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You Failed The CPA Exam - Now What?

Ok, so you just failed a section of the CPA exam... Yes, it’s heart wrenching and entirely frustrating, but it’s not the end of the world! I give you full permission to take a day to pout and feel sorry for yourself. Go ahead, just one day. Then get over it!

Reschedule and retake the exam as soon as possible so it’s still fresh in your brain (keep in mind that you can…


Added by Erica Supat on September 10, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

CPA Exam Mistake #9: Not Studying How the Multiple Choice Questions are Worded

The questions on the CPA exam are notoriously tricky. They require you to pay attention to each and every word of the question and answer. This demands your complete focus and it can be hard with all the anxiety and fatigue that comes with exam day. A typical "trick" question they will ask…


Added by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on June 17, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

CPA Exam Mistake #8: Not Discussing Study Topics with Others

Have you ever been part of a study group?  Have you ever asked your professor questions during class or during office hours?  How about explaining your understanding of a topic to another student?  


If so, then you know all the grade-improving goodness that happens…


Added by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on June 3, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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

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

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

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

Looking for Clues: Did I Pass?

You have just taken the CPA Exam.  Medium, Hard, Medium?  Medium, Hard, Hard? What does that mean?  Well, most CPA candidates feel the same way.  Drained and done.  But did you pass?  At the end of the day, no one really knows.  Some candidates leave the exam feeling like they crushed it, and then find out they didn’t.  That dreaded 74 appears in the score report.  And others…


Added by John Pelicano on January 23, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Is Preparing for the CPA Exam Any Different than Busy Season?

Over the years in the accounting profession “busy” season has been both an attractor and detractor to those working in the “public accounting” arena.  With that said, what is busy season?  Is it that time of year that you put in 50, 60, 70 plus hours a week?  How is that different than other times of the year?  Are you only putting in 35-40…


Added by John Pelicano on January 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Get Your Head in the Game and Tackle the CPA Exam

During this precious black out month is when a study plan is vital. With the holidays looming and distractions afoot, it’s easy to…


Added by Roger Philipp on December 9, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

CPA Exam Mistake #5: Focusing On Your Strengths Instead Of Your Weaknesses

We all like to spend time at things we are good at.  We all like the positive reinforcement that comes with doing something well.  When studying on our own, the tendency is to get that positive reinforcement by working more on the areas we know well to get those impressive 90% scores and big green bars on certain topics. 




Added by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on November 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

CPA Exam Mistake #4: Not Taking Breaks

If you are driven to pass the CPA exam, you are likely to be highly motivated.  You expect success and hold yourself to a high standard.  This can be a double-edged sword.


One of the mistakes highly motivated people make is pushing themselves too hard in studying for the exam.  To pass all 4 parts of the exam, most people will study upwards of 300 hours.  A…


Added by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on November 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

CPA Exam Mistake #3: Not Getting People Close To You On Your Side

Passing the CPA exam is hard and time consuming.  No newsflash there.  You all know that.


But, many of the candidates I talk to try to explain to their family and friends how hard the exam is and how time consuming it is. As much as they might want to understand, most people who are not…


Added by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on October 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The 11 CPA Exam Study Mistakes

There are 11 common mistakes CPA exam candidates make that lead to failure, extra exam fees, added stress and anxiety.  Retaking a section of the exam is going to cost you hundreds of dollars.


If you can avoid these mistakes, you put yourself ahead of the pack and put yourself in a great position to pass the exam.



Added by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on September 8, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

What Section of the CPA Exam to Take First and Why

The CPA exam is a marathon, not a sprint. Many people say to take the most difficult section first because once you get that one over with it will be smooth sailing from there.  This strategy may work for some but there are a few things you should know before jumping on that bandwagon that are very important.  Below I will explain why this logic is…


Added by Bryce Welker on January 6, 2013 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

All about the CPA Exam

If you're reading this blog, you probably have "becoming a CPA" at the top of your list. Well you're in luck! Roger CPA Review is here to serve as a one-stop-shop for all you'll need to know about the CPA Exam, and everything you'll need to prepare to ace all four parts. Take a…


Added by Roger Philipp on January 2, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

CPA Exam Day - 5 Unique Tips To Crush It!

Eating a healthy breakfast, getting a good nights sleep, and finding directions to the test center are the typical kinds of advice you will find online. Yes I agree they are important, but these should be a given! Below are 5 unique tips that will give you an edge on everybody else come exam day.


#1 Monday = Gameday

If at all possible take your exam on…


Added by Bryce Welker on November 27, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The 7 Habits of Highly Organized Accountants

Roger CPA Review is delighted to once again have Dana Jarvis, Development Manager at Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM), as a guest blogger! Working for the largest California-based Accounting and Consulting firm, and an expert in all-things-CPA, Dana brings you the industry ’s hottest topics! Tune in below and learn…


Added by Roger Philipp on September 13, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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