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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. 

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 […]

Wake Forest Continues to Dominate the CPA Exam, Press Releases About Said Domination

I kinda wish I could be the PR person at Wake Forest, it has to be super easy to write what is essentially the same exact press release year after year after year. The following comes as a shock to absolutely no one, though it's probably salt in the wound of that one guy who […]

We Hear The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores For Q4 Are Here

NASBA hasn't announced it yet but according to Another 71, CPA exam scores — which were due to be released tomorrow — are slowly but surely @NASBA CPA Exam Scores (FAR/AUD/REG/BEC) are now all trickling out http://t.co/P3e5q6Ovf5 #cpaexam — Jeff @ another71.com (@another71) November 21, 2013 As always, feel free to share your victories or […]

These Pictures of Tim Gearty with Neil Cavuto Are Glorious

Twitter was created for moments just like this: Met Neil Cavuto at a Church breakfast. I present CPE at his company – Fox News ! ! ! pic.twitter.com/hzcfHubfEB — Timothy Gearty (@TimothyGearty) November 20, 2013 The look on Cavuto's face seems to be saying, "Okay, buddy. Mnemonics. Sounds great." Here's the two mugging together: A […]

We Hear Some Q4 CPA Exam Scores Are Trickling Out…

This, per Another71: CPA Exam Scores are now releasing per Another71 Forum http://t.co/P3e5q6Ovf5 #cpaexam #cpa — Jeff @ another71.com (@another71) November 1, 2013 And the tip box: CPA scores are out And a bunch of people getting excited on Twitter. I PASSED THE HARDEST PART OF THE CPA EXAM! — Katie Hansen (@katieeehansen) November 1, […]

CPA Exam Administrators Understand Things Happen But Just Breathe Through It, Mmkay?

This is CPA exam gold direct from NASBA. SETTLE DOWN, CANDIDATES, THINGS HAPPEN: NASBA, the AICPA and Prometric work together to ensure that you receive a fair test experience. However, sometimes things can happen during the test that are completely out of your control. Often, when something unexpected occurs during the Exam, candidates report becoming […]

ICYMI: Fall CPA Exam Testing Is Being Extended to December 6th

That should be plenty of time for the tryptophan comas to subside: NEWS: Due to the late Thanksgiving holiday, NASBA, AICPA and Prometric extend the Fall #CPAexam testing window: http://t.co/jiytMaprWJ — NASBA (@NASBA) October 18, 2013 The extension is available globally, according to NASBA's website so our international friends may experience 'Merica! at its best if […]

BREAKING: Commas To Be Added to the CPA Exam

YES you read that right, COMMAS: We are adding a comma to the calculator on the CPA Exam. The comma is meant for large numbers such as 1,000 and above to make them easier to read. We are also updating the tutorial to reflect a few recent changes to the CPA Exam, and at the same […]

On This, The Eve of the Last CPA Exam Testing Window of 2013…

Holy crap, it's almost October already. OCTOBER. I don't know about where you are, but over here in Richmond it's as swampy as ever and that makes me feel like we're still lingering in the longest, most obnoxious summer ever. But that's beside the point. According to the calendar, it's still almost October. What that […]

We’d Like To Welcome Oregon To The 21st Century

Still trying to figure out how to keep Margaret from getting bitten by snakes and infected with typhoid. Congratulations and welcome to F5 Hell, Oregon candidates!

Some CPA Candidates Aren’t Won Over By New Hampshire’s New 150 Hour Rule

This is the first we're looking at the matter but apparently some New Hampshire candidates are not very excited about their state going 150: New Hampshire upgraded their education requirements (to be effective July 1, 2014) by a shitload and are applying it to all candidates retroactively, regardless of when they sat for the exam. […]

Let’s Discuss: CPA Exam Passing Rates Through the Third Quarter

By the looks of things, BEC is getting too easy; it's the only section that has a higher passing rate than last year's third quarter numbers. CPAexam_passrates_2013q3 Cumulative scores are looking good as well, but the 4th quarter always shits the bed on account of everyone spending the last three months of the year in […]

Why Aren’t Big 4 Firms Aggressively Marketing Their CPA Exam Policies?

