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My Top 5 Tips to Pass the CPA Exam

As much as I hate stereotypes, I am writing a blog post for an accounting website. I am going to go out on a limb and make an assumption that my audience is type-A, loves making lists and organizing information (guilty, as charged!). As such, I am organizing some CPA exam study tips in a list form. These are tips that I wish I would’ve known when I first started…


Added by Madison Pscheidl on May 29, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Mistakes to avoid your first year as a CPA

Part One:


This week, we'll be taking a look at ten common mistakes first-year CPAs make and how to avoid them. Since ten points would make for a fairly long blog, we're dividing them up into a two-part series. Remember, you are expected to make mistakes in your first year. However, these are ten mistakes that can easily be avoided and earn you a good reputation among clients. Here's a look at the first five mistakes veteran CPAs say freshmen CPAs make.




Added by John Pelicano on May 28, 2014 at 11:43am — No Comments

Do part-time internships exist? 30-hour weeks for 6 months v. 60-hour weeks for 3 months

I'm a fan of hands-on, project-based learning and those in education like Alfie Kohn, John Dewey and Jean Piaget.  I'm wondering if there's a way to study for the CPA exam using such techniques as I absorb information so much better by experiencing it than learning it in textbook study sessions.

I noticed in my score report today that in every area that I was stronger in were those in which I had previous work experience (and tangible understanding).  I know exactly where to focus…


Added by Niusha H on May 24, 2014 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Pass Rates Released for 2014 Q1 CPA Exam: BEC on Top, FAR on Bottom - AICPA

The AICPA has just released the pass rates for Q1 (Jan/Feb 2014). BEC had the strongest pass rate for the first quarter of 2014 at 53.28%, followed by REG (49.17%) and AUD (47.35%).  The lowest passing rate of all sections goes to the section appropriately named "the beast" with only 44.06% clearing FAR.

So how bad is the Q1 passing rate for…


Added by CPA Exam Club on April 15, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

You've Come a Long Way Baby: Computerized CPA Exam Turns 10

Here’s to Ten Years of Computerized CPA Exams

According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, April 4, 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the first computerized CPA exam. To some this day may not seem that important, but for those who remember the “pencil and paper” days of the CPA exam,…


Added by CPA Exam Club on April 10, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The CPA Exam: My Take on Which Section to Take First

Once upon a time CPA Candidates had to sit for all 4 sections of the CPA Exam on the same day.

Luckily for you and I, that's no longer the case.   Today the exam is structured so that candidates can decide how many sections they want to sit for in each quarterly 2-month testing window.  One major caveat to this however is that Candidates must…


Added by Vahe on April 2, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments


It is that simple…  It is late, you have been going through CPA Exam Review material and the questions are just not making sense.  Why?

There are many reasons for this phenomenon.  Is it lack of sleep?  Is it the difficulty of the material?  Is it just the AICPA playing mind games on you?

Well, it is a little bit of all of the above.  Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged.  Become…


Added by John Pelicano on April 2, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Exclusive Interview with New PCAOB SAG Member: Professor Sridhar Ramamoorti

Roger CPA Review recently had the chance to interview Professor Sridhar Ramamoorti.  Dr. Ramamoorti currently teaches in the School of Accountancy at Kennesaw State University, located in the great state of Georgia. He is a seasoned professional who has 30 years of experience in the fields of auditing,…


Added by Roger Philipp on March 12, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Gaining a Healthy Attitude about Stress: Try to Look at the Bright Side

We’ve seen and heard so many of you vent about how stressed you are about the CPA Exam. We get it. It’s a scary test, and once you start the process, it seeps in to every part of your life. Stressing for an exam or an upcoming challenge in your life is okay! A…


Added by Roger Philipp on March 6, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

My Bff/Boo BEC

For me..studying for BEC is like having a bad Bff/Boo that just won't go away or you just can't let go of.  For some reason I got to ch.2 and my brain could not take it anymore...too many formulas.  With that said I need some tips on how to break up (pass) Bec! I must end this bad relationship so that I can move on! Lol!  How do you retain the formulas and learn all the variations that one formula can bring!



