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CPA Exam Scores are Coming Out... Are You Ready?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 6, 2017 2:58:19 PM

Your nerves might be a little high with exam results about to (finally) drop. Our guts turn, and we get nervous because the high standards we set for ourselves and the high standards, it takes to pass the CPA Exam. Don’t take this the wrong way; high standards will get you far. They motivate you to a high quality of life and inspire others to follow suit. However, the bar being set so high means there will likely be some times where you don't clear it. Reality can hit hard when a mishap comes. Life hiccups and things don’t go as planned. There is a blank feeling, some emptiness, and a bit of embarrassment.

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Tags: 2017 CPA Exam, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Changes, AICPA

So You are Thinking About Taking the CPA Exam...

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Nov 15, 2017 12:20:54 PM

Let's not sugar coat it - taking the CPA Exam to get your license is a long and difficult road. One of the hardest parts of the process is starting along that road. When it comes to difficulty, the CPA Exam is head and shoulders above many other licensure exams. Even those who passed can sound discouraging as they reflect on the process they went through. Once you start to look at the passing rates of students taking the exam, the time put in, and the sacrifices, you begin to understand. Going after a change in your professional career is going to change your personal life as well for a while.

The first thing we encourage our students to do is take a step back and realize, as hard as the exam is to study for and pass, plenty of people are doing it and you can too. Even the successful CPA's who sound discouraging will tell you it's worth it. They are just trying to be honest. The second thing we ask students to do analyze is how they study. Take a look at works or doesn't work. Regularly updating the teaching style according to your learning style is crucial. At Yaeger, we're about more than repetition and focus on application as well because quality matters over quantity. This is especially important after the changes that came to the exam this past year.

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Tags: 2017 CPA Exam, 2018 CPA Exam, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Changes, AICPA, CPA Exam Prep

5 Motivating Tips For Working and Studying Full-Time

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Oct 2, 2017 6:37:02 PM

Ah, the life of a full-time working, full-time student. Almost everyone else you know gets home from work and starts relaxing. Or once the formal work day is done, at least others have the option transition to working around the house, cooking dinner, and making progress on that endless to-do list.  You, however, must find the motivation to study!

Unfortunately, finding the motivation to study for the CPA Exam is hard. As with any long-term endeavor, like working out or eating healthier, great intentions are hard to turn into habits.

The key to staying motivated is going to be different for everyone. And, while there is no one fix for everyone, but we've got some ways of thinking and common practices that will help most of you.

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Tags: CPA Exam Prep, 2017 CPA Exam, CPA Review Courses, CPA Review Tips

If You Scored 74 or Below on the CPA Exam...

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Sep 20, 2017 1:21:16 PM

Scores drop, and you find out how you did. Either you feel relieved, or your heart drops. If you got a 74 or below, you might be feeling that all of your hard work was for nothing. Right back to square one, you go - or so it may feel. The good news is, although not passing is a bit discouraging, all of those months or weeks of preparation weren't for nothing. It may feel like you've taken a hundred steps back to where you started, but you're far ahead of the game.

This time around you'll begin studying and preparing for the exam, with knowledge you didn't have the first time around. You now know what to expect on the exam and you know what parts of the test gave you the most trouble. You know what stumped you and where to focus on.

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Drowning in work? Here's how to get your head above water

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Sep 11, 2017 1:30:22 PM

We're getting to the point in the year where vacations are catching up to us, and winter workloads are bearing down. New work is put on top of old work, and you'll feel pressure to get it all done at once. New hires are coming in, but they don't know what they're doing, so it'll be expected that you carry a little extra of the workload. No matter the reason, the result is having a lot more than you'd like on your plate.

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Tags: 2017 CPA Exam, AICPA, Accounting News

Retrain Your Brain to Thrive During the CPA Exam

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Aug 11, 2017 1:21:53 PM

Have you walked out of the CPA exam knowing fear negatively impacted your score, even though you studied hard and felt confident about your technical knowledge going into the exam?

You're not alone. In fact, we hear this all the time.

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Adaptor, Innovator, and Creator - The Progression of Today's Accountant

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jul 31, 2017 12:54:02 PM

There has been a lot of speculation about the fate of the accountant lately. Some have predicted the demise of a career while others have been quick to lift up the profession as more vital now than ever. The one thing that is for sure is the industry is changing, new challenges are arising, and we are witnessing a generation rising to the occasion.

What we are seeing is history repeating itself. The profession of accounting has a tried, true, and steady place throughout history. Accounting has helped nations establish themselves, has seen computers become commonplace in the 80's, survived user friendly software programs, and will do fine in the age of automation as well. The profession has overseen many advances, and the new age of technology we are experiencing is just another notch on the timeline.

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Tags: 2017 CPA Exam, AICPA, Accounting News, CPA Review Courses

2017 CPA Exam Testing Windows and Score Release Timeline

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jun 7, 2017 3:57:55 PM

 The wait is almost over!

If you sat for the Auditing (AUD), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), or Regulation (REG) section(s) of the 2017 CPA Exam during the April/May (Q2) testing window, you can expect to receive your score on August 17, 2017. Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) will be released starting on August 22, 2017.

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Get to Know the CPA Exam Blueprints

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM
This year has presented a unique challenge to students looking to pass the CPA Exam - a reformat of the test. While this means new territory and a test unfamiliar to everyone, the AICPA has released a set of blueprints letting students know what to expect, and how to prepare. While this may cause unease and a lot of questions, we're helping you break down and understand the fundamental changes.
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How to Approach Score Holds on the 2017 CPA Exam

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 3, 2017 1:29:00 PM

There is little more that is painful to the CPA hopeful than agonizing over your score after taking the CPA Exam. Months of prep and studying lead up to the exam and then it's a waiting game. For the past couple years this waiting time has been around 10-20 days, depending on when you take the test. For Q2, Q3, and Q4 the longest you could have to wait is four months. Taking the test in April will get you results back by August 17 (AUD, FAR, REG) and 

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