CPA Exam Review News Blog

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 

Read More

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.

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

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

Click here to learn more about the 2017 YAEGER CPA REVIEW course.

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

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

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

Find Your Shade

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Feb 26, 2015 9:02:00 PM

Let’s look at what is going on with the CPA Exam and what it means to you. First take a second to read the quote below, as we’ll reference it again in a bit.

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” - Chinese Proverb

The Numbers

You’ve likely heard the statistics; nearly half of all those people sitting in with you and taking the CPA exam are going to fail. Now, you have to be smart, hard working, and diligent in your studies to even make it to the point where you can be in that room. So why is the passing rate hovering around 50% on all 4 exams? More importantly, how can you make sure to be on the passing side of the 50%?

Well, the CPA Exam is widely known as one of the hardest professional licensing exams out there. Most of the people taking it are not studying for it full time either; they are balancing work, life, family, friends, and studying. The real kicker is that you have to keep paying to take the exam, go through the studying, take the exam, and wait for the results. Time is money, and money is money, which makes the CPA Exam a difficult task to take on, but a huge investment as well. If you have to retake a section of the exam it is going to cost you.

Here is what makes the difference.

Find The Shade

Back again to that Chinese Proverb. The origin of the actual quote is unknown, so it’s likely you’ve heard you Grandma, Dad, or 7th-grade social studies teacher give you the exact advice or something similar. And it’s true. Hindsight is 20/20, you are going to change how you do things, and the best time to do so is now, but realistically sometimes you can sit in the shade of a tree someone else planted for you twenty years ago.

When you think about it, the 50% pass rate is including those who are using study materials to boost their exam rate by 35-40% (Yaeger’s student pass rate is 88%), so the actual pass rate of students who are not using study materials is considerably lower than 50%. Otherwise, the passing rate of the exam in total would be much higher. Once you take into account the months you’ll save studying, the money you’ll save on CPA Exam fees, and the stress you’ll free yourself from by passing the exam quicker, it makes sense in every way to do everything you can to give yourself the best chance of passing on your first try.

The Yaeger Difference

This is exactly where what we offer at Yaeger comes in. We know this is a battle for you and we want to be on your side. We planted a tree a long time ago and want you to sit in its shade, climb it, and learn from those who had the foresight to plant it. We understand all aspects of the battle you are facing and understand you are an individual with your own way of learning. We offer many study tools you can utilize individually or together to create a time and cost efficient program tailored to you.

Getting started with us is easy as we offer a free assessment. Select the courses you are interested in and walk through some AICPA exam questions to test your strengths and weaknesses. Then, we’ll help you see what went right or wrong, analyze your strengths and weaknesses, then make suggestions based on your results. We don’t want you to be discouraged or feel as though you are without support at any point. Our customer support staff are right there on the website to help you out and answer any questions you might have!

Learn More about   AdaptaPASS      Personalized CPA Exam Study Plans

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

Study How You Are Studying

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Feb 17, 2015 2:02:00 AM

Take A Moment to Study How You Study

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

Why Are You Doing That?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Feb 12, 2015 2:02:00 PM

By this point in your career as a student you probably have your learning routine set. Life up to this point has been spent successfully navigating your way through the styles of hundreds of teachers, instructors, coaches, and textbooks, but when was the last time you adapted your learning style? It is easy to get stuck in the same routine because, well, it seems to be working and there is no need to fix something if it is not broken, right?

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

CPA Exam changes are coming! Are you ready ?

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Dec 4, 2014 5:01:00 AM

By now, most of you have heard that the content for the CPA Exam will be changed by 2017, (so try to pass it within the next two years!)  

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

Everything You Need to Know About the CPA Exam Application Process

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Oct 27, 2014 9:00:00 PM

As you probably know, the fall testing period is upon us, which means many of you are preparing to finally begin testing to become a licensed CPA. If you're one of those who are about to take the exam in the next month, you've already completed the CPA exam application process, which means you are already in the loop on what a bear that process can be. That's why we decided it's a good idea to take some of the guess work out of the application process and lay it out for the rest of you who will be beginning this process in the near future. Here's the gist:

First, you must be sure you have met all the qualifications required for exam eligibility.

