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Questions from CPA Candidates

 

I just graduated. How soon should I start studying for the CPA exam?

First, kudos on earning your degree! Successfully completing an accounting program is a rigorous effort worth celebrating.

Once you graduate and want to go for your CPA license,  check to make sure you have enough credit hours to sit for the exam. If you do, apply for your Notice to Schedule with NASBA (The National State Boards of Accountancy) and create your exam timeline and study plan to pass all 4 sections of the exam within the given 18-month window.

If you don't have enough credit hours, you'll have to obtain these first before you can apply for an NTS. Most candidates enroll in graduate programs to earn credits. 

Everything you need to know about the exam process, scoring, applications, and more is in the CPA Candidate Bulletin.

I want to become a CPA but where do I start?

Here are my recommendations for getting started with the CPA exam:

  1. Identify your WHY. Why do you want to become a CPA? 

  2. After you've read through the CPA Candidate Bulletin, start thinking about your exam timeline. You have 18 months to pass all 4 sections.

  3. Try out different review courses - most of them offer trial periods. Obviously, we want you to join us in the CPA Exam Virtual Classroom.

  4. Create your exam study plan and figure out the order in which you'll take your exams.

  5. Invest in yourself. Do the work. Repeat 3 more times. 

You speak so passionately about the CPA exam. Where did that come from?

Thank you! Being a CPA exam coach was nowhere on my goals list. It was after I passed and started getting questions from other candidates looking for help when I realized I needed to do something. Answering tough exam questions via DMs and email turned into a thriving business. 

I'm proud to say the Winston CPA Exam Coaching Program is the first and only comprehensive woman-owned AND black-owned CPA course provider.

What are CPA exam blueprints?

CPA exam blueprints are the outlines issued by the AICPA and provide candidates with a list of topics that could be tested on each section of the CPA exam (AUD, BEC, FAR, REG). Most review courses build their curriculums around blueprints.

The July 2021 blueprints were recently issued. Review these plus this tutorial I created to show candidates how to use the blueprints as you study.

How to Use CPA Exam Blueprints

I heard the CPA exam is hard. What can I do to not stress myself out?

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I have kids. Where do I find study time?

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Which exam should I take first?

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I heard FAR is really hard. How do I pass it?

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I just got my score and I failed. What do I do now?

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This is a lot of stuff to learn and I'm overwhelmed. How am I supposed to learn all of this before my exam day?

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How do I choose a CPA exam review course?

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I spend a lot of time studying but don't feel like I'm learning anything. What am I doing wrong?

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