There are only 266 days left before the 2017 CPA Exam changes go into effect. Many of you know that with the 2017 CPA Exam changes, the entire exam will increase by 2 hours and there will also be a shift in testing higher order skills. In addition, more Task-Based Simulations (TBS) will be added to each part. Yikes!


If you add those 266 days into months, that leaves you with 8.5 months to pass the CPA Exam before 2017! While this may seem like a long while many current CPA Exam candidates will tell you the contrary. Candidates are given 18 months to pass all 4 sections; however, this can sometimes be easier said than done—especially when normal life events get in the way. If you want to obtain your license before the exam gets more difficult, you need to begin studying right away and follow a strict study plan to help get you there on time. In other words—now’s the time to become a CPA! 

Take it from our guest blogger, Carrie Lynn Cross, about how to pace yourself to study for the exam so that you don’t delay obtaining your CPA license: 


One of the neat things that comes with Roger CPA Review is the study planner.  

One of the things that I really appreciated in college was the structure of the courses.  Having live lectures and review sessions prescribed at a certain time of the week really helped keep the pace, which is important when you have 100 hours of study time to budget over the next 10 weeks.  It’s like training for a 5k race.  Jump into it at the last minute, or weeks before the race, and you’ll finish far behind the people who prepared properly and ahead of time.  


So now it’s up to me to plan out the pace of my REG training program, but Roger has already thought about this.  

Since he wants you to succeed, he offered a little help by providing the study planner. It’s actually quite nice. The setup is 3 or 5 days per week, depending on which study plan you choose.  Since I work full-time, I’m going to try to follow the planner and study on those days right after work, before coming home, because for me, once I’m home, my “work” switch turns off.  I’m perfectly okay with the longer hours that will come with it, because I know deep down that this up-front cost of my social life is a great investment in the quality of my life in the future.  Once the CPA money starts rolling in, I’ll be able to take my friends out to nicer places, buy nice things, and go to more amazing destinations around the world.  


Speaking of friends, it REALLY helps to have friends when you’re studying for the CPA exam.  

I know you probably hear the opposite of this--but that only applies if your friends are making you distracted rather than helping you in the process. If I learned anything from my last class, is that it helps to have friends.  I would not have done as well as I did if I didn’t meet up with my friend each weekend and go through the study questions together.  I probably wouldn’t have worked those questions if we didn’t meet up.  And when you don’t work questions before the exam, you fall for the wrong answers.  


One of my friends is planning to take REG and BEC this summer; another one is going to be taking it a bit slower and will begin taking REG and BEC in the fall.

Since I am also studying for those sections, I really would prefer to study with one of them and sit for the sections with them; however, we all have such different work schedules and lead different lives that it’s unrealistic for me to do either. 

An important part to remember is to keep your 18-month window in mind and that this is your journey to take.  It’s great to have friends, but ultimately, it’s YOU that has to choose the right answer on test day, and you have to do it at your own pace.


Lastly, don't be intimidated by the CPA Exam.

Yes, it's a big and difficult and scary exam, but it's not impossible. You just have to study hard and put in the hours--there are no short cuts to passing the CPA Exam. Roger is 100% right when he says that the exam is more a test of discipline than it is of smarts. If you want to pass the CPA Exam, you can do it. You just have to put your mind to it. 

Also, don't let cost be a factor of intimidation for you either. Taking the CPA Exam can be expensive, but don't let that stop you from the many benefits it will offer you once you're done. Roger has great financing options that can help you pay for your CPA review course so that you're not breaking the bank trying to take this exam. Take advantage of resources like this and others that they offer! 


Best of luck to you! 


--Carrie Lynn Cross, Guest Blogger for Roger CPA Review