Once you've met all of the eligibility requirements, you can now officially begin the application process. In order to keep this process a little less complicated, follow these steps chronologically and save yourself some stress.

Send ALL Official School Transcripts

As soon as you become eligible to take the exam, gather and submit transcripts from every school you attended. Even if you only attended one semester at a particular school, you must  order a transcript for that semester. Trust us, omitting required documents makes this process a much bigger headache than it needs to be.

Next, you'll want to fill out and submit the actual exam application, along with your state's exam fee, which is typically around $100-$200. After this, you'll receive your Authorization To Test(ATT). You'll then have 90 days to decide the order in which you will complete each section of the exam. You will also need to remit payment for the actual exam, which cost between $700-$1,000 for all four sections, or around $175-$250 per section. You can make the payments directly on NASBA's website, and you must remit payment within the 90-day period or your application fee will be forfeited.

Now it's time to wait for your Notice to Schedule, the official document that allows you to enter the exam facility and take the test. For many states, this takes about three to six weeks to receive after you've paid your exam fees, however some states do offer same day notices if you apply online.

Get ready for the clincher—once you receive your NTS, you must schedule your exam dates within the validation period given on the Notice, otherwise all that money you just paid for each section of the exam will also be forfeited. YIKES. Most CPAs will advise you to only pay for the sections you think you are ready to take during that test period. This means, if you only feel prepared to take two sections of the exam, you only need to pay for those two sections. The good news is, all states offer at least a six-month validation period, with a few that offer a nine-month and even a 12-month period.

Once you've decided on what sections and when you would like to test, go to the Prometric website to schedule your exam. You will need the exam section ID number for each section you intend to schedule. Then, you login to the system using the section ID and the first four letters of your last name to schedule the date, location, and section of the exam.

If for some unforeseen reason you must reschedule your exam date, try to do it at least more than 30 days before your scheduled date in order to avoid a rescheduling fee. If you wait until you have less than five days before the exam to reschedule, you'll be forced to pay FULL  price for that section.

Learn More about   AdaptaPASS      Personalized CPA Exam Study Plans

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

Passing the CPA Exam: It's All Up to You

Posted by Dr. Phil Yaeger on Oct 6, 2014 8:01:00 AM

If you're reading this, perhaps you're new to the Yaeger CPA Review, or maybe even a prospective student considering your options. Many of you are likely veteran students who are well into and maybe near completion of the review, which means exam day is looming. No matter what point you are at right now in your career journey, today's blog applies to you, so listen up.

We work hard to give you the best CPA review course in the country, and in turn, hopefully you're working hard to achieve to the highest CPA exam scores in the country. You've likely given up a large portion of your social life and spend at least some part of each day studying the Review.

If this sounds like you, congratulations you're seemingly on the right track to passing the Exam. But if you're only going through the motions and not taking the road to CPA-dom seriously, all of this time spent with the Review will be a waste.

You see, becoming a CPA isn't easy. Achieving success and becoming one of the best and brightest in the world of accounting and finance isn't a walk in the park and many of your future colleagues never reach their full potential, not because they are unworthy and didn't work hard, but because this career field is more competitive than an SEC football game. If you've got your slacker shoes on, you need not continue into this career path.

We can give you all the aid available through our CPA review course, but if your number one goal isn't to score highly and pass the exam on the FIRST try, our efforts are null and so are yours. In this wonderfully competitive and extremely satisfying career field, it takes true desire to be number one in order to achieve success. Don't just desire to pass the exam, make it your mission to achieve a perfect score. Then, once you've hit that high score, take that desire and competitive drive with you when you begin your first job as a certified public accountant and watch your career blossom and go places you've never dreamed.

Learn More about   AdaptaPASS      Personalized CPA Exam Study Plans

Read More

Tags: CPA Exam Tips

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts