Shock And Awe: Accountants Don't Rite Gud
(h/t Tax Prof)
An accountant must have put this chart together. Astute readers will notice "intended" is spelled wrong but let's ignore that and get to the results, which very clearly demonstrate what any of us who work, breathe and/or live accounting already know: accountants don't rite gud. You're looking at GRE scores by major, and I have to say that though the writing score isn't at all surprising, it's sort of pathetic to see accounting hanging out there at the bottom like that. Anyone else get the sense we're embarrassing ourselves?
The AICPA has presumably addressed this by removing written communication from the FAR, AUD and REG sections of the CPA exam, presenting candidates in 2011 with just three written communication essays in BEC. If you guys can't figure that out and pass, we truly are doomed.
The results (via Discover Magazine):
|Art & Performance||489||571||4.3|
|Banking & Finance||476||709||4.3|
That's why being in accounting media (see: my sweet deal at Going Concern) is such a rewarding gig: there's no damn competition. No matter how awful my own derelict dialect, I know for a fact (based on my own test scores, naturally) that I'm head, shoulders and ahead of my audience when it comes to stringing words into a sentence. If I were writing for English majors, I'd get slaughtered every time I left a participle dangling at the end of each sentence. Instead, my sloppy sentences are barely read and it's more likely that my attitude will get skinned before my modifiers do.
If accounting is the language of business, what does this say about our business?