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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.


The 11 mistakes I see most candidates making are:


1. Not making a personalized study plan (read)

2. Not doing enough MCQ’s and simulations (read)

3. Not getting people close to you on your side (read)

4. Not taking breaks (read)

5. Focusing on your strengths instead of your weaknesses (read)

6. Using out of date materials (read)

7. Not focusing on the way that you learn best (read)

8. Not discussing study topics with others (read)

9. Not studying how the multiple choice questions are worded (read)

10. Not understanding how they grade the CPA exam

11. Not having a plan for exam day


Over the next several weeks I’ll be tackling each one of these mistakes and discussing how best to avoid these.


If you are struggling with a specific area, post it in the comments below or send me a private message and I'll address those as well.



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Comment by Roy Beckham on August 18, 2015 at 6:25am

So true.

Comment by Jasmine Lums on November 23, 2013 at 4:13pm

I'm guilty of committing some of these mistakes, working on fixing.

Thanks for the article :)

Comment by CPA Exam Club on September 10, 2013 at 10:05am

Thanks Rob for the great post and looking forward to the series!

Some additional feedback from the Facebook post:

Kristina Pehur Agree with #1 especially!

Bobbi Sue Johnson Great post - I think we get so anxious about jumping into the studying that we are not paying attention to HOW we study, not making ourselves a study schedule AND sticking to it, etc. I think your posts will be very helpful to current candidates.

Comment by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on September 10, 2013 at 7:49am

Thanks Niusha.

Miru - That one is on tap for next week.  All will be revealed...

Comment by Niusha H on September 9, 2013 at 1:44pm

Cool!  Looking forward to your solutions to these topics, Rob.

Comment by Mirunalini on September 9, 2013 at 9:57am

I really want to know how they grade the exam

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