We get it. The CPA Exam recently changed, and you’ve heard all the reasons why you should be concerned. But we're here to tell you that rest assured, the changes aren't as intimidating as everyone's making them out to be. Don't take our word for it. Learn more from a candidate who has taken both the old and new versions of the CPA Exam here.
So, if you’re hesitating on starting the process, here's all the reasons why you should seize the day and jump start your journey.
1. Experts recommend taking the exam as soon after graduation as possible
Although the new exam has a focus on applying the higher-order skills required in the profession, it is still heavily academic-based. Therefore, it will benefit you to take it while you’re still in a student-centered mindset, and while accounting concepts are fresh in your mind.
2. You'll never get these summer months back
For those of you who did just graduate, this is your golden opportunity to focus solely on the exam without the added stresses of work. Trust us when we tell you life is only going to get more complex. Take advantage of the time at hand!
3. Delayed score release is not a big deal
The AICPA has announced that CPA Exam scores for Q2 of 2017 won't be released until August, and this has caused some of you to halt your studies. But this really shouldn't be a hindrance, as there are still so many benefits to getting a leg up on the exam now. So go ahead and study for and take your first exam section now, giving it all you've got.
If you're using the Roger CPA Review course, we'll help keep you on track, motivated and feeling confidently prepared for exam day. Then move on to the next exam. If you find out later that you didn't pass a part, it's okay. At this point you will have already started to build your body of knowledge and refine your personal study methods. If you find out you did pass—that's great! You're getting a head start and are way ahead of the game.
4. The firms want you to pass…yesterday
Whether you’re looking for a job, or looking to impress your new employer, passing the exam as quickly as possible is going to make you more valuable. The sooner you get those three letters behind your name, the sooner you can jumpstart your career growth and get ahead of the rest. Plus, many firms offer big bonuses to those who finish in their first year!
5. There's no need to fear this new exam
If you're dragging your heals because you're just plain scared to face the new exam, it's time to get over that and realize you can do this. Plus, it isn't going to suddenly get easier. Rather, the exam will continue to evolve to test candidates based on the challenges of the profession. With this recent round of changes, the foundational knowledge is essentially the same; the main differences are in the way you are asked to demonstrate your knowledge through higher order skill questions, and in the exam structure.
That's where we step in. Our approach has always been to effectively engage students in their studies to truly learn the concepts. We then provide the tools for students to practice their knowledge on real exam-like questions in an exam-like environment so that they are completely familiar with the process on exam day. At the end of the day, "If you study, you will pass."
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