August 21, 2018

PICPA Has Organized “Ask the CPA Experts” Night for Future Pennsylvania CPAs

As much as we'd like to believe we're a great resource for CPA exam candidates, it's easy for candidates to get confused by the wealth of exam information floating around out there on the Internet. While other websites and forums can be helpful for those seeking support from other candidates going through the same misery, it's always nice when candidates can get help from other, slightly more reliable sources as well.

In that vein, it looks like the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs has organized info sessions around the state for any soon-to-be studying future exam candidates with tons of questions floating around in their little heads.

During these "Ask the Experts" nights, CPA exam experts will cover what to expect on the exam, study tips and advice, requirements information and do a Q&A with attendees.

Attendees may submit questions prior to the event to [email protected] or bring questions along to the event. Afterwards, there will be a networking hour with refreshments. These events are free for all PICPA members.

Here's the November schedule:

  • Nov. 7 – Philadelphia
  • Nov. 8 – Wilkes-Barre
  • Nov. 13 – Harrisburg
  • Nov. 14 – Altoona
  • Nov. 14 – Allentown
  • Nov. 29 – Reading
  • TBD — Pittsburgh

We LOVE this idea and hope more state societies take a page from PICPA's book and offer these kinds of sessions around their state. Prepared, well-informed candidates make better CPAs after all, don't they?

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The AICPA announced the winners of the Elijah Watt Sells awards yesterday. For you mere mortals, this is an award for the 10 highest cumulative scorers on the CPA exam.
Glancing over the recipients we notice that two Big 4 firms (KPMG and Deloitte) enslave employ five of the recipients. A couple of recipients work in industry and a few more work for smaller, local firms.
This leads to the obvious question of why the hell P. Dubya and E&Y were totally shut out? Grant Thornton and BDO were also blanked. Are the honchos at the Radio Station and Big D giving the worker bees more time to study? Are P. Dubs, E&Y, et al. cutting out the bonuses for passing and thus destroying anyone’s motivation for passing? Are those of you looking to pass already choosing between eating and sleeping (and maybe sex) so studying just isn’t happening? Sells was a Big D founder so maybe the whole thing is rigged? Thoughts anyone?
Oh and congratulate the recipients while you’re at it (without vomiting on them).

We’re Here to Listen to Your CPA Exam Stories Because We’re Solid Like That

Cpa_exam.jpgOkay, so the purpose of the Elijah Watt Sells post was not to make any of you feel like you’re lesser accountants. We just figured that a good portion of you were hung over today and the story of 10 individuals that got vomit-worthy scores on the CPA exam would get you past the nausea and running to the bathroom to lose that 3 am breakfast.
Now that you’re feeling better, we want to appeal to the rest of you. We want your CPA exam horror stories. Not because we want you to send you running back into the bathroom to sob in the stall. Not because some people we know passed all four sections in one sitting and don’t have any good stories. No, no. We want your stories because we here to listen to you. Besides, they’re probably funny now anyway. Aren’t they? Even if you’re still mortified or pissed off, this your opportunity to vent about it.
Sooooo, did you run out of gas on the way to the exam site? Did your computer crash with 10 minutes to go and you had to re-take the entire exam? We’re you caught cheating?!? Or watching porn? Impress us…