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The CPA Exam Needs to Evolve and You Can Help It Do Just That

The conversation about “future-proof” CPAs and the evolution of the CPA exam to include skills necessary to provide exceptional client service far into the future is not a new one, we’ve been having it for years. This isn’t one of those “hey you guys, CPAs of the future better know VLOOKUP” things, it’s a bit […]

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Opinions Are Like Assholes, Everyone Has One. The AICPA Wants Yours

Your opinion, that is, not your asshole. You weirdo. In its ongoing effort to ensure only the best and brightest make it through the rigors of testing to emerge victorious as America’s future-ready CPAs and weed out undesirables, the AICPA is asking for your help. This applies only to those of you in close quarters […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Fourth and Final CPA Exam Score Release of Q2 2019

If it feels like we literally just had a score release thread the other day I assure you you’re not going crazy. I mean, you absolutely could be going crazy — especially if you’re studying for the CPA exam and not just reading this for fun — but not on this particular issue. Hey so […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Third CPA Exam Score Release of Q2 2019

My, time flies when you’re mired in the misery of sitting for the CPA exam, don’t it? Today, NASBA received and processed an absolute shitton of scores from the AICPA, making this another CPA exam score release on time without a hiccup. Well, no, surely there’s some poor candidate in Wyoming or something who didn’t […]

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Here’s How to Study For the CPA Exam and Still Salvage a Decent Summer

I dunno about you but I’ve been in a real funk since at least October. Maybe it’s just a seasonal thing, maybe I need professional help idk, but either way, summer really surprised me. It was like one day temperatures were cooling and leaves were falling, the next I woke up from yet another nap […]

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Hey CPA Exam Candidates, Y’all Ready For Continuous Testing? It’s Coming

At first glance “continuous testing” sounds like some horrible plan to further torture America’s future CPAs by requiring a grueling, never-ending cycle of testing and retesting throughout their career. As fun as I’m sure that might be for the sadists who oversee the exam, I assure you, that’s not what this is. They’ve been talking […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q2 2019

Cruising right along through the second quarter, here we are at the second score release. Two down, two to go. Now that we know continuous testing is on the menu for the CPA exam in the hopefully near future, it will be interesting to see how score releases are treated by the community. I guess […]

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News to Your Ears: The AICPA Now Has a CPA Exam Podcast

Long-winded personal anecdote incoming but I have to admit something to y’all, which I’m going to do because I trust you and I know you won’t make fun of me for it. And if you do, well, it’ll at least be funny. OK, here goes… I don’t listen to podcasts. I know, I know. I’m […]

Here’s Your (Late) Open Thread For the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q2 2019

Yooooo. Sorry I’m late on this… wait, no, fuck that I’m not sorry. Saying sorry for things you’re not actually sorry for is for bitches. Let’s start over. Heyyyyyy! Here’s your open thread for the very first CPA exam score release of the second quarter 2019. Exciting stuff. Stalking Reddit and Twitter yesterday after scores […]

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Here’s What You Missed From This Week’s Mega CPA Exam Information Webcast

I tried earlier this week to gently encourage you little shits to attend the webcast held Thursday by folks from NASBA and the AICPA who think CPA exam candidates deserve to be as informed as possible, so hopefully you took my advice and were in attendance. Now, for those of you who had to tend […]

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CPA Exam Pass Rates For 2019 Are Off to an Excellent Start

Whenever big CPA exam changes hit, some folks rush and try to get it done before the changes take effect. We saw this in 2010 with the pending implementation of CBT-e, a revamped “version” of the CPA exam that served little-to-no purpose other than getting CPA exam candidates worked up like a pack of untrained […]

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Forget GoT, This Upcoming Webcast Is the Hottest Streaming Event of the Year (for CPA Exam Candidates Anyway)

Inb4 someone starts screeching about clickbait and how we sold out because we used to be cool but now we’re shilling for webcasts, shut the fuck up. No one paid for us to mention this, rather we’re posting about it just in case you’ve missed the numerous tweets and announcements and other shilling already done […]

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Hey Y’all, Let’s Get Salty About These 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners

