CPA candidates have the immense responsibility to balance a full-time job, studying, and everyday life in preparation for their CPA exam. While this balancing act isn’t the easiest to manage, it’s certainly not impossible by any means. The key to ensuring you are prepared for your CPA exam is to create effective study habits. In doing so, you can maximize your study time and potentially pass on your first try!

First off, choosing the best review course for your learning style and exam prep needs is super important. We recommend choosing a CPA review course that incorporates adaptive learning technology to help you save hours study time. The right adaptive technology will curate the study materials you need to focus on, based on what it learns from what you get wrong when answering multiple choice questions, practice questions, simulations, practice exams. 

Creating a study plan is key. By incorporating scheduled study sessions – while also sneaking in exam prep time during whatever free time you can. Follow our tried and true CPA exam study tips to make sure you’re prepared for each exam section. Whatever the amount of time you can study – make the most of it!

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Liz Kolar: Are you a CPA Exam candidate? I’m sure you want to pass the CPA Exam as soon as possible. I’d like to share with you some study tips to help you prepare for and pass the CPA Exam.

The first thing you should do is develop a study plan. How many hours a week can you study? We recommend 15-20 hours per week for 5 to 6 weeks depending on the section of the exam.

Create a calendar that blocks out study time and balances the rest of your life and don’t forget to block out some free time.

Select a study program that works with your availability and learning style. There are several CPA Review courses that use very different approaches. Sign up for a free trial to determine which course is right for you.

Be creative with your study time. If you’re a morning person, wake up 30 minutes early and complete a multiple choice question session, a simulation, or even watch a short video. If you’re more productive in the evening, build in a 30-minute session after dinner. You could brown bag your lunch and study at work, study during your commute, while you’re waiting for kids, while you’re doing your laundry – there are plenty of creative places to fill with study time.

Build in your calendar events to look forward to.  I also recommend that you take at least 1 day per week off and don’t study at all. And don’t feel guilty about not studying!

Let your family and close friends know what you’re working towards. They can be very, very supportive.

Follow these tips and you can pass the CPA Exam in the upcoming months.


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