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CPA Exam Study Tips

By Christopher Jones

To earn your Certified Public Accounting license, you must pass the CPA exam. Each state has their own requirements that must be met before a candidate receives a Notice to Sit, so make sure you thoroughly research your state’s Board of Accountancy website.

Most people purchase a CPA exam review course and study it extensively before sitting for the CPA exam. I am sure some people can pass the exam without studying, but that is not common.

Business Environment and Concepts, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Auditing and Attestation and Regulation are the four sections of the CPA exam. Each part includes both multiple choice questions and practical exams.

The first two months of each quarter are available for taking the exam. Every third month is used to evaluate the exam and for scoring. Of course, you will need a score of 75% to pass the exam. Before you assume that that is an easy accomplishment, know that about half of all people fail each section during each testing window.

With the low pass rate, it is extremely important to give yourself the best possible advantage. That means you must practice effective studying techniques.

Do not schedule marathon studying sessions. It is both physically and mentally exhausting and does more harm than good. Since so many of the CPA exam review courses use the computer, you should be careful at spending too much time staring at your monitor. It will hurt your eyes. To counteract this strain, take several breaks per hour. Don’t spend your downtime checking email or social media! You outside for a quick, brisk walk. It will stretch your muscles and ease the stress on your eyes.

Do not skimp on your sleep. In fact, getting a good seven or eight hours of sleep each night will keep you alert and studying well. You will not do yourself any favors by studying late into the night and getting up early to do it again.

Develop short ranged goals. Before you go to bed at night, write out the items you want to accomplish during the next day. The key here is to set short term goals and to make them well-balanced. Do not devoted 16 hours on a Saturday just to studying. Odds are that your family is making sacrifices so you can prepare for your CPA exam. Devote time to them, devote time to yourself, and devote time to the exam.

In conclusion, these CPA exam tips will help you balance your health, your mind, and your family as you undertake a lengthy regimen of passing the CPA exams and earning the Certified Public Accounting license.

Find more CPA Exam Tips. There are many sites that include CPA Exam Sample Questions to help you pass today!

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