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Release: Oct. 4, 2001

Johnson scores high in national CPA exam

DES MOINES, Iowa -- University of Iowa business alumna and current UI law student Amanda Johnson scored the second highest grade on the national uniform CPA exam given last May.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants presented the Elijah Watts Sells Silver Medal honoring Johnson's achievement at a banquet Sept. 29 in Des Moines hosted by Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA), where she also received the ISCPA Gold Medal Award for having the top score in Iowa.

More than 48,000 people sat for the May exam, with approximately 15,000 candidates sitting for the first time. The exam is given over a two-day period and covers four areas -- auditing, financial accounting and reporting, accounting and reporting (which includes topics on managerial accounting, taxation and governmental/not-for-profit accounting) and law and professional responsibilities.

Johnson, who is from Cedar Rapids, majored in accounting and graduated from the UI in May 2001 with highest distinction. She was named as one of two Outstanding Junior Accounting Majors in 2000 and received the Outstanding Senior Accounting Award in 2001. She is a first year law student at the UI and serves as a teaching assistant for the department of accounting in the UI Tippie College of Business.