CPA Exam Experience Sharing from Past Candidates

As the year progresses, the stress of completing the CPA exam is creeping up on you. We know as we have been there.

I hope you enjoy this list of insights and sharing I collected from readers and past candidates.

CPA Exam Experience Sharing

1. Fight with the Right Attitude

My motto at work and for the CPA exam is to KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

It is not a matter of if I can or cannot, but rather a matter of will or will not. The first is an attitude where we leave the passing of the test to fate, or at least hope we will get luck on some given exam. The second is one where we are glad for a little luck, but realize that it is all up to us individually if we pass or not.

2014 is my year. Period. That, is what I have decided.

2. Never Give Up

Witnessing the success and disappointments of others, along with sharing my own, ultimately reminds me that I am not alone in this journey, and there is a VERY bright light at the end of the tunnel.

How many of us get so close to accomplishing what we set out to do, only to stop just short of our climb? I feel a little like the kid that dropped on the ground. I stopped just short of scoring a passing score. The difference is that I will dust myself off and finish this test.

To those who are still struggling, keep fighting. This process is not about the smartest ones, but it is about those who want it the most.

I have posted all of these post-it notes around my desk at work and will figure out a system to get some inspiration once I’m home.

3. General Study Tips

My best advice for everyone out there that has not taken the exam yet — don’t wait like I did. Even if you don’t think you are ready, go ahead and take one so you can get a feel of what it is like.

I just wanted to make sure I covered each point and provide key words that I thought the examiners would look for when scoring that part.

I am well enough prepared that I can do more than just regurgitate a definition; instead I am so familiar with that definition that I can put it to practical use without giving it a second thought.

Utilize the idle time. For example when you drive, when you take a shower, when you peel the carrots or fold laundry think of “that problem” that gave you trouble, recall information you would say to “assistant” if you were writing a communication and turn idle time into ideal time.

4. Be Positive

It is safe to say that WHEN I pass the exams, I will cherish it more than any degree that I have because I have never worked so hard in my life.


This article should make you believe that you can pass the exam. If you have any queries, feel free to comment in the section below. Happy Learning!

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