February 14, 2011
Students in the Short CGA Graduate Program in Professional Practice (Web page in French only) at HEC Montréal turned in a remarkable performance on the December 2010 national CGA Canada exams. Their pass rate was 88% on the PA1 (Issues in Professional Practice) exam, as compared with the national average of 73% and the Quebec average of 64%. On the PA2 exam (Strategic Financial Management), 90% of the students in the Short Graduate Program passed, while the national and provincial average pass rates on this exam were 75%. In fact, HEC Montréal bested all other Quebec universities with more than one candidate for the AU2 exam. The total average pass rate for HEC Montréal students was 82%, as compared with the national average of 63%.
Many of the Short Graduate Program students turned in outstanding performances on the December 2010 exams. Three of them made the honour roll for the PA2 exam, obtaining honourable mentions for their excellent performances: Marie-Claude Dagenais, Marie-Aimée Guérin and Lira Gouterman. On the AU2 exam, students Geneviève Lapointe and Galina Popova earned 2nd and 3rd place on the Quebec honour roll.
The marks obtained by students from HEC Montréal's Short CGA Graduate Program in Professional Practice are in line with the School’s tradition of success, notes Danièle Pérusse (opposite), Academic Supervisor for the program. “Since 2008 the School has racked up results far superior to the national and provincial averages on the CGA exams,” she says. “It is tangible evidence of the quality of its program and the skills of its instructors.”
The Short CGA Graduate Program in Professional Practice, offered since September 2008, provides quality training designed to prepare students to deal with the realities of the CGA profession. It fosters their ability to integrate, analyze and synthesize information and helps them build on their knowledge of accounting, assurance, finance, management, taxation and professional ethics and integrity.