The CPA Exam Sitting for the CPA Exam
Sitting for the CPA Exam
Sitting for the CPA Exam can be both an exciting and anxious time. You must meet educational and employment eligibility requirements, apply to sit for the Exam, and spend hours preparing for the Exam. All these things may seem like huge challenges to overcome. However, you also know that the benefits of passing the CPA Exam and becoming a CPA outweigh any challenges that may arise.
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It’s an exciting time for CPAs! CPAs enjoy many benefits in their careers including long-term job security, great flexibility and better work/life balance, increased salary, and more job opportunities. A CPA is also seen as a trusted advisor and business consultant from day one, so there’s something to be said about having these three letters after your name. Finally, CPAs are at the forefront of the latest technological advances in the business world. They work with some of the most cutting-edge accounting technology when servicing clients.
So, why are you waiting to sit for the CPA Exam?
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WHAT TO DO THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR CPA EXAM
So, you’re scheduled to take the CPA Exam and it’s happening soon! You’re probably excited, anxious, worried, or none of those, and just ready for it to be over. The night before the CPA Exam can be the most anxious time for many CPA candidates. We have some suggestions to help with jitters before the CPA Exam.
Do not do anything new before the CPA Exam.
Instead, review you notes to help you feel confident about topics you’ve had trouble with in the past. When you come across notes that are still challenging, stick a yellow Post-it on them so you can go over them on Exam day. The reason we suggest not learning new concepts the night before the Exam is that there isn’t enough time to fully digest new information only a few hours before the Exam. Doing so will cause unnecessary panic. Instead, focus your time and energy reviewing and solidifying the things you truly understand.
Talk to someone.
It is amazing how helpful it is to voice concerns and anxieties about the Exam to friends, close colleagues, or family members. If you are still worried about the Exam and don’t have anyone you can talk to, write down your concerns on scrap paper or in your notes. According to the University of Chicago, writing about worries eases anxiety and improves test performance. It is very natural to feel worried about the Exam—but what’s more important is how you handle the stress. If possible, reach out to someone and connect.
Lastly: Make sure you have everything you need for the Exam ready the night before.
You don’t want to make too many decisions the day of the Exam. So, be prepared! Decide which clothes you’re going to wear. Grab your Notice to Schedule (NTS). Have a map (or smart phone) to find the testing center if you get lost. Also, pack your 2 forms of identification (Driver's license, passport, Identification card) and your Notice to Schedule (NTS), review notes, water, and snacks. Have everything ready in your purse, backpack, briefcase or other type of bag. Leave early to ensure you’ll make it on time if something happens out of your control. You can sit in your car and review notes and eat some snacks and/or meditate before going into the Exam.
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6 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CPA EXAM DAY
Once Exam day arrives, be sure to follow these suggestions:
1. Plan ahead
Know exactly where you are going on Exam day, such as the location of your testing center, where to park, which entrance to go to, etc. If possible, do a trial run prior.
2. Get a good night's sleep
Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before so you’re well rested on Exam day. This will help you feel sharp and alert. Try to relax and take some deep breaths. Stay calm. You’ve got this!
3. Eat a good breakfast or lunch
Depending on when you’re sitting for the Exam, try to eat a high protein, low carb meal so you don’t deal with a carb crash during the Exam. Also, think about drinking a little caffeine (if you normally do) to help you stay alert for the next few hours.
4. Leave for the Exam early
Remember: anything that can happen, usually will happen. So arrive early to avoid traffic jams, issues with public transportation, or anything else out of your control. Doing this will help you battle your nerves and give you time to decompress before you sit for the Exam.
5. Remember there is no food, drink, or tobacco allowed in the testing center
So be sure to take care of those needs before going in. Also, although you get a restroom break during the Exam, be sure to go before the Exam.
6. Review your mnemonics
Since you’ve arrived at the Exam center early, go over your mnemonics so they are fresh in your mind as you enter the testing center.
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