Principles of Accounting Competency Exam
Students wishing to enroll in ACC 3023 Intermediate Accounting must successfully complete both sections (at least 75% on both multiple choice and accounting cycle sections) of the PACE. The prerequisite block is in place and will not be released until the PACE has been passed, the student has declared their major, and a 'C' or better recorded for ACC 2033.
The goal of the Department of Accounting in requiring the PACE is not to keep students out of ACC 3023 Intermediate Accounting I. The goal is help students who enter ACC 3023 Intermediate Accounting I have a good chance of earning a passing grade in ACC 3023 Intermediate Accounting I.
Passing one section at a time is not allowed and past scores cannot be combined to achieve a pass. Students may take the exam twice each semester. If the PACE is not passed by the second attempt, the student will not be allowed to enroll in ACC 3023 for THAT semester. The PACE may be repeated twice in all future semesters, if the student so chooses. Once the PACE is passed, it is not necessary to take it again in future semesters.
Please note that a score of "pass" on the PACE does not guarantee you a seat in the course. ACC 3023 Intermediate Accounting I classes tend to close early. Please consider taking and passing the PACE as early as possible to get the course day, time, and instructor of your choice.
All students must log on to ASAP to register with Testing Services to take the PACE. Verify that you have access to Blackboard prior to arriving at Testing Services.
- Testing Services posts PACE registration dates on ASAP every semester.
- Actual testing begins approximately two weeks prior to the opening of registration for each new semester.
- The PACE is not offered on a walk-in basis. Register to take the PACE on ASAP.
- You must register no later than noon on the last working day prior to the exam (i.e. if you plan to take the exam on Monday, you must register by noon the preceding Friday).
- The PACE is given at Testing Services at both the 1604 and downtown campuses.
To help students prepare for the PACE, there is a wide array of review materials on Blackboard. These materials include study lists, practice problems, videos, PowerPoint slides, access to Chapter 3 of the textbook, access to the ALEKS® program, the registration link for the boot camp (conducted by Beta ALPFA Psi), and information about auditing ACC 2013 Principles of Accounting I.
- Send your name and student ID number (abc123) to Dr. Elaine Sanders (Elaine.Sanders@utsa.edu) or to Ms. Cheri McMaster (Cheri.McMaster@utsa.edu) to be added to the Blackboard page or call the Accounting Department at (210) 458-4320 for additional information.
- Students registering for the PACE on ASAP will also be added to Blackboard.
Students will be granted access to Blackboard within two days of either registering with Testing Services or contacting Dr. Sanders or Ms. McMaster.
On your scheduled test day:
No one will be admitted after test start time.
- Students must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled test time
- Bring a valid, non-expired, photo ID in order to test
- You will be charged $15 each time you take the exam. The $15 fee is charged automatically to your UTSA account which you may pay for online through your ASAP student account or in person at Fiscal Services.
- You must be able to log into Blackboard to access the exam
- Testing Services Office will provide the allowed four-function calculator - do NOT bring your own
About the PACE:
The Pace is 2 hours in length and consists of two parts:
- 15 multiple-choice questions
- 1 accounting cycle problem
The material tested on the PACE is very basic information from principles of accounting (financial only). For more detail on this material, please refer to the Blackboard site.