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Friday, December 16, 2011

Conquering the CPA Board Exam: Some Useful Tips to Consider

"Imagination is the soil that brings a dream to life." -- John Maxwell (New York Times Bestselling Author)

Exam Tips

1. Visualize yourself as a CPA-- BELIEVE that you can achieve your goal!

2. Use study materials that are no older than six months.

3. Complete your CPA exam application at least six months in advance of the date you plan to sit.

4. Establish a visible and accessible place to study. Make it convenient for yourself. Study whenever you have a free moment.

5. Take some time to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Admit that you are not perfect.

6. Work to correct as many weaknesses as possible.

7. Answer all multiple-choice questions. The exam is positively graded. There is no penalty for guessing.

8. Your communication response must be on topic. Address the concept, not just state the concept. Clearly identify a thesis statement. Develop and support main ideas. Avoid the use of fragments, bullet-points, numbered lists, and run-on sentences. Use spell-check and proofread.

9. Don’t grade yourself. Leave the grading to the professionals. Move from question to question, focusing on each new question. Leave the previous questions behind. Each question deserves your utmost attention.

Preparing for the CPA Board Exams

1. Secure copies of the CPA Examination Syllabi for all the seven (7) board subjects.
2. Make an initial self-assessment based on the CPA examination syllabi (Ascertain whether you have already covered all the topics in the syllabi)
3. Secure at least one review book for every subject.
4. Prepare a monthly, weekly and daily study schedule based on the coverage of each subject.
5. Set the daily schedule based on your body rhythms/body clock.
6. Make use of the travel time and breaks.
7. Mark the complicated/difficult questions. A summary of these questions (for each subject may be prepared. Browse over some of these questions before going to bed.
8. Eat with moderation, and allow time for exercise.
9. Fix broken relationships. Learn to forgive and forget.
10. Pray, pray, pray!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Humility is a qualitative ingredient to becoming a CPA

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 “Although I thought that there is a chance that I would top the exam, I never expected that I will be the 2nd placer,” Antonio said in an interview.

He also believes that preparing for the board exam was one of the hardest yet the most fulfilling part of his journey. He was a Recoletos Educational Assistance for Deserving Students (READS) scholar and he had to juggle between his studies and duty hours. “I have to juggle with the uncertainties and worries that keep on rushing in my mind. The thought of failing and fear of not being able to do my best were the main obstacles that I encountered in keeping myself focused for the actual examination. During my review for the actual board exam I came to know myself better. There were a lot of hardships I stumbled along the way and many mistakes that I had done.”

However, those hardships didn’t hinder him. He also believed that topping the board exam is just an icing on the cake. He further added that those experiences that he had were more important to him than passing and topping the board exam.

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