While the firms are busy trampling each other to recruit top talent with a salary/benefit/work-life balance pissing contest, many of them are missing one important component to their seduction strategy: CPA exam incentives. We already know some firms pay for materials, give you time off to study, and offer cash incentives for passing the exam […]

The Final Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the July/August Testing Window

AICPA and NASBA are on a roll, as this makes back-to-back timely releases of CPA exam scores after the GREAT SCORE DELAY 2013. Sure, this last group's target release date was technically "TBD" but the 17th of any month is about as TBD as it gets.  #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the […]

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the July/August Testing Window

After the GREAT SCORE DELAY last month, you just knew the AICPA and NASBA were going to make sure this release went off without a hitch.    #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/Aug 2013 testing window: 6583 AUD, 6663 BEC, 7266 FAR and 7452 REG #CPAexam — NASBA (@NASBA) September 9, 2013 #AICPA […]

CPA Exam Candidates Must Be Starting Families Earlier

OR Becker is trying to expand the customer base. OR Gearty and Olintbro are convincing their friends to get the CPA just for grins. No matter what the trend is, the mother of all CPA review is showing grandparents some love on Twitter for some reason. Here is a shout out to all of our […]

Ten Ways CPA Exam Candidates Screw Up the Exam According To NASBA

In light of the Great Score Delay of 2013 (NEVER FORGET, we will rebuild!) and all the criticism heaped on the AICPA and NASBA for their part in the tragedy, we dug up this old post from NASBA that points out 10 ways candidates screw up. Don't do any of these things: 1. Exiting Out […]

Here’s a Bunch of Folks Really Upset at NASBA

Twitter wasn't the only place to air your expletive-filled grievances on Friday. Even though all CPA exam score release dates are target dates (meaning shit can and does happen and the AICPA makes no promises you'll actually see your score on the date they announce), apparently a few people were upset by the delay in […]

At Long Last, the Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

For those of you that have been holding your breath since Thursday, the suspense officially ceased on Saturday morning. #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/Aug 2013 testing window: 4492 AUD, 4087 BEC, 4675 FAR and 4660 REG #CPAexam — NASBA (@NASBA) August 24, 2013 Browsing through the Twittersphere, you'll find that […]

(UPDATE) This is the Worst Friday Ever For a Few CPA Exam Candidates

You can almost hear the frustrated clacking of F5 keys everywhere. Rest assured candidates who took the exam from July 21-Aug 14 will likely not be getting much work done today. I used all three gigs of my data plan today waiting for @NASBA to release score. pic.twitter.com/vxvDa7gZoF — Adam Panella (@AdamPanella) August 22, 2013 […]

CPA Exam Scores Are Delayed and, Naturally, People Are Losing Their Minds

I present to you, Exhibit A: NEWS FROM THE #AICPA: Score release delay: #CPAexam scores will be released on August 23, 2013 for results received by August 14, 2013. — NASBA (@NASBA) August 21, 2013 And a few reactions: @NASBA You are killing me. 🙁 — marty (@m_arty) August 21, 2013 “@NASBA: Score release delay: […]

According to the Internet, the California Ethics Exam Is Harder Than the Actual CPA Exam

You'd think an ethics exam wouldn't even be required for the future CPAs of America, who are surely totally and completely ethical at all times. But if that were the case, the Prometric Gestapo wouldn't be so eager to stop and frisk CPA exam candidates before they sit down at their antiquated machine to take […]

AICPA to CPA Exam Candidates: Hey, at Least You Don’t Have Kidney Stones!

