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Accounting Students Lead the Nation in Top Scoring CPA Exams

Accounting Students Lead the Nation in Top Scoring CPA Exams

by Lavilla Capener, Staff Friday, March 21, 2014

Six Wisconsin School of Business students have scored among the top CPA test takers in the nation and are the recipients of the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award given by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). 

Out of the more than 94,000 people who sat for the Uniform CPA Examination in 2013, 55 candidates meet the criteria for the Sells award, which recognizes test takers who scored above a 95.5 across the four sections of the exam. With six award winners, the University of Wisconsin-Madison leads the nation. 

"We are proud of our graduates and their outstanding performance on the CPA exam," said Terry Warfield, chair of the Accounting & Information Systems department. "This most recent Sells Award recognition continues our tradition of strong performance on the CPA exam and provides an important external validation of the quality of the accounting program at the University of Wisconsin."

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Examination. Sells was one of the country’s first CPAs. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role helping to advance professional education in the profession.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award winners from the Wisconsin School of Business are: 

Nathan Chivers (BBA '12, MAcc '13). Chivers is from Lakeville, Minn., and is employed by EY in Minneapolis.  

Patrick Ditter (BBA '12, MAcc '13). Ditter is from Brookfield, Wis., and is employed by KPMG in New York City. 

Michael Finkel (BBA '11, MAcc '12). Finkel is from Livingston, N.J., and is employed by Goldman Sachs in New York City. 

Daniel Rubin (BBA '12, MAcc '13). Rubin is from Wynnewood, Pa., and is employed by PwC in New York City. 

Gregory Simbro (BBA '12, MAcc '13). Simbro is from Shorewood, Wis., and is employed by BDO USA in San Francisco. 

Matthew Zimdars (BBA '13). Zimdars is from Madison, Wis., and is employed by PwC in Milwaukee.