CPA Exam

CPA Exam Candidates Are Totally Killing It On the Exam

So, what gives? Are you guys studying more? Actually using those fancy apps? Doing more than highlighting and praying? If your tin foil hat is tightly strapped to your head, you might just think demand is higher for CPAs than it's ever been so that's why more are you are passing but what sort of […]

Happy 10th Birthday to the Computerized CPA Exam!

Has it really been that long? It's been that long. The American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric are pleased to mark the 10th anniversary of computer-based testing (CBT) for the Uniform CPA Examination and note the continued enhancements and successful expansion of the test administration over the […]

Now You Know Why There Are So Many Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners

Remember yesterday when we shared with you the 55 winners of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells award? And remember when I asked out loud why are there so darn many of them? The AICPA was kind enough to clue me in. Here's what they told me: If you want to go really far back, (all […]

2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners Announced and Crikey There Are a Ton of Them

OK, this is just getting ridiculous. It used to be the 10 best CPA exam performers in the entire country and this year's list features FIFTY-FIVE individuals. Is this like in elementary school when everyone on the Little Kickers soccer team got a trophy even if they warmed the bench the entire season or, worse, […]

They’re Getting Ready to Change the CPA Exam Again (But You Shouldn’t Worry)

This is AICPA Board of Examiners Director Michael Decker from the Fall/Winter 2013 Uniform CPA Exam Alert, take note people: We are now embarking on a new Practice Analysis, a research study that will form the basis for the design and development of the next CPA Exam. The Practice Analysis helps to ensure the exam […]

New Year’s Resolutions To Make If You’re Taking the CPA Exam in 2014

Gawd, still with this holiday crap. Thank goodness we're in the home stretch and can soon go about our miserable lives like none of this ever happened. Until then, here are a few resolutions you should make if you plan to take the CPA exam at any point in 2014.   Don't bug out about […]

Wake Forest Continues to Dominate the CPA Exam, Press Releases About Said Domination

I kinda wish I could be the PR person at Wake Forest, it has to be super easy to write what is essentially the same exact press release year after year after year. The following comes as a shock to absolutely no one, though it's probably salt in the wound of that one guy who […]

We Hear Some Q4 CPA Exam Scores Are Trickling Out…

This, per Another71: CPA Exam Scores are now releasing per Another71 Forum http://t.co/P3e5q6Ovf5 #cpaexam #cpa — Jeff @ another71.com (@another71) November 1, 2013 And the tip box: CPA scores are out And a bunch of people getting excited on Twitter. I PASSED THE HARDEST PART OF THE CPA EXAM! — Katie Hansen (@katieeehansen) November 1, […]

ICYMI: Fall CPA Exam Testing Is Being Extended to December 6th

That should be plenty of time for the tryptophan comas to subside: NEWS: Due to the late Thanksgiving holiday, NASBA, AICPA and Prometric extend the Fall #CPAexam testing window: http://t.co/jiytMaprWJ — NASBA (@NASBA) October 18, 2013 The extension is available globally, according to NASBA's website so our international friends may experience 'Merica! at its best if […]

We’d Like To Welcome Oregon To The 21st Century

Still trying to figure out how to keep Margaret from getting bitten by snakes and infected with typhoid. Congratulations and welcome to F5 Hell, Oregon candidates!

Let’s Discuss: CPA Exam Passing Rates Through the Third Quarter

By the looks of things, BEC is getting too easy; it's the only section that has a higher passing rate than last year's third quarter numbers. CPAexam_passrates_2013q3 Cumulative scores are looking good as well, but the 4th quarter always shits the bed on account of everyone spending the last three months of the year in […]

The Final Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the July/August Testing Window

AICPA and NASBA are on a roll, as this makes back-to-back timely releases of CPA exam scores after the GREAT SCORE DELAY 2013. Sure, this last group's target release date was technically "TBD" but the 17th of any month is about as TBD as it gets.  #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the […]

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the July/August Testing Window

After the GREAT SCORE DELAY last month, you just knew the AICPA and NASBA were going to make sure this release went off without a hitch.    #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/Aug 2013 testing window: 6583 AUD, 6663 BEC, 7266 FAR and 7452 REG #CPAexam — NASBA (@NASBA) September 9, 2013 #AICPA […]

