Study Tips for Working Professionals to get a good score in the CPA exam - Shared by Parin Shah

All my study experience can relate to a working professional who completed studies quite a few years ago and working in corporate 5 days a week, still has a goal to do CPA along with a full-time job.

When I thought about starting CPA, I made a goal of completing Regulation and Audit since I find these subjects quite heavy in understanding concepts. So, I started with reading Regulations on weekends. My strategy was to go through all the video lectures, understand the concepts and do important markings which help me in doing final studies before exams. I used to do MCQs, skill practice and Sims immediately after completing video lectures of one particular module. It helps to understand the concepts fully from all aspects. Being a working professional, we don't get much time to revise the things, so strengthening the concepts in the first time studies is a must.

I took a leave of 10 days before each exam, prepared a schedule which consisted of revising all chapters of one module a day by just going through the highlighted words, solving the MCQs and Sims for weak areas that I marked when reading for the first time. This way, I could complete the entire course in 6-7 days.  

At last, giving the mocks worked big in boosting my confidence. As I said, working full time and with limited study leaves, I didn't get a chance to appear in all three mocks, however, I completed two mocks in each subject. It is much needed in understanding the complexity of exams and finding your weak areas. All this hard work really pays off when you see questions coming up in exams similar to what you read in Becker material and see yourself get closer to passing the exam.

Hope sharing my experience can be a help.
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