Whelp it’s that time of year again, the time when we recognize the efforts of an elite handful of CPA exam candidates whose performance on one of the toughest professional examinations out there ranks the best of the best. The AICPA handed out 110 Elijah Watt Sells Awards for 2018 last week, and as is […]

NASBA Pulled the Cruelest April Fools’ Prank Ever on Some CPA Exam Candidates

As far as the CPA exam is concerned, it’s one thing you really shouldn’t joke about. And, in NASBA’s defense, it’s not like they actually meant to punk a bunch of eager CPA exam candidates this past April Fools’ Day, it just so happened that way. Set the scene. It’s March 31 and you’re printing […]

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The Definitive Guide to Choosing a CPA Review Course

I’ve been writing about the CPA exam for, yeesh, it’ll be 12 years this summer. TWELVE YEARS. I wish I could say that’s like half my life, but I’m old now so it’s more like a third of it, which is still a pretty sizable chunk of it, all things considered. In that time, I’ve […]

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Here’s Your Open Thread for the Final CPA Exam Score Release of Q1 2019

Congratulations, kiddos, you made it through the first quarter. I’m sure there were many victories, failures, and breakdowns along the way but so goes the ballad of CPA exam domination. March 19 marks the 1/4-way point for CPA exam scores this year. As we round the bend into the second quarter, I’d like to remind […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Third CPA Exam Score Release of Q1 2019

If it feels like we just posted about a CPA exam score release, that’s probably because we did. The AICPA is back to a pretty nice schedule of releasing scores and we’re just cranking ahead toward the last release of the first quarter. For those who took their exam between February 14 and February 28, […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q1 2019

It’s February 25 and you know what that means. Well, you know what that means if you sat for the CPA exam between January 21 and February 14 — score release day tomorrow! As promised, the AICPA has accelerated the score release process for 2019, so we’ve got two more score releases this quarter after […]

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Should You Retake a CPA Exam Section or Move On to Another If You Failed?

Well lookie here, we have a mailbag question! Boy it’s been a long time since I’ve had the joy of answering one of these. Let’s jump right into it. Hi, I failed audit with a 63. I have Bec and far passed which doesn’t expire until 3/31/2020. I cannot take audit until April-June testing window. […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q1 2019

HELLO and Happy New Year, muffins. Here we are anxiously awaiting the first score release of the first quarter of 2019, my how time flies. I can’t believe it’s been almost 12 years since I started working in CPA review, hopefully none of you have been attempting to pass the CPA exam for as long […]

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Future CPAs of Massachusetts: Hurry Up and Apply For Free Money to Take the CPA Exam

The Massachusetts Society of CPAs is holding a lottery to award vouchers in the amount of $500 to candidates planning to sit for the CPA exam as a Massachusetts candidate, but there’s a catch: you only have until Feb. 1 to apply. Oh, and there’s another catch: you’re disqualified if your employer pays for review […]

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Here’s What to Do If Inclement Weather Ruins Your CPA Exam Test Date

As some of you know, I called California home for many years. Not the sunny, smoggy, ridiculously beautiful people part, the other one with aggressive bums, wine, and streets flowing with human shit. San Francisco is without a doubt one of the greatest cities in the world, but I have to admit I don’t miss […]

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Do You Need to Purchase New CPA Review Materials for 2019?

Here we are in a brand-new year and here I am writing about the same topic I’ve written about since 2007. Oh well, I suppose there are worse beats out there for drunken tabloid writers, like that brief period I paid my rent with actual clickbait and had to come up with 15 high-fashion models […]

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Here Are Some Tips on Having a Less Crappy CPA Exam Experience at Prometric From a (Probably Legit) Prometric Employee

A short while back, one brave soul (ThrowAway20112348) presented themselves as a Prometric employee on Reddit and shared some insight, tips, and rules for U.S. testing centers. The universe thanks you, friend to CPA exam candidates. Now, I’d like to share the love by recapping their message from the great testing center beyond. In their […]

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Certain People Are Not Exactly Pleased With the Way California Handles CPA Exam Scores

