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Two important issues for CPA candidates are the timing and order of exam sections. Which section should you take first? The section that appeals to you for any reason makes the most sense. Which sections are you most conversant with based on recent classes or work experience? You have 18 months (six exam windows) to...
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Question: If 18 months elapse after passing my first section, do I have to retake all sections that I’ve passed? Or do I just have to retake that one section? Answer: You only have to retake that one section. Conditional credit for the CPA exam is easier to understand if you think about each section...
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This CPA Prep Tip concerns failure of an exam part. Recall that testing occurs in the first two months of each calendar quarter and grades are developed, analyzed, and reported in the third month of each calendar quarter. If you do not pass, we recommend that you re-study and retake that exam section in the...
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This CPA Prep Tip concerns the spelling of your name on your Notice to Schedule and personal identification cards. In order to take the exam, the name as it appears on the Notice to Schedule you received from NASBA and each of your identification forms needs to coincide; there can be no differences in spelling,...
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Question: What resources will I have access to during the test-taking session? Answer: The resources available depend on the simulation that the candidate receives. Those common to all simulations include a four-function pop-up calculator, a blank spreadsheet with some elementary functionality, and authoritative literature appropriate to the section of the test. We strongly urge you,...
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This CPA Prep Tip concerns where to study for the CPA exam. Study wherever you can concentrate. Study at home, at work, on public transportation, in hotels and motels, in libraries, in restaurants, in the park. Anywhere that is convenient for you and free of distractions. Study in a well lit area and at a...
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The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination is the grandparent of all the professional accounting exams. The benefits include higher salary, increased confidence and competence, and recognition as a member of an elite group of professionals. The opportunities available to a CPA are positions in a government or not-for-profit organization, a public or private company, or...
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Question: Will the CPA exam topics change this year? Answer: The AICPA is NOT likely to change the CSO (Content Specification Outline), which dictates what topics are tested on the CPA exam, until 2008, if then. Substantive changes to the CSO are based upon a practice analysis research project, which is not yet completed. A...
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In the past, CPA candidates almost always sat for the CPA exam in the state in which they lived. This was primarily because most states had residency requirements. In recent years, however, residency requirements have been relaxed. The 150-hour educational requirement has led many candidates to take the CPA exam in states where there is...
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