@AICPA appealing to the younger generation! #aicpa_edge pic.twitter.com/dXi9Pmqbwh — Andrew Bennett (@andrewpbennett) August 9, 2013

California Board of Accountancy Would Like to Debunk a Big Rumor

California CPA exam candidates, have you see a link floating around about Senate Bill 823 which will give California CPA exam candidates additional time to meet the 150 hour requirement for licensure? We know you have because a few of you have sent it to us. Of course, I didn't cover it because when I […]

We Hear Peter Olinto Celebrated His Birthday at a Nursing Home

Thank you for being a friend, Tim Gearty. It took a lot of digging but Going Concern was able to track down this exclusive photo of Peter's birthday celebration at Tim's retirement home. How sweet, he gave the birthday boy a pony! Happy birthday, Peter!

Is Religious Headwear Allowed at Prometric?

Our friends over at Above the Law recently shared the story of a Muslim bar candidate who was handed quite the passive aggressive note (excessive underlining always makes it so) in the middle of her exam requesting she stash her hijab under her seat for the afternoon portion of testing. Everyone knows that things like […]

The First Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

We always hear from a few people whose scores get released early, but we don't mind waiting for NASBA to make the official Twitter announcement, as they did right on cue this morning: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/August 2013 testing window: 5548 AUD, 4906 BEC, 6480 FAR and 5699 REG […]

AICPA Will Pass “Old” GAAS on the CPA Exam in 2014

Well look at that, you guys got all worked up over the Clarity Project and now you have this to worry about. From the AICPA: Beginning in 14Q1, the extant standards (AUs) will no longer be tested on the AUD section of the Uniform CPA Examination. The clarified U.S. Auditing Standards (the AU-Cs), issued by […]

The Senior’s Guide To Being a Senior Forever

We focus a lot on the newbies and managers around here but what about that forgotten demographic: the senior? Lest you all feel ignored, we wanted to offer a few tips to those of you who have hung around at the senior level just a tad longer than you should. Don't think of it as […]

Studying for the CPA Exam at the Beach Isn’t Really an Option Since Most Candidates Have Jobs

A recent article by the New York Times is widening the massive canyon between accounting grads and law grads by reminding everyone just how different life is for would-be lawyers. Granted, with something like a 106% unemployment rate for new law grads and 100% utilization of new accounting grads1, it makes sense that a select […]

Prometric’s Awful Scheduling System Could Possibly Be the Worst Prometric Horror Story of Them All

OK, first thing's first: deep breath. And a little perspective while you're at it. I won't remind you that there are starving children in Africa or anything like that but let's just think about how lucky we all have it before we freak out. Now, commence to freaking out, by way of my inbox: Hi, […]

You Might Be a CPA Exam Candidate If…

Swiped from This Way to CPA: You may be a CPA candidate if… You finally decide to take a day off from studying and everyone comments saying, “shouldn't you be studying?” A successful night out on the town is heading to the library and acing multiple choice tests. You have cleared a store’s shelves of highlighters. […]

Horror Stories From the CPA Exam: The Prometric Nose Bleed

Note: this story came to us from "a friend" of a test taker but it came with a photo we're going to have to heavily censor and sorry in advance to the victim but we just had to given the ridiculousness of this claim. Is Prometric truly this heartless? Well, given past incidents, I guess […]

Your Reward for Winning the Elijah Watt Sells Award Is Winning the Elijah Watt Sells Award (and Maybe Some Cash)

Have a question for GC's exclusive team of underachievers? Get in touch and we'll do our best to do the research for you. From the mailbag: Is there any career benefit to not only passing the CPA exams, but aceing them and getting the Elijah Watts Sells award? You mean you didn't hear? The Elijah […]

Failing the CPA Exam Without Even Taking It

I recently received the following email from a professional who not only passed the exam but helps others to pass as well. This person has some concerns about the "10-minute time out" at the beginning of the testing process at Prometric: I am sure you have heard about candidates being locked out of the CPA […]

Good News For Future California CPAs Who Were Totally Going To Get Around to That 150 Hour Thing… Eventually

