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Waikato graduate scores top chartered accountant mark in country

13 February 2012

Luisa Peterson

Bright Spark: Waikato graduate Luisa Peterson received the highest mark in the country in the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants competency exams.

University of Waikato graduate Luisa Peterson has scored the highest mark in the country in the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants competency exams.

To become a Chartered Accountant, and belong to the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, all graduates must sit Foundation, Professional Accounting School and Professional Competence Examination Level 2 exams after two years of working.

Exam score due to university work ethic

Luisa has been working for Audit New Zealand since finishing her studies in 2009, and says her marks are indicative of her work ethic while at university.

“I put in a lot of hard work to get the grades I did while I was at Waikato,” says Luisa.

“I have always liked working with numbers, getting figures to balance, following a process to arrive at certain values and organising information. I made sure to set aside enough time to study, and I wasn’t shy about asking questions if I didn’t understand something. I also had a good memory when it came to exam time.”

Her good memory also helped when it came time to sit her Chartered Accountant exams.

Highest mark in the country a surprise

“I felt confident after the PCE Level 2 exam that I had passed, but I didn’t expect to get the top mark in the country, that was a nice surprise.”

Shortly after the results were released Luisa was emailed by the Controller and Auditor General Lyn Provost and personally congratulated on receiving the highest mark in New Zealand.

The PAS workshops and PCE Level 2 exams covered topics such as financial management, business strategy, external reporting and audit and tax.