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So you have decided to become a public accountant

If you are reading this then you must have decided to become a public accountant. Experts like Adam Greene have stressed out the importance of CPA as a vital career within the corporate world. The magnificence of this noble job is depicted on a daily basis and moreover, it has its perks: growth potential, independency, profitable, etc. However, if one were to mention the not-so-funny part of CPAs it would be the road to becoming one.


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Although certified accountants are more likely to earn more than non-certified ones, becoming one demands lots of study hours and dedication. And of course passing the certification exam — but it certainly pays off in the end —. All the time invested in the certification will provide the CPA with a vast field of opportunities, however, it is important to mention that the exam is rather challenging.

Many people surface the Internet looking for insights on the exam; Adam Greene has shared his own advices on the CPA certification exam in hopes of helping readers to achieve this important milestones.

As readers may have heard before, the CPA certification exam consists of four parts (ARS, LEJOS, REG, BEC). So, what is advisable here is that if readers are not previously familiar with all sections, they should decide which section they want to deal with first, since the remaining sections will be affected by how well readers do in the first one. Making the wisest decision on which section should be approached first will result in increasing the likelihood of successfully passing all four sections.

Take the hardest section first… said no one ever!

The CPA certification exam is more like a marathon rather than a sprint race. People often wrongly suggest approaching the most challenging section first, as if doing so resulted in the rest of the test being much easier. This not only is not advisable but also wrong at so many levels: just because any of the sections might appear more challenging than the others does not mean that in reality it is. There are plenty of testimonies on the Internet where people who have already taken the exam thought they had signed up for the tougher section and ended up attaining their highest score. Readers must bear in mind that even after taking the first section there will be no easy path afterwards. Every section is challenging enough and will require plenty of study hours as well as full dedication. Besides, believing that one of the sections might appear easier than the others might also result in that section being a really challenging one and applicants might end up scoring lower than they initially expected. Simply put: no single section is going to be much harder or much easier than the others. Although applicants might possess different skills — or might have a much more developed skill in regards to the test —, it is foolish to believe that every section will demand different amounts of dedication and hard work for it to be successfully completed.


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Applicants might think that, logically, by choosing the so-called easier section first their chances of attaining a higher score increase, when in reality what they are really doing might be undermining their final score. It is advisable to treat each section equally and dedicate enough time to complete it successfully.

There are, nonetheless, several tips for choosing the best way to approaching the test: Applicants should feel confident that they are familiar with the terminology and that every section has the same probability of being successfully taken. Therefore, it is advisable for readers to take the section they feel most confident with or, if applicable, the section more related to their future work field. For instance, REG might seem more appealing for those in charge of taxes, FAR might draw the attention of those in charge of the books, and so on. If applicants recently graduated college, they should start by taking the section related to the class where they scored the highest or performed best. If this is not the case, then readers can also start by taking the section related to the last lecture they took since the information will still be fresh and mentally reachable.

Passing the first test will provide applicants with confidence and motivation to approach the remaining three. As readers progress towards the end of the tests, they will realize that the time they spent during the preparation as well as all those times where they had to prioritize and skip a much more appealing plan starts to pay off. Do not fall into despair and do not let others influence your gut: trust your knowledge and dedicate enough time to each section equally without disregarding the others. Attaining a solid scored in the first one is the first step to completing the other three as good as the first one.


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