CPA Exam Candidates Must Be Starting Families Earlier

OR Becker is trying to expand the customer base. OR Gearty and Olintbro are convincing their friends to get the CPA just for grins. No matter what the trend is, the mother of all CPA review is showing grandparents some love on Twitter for some reason. Here is a shout out to all of our […]

At Long Last, the Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

For those of you that have been holding your breath since Thursday, the suspense officially ceased on Saturday morning. #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/Aug 2013 testing window: 4492 AUD, 4087 BEC, 4675 FAR and 4660 REG #CPAexam — NASBA (@NASBA) August 24, 2013 Browsing through the Twittersphere, you'll find that […]

AICPA to CPA Exam Candidates: Hey, at Least You Don’t Have Kidney Stones!

@AICPA appealing to the younger generation! #aicpa_edge pic.twitter.com/dXi9Pmqbwh — Andrew Bennett (@andrewpbennett) August 9, 2013

The First Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

We always hear from a few people whose scores get released early, but we don't mind waiting for NASBA to make the official Twitter announcement, as they did right on cue this morning: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/August 2013 testing window: 5548 AUD, 4906 BEC, 6480 FAR and 5699 REG […]

AICPA Will Pass “Old” GAAS on the CPA Exam in 2014

Well look at that, you guys got all worked up over the Clarity Project and now you have this to worry about. From the AICPA: Beginning in 14Q1, the extant standards (AUs) will no longer be tested on the AUD section of the Uniform CPA Examination. The clarified U.S. Auditing Standards (the AU-Cs), issued by […]

Prometric’s Awful Scheduling System Could Possibly Be the Worst Prometric Horror Story of Them All

OK, first thing's first: deep breath. And a little perspective while you're at it. I won't remind you that there are starving children in Africa or anything like that but let's just think about how lucky we all have it before we freak out. Now, commence to freaking out, by way of my inbox: Hi, […]

Horror Stories From the CPA Exam: The Prometric Nose Bleed

Note: this story came to us from "a friend" of a test taker but it came with a photo we're going to have to heavily censor and sorry in advance to the victim but we just had to given the ridiculousness of this claim. Is Prometric truly this heartless? Well, given past incidents, I guess […]

Your Reward for Winning the Elijah Watt Sells Award Is Winning the Elijah Watt Sells Award (and Maybe Some Cash)

Have a question for GC's exclusive team of underachievers? Get in touch and we'll do our best to do the research for you. From the mailbag: Is there any career benefit to not only passing the CPA exams, but aceing them and getting the Elijah Watts Sells award? You mean you didn't hear? The Elijah […]

Good News For Future California CPAs Who Were Totally Going To Get Around to That 150 Hour Thing… Eventually

It looks like future CPAs of California don't have to hustle to get their licenses by December 31, 2013 after all! This was mentioned in the latest CBA UPDATE: The new 150-hour educational requirements are fast approaching, and there is new legislation pending that could prove a help to many CPA license applicants. The CBA […]

Initial CPA Exam Testing In Brazil Went So Well, The AICPA Has Opened It Up to All South Americans

As everyone knows by now, in February of 2012 the AICPA opened up the CPA exam to certain international locations, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Brazil. Presumably, this has been such a smashing success that the AICPA is looking to expand the empire. Beginning July 1, 2013, CPA exam testing in […]

Your Final CPA Exam Scores for Q2 Are Bursting Forth

Apparently the excitement started this weekend, a few days ahead of schedule. I received this email Saturday: Hi Adrienne, The latest batch scores have dropped for TN. The tweet has not posted from NASBA yet, but that bright, shining 77 doesn't lie. I thought I would pass along the information! Not wanting to work on […]

Do You Really Need To Buy That $3,000 CPA Review Course?

