Tag: CPA Exam

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...


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 Tax Reform Has Impacted Foreign Operations

Most U.S. corporations conduct their foreign business operations through foreign subsidiaries. When a foreign subsidiary is owned more than 50 percent by U.S. shareholders, it’s considered a controlled foreign corporation (CFC). If a U.S. corporation controls a foreign corporation in a low-tax...


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...


CPA Exam Day Tips for Success

It’s no secret that preparing for the CPA Exam can be intense. Here are a few final tips for CPA candidates straight from our Becker experts.Read more


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...


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...


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...


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...