How to Get a Fresh Start on the CPA Exam


The CPA Exam is a difficult exam. And, if you’ve been studying but haven’t yet passed the exam, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone. The most important thing to remember, however, is that there is still hope for successfully passing the CPA Exam. Don’t let any minor setbacks become the end of your journey. Let it be the beginning of your success story.

If you’re looking for a fresh start on your CPA journey, here are a few tips to get you on your way.

1. Learn from your mistakes

This may seem obvious, but by far the most effective way to bounce back from a lower than expected CPA Exam score is to review your results, find your weaknesses, and hone in on them when you’re studying for your next attempt.

Beyond just analyzing the results of the exam, you also need to do some self-reflection. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Did you stick to your study schedule?
  • After each study session, did you meet your study goal? Did you evaluate what you got out of it? Where could you improve and what were you confident about?
  • Are you legitimately studying?
  • Did you have enough time to study?
  • Were you unable to prioritize your exam over other things going on in your life?
  • Did you study all the information and do plenty of practice questions?
  • What else could have affected your failing score?

Make a list. Write down your goals for your next attempt at the CPA Exam. Whether it’s spending more time studying, trying a new study method, or reprioritizing other things in your life, write down what you’ve learned from your first attempt, and what you’re going to change for the next time.

2. Don’t make the same mistakes

We’ve all heard the saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” So the second tip is simply – don’t be insane.

If what you did the first time didn’t work, don’t do it again and expect to pass the second time. If you tried to study without a CPA review prep course, try a prep course this time. If you used a prep course but it didn’t prepare you well, don’t be afraid to switch.

In fact, if you used another prep course but still failed your exam, you may qualify for our Fresh Start discount. Candidates who have invested more than $400 in another course may qualify for the program.

3.  Keep your eyes on the prize

It’s easy to lose motivation after failing one of your CPA exam sections. It really is a difficult thing to get up when you’ve been knocked down. But difficult does not mean impossible.

Statistically, your chances of passing increase when you attempt the exam a second time. You aren’t doomed, you aren’t incapable, you aren’t unqualified. You have what it takes, you just need to make some adjustments and start fresh.

Keep your eyes on the goal. The light at the end of the tunnel is still there. The reward is still great. The struggle, the pain, the late nights, the long hours of studying will all be worth it when you earn your CPA license. Stick to the plan, stay focused on the goal, and don’t let a minor setback get you down.

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