It feels like forever since we've had to point a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed CPA exam candidate toward the light but oh lookie, we got an email! If you have a question about the CPA exam, you can always email me, and if you have a question about anything else except everything we've ever written about for […]

The AICPA’s New CPA Exam Brochure Is Both Informative and Kind of Sexy

Most current CPA exam candidates have no idea how far the exam has come over the last few years. When I started in CPA review back in 2007, NASBA's website looked like it had been designed by the same team that created the original Super Mario Bros and candidates had to use Pony Express to […]

Protip for CPA Candidates: Don’t Schedule an Exam the Day After Memorial Day

  Over the years, we (and by "we" I mean "Adrienne") have dispensed a lot of advice related to the CPA exam. Everything from study materials to chemical assistance to 5-week intensive courses. We've even explained how to bomb the exam, if reverse-psychology is your thing.   But there's plenty of advice that we take for granted, […]

Meet Your High-Strung CPA Exam Candidate of the Week

Dude. Breathe. tip:I nearly had a heart attack when I received an email from Prometric with the subject line: "IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PROMETRIC REGARDING YOUR SCHEDULED EXAM AT SITE ****"… The email went on to say "Dear Candidate, This is an urgent message concerning your upcoming test with Prometric. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the […]

ICYMI: Here’s the Yearly Press Release From Becker Reminding Us They Rule

It happens every year like clockwork (well, not entirely, some years the Becker PR folks are a little too tied up to get the press release out promptly), the Elijah Watt Sells winners are released and then comes the inevitable patting-themselves-on-the-back from our friends at Becker:

Here Are Your 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Winners

*waits anxiously for Becker press release saying 42 of the 39 winners prepared for the exam using Becker products* The AICPA has announced 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners or, as the haters call them, the overachievers who got a cumulative average score above 95.50 their first attempt. More than 92,000 candidates sat for the […]

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the Jan/Feb Window

Today is the last scheduled release date for scores in the first window of 2013, so if you managed to crash and burn again, you have the rest of March to curse the sky and/or plot your comeback: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the Jan/Feb 2013 testing window: 5675 AUD, 3196 BEC, 4837 FAR […]

Prometric to Provide CPA Candidates with Memorable Experiences for Years to Come

Over the years we have shared a number of stories from people that have suffered from the plight of Prometric. Everything from a runny nose to the metal detectors to questionable written communication to something that might resemble a hostage situation to a very, very, very awkward search. These anecdotes have provided a sense of added […]

In Case You Haven’t Heard, Some CPA Exam Candidates May Have a Snow Day

A public service announcement for our friends in the Northeast: NEWS: Due to the winter storm bearing down on the Northeast, some testing centers will be closed tomorrow: bit.ly/XTvzZl — NASBA (@NASBA) February 7, 2013 To see a full list of Prometric test centers that are closed today and tomorrow, head here.

Our Live CPA Exam Chat Is Now Taking Your Questions About Studying, Prometric Etiquette, and Whatever Else You Got

Our resident CPA oracle, Adrienne Gonzalez is now fielding questions over at the original post that you see under "Upcoming Events." If you've never used CoverItLive, it's pretty self-explanatory — no registration is necessary and it functions similar to gchat or any other chat device. If you're incapable of figuring this out, email us and […]

The Ten Best CPA Exam Freakouts Of 2012

My esteemed (?) colleague has been having fun with slideshows since TPTB told us "go ahead and take it easy for the holidays, your loyal readership aren't at work anyway," now it's my turn. This has been a pretty uneventful year in CPA exam world. Well, unless you count a pile-up in Audit exams we'll […]

Apparently NASBA Is Not Going To Torture Some CPA Exam Candidates Through the Holiday Weekend

Although it hasn't been officially announced on NASBA's Twitter account yet (are they off for the day or what?), we've gotten word CPA exam scores are slowly but surely rolling out ahead of the holiday. From the tip box: Scores for days 21 – 45 of the Q4 window (scheduled for Nov. 26th) were just […]

The First Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the October/November Testing Window

Hurricane Sandy managed to throw the AICPA off its game for a few days, but anyone that was expecting delays to extend into next week will be excited (or terribly disappointed) that things are moving right along: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA from the Oct/Nov 2012 testing window: 4971 AUD, 4313 FAR and […]

