CPA Exam Study Tips from the Trenches: Part 3

19 Mar 2012

Guest Posts


I asked CPA Exam candidates, past and present, on the Facebook page for CPA Exam Study Tips, Accounting Career advice, or just plain encouragement that they have to share:

    1. Delores – My advice is to never give up. Keep taking small steps every day to create momentum to push through and succeed.


    1. Mickey – Be willing to sacrifice your weekends and slave a lot of MCQs.


    1. Fidel – While reading your review book, rewrite content that you feel is important based on the multiple choice questions for that section.


    1. Ryan – Finish your CPA before you have kids and a life!


    1. Jill – Develop a routine and stick to it as best as you can. Acknowledge that speed bumps will pop up but don't stress about them, just modify your plan.


    1. Adam – Don't wait until the last minute. Study until you feel comfortable, take a break, and then study some more.


    1. Veronica – Not everyone will understand what you're going through when taking these exams, but the people that matter will do their best to try. The ones who aren't supportive probably didn't matter as much as you thought!


    1. Randy – For those who work and study, if you can study an hour in the morning, it is a huge help. You are focused and fresh. Further, it is less you have to study later.


    1. Missy – Download CPA review audio. Listen in the car, while vacuuming or doing laundry or even shoveling the driveway. You'd be AMAZED how the little things you hear will stick with you on exam day.


    1. Erica – Focus on one exam at a time. Prepare, plan and execute one exam at a time. Don't think about another any other exam until after test day!


    1. Brent – Set a schedule and follow it. I recommend the Early, Lunch, Late tactic from Keep a log and don't get behind – it's worth your extra time to pass a section!


    1. Brianne – My biggest advice is DON'T GIVE UP. I got three 74's in a row on BEC, and I'm still trying!


    1. Joy – Take breaks from studying throughout your day, and spend time with close friends throughout the week to help you relieve some stress.


    1. David – Surround yourself with supportive people.


    1. Sabra – My advice is to take the exam right after you finish school. Don't be like me and wait eight years. The material will still be fresh in your mind and you won't have to put your life on hold years later.


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