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pierrechn
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How good do you need to be at math? do you need to excel at all of the variations of Calculus? or can you have a good understanding and be a pro at the basic concepts of math?

let me know i am starting to lean towards this field

let me know i am starting to lean towards this field

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## Replies to: How good at (Math ) to do Accounting

380Registered User Member633- Member1,505- Senior Member589Registered User MemberTo answer your question, the only math you need is basic arithmetic and knowledge of VERY VERY basic algebra may help for problem-solving type of questions. However, 95% of all solid business schools will require knowledge up to integral calc and a basic stats course. This sounds hard, but the business calc/stats sequences are way watered down and really not that bad compared to calc for engineers/hard science majors. So if you can stick it out for a couple of calc classes and know generic algebra, you can be an accountant.

I'm only a sophomore, but from my 2 actg classes so far, I feel that having a good memory (you'll have to know lots of terms, formulas/ways of solving general issues that come up, as well as journal entries to some extent), knowing how to apply general concepts to problems/problem solving skills (both of my professors only taught the absolute basics of accounting and application of that knowledge made tests tricky), and the patience to do a bunch of practice problems/read ahead will help you out quite a bit. Accounting isn't that hard, it just takes hardwork, and a lot of people give up too easily.

1,505- Senior Member138Registered User Junior Member6,621Registered User Senior MemberThe math is NOT hard in accounting. Normally, colleges only require some statistics.You just need a mathematical mind. What makes accounting hard is that it is akin to studying law. There is a lot of memorization, and you need to apply a number of concepts to practical situations.

87Registered User Junior Member1,505- Senior Member1,013Registered User Senior Member633- Member1,576Registered User Senior Member633- MemberIndeed. He also has minors in economics, Physics*, and finance. All this while earning a degree in accounting while enrolled in the Honors Program. His sons are both accountants as well. They were going to be morticians, but they didn't have enough personality!

*proper noun

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