Category: CPA Exam Review

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...


View the Latest Becker CPA Exam Review Course & Software Updates

At Becker Professional Education, we’re constantly working to improve and deliver you the best possible preparation for the CPA Exam. Check out the latest exciting updates to our course and software below! 50 New SkillMaster Videos In our SkillMaster Videos, our expert instructors walk you through...


My CPA Exam Story: 13 Failed Sections…and then Becker!

It’s the moment every CPA Exam candidate dreads: a score that falls below 75. It’s also a moment many exam takers will encounter, with the American Institute of CPAs® (AICPA) reporting passing rates below 50% for three out of the four sections in Q1 of 2018. Scott Stacks would encounter this...


My CPA Exam Story: Making Sacrifices for the End Goal

Dory Pluger started studying for the CPA Exam in September 2016, and successfully completed all four parts on the first try* by August 2017 using Becker’s Self-Study CPA Review, as well as CPA Exam Final Review. She took the sections in the following order: REG, AUD, FAR, BEC. She shares more of...


My CPA Exam Story: Exercise Was Key to Focus

Derek Almich graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., in December 2016 with a degree in accounting and corporate finance. He used Becker’s Self Study CPA Exam Review Format to prepare for the CPA Exam, typically studying for two months before each exam with a little more time...


Becker Launches New Study Tool, CPA SkillMaster Videos

Do you ever wish you had a coach to walk you through the most complex CPA Exam questions? Meet our new CPA Skillmaster Videos! The one-of-a-kind study tool has expert instructors walking you through solutions and strategies for the CPA exam task-based simulations (TBS). It’s like having your own...


My CPA Exam Story: Achieving Success as a Working Mom

Jennifer Garcia is the mother of Olivia, 8, and Emma, 3. She graduated college from Illinois State in 2000, and worked as an auditor until 2002. She recently shared her CPA Exam journey with us, including her experience with Becker’s Self-Study CPA Exam Review: I sat for my CPA exam in college my...


Tax Trends and Federal Receipts for 2018

A recent report by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) highlights some interesting tax trends over the last 75 years and makes important projections about federal tax receipts for 2018.[i] For starters, the individual income tax is expected to account for 50.0% of Federal receipts in 2018.  This...


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....


Managing Stress on the CPA Exam

There is no denying that studying for the CPA Exam is an inherently stressful experience. One cannot completely eliminate that stress, and it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to do so because stress can be a motivator, but you don’t want the time you spend studying to be the worst experience of...


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...


Auditing Standards Board Update: Exempted Offerings

There are an increasing number of opportunities for nonpublic entities to raise funds; for example, crowdfunding, private placement offerings, franchise offerings, issuing municipal securities, or even issuing digital currency. The related offering documents may not be SEC regulated, as they are...


Behavioral Interviewing Techniques

One of the most important elements of selecting the right employee in any organization is in taking the time to assess whether or not the individual fits the standards and exhibits a certain behavior the company is looking for. This calls for behavioral interviewing, which is a key part of the...


Adapt2U CPA Exam Review Technology

In recent years there has been an avalanche of advances in education, driven by harnessing the power of Big Data analytics and leveraging technology to effectively apply the science of teaching and learning to improve student outcomes. Becker Professional Education, a pioneer in active learning and...


A Day in the Life of a CPA

Not sure what steps to take on the path to becoming a CPA? Does it seem like there are not enough, or too many, options once you become a CPA? Join me and learn about my journey to the CPA credential, and the various opportunities that were presented to me once I obtained those three key letters...


Setting Expectations for the “Non-Traditional” CPA Exam Candidate

“Non-traditional” is challenging, if not impossible, to define directly. Instead, let’s start by defining a “traditional” candidate as a recent college graduate with a degree in accounting (or related field) seeking or starting in their first professional position. Anyone else is...