CPA Exam

Latest Posts

Credentials-accountants

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

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

CPA exam

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 […]

CPA Experience Verification Service

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 […]

CPA exam coaching session

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 […]

CPA Exam

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.” We 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 […]

Failed CPA exam

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! .@AICPA 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. 

Actually, It Is Possible To Start Studying for the CPA Exam Too Early

Ambition is great. Maybe you're really into Intermediate and thinking "WOW, I just can't wait to be a CPA, I'm going to plunk down a bunch of cheddar and start studying NOW so I'm totally ready for the exam later!" Case in point:   Even though I'll be taking the CPA exam in a year […]

CPA Exam Changes Ahead in the Next One to Three Years

As we told you earlier this year, the CPA exam overlords are working on CBT-3, which is the natural evolution of CBT-e (2011) and CBT-e's dusty grandpa CBT (2004). We still aren't totally sure what they're changing around but it looks like they're still looking for help with writing and testing questions before candidates experience […]

Would New York Ever Require a Master’s Degree to Become a CPA?

What's this, now? Two CPA exam questions in one week? Must be our lucky day! If you have a question, or just need to vent, or want to compliment me on my hair, get in touch and we'll do our best not to screw your life up. Hey Adrienne, Is it true the NY is […]

How To Pass the CPA Exam With a 20 Year Old Accounting Degree

It seems like after all these years together, we've answered just about every question possible. Plus, with the addition of Open Items, you can now post your questions directly and have them answered immediately by the GC faithful versus sitting in our inboxes for however long it takes for us to get around to it. […]

BREAKING: CPA Exam Candidate Passes AUD

This is a developing story, courtesy the tip box: I passed AUD! 😀 Scores came out this morning! We tried to contact the tipster for more details; how many sections does this make total? What sort of score did this person get? How many attempts did they make to pass AUD? We have yet to […]

CPA Exam Candidates Are Totally Killing It On the Exam

So, what gives? Are you guys studying more? Actually using those fancy apps? Doing more than highlighting and praying? If your tin foil hat is tightly strapped to your head, you might just think demand is higher for CPAs than it's ever been so that's why more are you are passing but what sort of […]

Texas CPA Exam Candidates Excited to Embrace the Future

Wait a second… are you telling me that up until this point, one of the biggest CPA exam states in the country did not offer its future CPAs the ability to check their score online? Isn't obsessively refreshing that screen supposed to be both the best and worst part about taking the modern day exam? […]

Wisconsin Drops CPA Exam Education Requirement to 120 Units After Accidentally Dropping All Requirements Completely

Every time I write about a legislative event be it MACPA's CPA Day or AICPA Council, you guys seem to tune out. Who cares? This is boring! MOAR MEMES! The reason you should care is that lawmakers aren't exactly the brightest crayons in the box. If they are allowed to run wild with laws that […]

Happy 10th Birthday to the Computerized CPA Exam!

Has it really been that long? It's been that long. The American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric are pleased to mark the 10th anniversary of computer-based testing (CBT) for the Uniform CPA Examination and note the continued enhancements and successful expansion of the test administration over the […]

Now You Know Why There Are So Many Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners

Remember yesterday when we shared with you the 55 winners of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells award? And remember when I asked out loud why are there so darn many of them? The AICPA was kind enough to clue me in. Here's what they told me: If you want to go really far back, (all […]

2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners Announced and Crikey There Are a Ton of Them

OK, this is just getting ridiculous. It used to be the 10 best CPA exam performers in the entire country and this year's list features FIFTY-FIVE individuals. Is this like in elementary school when everyone on the Little Kickers soccer team got a trophy even if they warmed the bench the entire season or, worse, […]

Look Whose CPA Exam Scores We Dug Up for Throwback Thursday

We had to comb through the Smithsonian to find these ancient scores but we found them! You'll note Colin was one of the last crop of aspiring CPAs to take the pencil and paper exam back when you had to walk uphill both ways to the testing center. The funniest part is the "best wishes […]

Some CPA Exam Candidates Skeptical the Illinois Board of Examiners Can Tell Time

Do these people not understand that even a day is an eternity for an anxious CPA exam candidate?! From the tip box: Well the Illinois Board of Examiners website has been showing the same notice about "problems for the past two days" for a week now so that's great news for anyone attempting to register […]

The CPA Exam is Broken Into Parts But These Sentences Not So Much

Get it together, This Way to CPA! I'm trying to think of a waythis may have beenintentional but… nah.

