Accountancy duo achieve top 10 exam grades in the world

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Two Portsmouth students have come in the top 10 in the world in their accountancy exams.

Mark Somerset, 31, from Portsmouth, achieved a score of 123 out of 150, in the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) management case study exam, beating more than 800 other students from around the world.

Mark attended St Edmund’s Catholic School in Portsmouth before gaining a BA (Hons) Degree in Accountancy from the University of Portsmouth. He studied for his CIMA exams with Kaplan in Southampton.

He said: ‘It was fantastic to be told I had come in the top 10 in the world in this exam and made all of the hard work studying worthwhile.

‘The exam was really tough but I had a lot of support from both Kaplan and also from my employer.’

Glen Carter, 24, from Havant also came in the top 10 in the CIMA strategic case study exam.

He studied for the CIMA exams 
with BPP and achieved a score of 127 out of 150, beating more than 1800 other students.

Glen studied business at South Downs College, and said: ‘I was surprised, but delighted, to find out that I had come in the top ten globally in this exam.

‘It felt like an extra reward for all the hard work that I had put in as the exams are very challenging. I was really grateful for the support I had both from BPP and my employer.’