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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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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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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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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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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 […]

The Latest CPA Exam Pass Rates are FAR From Bad

FAR from bad, get it? Get it?? Never mind. So, the AICPA released pass rates for the third quarter and here's where you all stand for the year: As you can see, AUD and BEC are down a bit from the quarter previous but overall, you guys are still killing it on the CPA exam. […]

Things You Should NOT Say to a Brand New CPA

Congratulations! You’re a CPA. Welcome to the dark side. Now that you’re one of us, it’s time you realize that nobody really understands what the hell CPAs do. Not even the A/P clerks. “Yeah, I’m an accountant too, but I didn’t have to go to college… I mostly do billing.” Well all know CPAs get […]

AICPA Seeks to Better Weed Out Losers, Misfits with Evolved CPA Exam

We heard they want to make BEC an 8 hour marathon just for kicks.

Everyone Passing the Audit Section of CPA Exam Should Celebrate with Audit Ale

Auditing portion of the CPA exam complete, finally time for the Audit Ale from Listermann Brewing I've been saving pic.twitter.com/B8NDEM7hbP — Joel Weaver (@JoelWeaver10) October 4, 2014 Upon further investigation, we found that the gang at Listermann Brewing in Cincinnati, Ohio had a different idea behind releasing this beer: Audit Ale is a beer with […]

Citizens of India Can Sit For the CPA Exam in the Middle East Starting October 1

It's certainly the next best thing to being able to sit for the exam in India: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric today announced that testing for the Uniform CPA Examination in the Middle East will be open to all qualified citizens and permanent […]

Review Teacher Admits Review is Useless if You are Useless

I know some of you would rather have a quadruple wisdom tooth removal than peruse Above the Law (because lawyers, amiright?), which is why we do that for you. In today's Ask the Professor, Prof Joseph Marino writes: I have been helping students pass the bar exam for over four decades. Before me, my father […]

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So You Failed the CPA Exam, Now What?

With the end of the year fast approaching and only two months left to knock this puppy out before January, getting a failing score this late in the game probably has you writing overly dramatic tweets about throwing yourself off a bridge (not funny) or giving up and becoming a dairy farmer. STOP. It’s really […]

How Failing the CPA Exam Might Actually Help You Succeed

You may have heard but NASBA managed to release scores a day early despite day long website issues and lots of candidate bitching. Lots and lots of candidate bitching. Granted, the scores came out just before the stroke of midnight but hey, at least they came out. The news was undoubtedly good for many of […]

Anxious CPA Exam Candidates Crash NASBA Website, Blame NASBA

Friendly reminder: scores aren’t actually due to be released until tomorrow.

Look How Well Some CPA Candidates Are Taking the News That Their Scores Are On Time

So, apparently the NASBA account is only allowed to tweet about CPA exam score releases and nothing else. Yesterday, they experienced a bit of a Twitter snafu, reposting an article about best accounting colleges no less than eleventy billion times. They attempted to apologize but in doing so, only pissed off anxious CPA exam candidates […]

The AICPA Is Taking Your Comments on the CPA Exam Now

Before those of you who spend your lives tweeting obscenties at NASBA for holding your score hostage get all excited, let's be sure we understand who we mean when we say "your" comments: The American Institute of CPAs has issued an Invitation to Comment, requesting feedback from key stakeholders to shape the next version of […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q3 2014

We've only heard from one person today that CPA exam scores are out, which means either a bunch of you failed or they are slowly trickling out. NASBA scores are up on the online portal! OH JOY! The actual target release date is tomorrow so if you are in one of those pesky states that […]

IFRS 15 Will Not be Tested on the CPA Exam Any Time Soon

As all of you should know, any new pronouncements are usually eligible for CPA exam testing 6 months after their effective date. So, for example, if a new rule comes into play on December 15 (which they do often for companies that have a year end of December 31), it can appear on the CPA […]

NASBA Doesn’t Think the CPA Exam is the Worst Part About Becoming a CPA

Those of you currently in CPA exam studying hell should appreciate this. NASBA came out with "Three Tips for Planning to Take the CPA Exam" today, which is predictably remedial in typical NASBA fashion. The tips are pretty much duh, like know the requirements to sit in your desired state of licensure, don't plan to […]

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

The actual target date isn't until Monday but apparently scores are trickling out. And we mean trickling out. Let the bitching commence! Oh wait, it has. NASBA you are KILLING me slowly. #releasemyscorealready — Kristen (@KristenMarie_79) August 1, 2014 @sophiemountainn gi came up with a drinking game – every time the nasba site goes down […]

#TBT: Could You Answer These Questions From the First CPA Exam in 1896?