Here’s a General Overview on How CPA Exam Candidates Performed in 2013

In case you can't afford/don't want to purchase the newly-released 2013 CPA Exam Candidate Performance book from NASBA, they released a quick cheat sheet summarizing just the important bits. In case you're too disillusioned/lazy on this fine Monday to click a link, I have uploaded it here for you. If you happened to notice, we […]

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

I bet you read that headline and got REALLY excited that scores are out. I hate to burst your bubble (haha yeah right sure I do) but no, nothing yet except a lot of furious F5 pushing and anticipatory tweets. Tomorrow, February 4th is your actual target date, meaning you likely will not see shit […]

A Truly Depressing Representation of What It Looks Like to Study for the CPA Exam

It's pretty much the longest, most painful 400 hours of your life (unless you are a woman and decide to have children some day and spend two days in natural labor, that's definitely more painful than the CPA exam but not by much). pic via @jackielwiggins Jeebus, isn't there an app for that? Wouldn't it […]

Exclusive: Inside the Mind of an Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner

Back when I worked in HR for a public accounting firm, it was common to receive and send out requests for best practices in employment policy.  Such information is often shared freely across non-competing firms all in support of advancing people initiatives within the profession. Most often I was (and still am) a Go-Giver in […]

CPA Exam Pass Rates Basically Went Right Off the Cliff at the End of 2013

Your final tally of CPA exam pass rates for 2013 has been calculated. Way to go, end of the year procrastinators! Jeff at Another71 compared these to last year's and really, it isn't that bad. You guys are still killing it in BEC which either means you're studying harder or they finally made BEC easier […]

I’ll Take “Things That Are Worse Than Failing The CPA Exam” For $500, Alex

Remember when you were a kid and got in trouble? How many specific incidents can you recall in detail now? What about the very worst day of your life? Can you describe every single detail of that day? We as human beings are programmed to scrub some of those details out because if we didn't, […]

Here’s Your Target CPA Exam Score Release Timeline for Q1/Q2 of 2014

OH JOY! Plan your entire existence accordingly: The AICPA also has a few helpful reminders for anyone tempted to freak out about not receiving their score by the target date (with big yellow letters just to make sure you pay attention): KEEP IN MIND: All dates and times are based on Eastern Standard Time zone. […]

They’re Getting Ready to Change the CPA Exam Again (But You Shouldn’t Worry)

This is AICPA Board of Examiners Director Michael Decker from the Fall/Winter 2013 Uniform CPA Exam Alert, take note people: We are now embarking on a new Practice Analysis, a research study that will form the basis for the design and development of the next CPA Exam. The Practice Analysis helps to ensure the exam […]

New Year’s Resolutions To Make If You’re Taking the CPA Exam in 2014

Gawd, still with this holiday crap. Thank goodness we're in the home stretch and can soon go about our miserable lives like none of this ever happened. Until then, here are a few resolutions you should make if you plan to take the CPA exam at any point in 2014.   Don't bug out about […]

Future CPA Seeking the Best CPA Review Course Someone Else’s Money Can Buy

Ed. note: today, Amber tackles a question we've gotten no less than 1000 times. Our answer is always the same: we can't tell you which review course is "best" (both due to my obvious conflict of interest having earned my shill stripes in CPA review and to the fact that only you know what will […]

Psst, CPA Exam Scores Are Slowly But Surely Coming Out

As usual, folks over at Another 71 are reporting they've received scores despite NASBA keeping mum for now: @NASBA AUD Scores releasing now http://t.co/TEefr5aETF #cpaexam — Jeff @ another71.com (@another71) December 6, 2013 Also as usual, please feel free to share your victory (or defeat) in the comments if you need a pat on the […]