It is important to remember that your GPA is not the only thing that an admissions board will consider when you are applying for accounting school, and that there are actually a number of different factors that an admissions board may use to make its decision. In fact, one of the factors that is just as important, if not more important, than an individual’s GPA is an individual’s standardized test scores because almost every accounting college will require an individual to take some sort of standardized exam before he or she applies to the school.
Most schools require an individual to take some sort of standardized exam because the scores from a standardized test allow a school to compare an his or her knowledge with the knowledge of other students throughout the country. This is important because an individual’s GPA compares his or her knowledge only to other students within the school that the individual attended.
Most schools, as a result, typically consider a standardized test score to be a better indication of an individual’s actual knowledge than that person’s GPA because it compares one person’s knowledge with the knowledge of others throughout the country (not just other students in a single school).
It is important to note, however, that each standardized test is different and that different schools may require different exams. This means that in order to make sure you are fully prepared, you must know which exam you need to take. Fortunately, the examination requirements for accounting programs are usually very similar, although there may be some variation from school to school. In most cases, a student entering an undergraduate program will be required to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the American College Test (ACT), but some universities may require a student to take other exams in addition to or instead of these two exams. It is important to note that it is extremely uncommon for a school to require both SAT and ACT scores; most schools require an individual to take one test or the other. A student entering a graduate program, on the other hand, will typically be required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and/or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but some accounting schools may require a student to take other exams in addition to or instead of these two exams as well.