An Extended Testing Window and Other Hurricane FAQ For CPA Exam Candidates

Public service announcement for CPA exam candidates impacted by Hurricane Sandy from NASBA: Q: Will the testing window be extended? A: For those candidates affected by the storm, the testing window will be extended to December 8. Q: Is my testing center open? A: Prometric has a list of closed test centers available on their […]

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the July/August Testing Window

You've waited and waited and waited and now that the moment of truth is finally here.  #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA from the Jul/Aug 2012 testing window: 6905 AUD, 5201 BEC, 6989 FAR, and 7030 REG. #cpaexam — NASBA (@NASBA) September 11, 2012 Learning your CPA exam score can evoke strong feelings that […]

The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

You've worked hard all summer, given up exotic vacations, BBQs, boozing on patios and everything else awesome about summer just for this moment. Will the sweet taste of victory pass your lips or will you be sent crawling back to your Peter Olinto lectures with your head hanging low? The AICPA released the following scores […]

PICPA Has Organized “Ask the CPA Experts” Night for Future Pennsylvania CPAs

As much as we'd like to believe we're a great resource for CPA exam candidates, it's easy for candidates to get confused by the wealth of exam information floating around out there on the Internet. While other websites and forums can be helpful for those seeking support from other candidates going through the same misery, […]

Happy Birthday, Peter Olinto!

A little birdie told me (OK fine, it was Facebook) that today is Peter Olinto's birthday. My stalking skills aren't what they used to be and the guy obviously has to hide out for a reason (namely CPA exam candidates showing up at his house looking for a little personal tutoring) but we think he's […]

The First CPA Exam Scores From the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

The AICPA has met their first target release date as announced by NASBA earlier this morning: 6087 AUD, 3561 BEC, 5965 FAR and 5292 REG scores released by #AICPA to #NASBA from Jul/Aug 2012 testing window. Good luck! #cpaexam — NASBA (@NASBA) August 6, 2012 So these results could mean that your day/week/month/career has been […]

Here’s Your CPA Exam Score Release Timeline For Q3 and Q4 2012

If 2012 is the first year you've had the pleasure of taking the CPA exam, you probably have no idea just how torturous waiting for your scores used to be. You'd either refresh on your state board's website incessantly for several weeks or stalk the CPA exam forums hoping some almost-accurate psychic would know the […]

Breaking: That Confusing Simulation Question on the CPA Exam Is Meant to Be Confusing

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Email the website where no one knows your name. You want to be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. Team, I took […]

Too Bad Peter Olinto Can’t Teach CPA Exam Candidates To Grow a Pair

When doodling in your CPA review books isn't distracting you like it used to, why don't you hit pause on your online course videos and reach out for a little good old fashioned Going Concern wisdom? Operators are standing by now. Hi GC,   Thanks again for all of your advice, especially for us lost, […]

Warning To College Accounting Programs: Fudge Your CPA Exam Ranking And We Will Find You

A concerned accounting student exercises his or her professional skepticism here (good work, kiddo, you'll be a true asset to the profession!): I am an accounting student at San Diego State University.  SDSU claims that student test scores on the CPA exam rank among the top five in the nation.  I copied this from SDSU's […]

NASBA Adds Foreign Transcript Evaluation To Its Offerings

In the last few years, NASBA has worked hard to add all kinds of products to its existing stable of services: the Accountancy Licensing Library, CPAVerify, an improved application tool. You get the point. Up until now, if you were a foreign CPA exam candidate, your only option for transcript evaluation was a third-party foreign […]

If Someone In Your Family Dies, Can You Get a CPA Exam Extension?

Yes, I know you should be studying for the CPA exam and not reading Going Concern but if you're taking a quick Internet break and need some advice, knowledge and/or distractions, hit me up and I will do my best not to ruin your entire career with questionable advice. No promises, kiddo. Hi Adrienne,   […]

CPA Exam Pass Rates Are Up… WAY Up

Alright, so what did you all do to turn this ship around? This is a huge departure from the embarrassing early 2011 performance we saw around this time last year, what gives? Comparing this with last year, it's clear there's some good CPA exam mojo in the water these days: On a cummulative basis, candidates […]

Do CPA Exam Scores Ever Expire?

