Q: If I use your MC questions alone without any other preparation, can I pass the exam?

A: There is never a guarantee on passing the CPA exam. However, virtually all experts will tell you that the key to success on the CPA exam is spending roughly 250-400 hours (60-100 hours per part) of study using high quality materials. We believe that spending an adequate amount of time working our questions is a great way to get the knowledge and testing skills that you need to be successful. Every single question that you work gives you an opportunity to gain a bit more of the knowledge that you need to get those 75 points required to pass. Whether you spend $3,000 with some other review program or use our questions for free, the key is still the same: invest the hours using high quality review materials.

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Q: Is it better to sit for the CPA exam as soon as all requirements are met or work for a year or two to gain valuable real life experience?

A: Unless you are taking the CPA exam simply for practice, you should wait until you have time to put in the proper number of hours of preparation. Whenever you have the time and the desire needed to invest 60-100 hours per part, you should begin to take the CPA exam. The CPA exam is a test of academic knowledge. Thus, real life experience is of little help. There are really no shortcuts. Every successful review program is based on the student putting in the study time necessary with high quality materials. As soon as you are ready to spend the time answering questions and building up your knowledge, you should start the process.

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Q: Should I obtain a master's degree before sitting for the CPA exam if I already have 150 credit hours?

A: It depends on your goal. There are a lot of good reasons to obtain a master’s degree. However, if your goal is to pass the CPA exam, then the only question you need to be concerned about is: when will I be ready and able to put in the hours to get those 75 points? As far as success on the CPA Exam, good review materials should easily offset any advantages that might be gained from a master’s degree. Again, that does not demean the advantages of having a master’s degree. It simply means that obtaining a master’s degree is certainly not an easy way to add points if your primary goal is passing the CPA exam.

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Q: Which part of the CPA exam should I take first?

A: Pick the topic that you enjoy the most which is usually the one where you have the most confidence. You want to get this process off to a good start and the best way to do that is to select the part where you are most likely to spend the time and get great results. A successful first experience builds your confidence even more. The CPA exam is always a challenge so try not to make that first hurdle impossibly high. If you enjoy studying a particular part and if you feel your chances are better, you are more likely to invest the time and energy to maximize your points. Once you pass a part, the rest of the CPA exam becomes much easier. Then, you understand what is needed in order to get those 75 points and you know the thrill of reaching your goal.

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Q: Is it better to sit for one part or multiple parts of the CPA exam within a single two-month testing window?

A: Some candidates have plenty of free time and have personalities that allow them to study many hours per day. For those candidates, there is no reason not to take two, three, or all four parts of the CPA exam in a single two-month testing window. The testing windows are January-February, April-May, July-August, and October-November. For example, you might choose to take one part early in July, a second part late in July, a third part early in August, and the final part late in August. Other candidates, though, simply do have the time available or the inclination to study the necessary number of hours within such a short period of time. Those candidates may find it easier to take one part per window. Many candidates actually choose to sit for two parts per window; for example, one part of the exam is taken early in the window with the second part taken at the end of that same window. There is no right or wrong approach for everyone. You should consider your own situation and think about the approach that will work best for you. Remember that most states simply want you to pass all four parts within 18 months. Whether you pass four parts in one window or one part in four windows depends entirely on you.

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