Published 04/25/2013 16:08:26 PM | Updated 06/13/2013 16:37:29 PM
The CPA exam application process varies slightly from state to state, but the majority of the steps are the same. If done properly, you can be approved and scheduled for your first exam within 4-6 weeks. However, if you forget one tedious piece of information, this can turn into a time-consuming pain. Here’s how to make sure you get it right:
1) Order and send in ALL official school transcripts.
2) Fill out and submit your CPA exam application along with the CPA exam application fee.
3) Receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) from your State Board.
4) Receive your Notice to Schedule (NTS) from NASBA.
5) Go to the Prometric website and schedule your exam(s).
6) Take your exam!
Read full tip from Bryce Welker on CRUSHtheCPAExam.com.
Published 02/14/2013 15:13:04 PM | Updated 04/25/2013 16:10:12 PM
Follow these tips to make every hour count
Okay, let’s say you’re planning a hike. Let’s say it’s to the top of Mount Everest. You’re not going to wait to pack until the last minute, right? Of course not. In fact, you’re going to be putting yourself through some hardcore training long before you buckle your seatbelt on the flight to Nepal. You’re going to have a master plan. A strategy. On everything from when to make the climb, to which preparatory exercises come closest to the real thing, to the gear you’re going to bring, and a hundred other really important details.
And like that not-so-quick trip up to the top of Everest, the CPA exam takes a fair amount of careful preparation – at least for mere mortals. Here are some study tips that can help.
Know your strengths: Confidence is good, but so is honesty. Know where you’re good – and where you need to improve. From there, you can design a study plan that works harder for you.
Write out a plan: What are you going to study, how are you going to study, and when? Maybe it’s all in your head, but it can’t hurt to write it all out to make sure you stick to the plan.
Use the free stuff: You can spend a lot of money getting ready for the exam. Which is perfectly fine. But don’t overlook the totally free tutorials, sample exams and other tools. After all, we make the test.
Get a lucky charm or something: Hey, whatever works. We’re not above superstition.
Ask friends and family for some breathing room: You’re probably going to have to spend some weeknights studying for the exam, and even some weekend days. So the people around you need to make sure they give you enough room to succeed. So when you say “no, I really have to study this Sunday rather than go to the Super Bowl,” they understand. Otherwise, friends and family with the best intentions can really get in the way. Just remind them – and yourself – that this won’t last forever.
Practice: Sometimes the most basic study rules are the best ones. This old gem is still totally relevant for the CPA exam.
Published 12/02/2011 11:01:39 AM | Updated 04/25/2013 16:20:45 PM
Some people flat-out fear the written communication requirement of the CPA Exam. For some, they just don’t think they’re a good writer. For others, if they are an International candidate, or English is their second language and they worry about this requirement. The written communication section for BEC is 15% of a candidate’s overall score, so let’s go over some pointers on how to maximize your score potential for this area.
Published 12/02/2011 11:01:39 AM | Updated 04/25/2013 16:19:05 PM
There is one place that has all of this info and it’s run by NASBA. https://www.alllibrary.com/ A usage fee will apply, depending on what package you sign up for. The consolidated info will be well-worth it if it saves you from poking around on three different state websites that look like they were designed in 1996. From CPA Exam Survival Guide: 50 Things You Must Know? © 2011 By Jeff Elliot, CPA.
Published 12/02/2011 11:01:39 AM | Updated 04/25/2013 16:18:35 PM
Most students agree that the amount and variety of information you need to remember makes this test the trickiest. The FAR exam will test your knowledge of general accounting principles — Capital leases, bonds and balance sheets —but also your dedication and time management.By Roger CPA Review.
Published 12/02/2011 11:01:39 AM | Updated 04/25/2013 16:17:36 PM
This could quite possibly be the #1 question that I get asked on a monthly basis. If your 18-month window expires April 30th, you need to walk into your testing center and sit for your exam before that date. It doesn’t matter when you get your score. What matters is when you physically took your exam. Oh, and you need to have passed it too.
Bottom line: sit for your exam prior to your 18-month window expiring. From CPA Exam Survival Guide: 50 Things You Must Know? © 2011 By Jeff Elliot, CPA.
Published 12/02/2011 11:01:39 AM | Updated 04/25/2013 16:15:57 PM
This happens to a lot of people! It happened to me on more than one occasion — including my REG exam where I scored a 92. Don’t worry — if you didn’t click “Done” your exam should have still been saved. From CPA Exam Survival Guide: 50 Things You Must Know? © 2011 By Jeff Elliot, CPA.
Published 12/02/2011 11:01:39 AM | Updated 01/04/2012 06:03:02 AM
This is something that I had to figure out on my own. Once you pass your fourth and final section, simply go to your state board of accountancy website and download all of their PDFs for getting your certificate/license (if applicable). Fill them out, write a check, and mail it in. Don’t wait for them to take their sweet time in sending some packet to you. Chances are you can send them the forms and get the process rolling before they even slap the postage on your envelope. From CPA Exam Survival Guide: 50 Things You Must Know? © 2011 By Jeff Elliot, CPA.
Published 12/02/2011 11:01:39 AM | Updated 04/25/2013 16:13:51 PM
IT is a bear on Business Environment and Concepts. My #1 piece of advice and it is what I would personally do (and personally did) is to work every multiple choice I.T. question in the Wiley book the afternoon before your exam. Start after lunch and just start cranking on MCQs and don’t stop until you’re done. Read every single answer explanation to every problem — not only the correct answer but also why the other three are incorrect. From CPA Exam Survival Guide: 50 Things You Must Know? © 2011 By Jeff Elliot, CPA.