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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2015 CPA Exam Update Webcast

Though 2015 can feel like it's ages away, it's important to know the changes you can expect on the exam today. If you're scheduled for an exam in 2015, this is important for you! The sooner you know, the sooner you can start incorporating the changes in your studies so you build a solid understanding.

Most of the 2015 CPA Exam changes are expected to appear on the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) Exam. Auditing and Attestation (AUD) will have some changes, however, none that will have a large impact on the exam during the four 2015 testing windows. Regulation (REG) and Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) content will go through very minor changes with all of the heavily-tested information remaining the same. 

For more details on what you can expect on the 2015 CPA Exam, be sure to tune into our webcast, airing from July 30th to August 6th, 2015:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CPA Exam Video Tip: Creating a Life-Study Balance

Making sure you get in enough study time is crucial to pass any exam, especially one as enormous as the CPA Exam. Everyone is different in how they absorb the material best, whether you be a strict early-morning scholar or a late night crammer. But no matter who you are, everyone needs a break! Watch this short video tip to learn how to create a life-study balance and why doing so is important to passing the CPA Exam.

So grab a snack, go for a bike ride, watch an episode of your TV favorite show (no marathons allowed!) - whatever it is that you enjoy doing! Just make sure you create small opportunities to get away from your studies and when your break is over, get back to the books!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

NEW CPA Exam Guest Blogger: Steven P.

We're excited to introduce our newest guest blogger, Steven! Steven is on his way to passing all 4 parts of the CPA Exam and we can't wait to get to know him better as he shares his journey with you.

My name is Steven and  I live in Morton Grove, IL. I enjoy exercising, sports, anything regarding computers such as the various programming languages from the perspective of a system's analyst, history, the fine arts, and coffee. I love to run medium-long distances and bike. I also like to read about the history of different countries and about different cultures. I have aspirations to help people start companies and design the structure of their businesses and look forward to working in the field as a CPA. I'm inspired by people and this gives me motivation.

This is my first blog post so I’d like to introduce myself with a quick overview of where I’m at in the CPA exam process and how I've gotten here. I've currently passed REG and FAR and an studying for AUD. I’ll now delve into the order of my exams and some insights that I've gained thus far regarding review courses.

I took REG first without ever taking any tax classes in college except for some really easy ones - they were easy but I didn't learn much. I graduated some time ago when there was a less comprehensive education regarding taxation in most curriculum. So I went to community college while I was working and took a few tax classes. I received A’s in both and was invited to the honors program there, but I already had my degree so I declined politely. I left feeling really confident with a solid foundation in taxation, one that I missed out on during college. So for all you out there who have been out of school for some time, you may not need to go back to school like I did for a few semesters, but don’t feel too bad about your situation, especially if you don’t pass right away. Stay determined and keep on paddling upstream. This is exam is worth the climb.

I took REG after taking some classes in taxation and blasted through the exam with a score almost in the 90’s. I noticed a pattern though after taking my next exam, FAR. The first time I took the exams, I didn't do too well, but the second time I performed very well...In the past I noticed it took me a long time to get through the lectures.  I think this was the reason why I didn't do so good the first time I took the exams - I always went in without finishing the review course but the review courses were so boring they put me to sleep every night.

It also took me two tries to pass FAR. My first score was abysmal for I’d only finished forty percent of the review course before I sat for the exam. My second score was something to be proud of, but I was looking to tweak my performance to pass on my first try or at least get a decent score.

This is where Roger enters the scene for me. I initially saw Roger by word of mouth on message boards - which paradoxically I don’t recommend visiting while studying. I watched his course on YouTube and promised myself that I would order his class if I didn't pass FAR the second time. Well I passed FAR the second time. I've been studying for Auditing and my goal for AUD is to pass with a great score on my first time; I am using Roger as the nucleus to my review regiment.

I have about 30 days until I take AUD and I've already finished all the multiple choice questions in the course. I was doing about 100 a day for a few weeks if I could. I recently purchased the new CPA Exam MC Question App for IOS as well and highly recommend using it. If you’re not using Roger then definitely consider getting an APP with questions to supplement your review anyways. I like Roger’s app because the user interface is streamlined and polished and real easy to use before bed or while you’re at the library and the explanations to the answers or why the answers are wrong is par excellent. I think I've reached my limit though so I’m going to sign off with this: remember that if you’re taking the CPA exam you’re in a great spot simply by getting here. Now climb a little higher and seize your destiny. If it takes a little longer, so what? Don’t let that be a reason to give up on an opportunity to grow and learn.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Networking 101

Networking in the accounting industry is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of getting a job. When you network, there is an exchange of ideas, and that’s the value in networking. Did you know that 80% of people get their jobs based on connections? Being able to network in the accounting industry is crucial: there are many organizations that hold networking specific events. If you can take advantage of these events and successfully connect with others in the industry, you will build your network and your chances of landing that dream job will increase.

Why should you be networking? 

Besides the fact that it’ll most likely land you a job, networking is a great way to build your brand. We’re talking about the brand that you represent: yourself. Networking allows you to show off your knowledge and ideas on a very personal level and it’s your chance to make a lasting impression. This may sound like a lot of pressure, but it’s all about knowing yourself and getting that across. Take some time to really think about what sets you apart and pick some experiences you want to bring to the table. Don’t write a script, because each conversation is different. This is more of a reflective activity. Once you’ve got it down, networking can really increase your career opportunities! Landing a job is about who you know as well as what you know.

What are some of the most effective networking skills to have? 

Don’t blow your networking event by skipping some of the most obvious steps! Approach others with a smile, and be confident in your gait. Make eye contact, have a firm handshake ready, and most importantly, listen to people as they talk. The last step is the most important because it helps you dive deeper into the conversation and allows you to reveal similarities you and the other person might have. It also gives you a chance to ask relevant and appropriate questions.

What does a successful networking conversation look like?

Successful networking conversations are a two way street. You each have something meaningful to add to the conversation and will take away something new. After you’ve exchanged greetings, make sure you contribute to the conversation by asking questions, listening carefully, and avoiding negative topics.  Towards the end of the conversation, make sure to wrap up the conversation with an open door (“I’d love to follow up with you on this” or “Keep me posted on your progress”). Then, proceed to exchange business cards and after the event, follow up promptly! 

Do you have any more tips for networking? Share them in the comments below! 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Toucan Pass the CPA Exam!

This may just be the push you need to drop everything you're doing and start studying for the CPA Exam. At Roger CPA Review, we believe that if you plan well, study hard, and follow through on your intentions to pass the CPA Exam, you will! This week, we're giving you the tools to do just that: the Premier Course is on sale for $400 off! This course package consists of the Flagship Course PLUS a 6 month extension and Offline Lectures- everything you need to prepare for the CPA Exam! This sale will last until 7/18. So now, the only question is: what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Big GAAP vs Small GAAP Webcast

FAR Exam Changes

Are you up to date with the recent conversations happening around Big GAAP vs Small GAAP? Did you know that because early adoption is permitted, concepts mentioned in these conversations can be tested as early as the 4th quarter of this year (2014)? 

From July 9th to the 16th, tune in and listen to Mark Dauberman, our senior editor, talk about what the discussions around Big GAAP vs Small GAAP are all about. Learn about the three areas addressed by the PCC: goodwill, derivatives, and leases between related parties. Don’t know what the PCC is or why it was created? Find out in this webcast! Remember, these concepts may be tested on the FAR exam as early as this coming October, so don’t miss out on this special webcast.