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Friday, September 12, 2014

Student of the Month, September 2014: Eduardo Lopez

Name: Eduardo Lopez
Exams Passed: AUD, FAR, REG

Student of the Month for September 2014 goes to Eduardo Lopez!  Eduardo took a few years off before diving into the CPA Exam, but that hasn't hindered his success one bit. After passing 3 parts on his first try, he is highly motivated to finish the final part of the exam and become a CPA!

Why did you take Roger CPA Review?: I met Roger at “Meet the Firms” night back in ‘05 or ‘06. He was full of energy and seemed like an interesting guy. I always did better in classes where the professors kept me interested in the material during lectures so I felt Roger’s CPA Review course would work best for me and it has.

What was your favorite aspect of our course?: My favorite part of the course would be that it is easy to understand and follow along in the course materials. Completing the class problems with Roger has also been an immense help during my studies. Roger’s energy has helped me stay awake during many long nights of studying

How has passing the exams affected your personal and professional life?: I only have one more exam to pass and passing the first three exams on my first attempt has built up my confidence. Passing these exams will open many more opportunities for me and my family and I am very excited about those opportunities to come. I can’t wait to pass the last one and have some of my free time back to spend with my pregnant wife and our almost two year old son.

Words of advice for those studying for the CPA exam?: My advice to anyone studying for the CPA exam is to follow Roger’s study plan and it will work. After passing the first exam you will be even more motivated in the exams to follow.

Favorite Quote: "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."  - Mark Twain.

Anything else you'd like to share?: I would encourage everyone who is thinking about taking the CPA exam to use this course to pass the exams. This course worked for me even when I work long hours during the day and have an almost two year old son at home in the evenings. I was not the student with the highest grade in my classes and waited six years after graduating to start on the CPA exam and now I am just one exam away from passing all four on the first attempt.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Studying for the CPA Exam? Practice Makes Perfect!

Ever wonder what kind of dedication it takes to study for and pass the CPA Exam? Today's guest blogger, Kerry, describes the hard work and dedication needed to be successful at your CPA Exam studies.


I took piano as a child and I still remember that it seemed like it took endless hours of practicing to learn how to play well. In the beginning, I hated it. It felt awkward and my fingers fumbled over the keys. I could hear in my head what it should sound like and I would get so frustrated when I couldn't make the keys sound the same. I wanted to be right every time. I wasn't a prodigy so it took years - a decade really - before I was really coordinated enough to reliably make the music I wanted. I had to learn to read the music proficiently and then build the muscle memory to know where the keys were without having to look up and down at my hands for every note. It was a long, often painful and sometimes boring process.

When I sit down and force myself to redo the CPA Exam review test questions and TBSs, I am reminded of my past frustrations trying to learn how to play the piano. The first time I go through the class questions with Roger, I feel pretty good. Then I take on the study questions solo. Intellectually, I KNOW I won't get them all right on the first try. I'm not an accounting savant that has the ASC memorized! But I have an expectation in my head - just like music - and my results don't match that expectation. All of a sudden I run into details that weren't as solid in my head as I thought at first. And again, I feel like I'm crawling or just trying to stand when I want to run through them and be done!

The reality is that I didn't learn how to play the piano in a few weeks or months because I made up my mind I could play. I had to go through the steps to learn how to play and it was both awkward and disappointing at times, especially in the beginning.  It’s a similar process when learning the CPA Exam FAR concepts. A lot is familiar but only after I practice the questions.

I'm about 1/3 through the Roger CPA Review’s FAR section material. Even though last weekend was a holiday weekend, I made sure to set aside some time to go back through the first sections to again test my knowledge. I’m a person who needs to see progress so I have a sheet of paper that I keep at the back of each review section where I write answers and grade myself.  It’s similar to a self-quiz. I go through and answer all of the questions and then compare my results to the last time I went through them.  By using this type of study process, I am able to gauge my success and find out where I am still having challenges. I know, however, that I have to put in the work by continually going over the review questions. There's just no other way I can become proficient with the review material.

I also realize that going back over 9 or 10 sections at the end of each month is just too overwhelming. Instead, I've decided that 3 to 4 days each week I'll follow Roger’s study planner schedule when going through new material. This way of studying seems to be working best for me. I didn't use any shortcuts when learning how to play the piano and I doubt that I'll find one for mastering FAR. I am going to practice until I pass. 

If you're a perfectionist like me, it can be really frustrating and exhausting to not succeed the first time.  So, I have to let perfection go and focus on progress instead. They say hard work is its own reward but I think passing the FAR exam will be a nice bonus. Good luck and happy studies everyone!

-    Kerry
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Roger Philipp Makes Top 100 Most Influential List

Roger Philipp, Founder, CEO and Lead Instructor of Roger CPA Review, has been named by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Influential People” in public accounting for 2014. 

According to the Accounting Today article, “You don’t get much more influential than actually creating CPAs, and Roger Philipp gets as close to that as you can without literally working for a state licensing office.” The article continues to highlight Roger’s successful career as a CPA Exam instructor to over “90,000 students” with an “88 percent pass rate” on the CPA Exam.

Roger has worked in the accounting industry for almost thirty years and continues to be an influential leader in public accounting today.  Roger is joined on this list by other powerful industry leaders, including the president of the United States.

Who else made the top 100? Read the full list of thought leaders and visionaries who are shaping the accounting profession today.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Your CPA Exam FAQ

Roger CPA Review receives questions from accounting students that range from “how does one prepare for Meet the Firms and other career events,” to “what is the best strategy to use in order to pass the CPA Exam.”  Even though every accounting student is unique, overall the questions are all very similar.

