The new CPA Exam rolling out over the past year didn't come as a surprise, but that doesn't mean it hasn't come without adversity. The new structure better prepares new accountants for the modern professional world, but the shakeup has left CPA students to pioneer a new frontier. Being among the first wave is a difficult task. No one has been through it before to tell you what it's like or give advice. Even with the blueprints, there is a gray area of what exactly to expect with delayed results, new format, and how the breaks during the test will affect your testing flow and strategy.
While this is a game changer, the good news is some things are the same as always. You'll still take the CPA Exam for the first time; you'll feel out the test, you may pass or not, but as long as you don't give up and do continue to grind away, your goal to become a CPA can come.
But what does it take not to give up, to thrive, and to attain the coveted title of CPA? We've taken note of a few qualities of mentally strong CPA's who've made it through success and failure.