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Newlywed CPA Candidate How-To Guide

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on May 25, 2018 8:52:28 AM

So you just got married – now what?

Congratulations! It is such an exciting time of life. College parties turn into Sunday morning brunches, late Friday nights out turn into coffee dates on Saturday and suddenly everyone around you is getting married, sitting the CPA Exam and having children. Now it is your turn – so what should you be thinking about and what are some of the taxation implications. You are a CPA candidate, so this is right up your alley.

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What Type of CPA Student Are You?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Mar 28, 2018 4:26:08 PM

Every one of our students has a different style of studying, learning, and tackling the CPA Exam. By this point in your seemingly never-ending-student-career you've no doubt seen every type we're going to talk about. But which one are you? And how could you improve?

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Tags: CPA Exam Tips, AICPA, effective communication, accounting career, CPA Leadership

2018, The Year You Get Your CPA?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jan 1, 2018 6:34:58 PM

The Holidays are officially over and now we have a fresh year to work with. The beginning of the year can be a little intimidating with all the ideas and talk of goals. People usually want to improve situations with their health, money, family, and work. For many of you, a large goal for 2018 is to get your CPA. The hard part about many goals is the thoughts in our head of “will this work?” and “is this actually the year it'll happen?”. Whether you're dreaming big or staying practical, there is risk associated with asking more of yourself. Goals mean admitting you are not where you would like to be and want to challenge yourself to get there. Goals mean you care. Goals, however, are not guarantees.

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Tags: CPA Exam Tips, AICPA, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Changes, 2018 CPA Exam, CPA Career, Accounting Career Advice

Four Ways Accountants Can Make the Most of Their Office Layout

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Nov 13, 2017 12:24:50 PM

We all remember the episode of The Office where Jim creates a pencil barrier to keep Dwight's clutter off of his desk. This comical depiction of a shared workspace is good for a laugh but as office spaces become more open it brings to light that personal space is shrinking. You are much less likely to have a quiet area in which to work or call a client, and will find a little too much time is spent interacting with your peers that should be dedicated work time.

Brainstorming productivity around office layouts isn't exactly what accountants or CPA candidates normally focus on. We aren't interior designers and productivity around office layout can seem like high hanging fruit to HR. However, there are some simple suggestions you can make for the office at large and changes you can apply personally to combat shared or small workplaces.

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Tags: CPA Exam Prep, CPA Exam Tips, CPA Review Tips, office environment

Five Qualities of Mentally Strong Accountants

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Aug 23, 2017 1:19:01 PM

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.

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Tags: CPA Exam Tips, CPA Productivity, AICPA, CPA Exam Scores

Free Access to Professional Literature for the CPA Exam

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Jun 23, 2017 1:39:27 PM

Are you worried about research simulations? Don't be.

The AICPA offers a free resource to help you prepare once you receive your NTS (notice to schedule), available by registering here:

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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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Tags: 2017 CPA Exam, CPA Exam Tips

CPA Exam Laws to Live By

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Nov 7, 2016 2:02:00 AM

There's no doubt life as a CPA student entails going through some of the most rigorous testings around. To get through it, you'll need all the motivation you can get ahold of, advice from those who came before you, and a lot of confidence. Along the way, though, you should keep some rules for yourself according to what you should expect. Without these, it could be easy to give up when the going gets tough.

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You Failed the CPA Exam. Now What?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Aug 22, 2015 4:02:00 PM

It's the worst-case scenario—after months of studying and preparing, you failed the CPA exam. Right now you may be feeling that all of your hard work was for nothing. You're right back to square one. If this sounds like your thoughts of late, it's time to banish that negativity from your mind. 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 not exactly back at square one.

You see, this second time around you'll begin studying and preparing for the exam armed with knowledge most aspiring CPAs don't have. 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 sections you need to work harder on and possibly seek help from other CPA students who have a better understanding of the problems. Hopefully during this time of preparation and review, you also found employment as an accountant, taking care of the required working hours needed to become officially licensed. 

So where do you begin again? 

First, it starts with taking ownership for your failure. Whether you are ready to admit it or not, there is a reason that you didn't pass the exam. Maybe you rushed studying through your CPA review, thinking you had a good understanding of everything that would be on the exam. Studying for the exam is not something that can be “rushed". It is possible to prepare for the CPA Exam in a few weeks' time if you dedicate all of your free time preparing with your review. Still, the candidates who find the most success take their time, spending a few months instead of weeks studying before beginning the exam. Whatever the reason is for failing to pass the exam, be honest with yourself about possible shortcomings so you don't make the same mistakes the second time around. 

After you've officially owned your failure, it's time to pinpoint what made you fail and start from there. If you didn't dedicate enough time to studying, sit down and make a study schedule that truly fits your life—don't focus so much on how soon you can complete your review. If you took the exam knowing you didn't have a complete understanding of certain areas, start studying those parts first and don't stop studying them until you know what you're doing. 

Finally, if the true reason you failed the exam was because you didn't put enough heart into it, you might want to ask yourself if pursuing this goal is really what you want. If becoming a CPA is still your ultimate goal, you've got to take preparing for it more seriously this time. 

Try not to look at failing the exam as a true failure, but more like a temporary setback. Remember, failure doesn't have to be the end of the road—it can simply become a learning experience that made you better. It may take a lot of this to get where you want to go, but that is fine. There is a myth that failure cannot be part of someone's life or career. We think failure means we are not meant for something without considering the possibility that failure simply weeds out those not willing to perservere. It is not those who never fail who succeed, but those who succeed despite failing mutliple times.

"I failed my way to success" - Thomas Edison

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A Look Inside the Yaeger CPA Student Portal

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Mar 29, 2015 9:47:00 PM
Everyone is always looking at the factors that impact students learning. There is a lot of debate over issues such as where you study, what material you go over, and what type of learner you are. While figuring out the details you’ve got to pay attention to other bare essentials. Today we’re going to take a look at how Yaeger has taken the busy work out of preparing.

Don’t Get Buried

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