(Closed) Calling All CPA's

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
40 posts
  • Wedding: August 2017

It has been about 4 years since I passed so I’m not sure what has changed in that time but all I did was read the Becker books 2-3 times before each test and do the practice tests a week before I took each part. I thought that was the most helpful since many of the actual questions were the same as the practice ones. Overall I would say just don’t stress yourself out too much! 

Post # 4
454 posts
Helper bee

If you can afford Becker or equivalent, I would go that route and follow their cirriculum. I didn’t use them personally for cost reasons, but I’ve only heard good things.

Personally, I used the Wiley books to study. I think when you read through, it becomes kind of obvious what’s “big picture” stuff that you absoutely must know and what are more nitty-gritty details that you should review but not focus on too intensely unless you have the time.

I would read the books, make flashcards, study the flashcards, and then take the multiple choice tests with each chapter then review the questions I got wrong. That was what I did in college to study, too, and that’s another thing I would recommend – however you used to study for the tests in school works well for studying for the CPA, in my experience.

I would also highly recommend the community at another71.com. They were invaluable to me in explaining concepts, offering discussion/support/advice/etc. Like a CPA version of this site.

I passed all four in six months within the last year or so, each on my first attempt. Although, frankly, I barely passed most (76, 76, 77), but a pass is a pass. I studied very efficiently, apparently. wink If you ever have any questions, feel free to PM and I’ll do my best to help.

Post # 6
1265 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I loved Becker. I put myself on a cram course schedule where I studied 6-12 hours a day for 1-2 weeks and then took a test rested for a week or two and moved on to the next. Passed all 4 the first try, 2 per window. I’m a visual person do I marked the crap out of my books with highlights and underlines and stuff.  Made some flash cards for the more vocab type areas.

Are you working yet?  Best tip ever would be to get them done before you work!  I took mine the summer I graduated before starting.

Good luck!!

Post # 7
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My awesome husband is a CPA and he passed most parts using Wiley, but needed professional (Becker) help to get through REG.  Also, using Wiley test bank is good test practice.

Go to another71.com.  Lot of other candidates trying to get thru the exam there.


Post # 8
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another vote for Becker! I did one section at a time and started with Financial because it was the biggest book. I watched all the lectures and marked up my book and did all the online practice questions they offered. I would study for 4 weeks, take a test and then move on to the next section. I thought that worked out well and I passed all four on the first try. I only studied 3 weeks for Regulation because I work in tax. I skipped the flash cards though. I flipped through them and didn’t think they were that helpful. I got a 97 on Audit and took a week off in the middle of studying to go to Jamaica. So I would say if you’re a pretty good test taker and you put in the time you should be okay. 

Post # 10
454 posts
Helper bee

pinkpoppy20 :  I took one at a time and I definitely think that’s the way to go. A lot of the advice I was given even went so far as to say don’t start studying for the next test until you know that you’ve passed the one you’ve just taken. Otherwise, you end up in this cycle of having to relearn everything after forgetting it all.

I did BEC -> REG -> AUD -> FAR. (The middle two might have been flipped, but I’m ~80% sure this is the order.) Personally, if I did this again, I would go for FAR -> REG -> AUD -> BEC. By the time I got to FAR, I was so burnt out on studying that I was basically at the point of just flipping through the book and calling it studying. But that’s me. I’ve heard other people say they needed to build up to FAR and get some experience with the CPA exam before they tackle that beast.

I think AUD was the easiest, even though I have only taken one audit class, but it was still a little rough because I gave myself a full seven weeks to study for it – WAY too much time. I was forgetting stuff from the first half of my studying by the time I took the test because there just isn’t as much material covered by AUD. If you’re in audit, it should be even easier. Though I’m in tax and I still think REG was the hardest so your mileage may vary.

Post # 12
3306 posts
Sugar bee

pinkpoppy20 :  I just finished my last CPA exam and completed the ethics. Waiting for someone at my job to certify my work experience. 

Any way- just make sure you are studying every day, even if it is at least an hour. The order I did was BEC- AUD- REG- FAR. I wish I did FAR first. I was so burnt out by the time I got to FAR. I think I got lucky passing FAR because trust me- I didn’t study much for my retake and got a 75. 

I passed BEC and REG first time. FAR second time and AUD the fourth time- (got two 74s). And I am an auditor. Other audit people have said the same but hopefully you will knock it out once. 

There are also FB study groups I am in because I go on Facebook way too much. They post questions to go over together. That also kept me studying while I was on Facebook. 

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