It looks like future CPAs of California don't have to hustle to get their licenses by December 31, 2013 after all! This was mentioned in the latest CBA UPDATE: The new 150-hour educational requirements are fast approaching, and there is new legislation pending that could prove a help to many CPA license applicants. The CBA […]

Initial CPA Exam Testing In Brazil Went So Well, The AICPA Has Opened It Up to All South Americans

As everyone knows by now, in February of 2012 the AICPA opened up the CPA exam to certain international locations, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Brazil. Presumably, this has been such a smashing success that the AICPA is looking to expand the empire. Beginning July 1, 2013, CPA exam testing in […]

Your Final CPA Exam Scores for Q2 Are Bursting Forth

Apparently the excitement started this weekend, a few days ahead of schedule. I received this email Saturday: Hi Adrienne, The latest batch scores have dropped for TN. The tweet has not posted from NASBA yet, but that bright, shining 77 doesn't lie. I thought I would pass along the information! Not wanting to work on […]

This Way to CPA Dares Future CPAs in Kansas To Aim Higher

So, this happened on the This Way to CPA Facebook page today: So while we're at it, I want to know: How many more pairs of socks there are in Arkansas than CPAs? How about bricks of cheese in Wisconsin? Or how many toothpicks processed by the state of Maine which, if you didn't know, […]

Do You Really Need To Buy That $3,000 CPA Review Course?

It feels like forever since we've had to point a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed CPA exam candidate toward the light but oh lookie, we got an email! If you have a question about the CPA exam, you can always email me, and if you have a question about anything else except everything we've ever written about for […]

The AICPA’s New CPA Exam Brochure Is Both Informative and Kind of Sexy

Most current CPA exam candidates have no idea how far the exam has come over the last few years. When I started in CPA review back in 2007, NASBA's website looked like it had been designed by the same team that created the original Super Mario Bros and candidates had to use Pony Express to […]

Protip for CPA Candidates: Don’t Schedule an Exam the Day After Memorial Day

  Over the years, we (and by "we" I mean "Adrienne") have dispensed a lot of advice related to the CPA exam. Everything from study materials to chemical assistance to 5-week intensive courses. We've even explained how to bomb the exam, if reverse-psychology is your thing.   But there's plenty of advice that we take for granted, […]

The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores For the April/May Window Have Been Released

Rejoice! Either you've got Memorial Day weekend off to celebrate or it's back to the books for you, loser. Additionally, the AICPA has released 242 AUD, 154 BEC, 188 FAR and 131 REG scores for international candidates to NASBA. Feel free to share your victories and failures in the comments if you feel so inclined […]

The First Batch of Q2 CPA Exam Scores Are Here!

NASBA hasn't tweeted about it yet but everyone else is. Happy Friday! Except to the losers, no happy Friday for you, losers.

Meet Your High-Strung CPA Exam Candidate of the Week

Dude. Breathe. tip:I nearly had a heart attack when I received an email from Prometric with the subject line: "IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PROMETRIC REGARDING YOUR SCHEDULED EXAM AT SITE ****"… The email went on to say "Dear Candidate, This is an urgent message concerning your upcoming test with Prometric. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the […]

ICYMI: Here’s the Yearly Press Release From Becker Reminding Us They Rule

It happens every year like clockwork (well, not entirely, some years the Becker PR folks are a little too tied up to get the press release out promptly), the Elijah Watt Sells winners are released and then comes the inevitable patting-themselves-on-the-back from our friends at Becker:

Here Are Your 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Winners

*waits anxiously for Becker press release saying 42 of the 39 winners prepared for the exam using Becker products* The AICPA has announced 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners or, as the haters call them, the overachievers who got a cumulative average score above 95.50 their first attempt. More than 92,000 candidates sat for the […]

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the Jan/Feb Window

Today is the last scheduled release date for scores in the first window of 2013, so if you managed to crash and burn again, you have the rest of March to curse the sky and/or plot your comeback: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the Jan/Feb 2013 testing window: 5675 AUD, 3196 BEC, 4837 FAR […]