Hey guys, I’m happy to report I’m back from the plague and would like to thank the exactly none of you who sent me well wishes while I lay dying in a hospital bed. Seriously, y’all are the worst. OK so, as my esteemed colleague Bramwell pointed out earlier this week while I was busy […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Last CPA Exam Score Release of 2018

Woke up this morning, checked Twitter, and saw this: Scores are now available! Best of luck! — NASBA (@NASBA) December 18, 2018 Adrienne was pretty stoked yesterday to get this thread going this morning, but she came down with the plague or some shit overnight, so I’m filling in for her. Since that earlier tweet […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Second-to-Last CPA Exam Score Release of 2018

Well, here we are, children. It’s December, so you know what that means. If you need a reminder: it means hopefully you got your stuff together and squeezed in that last CPA exam part for the year if that was in your plan because if you haven’t, well, you’re SOL. Today, December 10, is the […]

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REG Changes Are Coming Right After Santa; Here’s What CPA Exam Candidates Need to Know

Do you remember December 2017? You know, back when “The Last Jedi” premiered (RIP, Carrie Fisher) and BTS was blowing up Twitter (“Mic Drop”)? Yeah, me neither. But one important event happened in December 2017: the signing of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law. This new tax law was last year’s early Christmas present […]

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Heads Up Future CPAs, TPTB Are Considering Testing Your Competency in Tech

Although this news is unlikely to affect anyone currently studying for the CPA exam, the potential impact on future accounting majors cannot be ignored. From the Journal of Accountancy: A working group formed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the AICPA is exploring possible changes to the CPA licensure requirements […]

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Friendly Reminder: You Should Schedule Your CPA Exam Date Yesterday if You Plan to Test in 2018

Psst. Hey you. You sitting there screwing around on the Internet instead of studying for the CPA exam. Come here. STOP FUCKING AROUND. There is less than a month remaining in the final CPA exam testing window of 2018, and sorry to say but if you haven’t scheduled your exam(s) already, you may be in […]

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AICPA Announces 2019 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

Alright, kids, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. 2019 CPA exam score release dates are not only out (they’ve actually been out for a hot minute) but have been announced by the AICPA, meaning they’re probably pretty much set. By “set,” I of course mean as set as they possibly can be. The AICPA […]

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The 150-Hour Rule is Kinda Bullsh*t, Says Guy

It’s only been about a generation of CPAs or so subject to the national implementation of the 150-hour rule, which is now in effect for all 54 CPA exam jurisdictions. As all of you know, the 150-hour credit requirement has been touted as a way to ensure modern CPAs are equipped to handle an ever-changing […]

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AICPA Says the CPA Exam is Intentionally Simple Because CPA Candidates Are Like Dogs Distracted by Shiny Things

Have you ever wondered why CPA exam questions are so plain? I mean, you’d think they could take it easy on CPA exam candidates held captive in Prometric for hours at a time by peppering the questions with just a little humor. It doesn’t have to be memes or anything, just, you know, why can’t […]

Rejoice, Your Final CPA Exam Testing Window of 2018 is Upon Us

Good afternoon and happy fiscal new year, y’all. Today is October 1 which means those of you dragging your heels on sitting for the CPA exam have officially run out of pavement on which to drag. So get thee to Prometric and knock ‘er out already. Historically, Q4 can be a bit tough to schedule […]

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Here Is the Absolute Best Time to Pass the CPA Exam Per NASBA

Per NASBA, here is the best time to take the CPA exam. Spoiler alert: It’s right after you graduate. I’m sorry if you clicked on this thinking NASBA was going to tell you the best testing window to pass. Yeah right. Still, this is pretty interesting and all the more reason to get the exam […]

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Let’s Figure Out How This Person Bombed the CPA Exam More Spectacularly Than Any CPA Exam Bomb in History

Ed. note: an earlier version of this article contained the name of a review course the poster claimed to have used. As this information has not been verified and is not relevant to the issue at hand, it has been removed. Spotted this on Reddit this morning, and like /r/accounting I’m wondering how this is […]

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NASBA Tweets CPA Exam Scores Are Up, Lies

It has been a strange week on Twitter for professional and semi-professional public accounting bodies the last few days, but NASBA has officially taken the crown from the AICPA for Twitter snafus. In case you missed our earlier discussion, @AICPA got hacked by Bitcoin scammers. At publication time, the scammers still have control of @AICPA. […]

