Time for a few midseason tips!
Number one, study for the exam as much as possible before you start working. Although I'm taking a break from studying during busy season at work, I also wouldn't want to imagine taking on that task right now. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to study day in and day out during this time of year when you work full time or even part time. I have the utmost respect for anyone who can successfully study for a section like this, but would not suggest it for most people, including myself.
It is for that very reason that I reiterate, study for the exam as soon as you can so that you won't have to worry about passing a section or missing the 18 month window. It may seem like a bother to study during the summer or during your days off, but trust me it is worth it.
As I've posted before, I have 2 more sections that I haven't been able to pass yet, Audit and Regulation. It has come to my attention that the CPA exam will be changing its format and certain material, particularly Audit, that will take place in June. That means that May is the last month that you will be able to take the exam in the format that we have been studying in. It is for this reason that I plan on taking the 2 sections I still need in May so that I won't need to worry about new information to learn/review.
I hope that this is useful information for those of you who are currently studying and considering taking the exam soon. Best of luck to all who are braving the busy season by studying and hope to see you pass soon!