Accounting student gets highest score in the world

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A New Zealand accounting student has scored the the highest mark in the world on the financial reporting exam run by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), beating more than 20,000 other people. Less than half of those who sit it pass the financial reporting exam.

Twenty-seven-year-old Andrea Locke, of Arrowtown, NZ and originally from England, scored 95 percent on the three-hour exam. She is studying for by correspondence. Forty-five percent passed the exam, which was given in June.

The paper is one of 14 in a syllabus to become a fully qualified ACCA member which is a global qualification.

ACCA Australia and New Zealand head Richard Francis said the exams are recognized worldwide as being the most challenging of any professional accounting exams.

"Andrea's achievement is no mean feat. This is a very impressive result," Francis said.

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