Need a pep talk before you pick up the phone and call your state board of accountancy? Feeling lost in a sea of MCQ? Just want to talk? I'm here; let's get through it together. If I passed all the CPA exams as of July 2010, but have yet to receive my CPA license (needed […]

One Candidate Would Prefer If Prometric Worked On Its Communication

It's been awhile since we've heard a horrible Prometric story but with tomorrow being a holiday, we should have seen this coming. Before I get into the actual story, it's worth pointing out that the Prometric closures themselves aren't necessarily the issue. I have never heard a candidate complain about being informed of a testing […]

Becker’s 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Winners Are So In Sync They Say The Same Thing

Obviously this is an error on the part of whoever put together the 2010 Elijah Watt Sells page for Becker but thanks to the good eye of one reader (PLEASE God let this person be an auditor), we see at least two winners who felt exactly the same way about their achievement. Eric Emil Hartel […]

After Being Told His CPA Exam Was Lost, One Candidate Gets Some Good News

Anyone remember the poor bastard who was told by NASBA that they lost his entire exam and would have to retake it? Well, he didn't retake it and somehow they managed to track down his missing exam somewhere between Prometric and the AICPA and guess what? He passed! First of all, this candidate was abnormally […]

BREAKING: Young Woman That Sits Next to Some Bored Person Just Found Out That She Passed REG Section of CPA Exam

Someone who's a little short on billable work felt compelled to share this with us on the tip line: The girl who sits next to me just got her REG score and passed. Of course there could be any number of reasons that this person would share this news with us. Among them: 1) In […]

How Prometric Nearly Gave One CPA Exam Candidate a Heart Attack For Nothing

This story comes by way of a manager who has been helping staff not freak out over taking the CPA exam: So this candidate had trouble closing out of her exam at the end.  She had to hit the exit button three times.  Then it seemed to go through but she didn’t get the survey […]

Has Anyone Seen This CPA Exam Candidate’s Missing FAR Scores?

File this under: emails CPA exam candidates NEVER want to get. The Prometric nightmares continue and this time, the trauma comes long after the candidate left the test center. Ready for this one, folks? Details have been changed to protect the innocent and I have paraphrased the email due to NASBA's disclaimer (this email came […]

Feeling Jilted By Prometric? Here’s How To Get a Refund

Have you had issues with Prometric lately? First of all, why haven't you emailed me about it yet? Second, here's how to get reimbursed for your trouble. Save copies of your receipts (like airfare or hotel if you have to travel to a Prometric center not close to your home should yours get closed at […]

CPA Candidate Discovers That Scheduling an Exam on the Last Day of Testing Window Is a Bad Idea

The Prometric stories keep rolling in and I can't say I'm surprised. I'm hoarding a lot of the similar ones for my own purposes (namely writing an angry letter to the AICPA and NASBA on your behalf once we have enough ammo) but came across this one left in the comments last night: I CAN […]

Future ‘Digital CPAs’ Will Make the Most of Bathroom Breaks Thanks to AICPA’s New CPA Exam App

Put down the Fruit Ninja, folks, the AICPA has a new app for you to play with. Yesterday, the AICPA announced the launch of two new mobile apps: an iPad app for Journal of Accountancy and an interactive CPA exam aid that works on Apple and Android devices. "One of the most exciting developments in […]

How a Thunderstorm Fried a Prometric Location’s Computers and Ruined One CPA Candidate’s Day

Oh lookie here, we have ANOTHER sad Prometric story. This time, nature made it far more dramatic than it had to be; however, Prometric obviously did not have a plan in place to A) prevent such a catastrophe and B) clean it up after the fact. I am still soliciting Prometric horror stories (they don't […]

Here’s Yet Another CPA Exam Candidate Jilted By Prometric’s Sloppiness

I know it's shocking but we have another CPA exam candidate upset, stressed out and unnecessarily worked up by a Prometric issue. I have absolutely no reason to believe anyone would make these stories up and after years of working with this stuff, when the same type of story comes to my attention time and […]

