Author: Bria Wright

My CPA Exam Story: How I Stayed Motivated

Lecture, notes, flashcards, MCQs, repeat. As you complete the seemingly endless cycle of preparing for the CPA Exam, you may experience feelings of exhaustion, frustration and even self-doubt. Remember: you can do this! Here’s the story of Kristen Cournane, a Becker student who overcame these...


Should I Prepare for the CPA Exam Alone Or With a Review Provider?

So, you’ve decided to start your CPA journey? You made a great choice! The next step is to determine whether you’ll prepare for the exam alone or with help from a CPA review provider. Here are key considerations that should be top of mind as you decide on your study plan. Save Time and...


Accountants: How to Grow Relationships through Emotional Intelligence

At the latest Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) annual meeting, Becker instructor Mike Brown presented the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) in professional accounting. Emotional intelligence is the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, and managing emotions well in ourselves...


Understanding the Tax Implications of the Legal Marijuana Industry

The legal marijuana industry is growing – and fast! As of 2019, 11 U.S. states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The number of states that allow medicinal use of the drug is also steadily growing. As the legal marijuana industry grows, there is also a growing need...


How to Create Your CPA Exam Study Routine

We recently asked our community of accountants how they balance full-time work, parenting and preparing for the CPA Exam. The top answer? Structure is key. Once you create a structured study routine, finding time to study and focusing on the material may not seem so difficult.   We can help...


Chicago CPA and NABA Member Shares Advice for Diverse Accounting Professionals

Chinedu “Chin” Iwuora has always been fascinated by money and how economies work. It’s no wonder he was immediately hooked on accounting after his first accounting class at Chowan University in North Carolina. “You can say I like the culture of business and accounting is the...


4 Tips to Balance CPA Preparation, Full Time Work and Parenting

Preparing for the CPA Exam is a special challenge, requiring a strong amount of dedication and hundreds of study hours. For working parents, it may feel nearly impossible to balance full time work, studying for the exam and parenting, but our community is here to help! Here are tips to assist...


Here's How Becker CPAs Are Celebrating the End of Busy Season

Congratulations! If you’re reading this article, odds are you’ve survived this year’s busy season. At the beginning of the season, we provided five quick tips for surviving the busiest time of the year for accountants. Spoiler alert – the last tips was to celebrate! But,...


My CPA Exam Success Story: From Opera Singer to Certified Public Accountant

Angela Zullinger has trained as a professional musician since the age of 15, working as a freelance opera singer, pianist and music teacher. After starting a family, Angela reconsidered her work in the music industry and transitioned her efforts to accounting, starting with an online master’s...


5 CPA Exam Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Upon first glance, the CPA Exam can seem daunting. The process itself is long and if it’s not done right, can be very costly. According to data released by the AICPA, the 2019 CPA Exam pass rates show that the highest cumulative pass rates for any section is just under 60%.   While that...


The Real Cost of the CPA Exam

What does it really cost to take the CPA Exam? The answer: it depends on where you live. CPA licensure is conducted at the state level, which gives each state the ability to decide the fees associated with taking the CPA Exam. There is no single, definitive amount that each candidate pays...


How Do International Students Apply For The CPA Exam?

The Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation is one of the most in-demand accounting designations in the U.S., according to the 2018 Robert Half Salary Guide. As an international student, you may be eligible to become a licensed U.S. CPA under certain Board of Accountancy requirements. The...


5 Ways to Stand Out In Your First Year On the Job

You’ve passed the CPA exam and landed your first job as an accounting professional! It can be tempting to assume the hard part is behind you now that you’ve successfully passed the CPA exam. The truth is that the working world is full of obstacles that need to be carefully navigated. As you...


8 Networking Tips for CPAs

If you poll CPAs on how they found their current position, you would find it’s often through networking, both informal and formal. Making personal connections often leads to professional opportunities in the accounting world. When searching for a role as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA),...


Recap: A Day in the Life of a Mom, Wife, YouTuber and Future CPA

As a full-time accountant and CPA candidate, Sara Marie spends most of her days juggling a heavy workload and a study schedule. She’s also working to inspire other accounting students through her YouTube channel and Instagram platform. After failing FAR last fall, Sara took to YouTube to share her...


Scholarship Winner Chase Ritenauer Uses His CPA Credential to Serve His Community as Mayor

As the mayor of the 10th largest city in Ohio, Chase Ritenauer spends his days contributing to the community that raised him. He’s also still waiting on that cup of coffee from Peter Olinto. Ritenauer, a 2018 recipient of the Newton D. Becker Scholarship, has served as Lorain’s mayor since he...


5 Tips for Surviving Busy Season

It’s that time again! Every tax accountant and auditor understands the stress and exhaustion of busy season. While we can’t lighten your workload, we can offer a few tips to help you survive it.  Inform your non-accounting family and friends. Your loved ones who aren’t a part of the...


The AICPA’s Update to Data Analytics in AUD

On January 9, 2019, the AICPA released new CPA Exam Blueprints effective July 1, 2019. Although the new blueprints are not effective until July 2019, the AICPA emphasized that all of the revisions included in this revision of the blueprint expand upon the existing blueprint, but do not significantly...


Your 4-Step Guide to Becoming a CPA

At Becker, we aim to demystify the process of becoming a CPA and help candidates through every step of the CPA licensure process. Below, we’ve put together an easy, four-step guide on how to become a CPA. 1. Check Your State’s CPA Licensing Requirements While the Uniform Certified Public...


I Passed the CPA Exam! Now What?

It’s what you’ve been dreaming about: after spending countless hours studying and chugging coffee, you finally receive notice that you’ve passed all four parts of the CPA Exam. Congrats, you did it! Now what?  Passing the CPA exam is not the only requirement for earning those three letters...