Category Archives for CPA Steps

How to Study with Children Around: 17 Stories from Moms and Dads

I’ve gathered stories of aspiring CPAs who are parents of young children, mostly from Jeff’s Another71.com as well as sharing from my readers. All names are alias to protect their privacy. Mom and dad candidates, you are AMAZING. My hat’s off to you! How to Study with Children Around (according to Moms) 1. Susan (Two […]

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CPA Exam Location: How to Apply in One State and Take Test in Another

There are many reasons why a candidate wants to register for the exam in one state and physically take the exam in another. For example, an international candidate finds New Hampshire the most favorable in the qualification requirement, but since his cousin lives in California, he wants to go to CA for the exam. Another […]

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How to Read Books More Efficiently: 2 Intriguing Findings

We as exam candidates review large amount of books and notes. Is there a way to read and retain information more efficiently? Let’s find out below. Research on Retention from Two Canadian Universities The University of Toronto conduced a research on retention in the 1970s. Participating students were asked to memorize a list of opposite […]

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One Surprise Trick to Improve Memory and Concentration

Accounting is essentially a set of rules. The success of passing the CPA exam hinges on how well you can memorize these rules and put them in practice. How can we improve memory and concentration needed for this exam? Let’s take a look at this interesting research by the University of Michigan. A Research on […]

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How to Create More Hours for CPA Exam Study?

This page is only available to my mini-course subscriber. I really appreciate your support, and here is my thanks with a few extra tips. How to Create More Hours for CPA Exam Study This is one of the most popular requests from my readers. Do share your experience at the comment section of this page. […]

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NASBA Pre-Evaluation Service for CPA Exam Qualification

For CPA candidates who aren’t sure whether they qualify for the CPA exam, a number of  states have introduced a new Pre-Evaluation Application.  For a $50 fee, the state performs a pre-evaluation of your certified transcript. Specifically, the NASBA pre-evaluation service identifies academic deficiencies in your education prior to submitting a first-time application for the CPA […]

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CPA Exam Two-Tier States: Which are the Remaining States?

Looking for the remaining two-tier states? I hope the following will shed some light on these states and the important points you should be aware of. As of July 2015, with Montana changing its rules, there is no more CPA certificate available for international candidates. Please expect to fulfill the experience requirements and get a […]

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CPA Exam Experience Sharing from Past Candidates

As the year progresses, the stress of completing the CPA exam is creeping up on you. We know, as we have been there. I hope you enjoy this list of insights and sharing I collected from readers and past candidates. CPA Exam Experience Sharing 1. Fight with the Right Attitude My motto at work and […]

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How to Optimize Your CPA Exam Study Plan

Many of us dread study plans, but it is a critical tool in time management — making sure we complete the review course, are not behind our studies, and have enough time buffer if something urgent comes up. Besides, a good study plan “spaces out” the revision time, which helps immensely in retention. What’s this […]

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My Best CPA Exam Study Strategy

Stephanie, I read my review book 3 times and still failed. What should I do? Many of my most diligent readers use this CPA exam study strategy: reviewing the materials over and over again, day and night. According to a research conducted by Washington University in St. Louis, this type of repetitive reading and reviewing […]

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