Category: CPA Exam Review

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...


Your Job Interview Manual

Knowing how to interview well is crucial in today’s job market. Whether you’re a new graduate or have been working for years, understanding the process can assist in creating an effective strategy to stand out from the competition. Even if you have been through numerous interviews, it’s always...


Why You Should Sit for the CPA Exam Right After College

When you ask recent college graduates where they plan to spend their summer, answers typically range from Disneyland to backpacking in Europe to a visit to the beach (or the shore, depending on where you call home). They tend to be places which generate maximum enjoyment with minimum thinking...


2017 CPA Salary Guide

Are you considering a career in accounting and finance? Exploring multiple job offers and not confident with salary standards? In this refreshed salary guide from Robert Half you can find all the information you need to answer your questions about finance salaries. Have more questions? Check out...


Careers in Accounting

If you’re considering a career in accounting, there are a number of areas where you can be of use. With an accounting degree, the possibilities are endless, as accountants are integral parts of every industry that exists. Having the ability to keep companies and individuals in financial compliance...


Mapping Your CPA Career on a Global Scale

If anyone asks you where you think your U.S. CPA credential will take you, give the two-world answer: the world.  The benefits of a U.S. CPA license include, but are not limited to: World’s most recognized global accounting designation Job opportunities with U.S. based multinational and...


Secret CPA Study Tips

We all know the CPA Exam is difficult, and that the 2017 CPA Exam changes will make the test even more difficult. That’s why I’ve decided to break the silence and share a few of my secret study tips! They’re a culmination of my experience as a CPA, my time as an instructor and...


5 Ways to Prepare for Task-Based Simulations

You spoke and we listened. Our instructors pulled together a comprehensive list of the top five strategies to help you perform better on task-based simulations. Be sure to post your questions or comments below! Know the Test Interface: On the TBS interface, candidates will have the same count down...