Here’s Your CPA Exam Score Open Thread for the April/May Testing Window

For those of you that studied for the CPA exam through busy season, today may be the day where you discover that all those extra long hours you put in – working for 10 hours, studying for 2 hours, working for 2 more hours, studying for 2 more hours – were all for naught.     […]

CPA Exam Horror Stories: Trapped at Prometric For 6 Hours

Have a CPA exam horror story? We want to hear it. Email us at [email protected] and put "CPA Exam Horror Story" in the subject line. Imagine, for a moment, being trapped in Prometric. Let me set the scenario: you're taking the CPA exam. First, you arrive at your test center early after circling endlessly for […]

Somehow, They Figured Out 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Winners Already

Wait just one second… didn't they just announce the Elijah Watt Sells Award winners for 2010? I guess the AICPA wasn't kidding when they said the 2011 exam would be graded faster than ever. Somehow, we've got 2011 Elijah Watt Sells winners in record time. Here they are for your shaming. Of 90,000 candidates who took the […]

California CPA Under the Impression That CPA Exam Is Still an Infernal, Multi-day Event That Drives You to Drink

If you haven't heard of William Setterlund, he runs something called the Accounting Academy which offers a certificate in being a good little worker bee for the reasonable price of $7,400. The Academy purports to offer "training the old-fashioned way using manual sets of books & 10-key" among other things but apparently CPA exam tips […]

Is Anyone Surprised That Becker Swept The Elijah Watt Sells Winners?

This press release should come as a surprise to absolutely no one: Becker Professional Education, a global leader in professional education and a part of DeVry Inc., announced that all 19 of the 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners prepared for the exam with Becker's CPA Exam Review. Since the American Institute of Certified Public […]

What’s a Cheap But Effective CPA Review Program?

If you have a CPA exam question for me, get in touch and I'll try to put down the IPA long enough to give you a somewhat coherent answer. Hey Adrienne, From what I've read, Becker seems to be the way to go for CPA review… if you don't have to pay for it.  Since […]

Prometric Hottie In Herndon, Virginia, This Dude Left You a Missed Connection

Can my future CPAs in Virginia help this loser out? He's trying to mack on hot Prometric girl via Craigslist Missed Connections when he could have just SAID something on his way out to a piss break. That said, you have to give the dude credit. He's like "I'm going to be getting way more […]

Why Regular Folk Can’t Be Trusted To Cover the CPA Exam

If you remember, I took issue with certain media outlets' coverage of hipster warehouse American Apparel's fall from financial grace when well-meaning writers called the then-doomed company a "going concern." Little did these fly-by accounting writers realize that "going concern" is actually a good thing (unless, of course, we're referring to this website) and that […]

How To Completely Screw Up Your CPA Exam Application

Our friends at the Maryland Association of CPAs recently shared some of the reasons Maryland CPA exam candidates have their applications rejected by the state board. Because we aren't nearly as cool as Bill Sheridan, we didn't think to ask state boards this question first but hopefully MACPA's efforts will help all candidates consider how […]

CPA Exam Candidates: Have You Considered Adult Diapers?

That headline is serious, btw. I'm shocked I don't see more candidates talking about the possibilities of 4 hours of AUD in diapers. Do you all know Greg Kyte? Of course you do, you met him on GC here. Well it takes guts to be honest about one of the worst parts of taking the […]

CPA Exam Tips For the Overambitious, Impending Graduate

Way back in my CPA review days, right around this time of year I'd start getting calls from overambitious college students ready to tear up the exam before the ink had dried on their pretty new degree. For most of these eager beavers, I had the honor (read: joy) of destroying their unrealistic ambitions and […]

Unfounded Rumor of the Afternoon: Grant Thornton Scrapping CPA Requirement for Promotion to Senior

This just in: Rumor has it, GT is getting rid of the CPA exam requirement to be promoted to senior… GT is one of two firms (that we explicitly know of) that currently requires audit professionals to pass the CPA exam in order to be promoted. If this particular tidbit is true, then it would be […]

Inspired By One Failed CPA Exam Candidate, Alaska Legislators Take On Biometric Collection

A few years ago, I was contacted by a man who'd given up on his CPA exam dreams due to Prometric data collection. He was looking for my help exposing Prometric's data collection and alleged sale of said data – although I was never able to prove that Prometric was making money off candidate data, […]

You Should Update Your Résumé Today

Yes, it's Wednesday, otherwise known to some of you as, "half way through a week that I have no days off," but what many people don't realize is that busy season is the perfect time to be updating your résumé. This post is more geared to be a gateway to productive commentary, so read and then […]

Here Are Your 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners

It's that time of year again where we celebrate the achievement of those CPA exam candidates who really overstudied. That's right! The Elijah Watt Sells award winners have been announced and whether or not you admire their accomplishment or feel compelled to make snide, resentful remarks, there's no denying that these 19 individuals did far, […]

Here’s How International Candidates Fared On the CPA Exam in 2011

Great news, folks, I have the brand new 2011 NASBA Candidate Performance book in my hands as of yesterday and have to tell you, I'm pretty excited about this new and improved version. It's substantially thicker than the last version (size does matter and don't let anyone tell you otherwise), which means it's packed with […]

The 2011 NASBA Candidate Performance Book Is Out; What Do You Want Us To Cover?

I procrastinated on having the fine folks who own this website buy me a copy of the 2010 candidate performance book but even if I hadn't, it usually comes out much later in the year. NASBA's quick work this year is your benefit as the latest edition is on its way to me, meaning weeks […]

Four Time FAR Failure Finally Pulls Off a Victory to Live Happily Ever After

It's score release time and many of you know what that means… either discreet squeals of joy from the safety of your cubicle or incredibly depressing "happy" hours with your fellow loser friends to whine about how much the CPA exam sucks. Wherever you are on the spectrum, I think most of you can appreciate […]

Here’s Your (Second) CPA Exam Scores Open Thread for the January/February Testing Window

Hot off the NASBA wire:  5,522 AUD, 3,468 BEC, 5,084 FAR and 5,637 REG scores were released by #AICPA to #NASBA from Jan/Feb 2012 testing window #cpaexam — NASBA (@NASBA) March 8, 2012 So whether you're doing a happy dance on the desk in your cubicle or trying to punching a bathroom stall door (acceptable […]

Can Commas Spell Doom on the CPA Exam?

Finally, a reader question. I've been so hard up for emails from you guys that I've actually considered trolling myself. If you have a CPA exam question, please (and I mean PLEASE) hit me up. Dear Adrienne, I am an avid reader on hiatus while imprisoned for crimes against God and man (taking the CPA). […]

This Guy Thinks Your Degree Is Useless As Long As You Got a High Score on the CPA Exam

In a recent article titled "The Dark Side of a Divided White America," The Fiscal Times chatted with Charles Murray, W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of books that include Losing Ground and What It Means to Be a Libertarian. Murray apparently upset a few folks with his earlier […]

Don’t Worry, We Didn’t Forget Those Texas College CPA Exam Results

You guys were obviously sick to death of the CPA exam stats but – just in time to celebrate Caleb's triumphant return to this side of the pond – we're whipping out the NASBA Candidate Performance book once again to take a look at which schools in Texas did best on the exam in 2010. […]

Turns Out Becker Didn’t Come Up With the Intensive Review Course Concept

Fun fact: the intensive review course is not a Becker invention. As far as we are aware, it was actually pioneered at James Madison University in 2005. Known GC reader Professor Tim Louwers sets the record straight (note for disclosure purposes that Professor Louwers serves on the AICPA Auditing and Attestation Subcommittee and is therefore […]

Here’s Your CPA Exam Scores Open Thread for the January/February Testing Window

The AICPA and NASBA managed to hit their score release date under the new timeline without breaking at sweat. [via @NASBA]  

Here Are the CPA Exam Score Release Timelines for the First Two Testing Windows

Brought to you by NASBA: Now you can really hold their feet to the fire when things go horribly, horribly wrong. 

Becker Finally Gets Around to Recognizing Wake Forest’s CPA Exam Domination

I'm not saying Becker outright snatched this headline from my hands, I'm just suggesting that the timing of this press release is a tad suspect given the fact that NASBA released the candidate performance book in October of last year and the actual Wake Forest press release came out in November but I just got […]

How Does NASBA Count Bizarro College Situations In Its Candidate Performance Book?

