.

Daniel Beirley
Out of more than 102,000 CPA test-takers in 2016, Daniel Bierley’s scores earned him national recognition.

Out of more than 102,000 participants who sat for the CPA in 2016, Daniel Bierley (BA Accounting ’15, MS Accounting ’16) ranked as one of the 58 top test-takers in the United States. Recognizing this achievement, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) named Bierley a winner of the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award. This award is bestowed upon CPA candidates who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination.

“The CPA Examination, along with the education and experience required, sets a high bar for entry into the profession. This serves to protect the public interest by ensuring that only qualified individuals earn a CPA license,” said Michael Decker, AICPA vice president of examinations.

Bierley is currently an assurance associate at EY, where he also interned during his undergraduate tenure at Broad. As a student, he served on Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), was a member of Broad’s Residential Business Program (now known as Residential Business Community), and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Examination. Sells, one of the first CPAs in the U.S., was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role in advancing professional education in the field.


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