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.
If you're listening to this podcast, you probably know the vital role NASBA plays in the CPA Exam administration process. From eligibility determination to score releases, NASBA is an essential part of any Exam candidate's journey. We sat down with Pat Hartman, Director of Examination Services with NASBA, as she tackles some of the more frequently asked questions she receives from candidates on a regular basis.
Long hailed by many candidates as the most challenging of the four Exam sections, Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) can seem pretty intimidating to many candidates. AICPA Exams team members Lori Kelly, CPA and Randi Lockhart, CPA, are here to reassure listeners that passing FAR is very doable with the right preparation. They'll share details about the section's content as well as recommendations for how best to approach studying for FAR.
There's a number of ways an employer can support its employees on their path to the CPA. In this episode, we speak with the AICPA's Senior Manager of Firm Services, Kari Hipsak, CPA, on why employer support is so crucial for CPA candidates, how to find out during the interview stage what kind of support an employer offers, and recommendations for how to discuss your CPA career path with your employer.
In this episode, we're pulling back the curtain and giving you a glimpse into the assembly-line-like process it takes to create an Exam question, or item, from start to finish. We speak with AICPA Exams Team members Jessica Lucas and Jeff West, who share with us the journey an Exam item goes through before you see it on test day, and why understanding this process can be beneficial to an Exam candidate.
Someone says Reguation (REG) and many candidates automatically think taxation. But there's more to learn about this section as host Mike Horan is joined by AICPA Exams team members Debbi Luhman, CPA, and Ann Avallone, CPA. They'll get you up to speed on REG content and offer a personalized view into what this section's all about.
Get the REG Blueprints at https://www.aicpa.org/becomeacpa/cpaexam/examinationcontent.html
Would you purchase a car before test driving it? Generally, no. The same goes for the CPA Exam. Before test day, you'll ideally want to familiarize yourself with the format and functionality of the Exam. In this episode, we're joined by Henrietta Eve, AICPA's Lead Manager of Product Development, who will focus on the difference between a sample test and practice, what you can expect from the CPA Exam tutorial video, and why the sample tests and tutorial are essential to a candidate's preparation strategy.
Access the sample tests and tutorial at https://www.aicpa.org/becomeacpa/cpaexam/forcandidates/tutorialandsampletest.html
In this episode, we talk with longtime friends and CPAs, Sarah Sullivan of BDO and Jessica Gray of the AICPA Exams team about how they supported each other along their CPA journey, the strategies they used, what order they felt was right for taking each section, and how having those three "magic" letters after their names have boosted their careers.
The Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section entails a little bit of everything important to a CPA, which can be somewhat intimidating. But AICPA Exams team members and BEC section leaders Rob Tangen, CPA, and Cathy Miskiv, CPA, aim to bring some clarity to the section as well as some helpful tips as they discuss BEC's content and format with Mike. Get the BEC Blueprints at https://www.aicpa.org/becomeacpa/cpaexam/examinationcontent.html
Take a deep dive into all things AUD as host Mike Horan speaks with Kevin Gouldey, CPA and Jennifer Bukowski, CPA, two AICPA Exams team members who develop and maintain the Auditing and Attestation (AUD) section of the Exam. They'll discuss content covered by the section along with other information helpful to candidates tackling this section. Get the AUD Blueprints at https://www.aicpa.org/becomeacpa/cpaexam/examinationcontent.html