No, We Can’t Help You Pass the Ethics Exam

I'm not sure what's worse, the fact that this was emailed to us at all or that it was emailed from the sender's work email. But here's the problem as it stands: I took this exam more than 7 times. My highest score was an 86% I need a 90% to pass. Can you please […]

This Guy Who Emerged From a Coma to Pass the CPA Exam AND Run a Half-Marathon Is Making Everyone Else Look Lazy

You may have never heard of Bryan Steinhauer but this 26-year-old's story is about to make you feel guilty for every single stupid excuse you ever gave for not being able to pass the CPA exam. You see, Bryan was beaten into a coma back in 2008 when he got into a barroom brawl with […]

Pennsylvania Is Trying to Ditch the Attest Hour Requirement for New CPAs

Should all new CPAs be required to log audit hours before applying for licensure? Most states don't seem to think so. For prospective Pennsylvania CPAs, however, at least 400 hours are still required (which works out to 25% of candidates' total required experience), regardless of whether these candidates will ever work on an audit in […]

Prometric to Provide CPA Candidates with Memorable Experiences for Years to Come

Over the years we have shared a number of stories from people that have suffered from the plight of Prometric. Everything from a runny nose to the metal detectors to questionable written communication to something that might resemble a hostage situation to a very, very, very awkward search. These anecdotes have provided a sense of added […]

The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the Jan/Feb Testing Window Has Been Released

Right on cue, NASBA started rolling the scores out on Monday, but sometimes these things fly under the radar. Sorry about that. I'd offer the excuse that I'm losing my touch, but there's really no evidence that I had any touch to begin with. #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the Jan/Feb 2013 testing […]

Calm Down, This CPA Exam Practice Question Isn’t as Dirty as You Think

One CPA candidate has clearly studied to the point that only basic instincts remain: @going_concern What dirty mind behind this CPA study guide got away with Willie "The Back Door Guy" Dixon?yfrog.com/es81rrlj — AJ (@Sturndago) February 21, 2013 No problem, Going Concern is here to help.

ICYMI: Here Are the Ten States with the Highest CPA Exam Passing Rates

By some combination of bad luck and adult attention deficit disorder, we missed NASBA's announcement that they released their CPA exam stats book for 2012. No matter, we're confident you missed it too because no one sent us an email about it.  Anyway, if you're interested in dropping $150 for your own copy we won't stop […]

Is This Way to CPA Saying You Have a Big Head?

Normally I am a fan of their graphics but, um:

In Case You Haven’t Heard, Some CPA Exam Candidates May Have a Snow Day

A public service announcement for our friends in the Northeast: NEWS: Due to the winter storm bearing down on the Northeast, some testing centers will be closed tomorrow: bit.ly/XTvzZl — NASBA (@NASBA) February 7, 2013 To see a full list of Prometric test centers that are closed today and tomorrow, head here.

Diligent CPA Exam Candidate Bamboozled By Cute, Low-Quality Swedish Desk

I'm sure we all have a piece or twenty of cheap-ass IKEA furniture in our homes so I'm not going to judge this CPA exam candidate's choice of home furnishings, though I do question using the logic of "it had flowers and butterflies" as a qualifier when purchasing any good other than body glitter when […]

Our Live CPA Exam Chat Is Now Taking Your Questions About Studying, Prometric Etiquette, and Whatever Else You Got

Our resident CPA oracle, Adrienne Gonzalez is now fielding questions over at the original post that you see under "Upcoming Events." If you've never used CoverItLive, it's pretty self-explanatory — no registration is necessary and it functions similar to gchat or any other chat device. If you're incapable of figuring this out, email us and […]

Let’s Discuss: 2012 CPA Exam Pass Rates

We don't really have any theories behind the enormous improvement in CPA exam scores for 2012; maybe it's something in the water, maybe it's that the exam is getting easier like all the old school paper-and-pencil people say, maybe it's that shift in consciousness the Mayans promised. Whatever. They're up and that's what matters. Here […]

