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The ‘Magical’ Order of CPA Exams

"I get asked these questions at work constantly: “What part should I start with? Which is the easiest? Which is the hardest?”

My answer is always the same: there is no “easy” or “hard” section,they’re all equally and independently difficult for their own reasons.FAR is “hard” because of the sheer volume of information but believe it or not, BEC tends to be the part candidates struggle with most. AUD and REG have a slightly higher national pass rate but that does not make them any easier… Continue

Added by CPA Exam Club on December 14, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Five Really Simple Facts About the CPA Exam

"The CPA exam is full of myth and legend due in large part to the fact that you’re not supposed to discuss what’s actually on it. Of course everyone does and rumors fly around firms (“I heard IFRS is being tested in simulations…” “Tim in tax was thrown out of Prometric for wearing a hoodie to the exam…”) until they’ve been transformed into CPA exam nightmare tales based entirely in fiction. Knock it off, kids, let’s stick with the facts...

"The Five Really Simple Facts:

1. Of the… Continue

Added by CPA Exam Club on December 13, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Easily Distracted and Losing Confidence

This discussion took place in the Motivation, Goals & Rewards thread. Hopefully it will help others pull through and gain confidence in their studies.

CPA Chaser:

Hello Forum, It's been some time. I post occasionally on this forum, but I visit all the time. What I like the most is the encouragement. I'm calling on the forum for assistance on how to stay focused because I am losing… Continue

Added by CPA Exam Club on December 12, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

20 Key Questions on Motivation and Habits, Answered

“Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.” - Spanish Proverb

"It’s that time of year — the end part — when people start thinking about their lives, their goals, their habits, and how to change everything for the better. As always, I’m here to help if I can. ... I don’t claim to be perfect, but have learned a lot about habits and motivation... I share some of what I’ve learned with the caveat, of course, that what works for me might not work for you. I hope it helps…


Added by CPA Exam Club on December 8, 2009 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Top 5 Life-Changing Lessons from the CPA Exam

"That is it. I am done.I have passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA)Exam! I found that out just a couple of days ago. Thank you! Thank you! I am excited that I am done with the exam. It was no easy task. My journey started all they way back in February,2009. I took my last test October 2nd, 2009. It is total of eight months that I have spent studying for the exam. Finally, the baby was born..."…


Added by CPA Exam Club on December 8, 2009 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Study Skills - Procrastination

“Procrastination is the thief of time.” - Edward Young (1683-1765)

"Discussion: Procrastination is a complex psychological behavior that affects everyone to some degree or another. With some it can be a minor problem; with others it is a source of considerable stress and anxiety.Procrastination is only remotely related to time management, (procrastinators often know exactly what they should be doing, even if they cannot do it), which is why very detailed schedules usually are no… Continue

Added by CPA Exam Club on November 23, 2009 at 9:52pm — 4 Comments

CPA Exam Pass Rates for 3rd Quarter 2009

The CPA Exam passing rates are out for the 3rd Quarter of 2009...all sections resulted in an increase in pass rate with the exception of AUD, which reported a slight decrease.

AUD : Audit and Attestation

Q1 - 47.61%

Q2 - 51.79%

Q3 - 51.52%

BEC : Business Environment and Concepts

Q1 - 46.23%

Q2 - 48.56%

Q3 - 52.27%

FAR : Financial Accounting and Reporting

Q1 - 45.54%

Q2 - 50.58%

Q3 - 51.18%

REG :… Continue

Added by CPA Exam Club on November 21, 2009 at 10:56pm — No Comments

The Sims: Not just a Popular Video Game

"Many CPA Exam candidates feel that the simulation portions of the AUD, REG, and FAR exams are one of the hardest parts. According to, "Simulations are condensed case-studies designed to test the knowledge and skills that are required of entry-level CPAs." Unlike the multiple choice questions, where one can simply guess if they do not know the answer (which you should always do!), the simulations are more action-based and require a deeper level of logical thinking..."…


Added by CPA Exam Club on November 21, 2009 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Study Tips from Top Scorer - CPAnet Forum Member kj_nyc

"A number of people have asked me how I scored as high as I have and for study tips. I thought I’d put some general tips in one place, with links to more exam-specific information I’ve posted here and there. Feel free to ask any questions; I’m happy to help. I have greatly benefited from these forums. I went through a very long process as a career changer whose CPA journey began over 3 years ago with going back to school to satisfy education requirements.

The short story is that I…


Added by CPA Exam Club on November 20, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Stuff Accountants Like: #17 Studying for the Exam

"Studying for the CPA exam is an important step in any young accountant’s life. It demonstrates strength of will to put up with and study excessively dull accounting concepts. It shows that they are ready to accept the title of CPA and manage the painful, dream-shattering experience that is everyday at work. The exam has four key exams and other requirements vary state by state. BEC, FAR, REG, and AUD are the four key sections to pass..."…


Added by CPA Exam Club on November 19, 2009 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Becoming a CPA - What Would You Like to Know? (Part 2)

Now that you have had a chance to go over the basic steps to becoming a CPA in Part 1, it’s now time to cover some of the basics of the Uniform CPA Exam itself.

First Stop: Uniform CPA Exam Defined

"The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (Uniform CPA Exam) is the examination administered to most people who wish to become Certified…


Added by CPA Exam Club on November 13, 2009 at 8:35am — No Comments

Becoming a CPA - What Would You Like to Know? (Part 1)

Maybe you have already decided to become a CPA or maybe you are still thinking about it. Either way, there’s some basic groundwork that needs to be covered before you venture off to take the CPA Exam. More importantly, what does it take to add those three special letters by your name? This series is designed to explore resources and hopefully ultimately address what you would like to know about becoming a CPA. Part 1 covers some basics including the AICPA’s role in the CPA…


Added by CPA Exam Club on November 13, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

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