Hello everyone and happy holidays! I hope many of you will be enjoying early office closings and extended weekends for the holidays and upcoming New Year.
It is surreal to think that in a few short weeks I will be in the midst of my very first busy season. With that in mind, I have been putting all the extra effort I can muster into my CPA studies.
I am sitting for BEC the first week in January and AUD the first week in February. I know this is a little ambitious, but I already registered for all 4 exams and needed to fit them in before May 5th (my last day to sit and the day I have FAR scheduled). Due to the recent delay in NJ exam applications, I did not receive my notice to sit until well after I had anticipated. Because of these circumstances, I have altered the study routine I used to prepare for REG. I am spending less time on the lectures (I’m more of a visual rather than aural learner) and more time on MCQs, note cards, and reading. If you also identify more with one mode of learning, you may benefit from tailoring your studies to those strengths.
Earlier this week, my firm held an after-work CPA Rap Session so candidates and colleagues who recently passed the exam could get together informally and share tips, tricks, complaints, and successes. A coworker introduced me to Another71.com, an online forum serving thousands of CPA candidates who share their experiences within the community. Another friend guided me to CPAReviewForFree.com. As the name implies, the site offers thousands of free MCQs. I really like the site because the questions are worded much differently than the Becker and Wiley resources I have previously used. I feel this is an awesome study tool as many test takers feel the MCQs on the actual exam can be convoluted and confusing, and the site offers great practice at digging through the details to identify the question being asked.
If your firm does not have a CPA Initiative or support group, see if you can start one. Of course you can gain valuable tips from your fellow studiers here at the Exam Cram Blog, but nothing beats meeting up in person to share your trials and triumphs.
Best of luck to everyone taking an exam in the upcoming window!