CPA candidates have faced numerous challenges brought on by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. But life is not on pause. Now is the time to refocus on professional goals and pass the CPA Exam. Here are some tips to help get you back on track.
1. Start as soon as possible.
Research shows that candidates who take the CPA Exam closer to graduation have a drastically higher pass rate than those who wait. Why? Because information learned in school is still fresh, candidates are still in the student mindset, and there are fewer life distractions.
2. Plan every minute.
Having a plan and sticking to it is key to passing. Write out how you will spend each day. Make sure you set aside ample, uninterrupted time to focus on your studies. You will probably have to decline some events. However, if you do miss a day, make it up!
3. Use a review course.
Taking the exam without a guided review is like putting on a blindfold, being turned around a few times and then handed a dart to throw at a target. As a Content Writer for a review course, I can tell you firsthand that we ensure students are fully prepared to demonstrate the exact skills and knowledge laid out in the AICPA Blueprints.
4. Don’t over-study.
There is a notion that in order to pass, one must drill question after question after question. But this is undeniable cause for burnout. In our program, we’ve implemented tools to help students know when they’ve reached a point of exam-readiness on a topic and can move on.
5. Stay positive.
2020 has already been a tough year, but we will persevere and come back stronger on the other side. Remember, if you study, you will pass!