10 things you probably don't know about taking the CPA Exam

August 10, 2017

By UWorld Roger CPA Review on May 10, 2017

1. Exam content typically changes twice a year.

Many CPA Exam candidates do not even realize that they are sabotaging their success by studying from outdated books, lectures, and practice question banks. New pronouncements are released twice yearly and if you are using a review course, you should be able to request updates to your materials. Roger CPA Review students receive automatic updates to their course to reflect these changes.

2. Written Communication in simulations isn't as hard as you think.

While many exam candidates panic at the thought of the written communications section because it involves cohesive writing--and, well--tests your ability to communicate, it isn't nearly as hard as it seems. Only two out of the three (one of them is a pretest question) are going to actually be graded. Remember that it's just like writing a business letter - as long as you respect the rules of good grammar and proper punctuation, you'll be just fine!

3. Watching lectures is just one component to your study strategy. 

Some students believe all they have to do is view the lectures, take a few notes, and walk into the Prometric Testing Center a few weeks later to get a 99 on FAR. But of course it doesn't work that way. A good study strategy includes a recipe of success based on both lectures and multiple choice/simulation practice questions. The AICPA recommends 2 - 3 hours of self study (practicing with both multiple choice and simulations) for every hour of lecture watched.

4. Some questions on the exam are NOT graded. 

In order to test the system and get preliminary feedback on new exam questions, the BOE often puts "pretest" questions into the question banks. You may find that you know absolutely nothing about one certain question and get scared that you missed something while studying; but chances are, this question is one of the pretest questions that will appear on later exams and is not graded. So don't worry! They're just trying to get feedback on new material!

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