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Here’s Your Open Thread for the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q3

As most of you know, the CPA exam changed up in April of this year, and as such, the scoring gnomes need a little extra time to calculate those 75s for the remainder of this year. If, by chance, you are one of the few who is actually impacted by the new rolling schedule (versus […]

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Starting in October, You Can Grab a Pint at a Real English Pub After the CPA Exam

Congratulations, unlicensed U.S. expats in Europe, beginning October 1 you no longer have to head to Bahrain to take the CPA exam. According to an announcement from the AICPA, NASBA, and Prometric, nine Prometric locations across the pond will offer CPA exam testing for qualified applicants. Bristol, London, and Manchester (England) Edinburgh (Scotland) Cork and […]

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CPA Exam Candidate Numbers Are Back Down After Modest Growth

NASBA recently released their yearly Candidate Performance books, which we used to buy and comb through for your sake but stopped after NASBA politely asked us to stop sharing the data they wanted people to pay for. So we won’t be drilling down into that data, but we do have some points to share. In […]

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CPA FAR is Hard, and That’s Okay

The FAR section on the CPA Exam is hard. Don’t believe me? Just ask the pass rates. The fact is, people don’t pass FAR as often as they pass all the other sections. For some people, quickly working through complex calculations really hits their sweet spot. Others, not so much. Me? When I first began […]

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Excel Is Finally Keeping Up With the Joneses

Two years have passed since I wrote a controversial post about ditching Excel. And as fate would have it, no one listened. We are as attached to Excel as ever. Maybe we like dealing with unruly and unresponsive files? But, those rumors about the AICPA integrating Excel into the CPA Exam have finally become a […]

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A 2018 Refresh: The CPA Exam User Experience Reno

Along with a series of other 2018 CPA Exam changes that will make the testing experience easier for CPA candidates, the latest version of the exam will feature a redesigned CPA Exam user experience (UX) for virtually all interfaces. The AICPA is demolishing the outdated look it’s had for so long and introducing a more […]

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Knocking Down the Walls of the CPA Exam

Along with a series of other 2018 CPA Exam changes that will make the testing experience easier for CPA candidates, the latest version of the exam will feature a redesigned CPA Exam user experience (UX) for virtually all interfaces. The AICPA is demolishing the outdated look it’s had for so long and introducing a more […]

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Exposure Drafts: All’s FAR in Love and the CPA Exam

Exposure Drafts appears every other Wednesday. Send your accounting cartoon ideas and CPA exam scores to editor@goingconcern.com. You can follow Greg Kyte on Twitter.

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NASBA ‘Cannot Pinpoint an Exact Time’ of the CPA Exam Score Release and People Are Freaking Out

Earlier today, NASBA sent a communique from its Twitter account that they knew, or at least should have known, was going to get people worked up: We’ve had many ?s about the time of the score release. Since this is the first time releasing scores with the new Gateway system, we cannot pinpoint an exact […]

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CPA Exam Excel-erates into 2018

On April 1, which is (Facebook) officially known as the International CPA Exam Changes Day, the CPA Exam will undergo another round of major updates. I know you’re all thinking, PLEASE  no more changes. And, in the wake of the Great Content Overhaul of 2017 when the AICPA increased the number of Simulations in each […]

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Here’s Your CPA Exam Score Release Open Thread (Q4 2017)

Yes, it’s CPA exam score release season, again. So, if you took a CPA exam from October 1 through December 10, 2017, then consider this post a safe place. Waiting for your #CPAExam score(s)? The score release is expected to happen on December 19 and you can check for scores here: https://t.co/aNB5vqOXsK pic.twitter.com/yI9s89qMOK — NASBA […]

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Let’s Hear Your Best CPA Exam Stories, Misadventures, and Unlikely Triumphs

Earlier this week, the Journal of Accountancy shared some yarns about the CPA exam from years ago when candidates took it with pencil, paper, and 500 of their closest friends. It was a simpler time, although I’m sure all of these CPAs would tell you that the exam was much harder then than it is […]