According to A History of Public Accounting in the United States by James Don Edwards: The first examination was given by the New York Board of Examiners on December 15 and 16, 1896. The first section of the examination, on the theory of accounts, was given on December 15, 1896 from 9:15 A.M. to 12:15 […]

This Guy Cheated on the Open Book Ethics Exam, Ratted Himself Out (UPDATE/CORRECTION)

This article has been updated and corrected. See details below. So here’s the deal. This guy Nathaniel Paredes was disciplined by the California Board of Accountancy, and we get to read all about it in the latest edition of the CBA Update. In case you aren’t aware, the CBA publishes a list of all the […]

If You Were Planning to Procrastinate on the CPA Exam This Year, Don’t

Sometimes, the CPA Exam Powers That Be see fit to have mercy on your procrastinating souls and extend testing windows at the end of the year just in case you absolutely need to catch up with your family around the holidays. Not so much this year. From NASBA: The Fall 2014 testing window begins on […]

NASBA Respectfully Asks You Not to Act Like an Idiot at the CPA Exam

Long ago and far away, we wondered out loud what would happen if you tattooed CPA exam formulas on your arm. Not that we suggest doing that as tattoos are permanent while the CPA exam is temporary, but would Prometric throw you out? Would you be barred from taking the exam due to cheating and […]

The California Board of Accountancy Wants You to Facebook Them Your CPA Exam Worries

You're a busy CPA exam candidate with no time to read the Candidate Handbook or use Google to get the answers you seek. What do you do? Get on Facebook and holla at your friendly local Board of Accountancy, natch.     Post by California Board of Accountancy.   This is actually a pretty cool […]

Peter Olinto Inspires Would-Be CPAs To Look Down on Their Loser Friends

How do you inspire a bunch of uninspired CPA exam candidates to get off their asses and study? By reminding them their friends are a bunch of losers who will mooch off them: Studying got you down? Think of all your broke friends begging to sleep on your mansion floor once you get your CPA […]

CPA Exam Candidates Are (Still) Totally Killing It On the Exam

As you already know, today is July 1st which means two things: one, my rent is due; two, it's the first testing day of the third quarter. For those of you who have been putting off taking the CPA exam due to New Year's hangovers, busy season, and nice weather, now is the time to […]

How to Create a CPA Exam Study Schedule That Guarantees Failure

As we have told you since the dawn of time, those of you with a tendency to procrastinate need a solid CPA exam study schedule to stay on track. Simply leaving your FAR book on the coffee table while you binge watch Orange Is the New Black isn't going to work. A basic study schedule […]

Don’t Freak Out But NASBA Will Be Down This Weekend

We're hoping NASBA has sent out a notice but just in case you didn't catch this on Twitter, here's what you need to know: In order to provide you with faster and more efficient service, NASBA is performing system upgrades and important maintenance that will cause our systems to be down from Thursday, June 26, […]

It Will Soon Be a Little Cheaper to Take the CPA Exam in California

Good news, California CPA exam candidates! Even though taxes are up, gas is up, food prices are up and you'll soon have to start importing your water in from Minnesota, you're going to get a break on CPA exam fees: The CBA announced a temporary reduction in CPA Exam application fees for a two-year period […]

CPA Exam Score Release Timeline for Q3/Q4 Is Out

For those of you who plan to ruin summer by studying for the CPA exam, you now have dates to circle on your calendar:  Here is the 2014 Q3/Q4 CPA exam score release timeline: http://t.co/LnFZNmv4yP — NASBA (@NASBA) June 16, 2014 The specifics: Plan accordingly.

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

And look at that, right on time! [email protected] has released the following #CPAExam scores for the April/May testing window: 7065 AUD, 4537 BEC, 5890 FAR and 6585 REG. — NASBA (@NASBA) June 9, 2014 As always, you are welcome to share your victories (or failures) in the comment section amongst yourselves.

California Board of Accountancy Says the Early Bird Gets the CPA Exam Worm

California CPA exam candidates now have the secret to taking their lives back around score release time, and you can thank the CA BoA:   Exam Score Hack- scores automatically load into your client account once a day -usually between 5am-7am. Good luck! — CA Board Accountancy (@CBANews) May 22, 2014 Now you know! It […]

CPA Exam Overlords Seeking Input From New CPAs on How to Improve the Exam

As we know, the AICPA is deep into a practice analysis which will change the CPA exam as you know it. They are consulting experts, educators, concerned volunteers, and the magical little gnomes that live inside Prometric computers just so your experience is slightly less awful. Now we've learned, per a tipster, the AICPA is […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Latest CPA Exam Score Release

Here we go!  AICPA released the following CPA Exam scores to NASBA for the April/May '14 testing window: 4063 AUD, 3011 BEC, 3525 FAR and 3530 REG — NASBA (@NASBA) May 22, 2014 Go ahead and share your victories or failures in the comments.