The CPA Exam is constantly evolving to reflect industry demands, new laws, and business practices. Here are the most common FAQs we received about the 2019 CPA Exam.
1. When did the 2019 CPA Exam changes go into effect?
Most of the 2019 CPA USA Exam content updates listed above went into effect on January 1, 2019. Testing on data analytic outputs within existing frameworks (without changing the scope of the exam) will begin July 1, 2019 for AUD and BEC.
2. How is Simandhar Education addressing the new tax bill congress just passed?
Simandhar Education has ensured that all REG course materials are aligned with the new tax bill.
3. Is the 2019 version of REG “harder” with the new tax laws? I’m worried about sitting for the CPA Exam in 2019 because of all the REG changes. Are you hearing anything from current students about their experience with the new Exam?
We have received feedback from many of our students that they felt prepared sitting for the REG Exam and that the Exam wasn’t as hard as they expected. We are continually surveying our students to get their feedback about the REG Exam and will share those results with you in an upcoming article.
REG’s content updates incorporate the TCJA’s tax law changes and the AICPA Blueprints indicate that more than 60% of the REG Exam focuses on federal taxation, so naturally much of the REG content on the CPA Exam is affected. We’ll know how the changes affected the CPA Exam once we receive the Q1 2019 CPA Exam pass rates. However, we’ve heard from many of our own students that the 2019 CPA Exam is not any harder than in previous years. Just remember that Individual taxation is the hardest hit topic above all else.
4. What order should I take the 2019 CPA Exam?
The order to take the CPA Exam really comes down to personal preference. For example, if you are fresh out of college and had an amazing Audit professor, perhaps you want to start with the AUD Exam to give you a healthy boost of confidence. On the other hand, you may want to start with the most difficult and time-consuming Exam parts so that you can get them out of the way early in the process. But if you’re unsure and looking for guidance, here is Simandhar Education general recommended sequence: FAR, REG or AUD, AUD or REG, BEC.
5. How is Simandhar Education helping students prepare for the Exam in 2019?
We’re always dedicated to ensuring our students have access to fresh, relevant materials no matter when they plan to sit for the CPA Exam. Our team has worked rigorously to ensure all 2019 course materials are thoroughly updated with all 2019 CPA Exam changes.