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Gather Round, CPA Exam Scores Are Out

Pass or fail, we still got you. Hey look, NASBA released CPA exam scores today: On August 17, 2017, NASBA received and processed the following scores from the @AICPA pic.twitter.com/xpt49bKJXN — NASBA (@NASBA) August 17, 2017 Twitter is filled with the normal joy and strife of any score release date — mostly because the bumrush […]

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FYI: CPA Review Guy Is Free Tonight for Drinks, Riffing on Pension Accounting

If you’re in Los Angeles, thirsty, but also have the urge to kick around some pension accounting, Peter Olinto’s got you covered: If memory serves, “coffee” was also Olinto’s code word for beers, so don’t be shy about getting the adult beverage. If you’d rather stick with coffee, at least get something with the most […]

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How is the CPA Exam Graded? Understanding the CPA Passing Score

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. For many, passing the CPA Exam marks the culmination of many months of effort as well as the beginning of a lucrative career. Most know that you need a 75 to pass, but few are aware that a 75 does not represent 75% correct. Scoring a […]

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Here Are Your 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners

It’s time once again to pay homage to the best CPA exam takers in all the land. Yes, the Elijah Watt Sells award winners have been announced, and you aren’t on the list. Or maybe you are! If so, drop us a note to say hi. Anyway, of the 102,323 people who took the CPA […]

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Navigating Task-Based Simulations on the New CPA Exam

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. In the months leading up to the launch of the new version of the CPA Exam, the AICPA disclosed many details about how the format and functionality of the exam would change. One final bit of insight the AICPA offered before the new version launched addressed […]

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Exposure Drafts: Can You Ever Have Too Many Letters Behind Your Name?

Exposure Drafts appears every other Wednesday. Send suggestions to editor@goingconcern.com.

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CPA Exam Introductory Screens: New Exam Edition Changes

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. The changes coming to the CPA Exam on April 1 affect several aspects of the exam, one of which is the duration. While we learned months ago that each section of the exam would now last for four hours, the AICPA recently announced another modification to […]

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CPA Experience Verification: A New Service from NASBA

Please enjoy this sponsored content from Gleim CPA Review. If you’re in CPA Exam land, you or someone you know has probably struggled with the CPA experience requirement. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may be required to work under a CPA for 1-2 years in order to have your experience verified. However, thanks to NASBA’s […]

Impatient CPA Exam Candidates Won’t Be Pleased With the 2017 Score Release Schedule

A tip came in earlier today noting that the 2017 CPA exam score release schedule looks a bit different than in recent years past: I'm not sure if it has been like this before but they aren't releasing CPA exam scores nearly as often this year.  Looks like in quarters 2-4 they are just saying […]

#CPAexamFail Doesn’t Do This Justice

Nor does it seem real which either means: 1) It's totally real and if so, let's pray for this person; 2) It's totally not real. But hey, someone shared it with us on Twitter, so okay! Worst #CPAexam score ever? What do you think happened here @going_concern #yikes pic.twitter.com/c2oSSzfhIc — benson (@benson304) June 21, 2016 […]

Here Are the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Winners

As you well know, there's only one correct score on the CPA exam: a passing score. However, some passing scores are more correct than others, as we have explained at length. The 75 individuals listed below scored better than the other 93,667 people who sat for the CPA exam last year. For Elijah Watt Sells […]

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Gleim CPA Exam Coaching Session

A 60-minute CPA exam coaching session taught by Gleim professor Amy Ford, CPA. This session will cover helpful exam tips about the CPA exam in general and specifically, Amy will offer coaching on the Statement of Cash Flows. This is relevant for anyone about to take the CPA or CMA exam or who is currently […]

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Assemble the Superhero Weapons You Need to Overcome the Changing CPA Exam

So, the powers that be have called upon you to serve humanity as a defender of accounting justice. Though you may already be equipped with your accounting degree and relevant work experience, you have yet another formidable challenge to face before you can fulfill your destiny: the CPA Exam. A great shadow falls over your […]