So, we decided to come up with the most frequently asked questions from accounting students who are considering sitting for the CPA Exam and answered them below.

1. I will be graduating this spring, and starting to work in the fall. If I want to get a few parts of the CPA Exam out of the way before I start my new job, how much time should I spend studying on each section?

With graduation and your new employment underway, it is important to come up with a plan to ensure you give yourself enough time to study for the CPA Exam. Even if you haven’t secured a full time position after graduation, beginning the CPA Exam studying process is a great way to get ahead. The amount of time you have to dedicate to each part of the exam will depend on how soon you would like to sit for the CPA Exam and pass all four parts.

For instance, if you would like to take the exam at a slower pace, you should allot one to two months of study time per section. An example is if you graduate in May and start studying for the exam in June, you will be able to sit for the exam towards the end of July or beginning of August. The benefit to sticking to a study plan is knowing how long it will take for you to study for each section.  So, if life gets in the way, you are able to stick to your plan and pass all four sections of the CPA Exam in 18 months! Need help planning ? Try one of our 3, 6, 9 or 12 month study planners.

2. If I do not pass a particular part of the CPA Exam, what is the process to sit for the exam again? Can I sit for it again in the same testing window?

If you’re very anxious after the exam and feel like you didn't perform to the best of your ability, don't worry - that's a normal feeling! The CPA Exam is a very intense experience, but don't stress because you don’t know your score until you actually receive it! Something to remember is that you shouldn’t automatically schedule to retake the exam until you receive your score.

While candidates can sit for multiple parts of the CPA Exam in the same testing window, it is not possible for you to sit for the same part of the exam more than once in the same testing window. If you need to retake part of the exam, your state’s Board of Accountancy will provide instructions on how to do so after you receive your score. To retake the exam, you will need to pay a re-examination fee to your state’s Board of Accountancy or to NASBA and then reschedule, but always check with your state’s Board of Accountancy prior to doing so.

3. In order to get my CPA license, I know I need to meet a work requirement. Is there a time frame on when I need to complete work experience?

If you are like most other accounting students, you are searching for an internship at an accounting firm, already interning or searching for a full-time position.  When applying for your CPA license, you will need to fulfill a work requirement.  The amount of time required is dependent upon in which state you are applying for your license.  The work requirement can be fulfilled prior to, during or after you take the CPA exam. Just be sure that you are being supervised by a licensed active CPA so your work hours count towards the work requirement.

Some states want work experience to be completed within a certain amount of time. For example, Virginia requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience obtained within the 3 years immediately preceding application for licensure; fulfilled before, during or after passing the CPA Exam. Click here for information on your particular state's requirements.

4. How is a CPA review course going to properly prepare me for the CPA Exam?

Studying with a review course will ensure that you are covering all of the topics tested on the CPA Exam, as well as demonstrating how the questions will be asked on the exam. In addition, there are several topics that will be tested on the exam that may not have been covered in your courses at school. With the Roger CPA Review course, you can be sure that you are receiving the most up-to-date information in a format that mimics the CPA Exam. It’s highly beneficial and stress relieving to be familiar with the format of the CPA Exam prior to sitting for the exam.

You also want to make sure that you choose an instructor who delivers the material in a way that you understand. Roger Philipp, CPA, combines a dynamic and motivational teaching approach to foster a full-service solution to the CPA Exam. Using the Roger Method™ of instruction, Roger breaks down and teaches difficult concepts using helpful memory aids and real life scenarios to help his students best learn. And, to ensure the most streamlined study experience, he also writes Roger CPA Review Course Textbooks with a team of expert editors. As one of his current students claimed, "I learned more from Roger's course than I did in every college accounting course. Combined."

Have other questions that you really need answers to? Ask in the comments below!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting for CPA Exam Scores

Steven P., our guest blogger this week, sat for the AUD portion of the CPA Exam on August 26th. In today’s article, he describes his overall feelings after taking the exam and how he prepared the week leading up to the test.

I took the AUD portion of the CPA Exam last week. So far, sitting for AUD has been my best experience with the CPA Exam. I feel very confident that I passed the exam, but I won’t know my scores until September 9th. Luckily, I didn't schedule the exam too late or else I would have to wait until September 18th to receive my score.

In my opinion, it’s always a good Idea to schedule your exam at least three to four days before the last testing date, especially if you’re going to schedule your exam towards the end of a testing window. Scheduling this way will ensure that you receive your scores a week earlier. If I had waited until August 28th, 29th or 30th I would have run the risk of waiting until September 18th to find out what I scored and that would make studying for the next part of the exam a little more difficult.

Overall, I feel confident that I passed AUD on the first try. I completed all the simulations during the weeks leading up to the exam and I did 100 questions a day for each of the three days prior to the exam. I thought it was important to complete all of the questions the week before the exam in order to identify any of my weak areas. Basically, I would do fifty practice questions and then see which sections were most challenging for me. I would then go back into the review course and do some extra multiple choice questions in the section where I had the most trouble. 

I wasn’t very nervous going into the CPA Exam because I felt really prepared. Overall, my attitude remains positive and I look forward to finding out my scores soon.

- Steven P.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CPA Exam Study Tip: Using your College Study Skills (Video)

Are you studying for the CPA Exam but have been out of college for a long time and need a refresher on some valuable study skills? In this week’s Roger CPA Exam Study Tip, Roger gives you a refresher on a few college study skills that will be useful for you during your studies.

Watch here: