Free CPA Exam Survival Guide (36 pgs)

29 Sep 2010

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Study Strategy

1. What section should I take first?

2. How do you rank the exams from hardest to easiest?

3. I’m thinking about buying some used books from 2007. Any advice?

4. My 18 month window is coming to a close and I’m about to lose credit for one of my passed sections. What if I take my exam, but don’t get my score back for several weeks? Will I lose my credit?

5. I can’t pass BEC! What should I do?

6. Information Technology is heavily tested on BEC and I hate it! Any tips on how to study for IT?

7. What was the main difference between your back-to-back 74s on Regulation and your 92?

8. I can’t pass Auditing! You’re not an auditor – how did you pass it?

9. Did you memorize the different audit reports in order to pass Auditing?

10. What are the areas of FAR that you think makes candidates stumble on exam day?

11. Do you have any nuggets of wisdom aside from the usual mainstream advice?

12. I’ve heard that they are changing the CPA Exam starting in 2010. Should I wait to buy my review materials?

13. What is the best way to study for the CPA Exam with audio lectures?

14. I bought a cram course. When is the best time to watch it?

15. I’m going through my review process and scoring low on multiple choice questions that I was scoring in the 80s and 90s on just a few weeks ago. Any advice?

16. What is the best strategy for scheduling an exam?

17. How long should I study for each section?

18. I’m getting ready to take my first exam. What should I expect?

19. What is the best approach for attacking simulations on the CPA Exam?

20. I didn’t finish my second simulation and left several tabs blank. Can I still pass?

21. I couldn’t get my research tab to work! I thought I found the right text to insert, but the computer wouldn’t accept any of it. Will this hurt me?

22. My exam ended before I could click “DONE” on my last simulation. Did my answers get saved?

23. I had computer problems during my exam. What should I do?

24. I finished Auditing with 30 minutes to spare. Should I be worried?

25. Shouldn’t BEC be the easiest section of the CPA Exam? It’s only 2.5 hours and is basically a rehash of everything we learned in college, right?

26. How many questions on the CPA Exam are pre-test?

27. Is BEC adaptive? I swear the questions were getting harder each testlet.

28. How do I know if I’m getting the “hard” testlets?

29. Does your performance on the multiple choice questions have any effect on the simulations that you get?

30. I just took my exam and found it to be pretty easy. Should I be worried?

31. If I have to guess on my exam, what strategy should I use?

32. My boss keeps telling me how easy I have it now that I can take the CPA Exam on a computer. Is the exam easier than it used to be?

Score Reporting

33. What is the difference between the “AICPA release” and “NASBA release” of exam scores?

34. I see the term “NASBA state” on your website. What does that mean? How do I know if I live in a “NASBA state”?

35. I sat for my exam on _______. When can I expect my score?

36. What time of day do scores come out?

37. I didn’t get my score in Wave 1, but I took my exam early in the testing window. Does this mean I’m borderline or failed? I’m freaking out! Please help!

38. My friend and I sat for the same section of the exam on the same day, at the same time, in the same testing center, yet she received her score in Wave 1 and I didn’t. How can this be?

39. I scored a 74. Should I appeal?

40. I had to re-take a section and my old score was there online yesterday, but it’s gone today. What does this mean?

41. My diagnostic report says that I am comparable or stronger than the average passing candidate in all areas except written communication where I am weaker. If I am comparable or stronger in 90% of the exam compared to the average passing candidate – how could I have scored a 73?

42. I received an advisory score and I PASSED! It’s not going to change, is it?

43. I passed my final section of the CPA Exam. When will NASBA send me a confirmation letter?

44. I failed again and I’m thinking about throwing in the towel. I’ve been at this for
too long. I hate this exam.

Ethics Exam

45. How do I know if my state requires an ethics exam prior to getting my certificate?

46. I just sat for an exam. If I pass, I’m done. How long do I have to wait before I can take my state’s required ethics exam?

47. My friend is an AICPA member and can buy the course at a discount. Should I order it through my friend?

Certification and Licensing

48. I just passed my final section! I’m DONE! Can I call myself a CPA?

49. I have my certificate, I’m licensed, and I’m done! (Right?)

50. Should I expect to get a raise or be promoted after passing the CPA Exam?

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