Month: February 2016

I Passed the CPA Exam, Now What?

So you passed all four parts of the CPA exam. Congratulations! But now I have an important question, “When’s the party?” You deserve one. It’s one of the most difficult professional exams in the world and you should be very, very proud. After you’re done celebrating, it’s time to think...


CPA Exam Tips for Research Questions

As many of you know, the CPA Exam includes seven task-based simulations for FAR and AUD, and six for REG. And for each of these exams, at least one of the tasks will be a research question. The research questions are either right or wrong and no partial credit is given. So it pays to invest your...


I Didn't Pass the CPA Exam, Now What?

There is nothing more discouraging than spending weeks or even months studying for a section of the CPA Exam, only to find out you didn’t pass. Although a small percentage of CPA Exam candidates pass every exam on the first try, the vast majority of candidates have to retake at least one exam. In...


How to Master Research Questions

Since 2004, the CPA Exam has included research questions that require information found in the authoritative literature associated with three of the examination sections— the AUD, FAR, and REG. The skills required to search and synthesize information from an accounting reference are similar to a...


Mental Preparation Tips for the CPA Exam

Studying for the CPA exam is a huge test of mental endurance and, unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. You have to put in the hard work. You will have good study days and bad ones and you may feel like giving up. But in the end, it’s well worth it. Trust me. You will have conquered one of the...


What to Do the Day Before the CPA Exam

The months of preparation, endless studying, and time away from family and friends has all come down to this. It’s time to take your CPA Exam. So don’t let any last-minute anxiety affect how well you do. Here are a few simple tips to ensure you are well rested, alert, and ready to achieve a...


Advantages of Having a CPA in Corporate America

As a corporate accountant, becoming a certified public accountant can take your career to new heights and improve the quality of your work, making it worthwhile to get licensed. Your peers are also more likely to respect your opinion, given your professional credibility and business acumen. If...


Time Management Tips for the CPA Exam

The CPA Exam uses a multistage testing format. If you do well on one testlet, the next testlet will be harder, so time management is key. Here are some tips to keep you on task when you sit for the exam: Move Quickly Through the First Testlet The first testlet is at a level of moderate difficulty....


How to Get the Most Out of Your CPA Exam Review

The CPA Exam Review is a challenge. Trust me, I know. I’m working through the course right now and I understand the dedication it takes and the frustration it can sometimes bring. But not to worry—if I can do it, you can do it. You just need to figure out what works best for you and develop your...


Testing Mistakes to Avoid on the CPA Exam

You’ve put in the long hours of studying, now it’s time to sit for your exam. If the idea of making a mistake during testing stresses you out, you’re not alone. But not to worry, The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has complied a great list of the top 10 errors that...