Category: CPA Exam Review

Future CPA Kristen Cournane Shares Her Top 3 CPA Study Tips

One of the most difficult aspects of studying for the CPA Exam is finding which methods work best for you individually. One size doesn’t fit all and everyone’s learning style is different! Thankfully, it’s possible to learn a few things from candidates who have already taken the exam. ...


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...


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...


15 CPA Exam Success Tips from Your Accounting Peers

Preparing for the CPA Exam can feel like a fulltime job. In the midst of managing your personal and professional lives, you still need to find time to complete all of those MCQs and flashcards! Luckily, your accounting peers are happy to offer some assistance. Our social media community recently...


How Becker Is Tackling the 2019 REG Changes

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will have a major impact on the Regulation section of the CPA exam, starting in January 2019. If you’re planning to take REG in 2019, you need to know the ins-and-outs of the specific changes and how Becker has already revised content to keep you up-to-speed...


The CPA Exam Score Release Dates Are Here!

According to The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), candidates may sit for the Uniform CPA Examination four times per year, within specified “testing windows.” If you want to receive your scores at a specific time, you should plan to take the exam within the...


10 Motivational Tips from Top Scorers on the CPA Exam

With the everyday stress of school, work, and personal commitments, it’s difficult to get motivated to study for the CPA exam. The good news is, you’re not alone! Even the highest CPA test scorers struggled with finding time to study. Elijah Watt Sells Awards winners have passed all four...


Should I Sit for REG in 2018 or 2019?

I know what you’re thinking – why should I care about the Regulation Exam changes? Will they really affect how I prepare? The answer is a resounding “yes”! As covered in our last Becker Pinnacle article, the REG Exam changes are so significant that they change the material that you cover in...


Which Sections of the Regulation Exam Are Changing with TCJA?

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will have a major impact on the Regulation section of the CPA exam, starting in January 2019. December 10, 2018 is the last day the REG Exam will be administered without content related to the TCJA. If you’re planning to wait to take the REG section of the...


Our CPA Exam Story: Husband and Wife Duo Follow Different Paths for their CPA Journey

Ben Angelo and his wife, Tina, both have a passion for accounting and knew that becoming CPAs would bring plenty of opportunities to their family. Despite their similar goals, their approaches to studying for the CPA exam were very different. Read more about Ben and Tina’s CPA study journeys...


Court Ruling Gives Surprise Twist to Meaning of Tax Home

If a new Tax Court ruling is correct, it means that a tax return I recently prepared is not correct. The issue for the taxpayer in this case, and for my client, is whether or not they are allowed to deduct “away from home“ expenses under code section 162 (a)(2). Those expenses must be incurred...