Missed our live chat with Roger Philipp, CPA yesterday? No problem - here's a recap of the top questions asked by CPA hopefuls and answered by Roger, himself!


I'm having a hard time trying to pick a study timeline of 3, 6, or 9 months. I'll be working 30 hours and talking 6 credits during the next 5 months. Could you point me in a direction of which timeline would best suit my schedule?
Roger: It's entirely up to you how quickly you think you can get through the material based on your work, school and extra-curriculars. I think based on your work and school hours, a 9 month study planner is up your alley! Here's a helpful blog to help you choose: http://blog.rogercpareview.com/2011/06/successful-study-timelines-how-long.html 

Student: Hi Roger! I just recently took the Audit test and currently preparing to take Regulation in May. Can you please give me advice on how to better prepare myself for the Simulation portion of the exams? I found myself struggling on the section when I took the test and has heard many of my friends say that the simulations on Regulation can be brutal as well.

Roger: or Regulation, focus on the tax content for the TBS. Understand the various tax forms and the differences between them (individual vs. partnership vs. corporations). Although the AICPA says 'everythings up for grabs,' generally the TBS on the REG exam focuses on the tax content opposed to the business law content.Be sure to go through all of the simulations on the course software, as well as within the books. Understand the variety of ways they might test you in the TBS. As always, more importantly than anything, make sure your putting in enough time and dedication studying. If youre comfortable with the content, you shouldnt have a problem applying it on the exam, whether its in the format of an MCQ or a TBS. Check out our recent blog on TBS content: http://blog.rogercpareview.com/2012/01/ask-cpa-what-topics-should-i-focus-on.html 

Student: What are the benefits of taking your class over ones offered by Becker?
Roger: When deciding to take a CPA Review Course, it's important to do your homework! Not only is a review course an investment of money, but also time. You'll essentially be spending 300-400 hours with your instructor so be sure to pick one that can motivate you to get through those hours. Here's a very useful tool to compare my course to Becker: http://www.rogercpareview.com/becker-cpa/ 

Student: Hello! Thank you for taking time to answer questions. Do you recommend participating in the courses previously to the exam, such as REG review then sit for REG exam before next review course, or taking all 4 review courses and then sitting for all parts of the exam?
Roger: I usually always recommend studying for a part and then taking a part and so on. I find that the section's specific material is fresh in your mind, and students are more successful with that technique.

Student: On average, what is the expected months needed to study to pass the CPA exam?
Roger: The AICPA recommends that the average candidate must study between 300-400 hours total to pass the CPA Exam. However, there are no specific requirements on how to budget this time. Weve had candidates crank out all four parts of the exam in 3 months, and others have used their full 18 month window. Please read the following blog post on successful study timelines: http://blog.rogercpareview.com/2011/06/successful-study-timelines-how-long.html . Good luck!

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