We spend a lot of time advising graduates and working accountants how to prepare for the CPA exam but sometimes we forget that there are some of you that are in your 2nd, 3rd or final year of college ready to prepare for the CPA exam but unsure where to start. Don't worry, we're here to help! For those of you who are current students, you can lock in the discounted price FOREVER for our course by placing your deposit today! Just select "$100 deposit" during the enrollment process.
Here are 5 tips for making the most out of your final year(s) in college:
1. Read up on your state's CPA Exam requirements and make sure you'll meet them by the time you graduate! Some state boards require a certain number of units (generally 150 though this varies) and some even require certain classes to sit for the CPA exam. If you are unsure of your state's requirements, check out our website for more details. The ALL students page on NASBAs site can help you get a jump on this part of your journey so that you are prepared long before you actually start the application process so be sure to check it out! Some states let you apply before you actually meet the requirements so get in touch with your state board (or NASBA, if you are in a NASBA state) and find out!
2. Start getting involved! Years ago, it was harder for candidates to stay connected through newer mediums like social networking but in this day and age, there's no excuse for feeling alone while you are tackling the CPA exam. Start looking around for groups to join or take advantage of resources like the CPA Exam Club to meet and share your experiences with other CPA exam candidates just like you. You'll be glad you did when you start needing the support to get through this long but worthwhile journey! Start looking for study buddies in your accounting classes now who also plan to tackle the CPA exam shortly after graduation so you can support each other throughout the process.
3. Check with your school to see how long your degree takes to post to your transcripts. Many schools can take weeks if not months to post your degree, adding lots of unnecessary wait time from the point you graduate to the time you are approved to sit for the exam. Some schools offer expedited processing of your degree so if you are in a state that requires your degree before approval to sit, check with your school to see if expedited processing is an option. Remember that the best course of action is to jump right in to the CPA exam after college so start your CPA Exam review while you are still in study mode!
4. Take that advanced accounting class you really didn't want to take. Listen, we know it isn't fun and you wish Roger were your professor BUT giving yourself a strong foundation now while you are still in school gives you a competitive edge when it comes time to start taking exams. By getting into more advanced accounting topics while you are still in school, you're giving yourself a better foundation so that your CPA review truly is a review of what you already know instead of brand new information that you never worked with before. You might also look into government accounting, federal taxation or a beginning auditing class if you've met most of your graduation requirements and would like to get a jump on CPA exam topics. Of course, Roger CPA Review students can also elect to blow these courses off as Roger teaches each class as if you have no previous accounting experience whatsoever BUT it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a little variety in your education while you have the chance.
5. Enjoy yourself! This one sounds a bit silly but might be the most important part of the process. Preparing for the CPA exam and launching a career in public accounting is hard, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. So while it is prudent to take advantage of the time you have left in college to better prepare yourself for your future, it's also a good idea to enjoy this time while you have it. That means setting aside time to enjoy your friends and loved ones and not worrying too much about what is ahead. Pretty soon you'll have work and family to worry about so don't get too overwhelmed with what lies ahead while you are still in a position to appreciate what's in front of you at this very moment.