This timely episode addresses many of the frequently asked questions candidates have had related to test center openings and the Exam process.
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Michael Kimble, CPA is an Elijah Watt Sells Award winner. That means he obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Exam, passed all four sections on his first attempt and completed testing in 2018. No easy feat. We sat down with Michael to better understand what his strategy for tackling the CPA Exam was and what tips he has for our listeners to feel better prepared on Exam day. For more information on the Sells Award, including the latest list of 2019 winners, visit https://www.aicpa.org/press/pressreleases/2020/aicpa-recognizes-top-2019-cpa-exam-performers-with-elijah-watt-sells-award.html
What does continuous testing mean and how will it add convenience and flexibility for test takers? Get the details from NASBA's Pat Hartman, Director of Examination Services, and James Polite, Director of Program Management in this short but informative episode. For the latest update on continuous testing, visit https://nasba.org/exams/continuous-testing/
ThisWaytoCPA, an AICPA parnter, is a great free resource for college students and young professionals to research Exam eligibility requirements, check out Exam candidate recommendations for review courses, discover scholarship opportunities, read young CPA career profiles, and so much more. Get the lowdown on why ThisWaytoCPA and Beta Alpha Psi are essential resources for aspiring CPAs. For more information, visit thiswaytocpa.com and bap.org.
CPA state society membership is not just for practicing CPAs. In fact, many offer a range of services and programs targeted specifically to aspiring CPAs, with each state offering its own unique advantages to its members. In this episode, we speak with the CEO of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA, as he discusses the many benefits of becoming a state society student or candidate member.
To learn more about the benefits of joining a state society, visit https://thiswaytocpa.com/education/articles/make-the-most-of-your-education/state-society-student-membership/
How early should you plan to arrive? What if you need special accommodations? What should you do if your computer stops working mid-test? These are just a few of the questions we cover in our latest episode that focuses on top tips and most frequently asked questions when it comes to a candidate's Prometric test center experience. Featuring a discussion with Prometric's Client Success Manager, Chealsea Lupo.
Did you that know the AICPA has an extensive network throughout the country of subject-matter experts who help develop questions for the CPA Exam? From conception to completion, the process of item development is not a simple one, and can often go through much scrutiny along the way. In this episode, we speak with Exam writers Mike Vanscoy, Director of SolomonEdwards, and Jimmy Mo, Partner at EisnerAmper who explain what the process is like, and why being an Exam writer helps them stay ahead with industry trends. We're also joined by
Carie Chester, Lead Manager of Exam Operations and Services at AICPA, who oversees the recruitment and management process of the AICPA's network of external writers.
While the AICPA is a main source of information related to the CPA Exam, sometimes feedback from your fellow candidate can be of great value as well. In this special episode hosted by Lauren and Mike, we discuss some of the insights shared by candidates with one another on various online discussion forums. Topics include tips for a great Exam strategy, how many hours to study for each section, is there a right order to take the Exam, how to tackle the Exam if you work full-time, motivational advice, and much more.
Understanding what goes into the development of a CPA Exam question may provide extra insight for test day. In this episode, we speak with AICPA Exam Team members Dr. Timothy Habick, Ph.D. and Renee Warias who share some of the behind-the-scenes considerations from creation to approval, fairness in the wording, as well as knowing with certainty that each multiple-choice question has only one right answer.
With so much information floating around out there about the CPA Exam and license, it's hard to decipher what's fact and what's fiction. We speak with AICPA Exams Team member Lori Kelly, CPA, who dispells some of the most common Exam myths. Topics include eligibility requirements, International candidate requirements, is there a right order to take the Exam, is there a certain number of hours you should dedicate to studying, etc.