Gleim CPA Blog

Recent feedback indicates that the BEC section may contain fewer number-crunching questions than expected. While some questions still require traditional calculations, others are testing the theory behind the formulas and calculations. Understanding the theory is extremely important when answering never-before-seen questions. Use the answer explanations to the calculation questions in Gleim’s Review Online and Test...
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This CPA Prep Tip concerns the status of CPA research databases. The CPA databases within the Simulations are not updated every testing window. Thus, it is conceivable that when you’re doing tax research there will have been changes to the tax code that are not reflected in the research database. Use the database available at...
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This CPA Prep Tip concerns the re-score process and the appeal process. If you are unsuccessful with a section, we urge you not to spend the time, effort, money, and emotional energy on either a re-score or an appeal. Re-score and appeal processes result in grade changes from failure to passing less than 1/10 of...
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This CPA Prep Tip concerns Simulation questions and how to answer them. Simulation questions have multiple requirements listed as work tabs on your Prometric computer screen. Each work tab requiring a gradable response displays a pencil icon. Each Simulation will have 4 to 6 work tabs consisting of a variety of formats such as multiple-choice,...
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This CPA Prep Tip concerns the appearance of cheating. We are not going to lecture you about the unethical practice of cheating. We expect that, as a professional, you will maintain the high ethical standards of professional accountants. Our objective is to warn you about the consequences to CPA candidates of merely appearing to cheat...
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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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