The first thing I would like to suggest is to develop an interest in the course, have a consistent study schedule, and follow it without fail. Then anyone can complete this course irrespective of your earlier qualifications or past work experience provided they are determined and extremely focused.

Coming to the study schedule, I always used to complete the Becker Lectures, Skills Practice, MCQs followed by Simulations, but two things helped me the most. The first thing is making short notes during lectures. The second is to mark the MCQs which I had gotten wrong or when something new came up which wasn’t covered during the lecture or even when I answered correctly but was a blind guess. In this manner, I used to complete all the modules.

The next thing that comes is the first revision; I used to read the Becker textbook along with my notes and then answer all the MCQs and simulations once again for all the modules. Similarly, for the second revision, I only used to do marked MCQs(the ones I marked while doing the MCQs for the first time and my first revision) and all Simulations. Followed by two revisions, I used to make use of unlimited practice tests that are available in Becker software and take tests of each chapter, e.g., one test for F1, one test for F2, and so on.

After two revisions and 3 weeks before the exam, I started attempting the first Mock exam and reviewed it. Similarly, 2 weeks before the exam, I used to attempt second and third Mock exams and review them as well. Simultaneously, go through AICPA newly released questions and Sample Tests.

A considerable piece of advice that I would like to give out of my own experience is that keeping a target and studying is highly advisable. At the end of each day, I used to note down what I studied/practiced on that particular day so I could keep track of my progress. Because at the end of the journey, I am accountable to myself and no one else. I also suggest everyone concentrate on those topics/modules where you have scored less than 60% and revise them more times.

Last but not the least, make yourself familiar with Authoritative Literature while doing Simulations because there are high chances that there can be simulations in the actual exam, which might be completely new to you. In that kind of situation with the help of authoritative literature, one will be able to get at least half of it correct or maybe most of it correct.


Archana Gujja


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