The last testing window for the CPA Exam has always been the busiest window. Everyone trying to finish up before the new year (or those who have procrastinated all year) floods Prometric during October and November. So if you happen to be a candidate who was planning on sitting for a section before the 2011 changes take effect, you may find yourself either 1) still waiting for your NTS or 2) your Prometric center has no seats left. While this can be very frustrating to say the least, you're not alone and it's not as bad as it may seem.

If you're a Roger student you don't have anything to worry about. The Roger Assurance Plan is a guarantee that even if you received the whole course in 2010, as long as you are still enrolled with us, you'll get all the updates you need for 2011.

Honestly, the Exam isn't changing that much so if you're using 2010 materials to study, the majority of what you've started (or plan to start) is going to do a fine job of preparing you for the 2011 Exam. You'll just want to update yourself on IFRS and how it's being introduced to the various sections. REG however will not be affected by IFRS.

Also, make sure to familiarize yourself with the new format. From what we can tell, the new format should make things easier, not more difficult--but it's still important to be aware of the changes and use the AICPAs tutorial and sample test.

So don't let frustration dampen your focus or drive. Just adjust your strategy and remember that the time you've already spent on preparation is NOT wasted.

Learn more about the 2011 changes.