Ultra-Orthodox girls boast record-breaking 96% pass rate in Israel’s tough CPA exams

“Our goal was single-minded: to pass the exam and start working.”

By World Israel News Staff

Israeli lawmaker Moshe Gafni (UTJ), who chairs the Finance Committee, this week hailed a record-breaking 96% pass rates for Israel’s CPA exams by ultra-Orthodox Beis Yaakov seminar students, beating out leading universities by a large margin.

Of the 95 young charedi women who took the test, which is known for being extremely difficult, 91 passed.

“Our goal was single-minded: to pass the exam and start working,” Maayan Hanun, a charedi woman who recently passed the exam, said. “When you have such a goal in mind, you run with it all the way. It was our lives for the past two years and nothing got in our way.”

“I told everyone I met as well as everyone who knows me to pray for me to pass. Me and the girls I study [the course] with went to the kotel the day before the exam. My aunt recited psalms until the exam was over,” Chaya Saruk, another passing candidate, said.

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Bar Ilan University came second, but by a much lower pass rate. Of the 97 students who sat the exam, only 67% passed. Tel Aviv University recorded a pass rate of 54% for 39 students, while only 34% of the 47 students from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem passed.