This CPA Exam Candidate Apparently Does Not Want To Be a Millionaire

24-year-old Virginia Tech MBA student Matthew Dolan got slightly more distracted than most CPA exam candidates while studying last summer. While watching "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," he saw the show was holding auditions and went for it. After a few interviews and some multiple choice exams, he was picked to appear on the […]

Apparently a Few CPA Exams Were Incorrectly Graded as Failing When In Fact They Passed

Jeff at Another71 is reporting that his forums were abuzz over the weekend with word that some candidates who took FAR and REG exams in 2011 and 2012 were told they failed when they actually passed. This is huge and Jeff says it has been confirmed: This isn’t a hoax. Another71.com has confirmed that this […]

The Ten Best CPA Exam Freakouts Of 2012

My esteemed (?) colleague has been having fun with slideshows since TPTB told us "go ahead and take it easy for the holidays, your loyal readership aren't at work anyway," now it's my turn. This has been a pretty uneventful year in CPA exam world. Well, unless you count a pile-up in Audit exams we'll […]

Not One To Ruin CPA Exam Candidates’ Holiday, The AICPA Has Score Release Goals For First Half of 2013

Lest everyone spend their holiday break freaking out not only about this whole "noteboard" drama but not knowing when scores will be released in the year ahead, the AICPA has announced its target score release dates for the first half of 2013. So everyone please just settle down: CPA Exam score release timetables have been […]

CPA Exam Candidates Everywhere Freaked Out by NASBA’s Switch to “Noteboards” from Scratch Paper

This email went out to CPA exam candidates from NASBA earlier today:

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the October/November Testing Window

Yes, it's a little ambitious for us to be posting on a Saturday in December, but we're here for those of you that have suffered long and hard for some BEC closure. Plus, NASBA doesn't rest on the Sabbath: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the Oct/Nov 2012 testing window: 6195 AUD, 4620 […]

Wake Forest Less Eager About Patting Itself on the Back for Amazing CPA Exam Pass Rate

They do so with a press release, naturally: Students in the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program at Wake Forest University Schools of Business achieved the top pass rate in the nation on the Certified Public Accountant exam once again, according to the 2012 edition of Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance. Wake Forest had […]

The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the October/November Testing Window

For those of you whose lives have been revolving around the chase of the most coveted credential for accountants, it's unfortunate that you had really nothing to share with family and friends over the holiday weekend in the way of interesting life events. NASBA waited until today to drop scores, so presumably you had very […]

Apparently NASBA Is Not Going To Torture Some CPA Exam Candidates Through the Holiday Weekend

Although it hasn't been officially announced on NASBA's Twitter account yet (are they off for the day or what?), we've gotten word CPA exam scores are slowly but surely rolling out ahead of the holiday. From the tip box: Scores for days 21 – 45 of the Q4 window (scheduled for Nov. 26th) were just […]

The Clarity Project Clarifies That CPA Exam Candidates Should Clear the Audit Hurdle Soon

While we've all been focused on the desperate tactics of the IASB to shove IFRS down everyone's throats and make it seem way cooler than lame old GAAP, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) has been quietly aligning its agenda with that of the International Auditing and Assurance Standard Board (IAASB). Dubbed The Clarity Project, […]

Word to the Wise, All CPA Exam Questions Are Not Created Equal

As we all know, CPA exam advice is a dime a dozen these days. There are handfuls of sketchy blogs spitting out generic – and sometimes completely wrong – advice that appears to be written by English-challenged spambots, new CPA review programs popping up all the time and all manner of "resources" that are really […]

The First Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the October/November Testing Window

Hurricane Sandy managed to throw the AICPA off its game for a few days, but anyone that was expecting delays to extend into next week will be excited (or terribly disappointed) that things are moving right along: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA from the Oct/Nov 2012 testing window: 4971 AUD, 4313 FAR and […]