Author Archive | Ken

How to Change Your Career and Become a CPA

  “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” This quote is attributed to Randy Pausch, and I think it’s a useful quote for people who are considering a career change to become a CPA. I made that change myself, four years after earning a business degree. I now spend my time […]

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Clever Ways to Cram for the AUD Test

It’s hard to be productive when you’re under time pressure, and that makes cramming for a test difficult. If you’re running short on time to study for the AUD test, consider using a plan that focuses on the most frequently tested topics. This approach makes your available study time effective, and you can enter the […]

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Best CPA Exam Resources

Too much information can be a distraction. Studying for the CPA exam requires hundreds of hours of time, so the tools you use to study can make a huge difference in your exam results. Given the sheer volume of information on the web, it can be difficult to plow through all the data that is […]

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Smart Tips to Cram for the BEC Test

If you’re running out of time and need to cram for your BEC test, don’t panic. To use your time effectively, you need a plan to reinforce as many important test concepts as you can. Think of your test as a checklist, and your study plan as a way to check off as many items […]

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3 Shortcuts to Cram for the FAR CPA Exam

Time is precious. So, you’re coming down to the wire for your FAR test, and you’re running short on time. You need to get the most out of the limited amount of time you have, and you need a plan. Use these three tips about the most heavily tested areas of the exam to cram for […]

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The Hardest Part of the FAR CPA Exam

One test on the CPA exam is the most applicable to your day-to-day work as an accountant. The financial accounting and reporting (FAR) test covers topics related to accounting transactions and generating financial statements, and studying for this test can be overwhelming. This is the true number-crunching portion of the CPA exam and coming up […]

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The Hardest Part of the REG CPA Exam and Why It’s Taxation

The regulation (REG) test covers three broad areas of the CPA exam. This test covers the professional responsibilities and ethics required of a CPA, as well as business law topics and taxation. Without question, the hardest part of the REG CPA Exam is taxation- particularly for the CPA candidate who does not work in the tax […]

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Audit Reports: The Hardest Part of the AUD Test

The auditing and attestation (AUD) test on the CPA exam covers audit reports, reviews and compilations, along with audit assertions. Hands down, the most difficult section of the AUD test is audit report questions. This section of the test requires you to learn and digest specific language, and apply that language to auditing situations. Use […]

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Smart Tips For Pension Accounting On The FAR Test

The financial accounting and reporting (FAR) test covers topics related to accounting transactions and generating financial statements. This test is the number-crunching section of the CPA exam. The FAR test includes pensions, which I think is one of the most difficult concepts to grasp on the exam. Use these tips to get a handle on […]

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Bond Accounting Tips For The FAR Test

The financial accounting and reporting (FAR) test covers topics related to accounting transactions and generating financial statements. This test is all about the day-to-day work of accounting. One tricky section on this part of the CPA exam is accounting for bonds. Use these tips to prepare for test questions related to bonds. The basics A bond […]

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