How I Managed to Pass REG in the Middle of Busy Season

Did you pass all four parts of the CPA exam on the first try? Well, lucky you. It was score release day. I'd passed AUD, BEC, and FAR –- REG was the last piece. The worst piece. The bane of my existence. To this day, my shoulders clamp up a little if you ask me […]

Tim Gearty: Von Miller Doesn’t Hold a Candle to Successful CPA Exam Candidate

Go ahead, try to disagree with the man. [via r/accounting] More Tim Gearty goodness:Enjoy This Mesmerizing Video of Tim GeartyThese Pictures of Tim Gearty with Neil Cavuto Are Glorious 

CPA Exam Score Release Anxiety Is the Best Anxiety

Forgive the tardiness on this, we owed it to you yesterday. On November 4, 2015 NASBA received and processed the following scores from the AIPCA: pic.twitter.com/FtnQdqngiw — NASBA (@NASBA) November 4, 2015 I think it's important for every to remember that the anxiety people have waiting for their scores is half the fun: Is @nasba […]

Here Are Ten Hot Takes on States’ CPA Exam Performance

Hey, look, a map from NASBA: How well does your home state perform on the Uniform #CPAExam? pic.twitter.com/vKjJGKVYRq — NASBA Talks (@NASBA_Talks) September 17, 2015 It's a Thursday in mid-September and since everyone's talking about the Fed and last night's debate, how about some CPA EXAM HOT TAKES? Come on, you don't have anything better […]

Complaints to NASBA About Releasing CPA Exam Scores Met Expectations

Today is the third release of CPA exam scores for Q3, which means the days and hours leading up to the flood of scores have made NASBA's Twitter account an interesting thing to watch. @NASBA There's got to be a better way for you to handle this. — Kemi Kemi (@Kemi202) September 9, 2015 Debating […]

The Second CPA Exam Score Release for the Q3 Testing Window Is Today

If you took a section of the CPA exam on or before August 14th and have been dreaming of adding three letters to your business card, today could be a very big day. After spending weeks and months ignoring loved ones, allowing pets to defecate indoors, canceling vacations, forgoing sleep, missing out on hate-watching True […]

CPA Exam Scores, Explained and Ranked

Today is the first CPA exam score release date for the Q3 testing window, meaning that answered prayers and shattered dreams abound.  In times like these, it's important to reflect on your score with a bit of context. Sure, you may have passed or failed but what does your score mean? Did you overdo it? […]

ICYMI: AICPA Will Squeeze Excel Into the CPA Exam This Decade

The AICPA reports that Excel's ubiquity in the accounting profession caused a bunch of people to suggest, "use of Excel in the CPA Exam to create an authentic user experience." Accordingly, "The AICPA plans to launch a new testing interface utilizing Excel in 2018." If anyone has further concerns or feedback, send a raven. [AICPA]

Let’s Discuss These CPA Exam Drop-Out Numbers

First, a chart:  Many candidates who began the #CPAexam 2012 dropped out by 2014. What obstacles did you face in this period? pic.twitter.com/8C1UrPujID — NASBA (@NASBA) May 29, 2015 As a wise man once said, "That's fucking interesting. That's fucking interesting, man." The chart seems to make sense — for candidates starting in 2013, they […]

Nobody Panic, the CPA Exam Score Page Will Be Down for a Bit

Breath into a paper bag if necessary. We will be temporarily disabling the score page leading up to the release date. #CPAExam scores will be available on 5/5. #ScoreRelease — NASBA (@NASBA) May 1, 2015 That release date of Cinco de Mayo is on schedule, so whatever your score, you'll be hoisting cheap Mexican beer […]

Here Are Your 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Winners

Fifty-nine1 lucky boys and girls managed to score 95.50 across the board and on the first try so they all take home a trophy or whatever. As you may recall, we learned last year that in 2011 the Board of Examiners decided to standardize the EWS winning score at 95.50 which accounts for the boom in number of […]

Confirmed: Golf More Difficult Than CPA Exam

Lots of accountants like golf. Well, sorta. Judging by some of the behavior I've witnessed, the opposite seems true.   Whenever I see a club slammed into the ground and then flying into the trees, I think, "Why is this otherwise mild-mannered person flipping the fuck out?" Golf makes people crazy. It is known. Anyway, […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Third CPA Exam Score Release of Q1

For you lunatics who thought taking a section of the CPA exam during busy season was a good idea, you will soon know if it was. The AICPA released to following #CPAExam scores to NASBA on March 10: 5076 AUD, 4604 BEC, 4591 FAR, and 4489 REG. — NASBA (@NASBA) March 10, 2015 The AICPA […]

Friendly Reminder: Stop Talking About CPA Exam Specifics on the Internet

So, imagine my joy and pleasure when I received the following email from the AICPA this morning: Dear Ms. Gonzalez, In order to ensure that exam content is kept secure and to maintain the integrity of the CPA Exam, we regularly take a look at what candidates are saying on social media and in web […]

Memo to CPA Exam Candidates: Don’t Park in the Tow Away Zone at Prometric

Over the years, we've shared several CPA exam horror stories ranging from shameful idiocy to prison yard shanking level asshattery. For example, there was the person trapped in Prometric for 6 hours due to a system freeze. That's pretty bad but on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being the grey screen of […]

Friendly Reminder: NASBA Is Still Screwing With Your Head

What's the second worst thing a CPA exam candidate can see besides a 74 on score release day? Well this, of course: Those of you with a promising future in audit will notice that the dates are all wrong here. If the AICPA received your exam data by February 14, your score should be released […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the First CPA Exam Score Release of 2015

The anticipation. The excitement. The disappointment. It's finally time for those CPA exam scores to come trickling out! But first, this.   Honestly NASBA this countdown bs is just rude — slizzard (@levineliz) February 3, 2015 As we all know, the NASBA countdown clock is a new-ish evil plan by NASBA to fuck with you […]

Common Traps CPA Exam Candidates Fall Into and How to Avoid Them

Now that scores are out, this may be relevant to your interests.

Attention, People Who Love CPA Exam Stats, NASBA’s 2014 Candidate Performance Book Is Here

Hot off the presses, the latest CPA exam candidate performance book is out: The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) announces the release of the 2014 Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance Book. Published annually, the book features comprehensive statistical data from all four (4) testing windows of the Uniform CPA Examination administered in […]

Prometric Is Taking a Snow Day in the Northeast

In case you're wondering why you can't purchase a single loaf of bread or gallon of milk in all of the northeast, it's because thar be a storm a'brewin! This also means that your CPA exam journey may be delayed slightly due to circumstances outside your control, which should not be confused with circumstances under […]

AICPA’s Concern Over a Building Gap in CPA Exam Candidates Totally Immaterial

Yesterday, Colin stuck the following story in ANR. We're going to go ahead and give it its own spot because this is something worth discussing: The number of New Yorkers obtaining their Certified Public Accounting license from the state remained relatively flat in 2014, according to statistics compiled by the New York State Education Department. […]

Why the Growing CPA Designation Gap?

AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon recently talked about a growing concern around the number of people that are sitting the CPA exam every year. Barry stated “We have had six consecutive years of record numbers of people majoring in accounting. That’s a great thing. For the last three years, however, we’ve basically had a level number […]

So You Passed the CPA Exam; What Do You Want, a Cookie?

No really, would you like a cookie?     Officially the nerdiest cookies I've ever decorated. #cpa #cpaexam #accounting #studying #excel #profit #nerdytotheextreme #decoratedbycami A photo posted by Decorated By Cami (@decoratedbycami) on Jan 1, 2015 at 9:36pm PST They may be the "nerdiest" cookies she's done but we have to say, they're almost too […]

Here is Your CPA Exam Score Release Timeline for the First Two Quarters of 2015

Did everyone have a nice restful holiday? Yeah? That's lovely. As we are all aware, it's January which means it's time to start taking the CPA exam again! Aren't you just thrilled? Just so you're prepared for the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, here are the target score release dates for the […]

Let’s Talk About Those 2014 CPA Exam Pass Rates

The final tallies are in, all the BEC written communications have been skimmed for proper grammar, and the last 74s of 2014 have been posted. So, how did you all do this year? Let's see. Wow, a lot of you just phoned in that 4th quarter, didn't you? Ah well, it happens. Compared to last […]

Peter Olinto Crashed PwC’s Holiday Party in NYC

As I said on Facebook, pics or it didn't happen, bro. While we're waiting for photo evidence that Olinto was, in fact, in attendance at PwC's holiday party, let's take this opportunity to remind everyone that we'd love to hear how your holiday events are going. Did your firm go all out or did they […]

The AICPA Can’t Figure Out Why Record Numbers of Accounting Grads Aren’t Taking the CPA Exam

AICPA President, CEO, and Benevolent Dictator Barry Melancon gave his yearly "state of the profession" address to CPA Letter Daily recently, but we won't bore you too hard with the specifics. We will, however, skim through this with a few interesting bulletpoints from the profession's fearless leader. AICPA membership swelled to 400,000 this year. Melancon […]

NASBA’s Website is Shut Down Again

For a third score release in a row, NASBA is locking CPA exam candidates out of its website so you people don't break the Internet with your obsessive refreshing. I suppose at this point we can assume NASBA will be doing this for the foreseeable future. Candidates, we've temporarily disabled the online score page for […]

Protip for Future CPAs: Forging Signatures on Your Work Experience Form is Dumb

So, we're combing through the latest California Board of Accountancy Update, checking out the usual CPAs behaving badly toward the end. It's nothing spectacular, just the usual sloppy audits, kid-touching, and killing people with vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. Seriously, that's all in there. Look for yourself starting on page 11. Then we […]

So You Failed the CPA Exam Before the Holidays, Now What?

While countless CPA exam candidates are likely still shaking off their celebration hangovers from yesterday, you're one of the lucky few who failed. Perhaps just barely, perhaps spectacularly. Whether it's a 60 or a 74, it blows (although, arguably, a 74 blows harder than a 60). We've previously discussed what to do after you've failed […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q4 2014

Last week, we entertained ourselves watching the NASBA countdown clock tick away the minutes ahead of today's planned score release. Watching the @NASBA countdown clock for no reason. It's actually kind of zen. — Going Concern (@going_concern) November 21, 2014 It would be absolutely hilarious if one of these days, NASBA shuts down their website […]

NASBA Is Shutting You Out From Their Website Ahead of CPA Exam Score Releases Again

NASBA's attempt to keep anxious CPA exam candidates from blowing up their website ahead of a score release must have gone swimmingly last score release, as they are planning to do it again for the next one. We will be temporarily disabling the online score page leading up to the target release date. #CPAExam scores […]

Here Are Some CPA Exam Changes You Can Expect in a Few Years

The AICPA recently issued an Invitation to Comment: Maintaining the Relevance of the Uniform CPA Examination. The purpose of this initiative is to ensure the CPA Exam remains relevant and continues to align with recent changes to the business and regulatory environments. Personally, I like invitations to comment- especially when I see lots of opportunity […]

The “Youngest CPA Ever” Will Make You Feel Like a Lazy, Unmotivated Turd

So you did well in high school, went off to a good college, managed to get through Intermediate, graduated with a 3.8 GPA, got an offer at a Big 4 firm, and passed the CPA exam on the first try in just 8 months. BIG DEAL, you aren't this young lady. As 17-year-old Belicia Cespedes […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q4 2014

Last week, we learned that NASBA had all but shut down their website to prevent eager score-checkers from blowing up the site like they did last CPA exam score release. This was a first for NASBA and we'd be lying if we said we didn't secretly hope they'd somehow screw this up and end up […]

NASBA Is Now Taunting Anxious CPA Exam Candidates With a Countdown Clock

I'm really not sure if this is hilarious or cruel, probably a nice mix of both. I mean, it's NASBA after all. As we reported last week, NASBA decided to shut down access to scores completely until the target score release date of 11/4, which is tomorrow. Can you all handle waiting just one more […]

NASBA Cutting You Off From CPA Exam Score Releases For Now Because You Ruin Everything

Remember that time you people broke NASBA's website with your obsessive refreshing and then proceeded to yell at NASBA about this? Good times. Well, NASBA is attempting to outsmart you now and will not let you blow up the website looking for scores until scores are ready: We will be temporarily disabling the online score […]