Added by trinicpa on February 19, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

How I Started Passing Sections of the CPA Exam

Everyone is different.  We all think and learn in slightly different ways.  The CPA Exam is a standardized test so while we are all required to learn the same material we can go about it in a slew of different ways. 


I am going to talk about the formula that has worked for me and hopefully other people won't have to make the same mistakes I…


Added by Vahe on February 19, 2014 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

After the CPA Exam

I am currently taking some time off to complete the CPA Exam. After I complete the exams, I would like to purchase something for myself as a memento to completing this journey. This memento will most likely come in the form of jewelry. I will then take a two week vacation before I begin looking for employment. I have been a financial auditor for the first 4 years of my professional career and would like to try something new. I am hoping have those 3 capital letters after my name will open…


Added by iheartLBC on February 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments


If I had to calculate how many hours I have put into studying for REG, I would probable estimate 100 or so. With all of these hours already put in, I often wonder how many more hours will it take before I’m ready? Or worst yet will I ever be ready. I read all of the blog concerning the recommended hours of study, but how many is right but me. My biggest fear is going completely blank on exam day.



Added by Nedra Cales on February 19, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Secret Agent CPA Exam Candidate

Its 4:15 in the morning. You’re in your secret cave, mentally preparing to conquer the mission of successfully passing the CPA exam. Vigorously reviewing the op order (study material), while simultaneously taking notes. Deciphering the code is essential to the task at hand. Corpus, AMT, boot, NSTCG, LTCL, 1231, 1245 to name a few. Who can you call to guide you…


Added by Nedra Cales on February 19, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Going for Gold :-)

I felt compelled to title this post with a shout out to the Olympics! It's been nearly a year since I began my CPA journey. Having taken and passed 3 exams in 2013 I would have expected a little more enthusiasm and motivation on my part in studying for what I hope to be, my last exam. Unfortunately I saved the worst for last. A topic I absolutely despise, TAX.

The feelings this…


Added by Charlene L. Main on February 19, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

CPA Exam Materials

My collection of CPA Exam Materials are starting to remind me of a collection of home exercise videos. I buy them with the intention of using them regularly. The content being similar, but being explained or executed in various ways. It's really about finding the kind of method or medium that works for you.

I've used Becker Self-Study in the past and they've expired before I can get through the material from the time I purchased them, not actually from the time I installed them on my…


Added by iheartLBC on February 19, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

CPA Exam Mistake #6: Using Out Of Date Materials

To save money or just out of convenience, many CPA exam candidates use older review materials or college textbooks to study for the exam.  This is a mistake for three reasons. 


First, accounting pronouncements, auditing standards, and IRS regulations change frequently.  New standards can be tested six months after their effective date or, if…


Added by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on February 19, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Order I am Taking the Exam

I completed FAR first because it was the toughest for me. I then took Audit because it was my strongest subject to support my morale. I took BEC afterwards and then studied for REG. I found out I was 3 points short from passing BEC. I continued to study REG because it is my weakest subject and I would hate procrastinate on passing if it comes to crunch time. I am pretty confident I will pass BEC the next go around.



Added by iheartLBC on February 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments


I'm half way through the CPA Exam. I have completed Audit and FAR so far. I am currently studying for Regulation. My goal is to complete the exams by early summer.


Added by iheartLBC on February 18, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Taking the CPA Exam as a Minority

I’m a minority. Not a religious/racial/ethic minority, but a minority on this website. I do not work in public accounting (gasp).

Here’s a little background on me. In undergrad I had two public accounting internships in a regional accounting firm’s audit department. Ultimately, after graduation, in May 2010, I got a job as an accountant for a manufacturing company. At the time, Michigan did not allow for people who were not in public accounting to obtain the experience requirement for…


Added by Madison Pscheidl on February 18, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

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