Three weeks ago, an "old guy who wants to keep busy" commented on a post I'd done about California CPA exam stats asking how his very particular case might be classified for purposes of inclusion in the NASBA Candidate Performance book: Graduated from State U in midwest in mid 1970s in Econ. Took lots of […]

Wake Forest’s Lone BEC Failure Might Not Be Alone

I really can't believe I'm writing this now but when I was combing through my now dog-eared, cat-chewed, beer-bottle-stained NASBA Candidate Performance Book for my post yesterday, I realized that the Wake Forest grad who emailed me complaining about how his feelings were hurt was actually hurt over something that did not directly refer to […]

One Fifth of DC’s Failed Southeastern University Graduates Passed the CPA Exam in 2010

You've probably never heard of Southeastern University and I don't say that to be an asshole about what I know before you do, I mean that to say it's a tiny, now defunct school based out of the worst part of DC. In case you don't know, Southeastern has since evaporated: Last month I wrote […]

In Honor of CPA Day, Let’s Talk Maryland Colleges’ CPA Exam Results

Contributor note: I'm in Annapolis all day with Tom Hood and the amazing Maryland Association of CPAs for their annual CPA Day. Follow #CPADAY12 on Twitter for live updates as Maryland CPAs storm the State House! Though no one has asked for these results, it's only fitting that I cover Maryland CPA exam performance from […]

Now Presenting, By Popular Demand: 2010 Michigan CPA Exam Performance

Let no one claim this website is not almost completely user-generated. We rely on tips, suggestions, complaints and compliments to determine what we write about and what we don't. It's still a work in progress but despite my Republican tendencies, we are a site for the people, by the people. The people being you lonely, […]

2010 CPA Exam All-Stars, Illinois Edition

This one's for my FIBs! Based on the 2011 Candidate Performance book (2010 CPA exam data), Illinois ranked 4th in size of the 55th NASBA jurisdictions (trumped only by California, New York and Texas) and ranked 10th in overall CPA exam performance. 4,274 Illinois candidates sat for the exam in 2010 and they took 2,509 […]

At Last, Here Are the Top (and Bottom) CPA Exam Performers Among New York Colleges

Alright, you guys have hounded me enough. I'm sorry it took so long but there are A LOT of New York schools. I mean a lot. And I'm not too smart when it comes to numbers so it's kind of overwhelming to pick through the data in the 2011 Candidate Performance Book for the info […]

Here Are Those Massachusetts CPA Exam Stats You’ve Been Waiting For

Continuing with our series on CPA exam stats, let's once again crack open the old 2011 NASBA candidate performance book to see how MA candidates did in 2010. I'll try my best not to hurt anyone's feelings this time (no promises). This should come as no surprise to any Massachusetts fans out there, Bentley College […]

Confirmed: It Sucks To Be The One Wake Forest Grad Who Failed BEC

Remember my post earlier this week that covered the top five CPA exam schools in the country? I’m sure you do. But do you remember the reference I made to the one person from Wake Forest who failed BEC? Probably not, right? I suspect not a single one of you actually read that line, and […]

You Have a 1 in 5 Chance of Passing All 4 CPA Exam Parts on the First Try

I've been talking to NASBA, you know. Mostly because I need some clarification on 2010 CPA exam data before I share it with you, my little CPAs, but also because I want to know how many of you passed all four parts of the CPA exam the first time through. This comes from James Suh, […]

Here Are the Colleges with the Best CPA Exam Performance

Did I mention I'm enjoying this? These 2010 CPA exam stats have to do with first-time testing events taken by candidates without advanced degrees. The cool part is this is all broken down by section; the not that cool part is the same few schools absolutely killed it on every part. Wake Forest ranked first […]

And Now, We’re Going to Judge Florida Colleges’ Performance on the CPA Exam

First, can I just say I am beyond thrilled that you guys even care about these CPA exam stats? I mean that. I half expected all of you to call me a boring loser for wasting precious Going Concern real estate going over these, so thanks for proving me wrong. I might still be a […]