Tag: CPA Exam

My CPA Exam Story: How an International Student Prepared for Success on the CPA Exam

The pursuit of U.S. CPA licensure can be complicated, especially if you’re an international student. Just ask Jason Peter. He was born and raised in Dubai, where he lived most of his life before moving to Canada and pursuing his CPA. His accounting journey started a bit rougher than most....


CPA Exam Study Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are here, oh, and you have a CPA Exam coming up as well. “No sweat!”…said no one, ever. Believe it or not, there are ways to effectively manage your time between studying and traveling/celebrating between now and the end of the year. We asked our Becker community how they balance...


January 2020 CPA Exam Updates

In January 2020, the following new concepts will be testable on the CPA Exam: Regulation (REG) Updates Bankruptcy Code Updates (R8 Modules 1 and 2) On April 1 every third year after 1998, certain dollar amounts under the Bankruptcy Code are adjusted for inflation based on the Consumer...


Tax vs Audit: How to Choose a Career Path

In accounting, your career could go in many different directions, but most of your choices will fall under tax or audit. So which track is right for you? It really is all about the right fit – which one better accommodates your lifestyle and career goals? What’s going to make you happy?...


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...


What Should I Look for in CPA Exam Providers?

The CPA Exam is a challenge, but with the right preparation and planning, there is no doubt you can be successful. To help ensure your success, it’s vital that you choose the review course that best fits your learning style and personal preferences. There are a number of CPA Exam review...


Accountants: How to Craft the Perfect Elevator Pitch for Meet the Firms

Meet the Firms is an accounting-specific career fair that features representatives from various accounting, finance and CPA review firms. Attending a Meet the Firms event can be a crucial step in advancing your future career. You will get the opportunity to network with accounting professionals,...


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...


AICPA Releases New SAS on Auditor Reporting

Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 134, Auditor Reporting and Amendments, Including Amendments Addressing Disclosures in the Audit of Financial Statements, was recently released by the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board. The overall objective is to update the form and content of 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,...


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...


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...